San Francisco artist Alexis Arnold loves to explore unpredictable three-dimensional sculptures. With previous works centered around everything from training bra nets to faux-lawn upholstered decorations, her more recent Past Of Our Future and The Crystallized Book Series sees Arnold mixing scientific experimentation with everyday objects. Combining Borax crystals with things near and dear to human hearts, like vintage furniture and weathered books, Arnold grows wonderfully organic forms out of objects both malleable and solid, invoking nostalgia all along the way. As Arnold says herself in the following interview, "Time (and its physical/visual presence) is an ever-present concept in my work, as well as a large factor in crystal growth" -- and it is this idea that adds even more importance to the past in her sculptures, as it contrasts with the present.
"Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway." -- J.D. Salinger - Catcher In The Rye

 

Flatcolor Gallery does an ace thing once again, with Obsessive Repulsive, curated by Ryan Bubnis! Bubnis, alongside Jesse Reno and Skinner, will be displaying new works that are simultaneously adorable and depressing/brutal, and the freedom each of them has when creating new forms is evident. Check out some images from...

Works That Disturb is an exhibition that continues through March 27th, 2010 at the Alphonse Berber in Berkeley, California. It certainly features some disturbing, wonderful things.   Annie McKnight's Untitled features bracelets made of...

With a style that embraces creatures as well as tribal influences and sophisticated patterns, Skinner is an artist who truly knows his style, yet never becomes boring. Skinner's pieces, which feature everything from helmeted guards to reptilian creatures and evil castles with faces, might remind you of a nerd's favorite...

I can scarcely think of a better pairing of artists than the current show at the San Francisco branch of Gallery 1988, which features gig poster artist Daniel Danger and Daniel McCarthy. Both artist create pieces with heavy nature elements, stark color contrasts, and grandiose underlying messages that truly, truly...

On rare occasions, a gallery does such amazing things with its space that you kind of want to poop yourself with excitement. Gallery 1988, which has one branch in Los Angeles and one branch in San Francisco, makes me want to just that with their latest exhibits. They are doing...

"Whether this impulse is made manifest in the form of an everyday act like putting on jewelry, or in an overt act of ritual, such as the adornment of a religious icon with flower garlands, we as humans are ubiquitously driven to decorate our world, to sanctify it, and to...