Artists I’ve been enjoying this week

by Chantal

Oliver Clegg

Oliver Clegg – paintings (usually on evocative salvaged materials), etchings, sculpture, installation, embroideries – his practice pretty much does it all and does it all very well! His works evoke wonderfully brooding narratives and have an echo of childhood memories. Love it! Visit his site here to see his forthcoming exhibitions  – he’s a busy man by the looks of it!

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Mercedes Heinwein

The gorgeous Mercedes Heinwein with her exquisite drawings that seduce you into her fantastical world.  On her website there are also some great video works with accompanying music by Ali Heinwein who I mentioned in the last post. You won’t regret checking them out. Visit A Gallery to see and/or buy  some of her new drawings. Although hands off the “soap and dish” drawing – I want that one!

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The Magic Far Away Tray, Xenz

Xenz, a British spray can artist who creates beautiful soft aerosol works often on the theme of nature. This week was the first time I had seen his work which I came across via Becky Evers blog – which is well worth a look in itself. Unsurprisingly I was particularly delighted by his “vandalised antiques” – spray painted works on found objects. An exhibition of his new paintings Wonderlust is currently on show at The Bicker Gallery in Sydney 11th March – 27th March 2010

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Ruth Claxton – enjoyed checking out her constructed installations populated with cheap figurines and ornaments that have their heads obscured with bizarre additions and excess decoration. Through sculpture and installation Claxton questions the shift towards an increasingly dislocated, individualistic society, where these lovingly appropriated figurines are isolated in the stiflingly beautiful worlds of their own. Having loved Bouke De Vries work recently and now seeing this – I’m struggling to keep my hands away from playing with some glazed ceramics!