Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco. They are a husband and wife artistic duo living in San Francisco, CA. Cassandra has a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and Ernie is a self taught artist. Doubleparlour’s work includes solo and collaborative pieces in a variety of mediums and materials. They strive to produce well-crafted artwork with an emphasis on peculiar, humorous, and melacholy characters.
London based hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck explores both the transience of life and a sense of permanence with this striking series of large-scale skulls. A biological structure that has become a near-universal symbol pervasive in art throughout most cultures and religions, “Mass” celebrates the form that connects all humankind.
Jack Mears is a recent graduate student from UWE Bristol who likes to make ceramic figures and draw pictures of silly dogs. His collection of tiny head ceramic dogs captures the dignity and poise of man’s best friend, as they lounge, do the bridge and cock their legs for optimum territory marking opportunities.
Internet Culture specialist Tom Galle is an NYC-based digital creative blending contemporary tech influences with expressive works of art. By combining seemingly disparate ideas together and backing them up with an oftentimes witty avant-garde approach, he creates game-changing visual displays, webpages, products, memes, and performative compositions.
Paris, France based Duy Anh Nhan Duc was born in 1983 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nature is the matrix Duc’s artworks. A constant search for alliance and osmosis to present a different vision of plant kingdom. “Through my work, I intend to capture the unique allure of vegetation, to transcribe the emotions it arouses in me and to stage it in the narrative it brings to my mind.”
In his workshop, Duy Anh Nhan Duc smoothly transforms dandelion, clover, poppy, hydrangea, lichen… he gathers during walks. He turns them into artwork that stops the cycle of time and unveils the poetry of the moment’s delicateness. Sailing between the awareness and the beauty of the ephemeral, revealing the meditation and radicalness implied by nature, Duy Anh Nhan Duc ceaselessly plunges into the living beauty.
John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.
His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity. He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.
Chao Harn Kae was born in Malaysia. He graduated in Malaysia Institute of Art (Major in Fine Art) in 1997. He has resided and worked in Hong Kong since 2004. He has been participating in art exhibitions in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.
Chao uses clay to create the most unusual sculptures of quirky creatures, many of which combine human elements such as hands protruding from their heads. The fragility of his ceramic pieces hints at our own fragile existence on earth, and how we’re closer to nature than we might think.
New York based Natalia Arbelaez is a first generation Colombian American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship.
“My work serves as a bridge to research my history and culture while aiming to preserve. I look to the history of Latin American and the Amerindian people; I work with how these identities are lost through conquest, migration, and time, gained through family, culture, exploration, and passed down through tradition and genetic memory. I use these influences to contribute to a contemporary dialogue while simultaneously continuing the work of my ancestors. There has been so much loss and stigma of these communities that it is important to me that my work celebrates and honors them.” Natalia Arbelaez
Dallas-based artist Dan Lam (previously featured here) has been working on another batch of dripping otherworldly work. “Bait” offers a continued exploration of color, form and the interactions of her imaginative sculptural organisms.Whether seen in the process itself, or the final result, which exudes both an intense beauty and an intense uncomfortability, Lam plays with these polarities and examines them closely. These pieces will be on display at Spoke SF until October 28.
Matthew Quick (previously featured here) is an Australian artist. His paintings & sculpture use narrative realism to provoke & tell stories. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.
Quick is an artist who masterfully layers meaning—not only are the works a unique amalgamation of the tradition of landscape painting and surrealism, they are imbued with metaphors and stories. He tells stories and makes quirky observations of the world around us. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the unfolding of chapters in an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.