ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 61

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
formally trained architect,
Lawrence R. Armstrong
is fascinated by
the concept of layers. As Armstrong puts it, “Layers in the Natural
and Built Environment. Layers in Space and Time. Layers in Intellect, in
Emotion.” Whether designing a building or sketching out an art piece,
Armstrong’s aesthetic is concerned with the push/pull of forces in
opposition — forces like chaos and order, spontaneity and precision,
solid and void. The result is work that looks at how these forces create
striations, tensions and balance in our environment.
Armstrong describes his process as receiving inspiration in “flashes of
light… spontaneously, involuntarily, provoked by sensory influences.”
Whether triggered by a piece of music, travel, a book, a person or a
certain mood, the artist allows his flashes to gestate until the perfect
material for conveying the idea reveals itself. This is why he works in
so many different mediums. After creating the basic sketch, Armstrong
works in a flurry of activity, producing a series of pieces focused on
a singular concept in rapid succession. With this process, the work
maintains a sense of spontaneity and innovation, while at the same
time conveying the thoughtfulness of its creator.
Lawrence R. Armstrong has exhibited in Milan, Florence and Bologna,
Italy as well as in the US.
flourish acrylic on layered canvas & wood 97” x 61”
Lawrence R. Armstrong
nfluenced by her fashion background and by Expressionists such as
Max Beckmann and Pablo Picasso,
Sabine Blasko
’s mixedmedia works
exert a curiously arresting influence on the viewer. From countenance
to corsets, each piece is organically feminine, evoking sensual, surreal,
and often emotional themes. These three-dimensional paintings,
mosaics and collages are tactile and richly surfaced, uniting recycled
and natural materials accented in sequins, pearls, and rhinestones. The
artist’s frequent use of deep reds quickens the pulse and invites the eye
to enjoy and engage, underscoring a whimsical yet passionate feeling
that suffuses the pieces.
Blasko’s color-mix brush technique with its contrasting dark and light
shadows dovetails with compositions that reveal more with each
viewing. Her object collages reflect the cultural influences of travels to
the Far East, India, Hong Kong, South America, Turkey and Europe. Each
piece is suggestive, possessing a narrative that appears upon reflection.
“My object art could tell stories; the faces and people could invite the
observer to dive into the expressed emotion or simply to think about
it,” notes Blasko. In combining fine art and design, Sabine Blasko
succeeds in creating a visual language free of traditional artistic rules
and restraints.
Red Jungle Mixed Media on Canvas 27.5” x 20” x 8.5”
Sabine Blasko
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