Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

By Kris Kleinknight We Americans celebrate our Nation’s Day of Independence in different ways.  Some people are spending time with family at their lake house; some gather with friends downtown to enjoy their city’s parade or huge fireworks show; some will enjoy a quiet night at home watching the fireworks televised from our Nation’s Capital, and then there are those who will grill out with friends, eat mass quantities and blow up stuff.  We are fortunate to live in a country where we are free to choose! At this point in the summer, my mind is on festivities of the 4th of July weekend.  In addition, I’m always intrigued with anything having to do with Art or Design so why not combine the two?  With that, I would like to introduce you to three artists working in Red, White or Blue. RED Sandy Skoglund – photography and installation artist Originally from Massachusetts, she studied art history and studio art at Smith College, then attended Sorbonne, and finally the University of Iowa where she studied filmmaking, multimedia, and printing.  She began work as a conceptual artist in New York.  She creates her installations and also photographs the work for gallery viewing.  Some of her most renowned pieces are Radioactive Cats, Fox Games, and Revenge of the Goldfish.  Please see her website and enjoy! WHITE Sayaka Ganz – sculptor and multi-media artist Born in Yokohama, Japan; she grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Ganz identifies a strong Japanese influence in her work, even though she grew up in several different countries. She studied at Indiana University Bloomington where she explored various media, from ceramics to printmaking, before determining sculpture and welding as her expressive vehicles of choice.  Using reclaimed plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. . She currently resides in Indiana where she teaches at IPFW. “I believe the best way for artists to help reduce waste is to show how beautiful these materials can be, and what can be done with these mundane objects and materials. When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less.” To see more, visit her website. BLUE Jeff Koons – Pop artist, sculptor and multi-media artist Originally from York, Pennsylvania; he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art.  His first solo exhibition was in 1980.  One of his first influential pieces was created by taking a readymade inflatable rabbit and casting the object in highly polished stainless steel, resulting in Rabbit (1986). He has created several series of work, each different from the last.  The Celebration Series included more giant scaled balloon inspired shapes and animals including Balloon Dog which is now an icon. Koons currently lives and works in New York.  Please take a moment to view his site. Thank you for taking this mini Red, White, and Blue artists’ tour, and I wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day!

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