Evans Robinson Jr. has long been one of my favorite Artspan artists. I love his evocative, keenly observed landscapes and cityscapes. He was using one of our oldest templates, which showed up small and cramped on a regular computer, and was not viewable on mobile devices. I switched to a newer template, and updated the text to some of our newer fonts. I tried to use the colors on his original site, though by necessity they showed up in different parts of the design. I added a home page, with an image that draws you into the site. And with the new template, the galleries are automatically arranged in a way that makes it easier to view the individual artworks.
We sit down with sculptor Dan Murphy.
1. I like the combination of darkness and light in your work…your sculptures are sinister and humorous at the same time. Do you think about this balance as you create?
Definitely. Nobody likes getting hit on the head with a hammer, which is what happens when the work is too dark. The flip side is nobody looks at the work seriously if it’s just humorous. Since I see myself primarily as a storyteller, I have to have conflict, and that conflict between light and dark is as fundamental and universal as you can get.
Artspan sits down with collage artist Gerald Barnes
Your collages are like boxes of memories. How do you choose your images? Are any of them specific to your life? Your own relatives? Or are they historical figures?
The images I use reflect the things that interest me – art, literature, architecture, history, travel, graphic design and the human condition. I have a large library of material that I’ve collected over the years, ephemera, old magazines and newspapers, stamps and notes. I also use my own drawings and photographs. Usually I select one particular image and then build around that. I have in the past used family photos but there are only so many times you can use Grandma and Grandpa! Some images are of historical figures. Mario García Menocal was President of Cuba from 1913 -1921 and looked like a Hollywood movie star.
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An interview with abstract painter Kelly Burke
Your work seems very personal and connected to your mood or your view of the world on a particular day. You strike an interesting balance between feelings and ideas…the vague and the specific, the soft and the harsh. Do you paint in response to specific events in your life or the world around you? Do you find that your mood changes while you paint…that the very act of exploring your state of mind changes your state of mind?