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Watching artist Shantell Martin draw is like witnessing a zen archer in action. Her lines are fluid and decisive. There is lightness to her movement and it is easy to tell that she finds it incredibly satisfying to glide that black ink pen over her pristine white walls. She occasionally hesitates, but there are no mistakes.Last spring Shantell invited me to her Bed-Stuy home as she was beginning to draw on the walls of her bedroom. She actually wrote my ... Read More
If you’ve ever taken a moment to glance around a crowded subway or waiting room, chances are, there will be at least a handful of folks sporting the latest version of a Nook or Kindle. So what does fate hold for all of the books we've retired? Just ask the Montreal-based artist Guy Laramee, who created an entirely new way to enjoy old books by literally carving the pages into mind-blowing masterpieces, with an incredible attention to detail. ... Read More
When I hear “tape art”, I often think of duct tape dresses or hall decorations in college dorms. If I heard that someone was pushing to have “tape art” in a gallery space, I would most likely question the artist’s intent and skill level. But the sophistication and quirkiness of Kayt Hester’s masking tape pieces make me rethink what goes on a canvas, let alone the walls of a gallery show.Using ripped up bits of ordinary black ... Read More
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