Why does man create? Why does he make art objects? Undoubtedly he does so because of a basic drive that causes the human being to react to and become a part of the great adventure of life.

Alma M. Hawkins
ARTISTS & CRAFTS
Scott Mutter's Surrational World

Scott Mutter’s Surrational World

Before there was Photoshop: Photomontage, the combining of two or more negatives, can be traced back to the 1850s. Curator Martin Krause aptly writes: “Photomonteurs have the capacity for stacking one truth upon another, of seeing beyond sight and making seen, and, once done, of truly creating a thing that is to be believed.” Scott...
M.C. Escher at Work

M.C. Escher at Work

M.C. Escher’s eldest son, George A. Escher, on the working habits of his father: M.C. Escher, my father, had his studio at home. His activities were integral parts of our family life and in consequence his personality and his work became blended with my memories of youth. When I try to recognize specific traits connecting...
Hue Are You : Crayon Rings by Tim Liles

Hue Are You : Crayon Rings by Tim Liles

  In 2009, the American Design Club sponsored a show at The Future Perfect in Brooklyn, revolving around the theme of color in contemporary design. Timothy Liles, former footwear designer at Converse, Art Director at Hurley, and furniture/product designer, came up with these artful gems. For obvious reasons, they have proven to be a product...
David Maisel : Library of Dust 2005 - 2006

David Maisel : Library of Dust 2005 – 2006

Artist Statement: Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families. The...