Month: November 2012

Cayce Zavaglia’s renegade embroidery

Cayce Zavaglia paints in wool and thread and silk.  Her remarkable “renegade embroidery,” as she calls it, is done on Belgian linen from one of the 100 or more photographs she snaps of each subject before beginning her layered portrait works. (See video at the bottom of this […]

Rafael Ochoa’s Digital Marionettes

Rafael Ochoa’s expertise is illusion. In form and texture, these marionettes appear created but are in fact digitally produced. Ochoa is one of nine artists featured at Angell Gallery who are at the forefront of contemporary digital art. The exhibition, called Simulators, is part of the Toronto gallery’s ongoing […]

The Ambiance of a Finnish Market

Eela Laitinen, a Finnish artist studying in the U.K., created these sketches to capture the ambiance of Helsinki market square. They’re compelling for the depth of colour and surrealistic scope. She says she’s hoping to bind them into a book. But her long-term focus is textile design (see […]

Collage: The Group of 7 Billion

The edgy Hamilton-based Group of 7 Billion just launched a website for its hundreds of collages, done with wry humour in vintage materials in recurring themes that include cats (lots of them), nudes and space images.  They’re sometimes Monty Python-esque and always recognizable.  This loose collective of friends  […]

Discarded Books: ‘Objects of Beauty’

Photo artist Cara Barer experiments with curling irons, clothes pins and water to transform discarded books into coiled, crumpled objects of beauty.   She says her photographs “are primarily a documentation of a physical evolution . . . The way we choose to research and find information is also […]

Michael Murray: A Knack for New Media

Glasgow-based Michael Murray works in digital mixed media – 3D modelling with photography and digital painting – to produce his crisply executed contemporary art. His new media work runs from stylish photo collages and abstracts to complex digital aerial scenes of real or conceptual locations. (Above: Glasgow Tenements)