Artist Kim Johnson finds assemblage material on her self-assigned life trails. Sometimes that when she’s cross training on Lone Mountain, or what she see's in the streets of the 18b Arts District while helping Ruzo Logic curate and assemble Guerrilla Kages. The scraps become mixed media works anchored with painted eyes peering out of forms shaped by the urban desert. That collection of hanging sculpture and paintings explore themes of microcosmic and macrocosmic, says Johnson, and the viewer becomes part of a larger ecosystem.
The eyes vary in size. “How big things get, or how small things get . . . they are directly related one another.” Johnson says preparing for her show that, to the artist, is also environmental statement. “Ecology studies are an underlying message. To create awareness out natural environment, and how we live in it,” she says, adding it’s also about "human beings react to each other.”
"Wunder Kammer" artist reception is May 29.
Abraham Abebe at Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery May 22, 2015. His exhibition "ጉዞ =Journey" runs through July 10. From the release:
"ጉዞ" is an Amharic word pronounced “guzo” and meaning “journey.” Artist Abraham Abebe began depicting probability in his paintings after ruminating about his own odds-defying journey from his birthplace of Ethiopia to Las Vegas. Provoked by thoughts of his improbable trek to another country so different from his own and the correlation of the role “probability” plays in his new home of Las Vegas.
Photo: Simba Anbassa
Photos: Jim Bachor
Chicago artist Jim Bachor is a tile artist not afraid to go guerrilla to fix city potholes with themed mosaics. That's handy in a city with roads that have holes big enough to jar a steering wheel out a drivers hand. From This is Colossal:
This year Bachor decided on a series of 10 pothole mosaics called Treats in the Streets featuring different kinds of ice cream. At the latest count, four artworks have appeared in locations around Chicago, and he traveled all the way to Jyväskylä, Finland last week to do three more mosaics including a local popsicle-like dessert called Amppari-mehujaa.
Jim Bachor previous mosaic street art were "pothole" series and flower series. At his website, which has more samples of beautiful satirical work, he wrote:
"Using the same materials, tools and methods of thearchaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present.
His Instagram is updated regularly.
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