Stuart Frost

Mar 29, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

1.     Untitled Seagull – created from seagull quills
2.     Untitled Pelican – created from pelican quills
3.     The Cage – created from seagull quills
4.     Rotated – created from seagull feathers
5.     Iris – created from seagull feathers
6.     Alsomnia – created from seagull feathers
7.     Alsomitra – created from seagull feathers
8.     Algoria – created from seagull feathers

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Stuart’s production as a whole is characterised by the interest for the physical character of the natural-objects, their specific place within their specific environment and their relationship to culture, myths and history.

It is with this perspective in mind that he creates his work. Constantly wandering, Stuart searches for laces where the impact of the forces of nature can be most strongly felt.

He has travelled from one extreme geographical end ecological-to the other: from Central America’s green and luxuriant vegetation and sunburnt planes, to Scandinavia’s ice- and snow- covered mountain landscapes. In all of those places that he has been he has quite deliberately used those local materials available: spruce bark from Black Forest, bracken from “Forest of Dean”, ice from Finland, papyrus and pelican feathers from Peru, goose feathers from Canada, willow from Denmark, Giant Hogweed from the north of Norway and cork and feathers from Portugal.

Frost works also directly in the landscape where he lets the work spring out of the material and environment, later letting nature take its natural course. The projects have been many and varied. In Forest of Dean where Frost had a longer stay as Artist in Residence- he made a work titled bracken ring: a standing circular form of bracken. Placed in a glade, the mythic, pre-historical character of the circle was accentuated by the contrasting surroundings: vertical forest vegetation.

In The Cotton factory Gallery in Norway he made the installation “The bird has flown” where a cage made of feathers stand in strong contrast to a massive reed wall. Like to opposite architectural principles.

He explored something similar in the installation “The Temple” that was made in a folly in Scotland a residency in Dumfries and Galloway. Stuart used the same roof thatching technique and filled the follies floor with this softer material.

To some extent the studio works can be seen to break that pattern. He has parallel actively exhibited this work in Galleries and Museums. Their relationship to the artist’s environmental work’s, is nevertheless important. In the same way as the works carried out in nature, Frost’s sculptures signify an unmistakable respect for the organic materials – as well as a skilful manipulation of those often too forgotten materials. Frost playfully investigates the distinctive characteristics of the materials, by stretching their inherent properties to extremes. This theme runs like a thread trough his production-through the whole of his artistic development.

The original and unique in Frost’s works lies in the metamorphosis of the organic materials. Frost is consequently faithful to the inherent character of the raw material, at the same time as he with an open mind lets it go through extensive aesthetic transformations. He changes them into something quite different, and by doing this makes us see – for example the Giant Hogweed – in a completely new way.

He turns them into something else – something beautiful, somehow paradoxical and somewhat surprising – in order to let us see more clearly what they really are. It is not the artist’s subject, but the mysteries of natural objects, which are explored in these artworks.

http://www.stuartianfrost.com/artworks/default.asp?bot=2

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Nathan Fischer

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Nathan Fischer spent his childhood at his father’s bronze fine art foundry, the Monterey Sculpture Center. There he learned the process of casting bronze sculpture for world renowned artists. Working with his father Charles Fischer, an accomplished sculptor, and constant exposure to other artists and their work instilled in him an awareness of art and creativity. At an early age, he recognized the role that art and the artistic process would play in his life. Fischer then focused his interest for the creative process toward his University studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, emphasizing in interior design, with studies in art and art history.

Immediately after graduation he focused on his art career after securing gallery shows in Southern California, and the San Francisco bay area. He now shows throughout California, as well as in Arizona, New York, and Las Vegas. Fischer currently resides in Orange County, CA, spending much time though in Monterey, CA at his studio space in the Monterey Sculpture Center. His work is in private and corporate collections from most major cities in the U.S, to Dubai.

Fischer’s work is unique in that it combines the patina process used in bronze sculpture, with the qualities and tone of contemporary painting. Work is done on bronze panels, not canvas. No pigment is applied to the panels, but more a transformation of the color of the metal itself through the patina process. The unique process and medium of the artwork is presented in a manner that the individual can relate to and associate with.

http://www.fischerarts.com/

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Alessandro Catuogno

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Born into a sea-faring family, the sea is always close to Alessandro Catuogno’s heart.  He’s tried to capture all of her aspects, the calm and the rough, as a medium for sport, or simply as scenic background. Even though they’ve drifted apart over the years, the sea remains the fondest memory of his youth spent in Marina Piccola. As it often happens, one’s passion becomes one’s work. All began in the early 70’s with a spark of enthusiasm and a camera lent by a friend. Since that day, Alessandro has spent many hours in a dark room developing his first monochrome films, watching the magic of the pictures appearing on the paper, still immersed in the developing trays.

Much time has passed since then, but his passion for photography has remained strong, actually increased thanks to the development in modern technology which has given birth to a new world he is discovering day by day.  Alessandro’s main activity now, is the fine art printing process, with carbon piezography inks on rag papers, and a matt cutting system, for all his international clients, and for his small gallery in Capri.

Visit Alessandro Catuogno’s websites:

www.alessandrocatuogno.com
www.capri-fineartprints.com

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Bryan Beedon

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Born in St.Clair, Michigan in 1975, Bryan developed an early love of art, nature and wildlife, spending much of his youth exploring the woods and beaches around his home.   A lifelong fan of the arts, he aspired to be a filmmaker,  attending the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan from 1998-1999.  Currently Bryan lives in Indiana with his wife Sarah and son Jared, where he works as a construction worker, painting in his free time.  Bryan can be contacted at [email protected].

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David Burdeny

Dec 30, 2010 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, David Burdeny has degrees in both Interior design and a Masters in Architecture. At the age of 12, David started to photograph the prairie landscape and make his own black and white prints in a makeshift darkroom that also served as his bedroom closet. Primarily self taught, his architecture and design background greatly influences his penchant for simple exacting photographs of sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind. Influenced by notable photographers such Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Fay Goodwin, David purposefully photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes can not. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative.

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Alessandro Catuogno

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Born into a sea-faring family, the sea is always close to Alessandro Catuogno’s heart.  He’s tried to capture all of her aspects, the calm and the rough, as a medium for sport, or simply as scenic background. Even though they’ve drifted apart over the years, the sea remains the fondest memory of his youth spent in Marina Piccola. As it often happens, one’s passion becomes one’s work. All began in the early 70’s with a spark of enthusiasm and a camera lent by a friend. Since that day, Alessandro has spent many hours in a dark room developing his first monochrome films, watching the magic of the pictures appearing on the paper, still immersed in the developing trays.
Much time has passed since then, but his passion for photography has remained strong, actually increased thanks to the development in modern technology which has given birth to a new world he is discovering day by day.  Alessandro’s main activity now, is the fine art printing process, with carbon piezography inks on rag papers, and a matt cutting system, for all his international clients, and for his small gallery in Capri.

Visit Alessandro Catuogno’s websites:

www.alessandrocatuogno.com
www.capri-fineartprints.com

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Linda Gass

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Linda Gass has been making art since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush and her love of textiles began when her grandmother taught her to sew and embroider as a child. In her early adult years, she took a detour through technology after graduating from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science and worked in the software industry for 10 years. Linda returned to making art 16 years ago and makes textile-based art informed by site, maps, aerial photography and her concern for our natural environment. She exhibits her work internationally in galleries and museums. Her work is published in numerous books and magazines including The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, 500 Art Quilts, Fiberarts Design Book 7, Art Quilts: A Celebration, American Style, American Craft, ArtWeek, Art Calendar, and Fiberarts. She was featured in two episodes of Simply Quilts on Home & Garden Television and has taught workshops at Arrowmont and the Mendocino Art Center. She travels extensively in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work. Linda is an artist in residence at the Palo Alto Cubberley Artist Studios and a master member of the Baulines Craft Guild. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. In the past, she served on the boards of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and the Textile Arts Council of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and was a founding member of The Main Gallery in Redwood City.

http://www.lindagass.com/

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Pam Longobardi

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Pam Longobardi has had over 40 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, China, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her artworks are in numerous collections including commissions for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Facility and First Tennessee Bank, Memphis.  Her work involves painting, prints, photography and installations and addresses the psychological relationship between humans and the natural world. Longobardi was artist in residence through the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy, in 2009 and NY Arts/Beijing.  She was included in the 2004 exhibition Birdspace shown at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Norton Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum and four other US museums. She received a 1994 SAF\NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting and 1997 Tennessee Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship. In 2005 Longobardi was named recipient of Georgia State University’s Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, where she is Professor of Art.  Longobardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has created the Drifters Project, www.driftwebs.com, an ongoing project of photography, installation and environmental intervention focusing on marine debris and plastics pollution.  This work was shown in Beijing at NY ARTS/Beijing during the 2008 Olympics and at ARTLIFEfortheworld in Venice for the 2009 Venice Biennale ARTE VISIVI collateral exhibitions.  She has a new book published by Edizione Charta (Milan, NY) called Drifters:  Plastics, Pollution and Personhood.

www.pamlongobardi.com

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Paul Kenny

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Born and educated in Salford, in the Northwest of England, Paul Kenny completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. In 2004 he returned to North Northumberland where he now lives and works not far from Holy Island with his wife Margaret. He has travelled to work in Japan, France and Ireland but the main focus in developing his unique vision is the remote beaches of Wester Ross in north-west Scotland and the Western fringes of the outlying Islands. In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and now spends time annually at their facility in North West Mayo, Eire. He has work in some major public and private collections including Deutche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the National Photography Collection, Bradford and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Vist Paul’s website:

http://www.paul-kenny.co.uk/index.html

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Marc Petrovic

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Marc Petrovic graduated from the Cleveland institute of art in 1991. He was the recipient of the top Agnes Gund Memorial scholarship. Marc works out of his private studio that he shares with his wife Kari Russell-Pool near their home in Essex, Connecticut – Kari’s work can be seen at karirussell-pool.com. Marc and his wife have two wonderful children, Phoebe and Kay, and two above average dogs, Pixie and Roux.  Check out his website, www.marcpetrovic.com

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