Carrie Lingscheit, Momento No. 3273 (pine)
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"This piece comes from Carrie Lingscheit's twenty thousand moments project, based on the limitations of our human brains and the amount of information that can be processed and saved from the 20,000 (or so) moments in a given day. Momento No. 3273 (pine) hones in on a feeling, to pine, and the quiet setting where it happens, alone in a bed. It beautifully captures the way we are drawn inward to our own emotions and imagination when we pine for someone or something. Negative space is used to draw our attention down to the dark, intense face; the surroundings are blurred and forgotten, represented only with a lovely watercolor texture, just as we tune out the world when lost in intense thought."
Azumi Takeda, Full, Full, FullRecommended by Sam (Gallery Owner & Director):
"Contemporary Japanese artist Azumi Takeda's etching Full, Full, Full is part of a wonderful series showing groups of people waiting, engrossed in various activities, or, as in this case, the artist focuses on the detritus left behind that references what they had been doing. There is order with the placement of the disparate objects, that speaks about each of the individuals that is no longer in the room. Takeda's use of the etching and aquatint process, is perfect for the detail required."
Richard Anuszkiewicz, IV
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager):
"Anusckiewicz uses color and form to create a striking composition filled with optical illusion. The piece features an irresistible candy-colored palette so challenging for the eyes and brain that it seems to vibrate on the paper. The precisely printed two-dimensional planes of color create the illusion of three dimensions, while the color blocks of the background blend together visually to create a rainbow gradient. This print is simple yet full of surprises."
Leonard Baskin, Love Me, Love My Dog
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager):
"This wood engraving by Leonard Baskin shows his sense of humor, perhaps his lesser known side. It exemplifies the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The dog is not objectively beautiful, but the artist/owner declares that it is. You see the expressive quality in Baskin's wood engravings, from the fur textures in the bulky body to the shape of the dainty paws. Baskin is so assertive in declaring he and his dog are a package deal; to love one is to love the other."
Winslow Homer, The Strawberry Bed
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher):
"Homer was an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly in New York in the 1860’s, a magazine that centered imagery, rather than text. This wood engraving by Winslow Homer, made in July 1868, connects its viewers of the 1800s and us, almost 200 years later, to the same summertime activity of picking strawberries. The world shifts and changes, but there are some things that we all look forward to each summer."