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#itlist: art break

the coolest artists you've never seen before.

by: julian wellisz

October 24 2012

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Our month of #Itlists wouldn't be complete without paying our dues to the art scene.

We asked four artists who are all part of an online art group called The Tappan Collective—the best part of being that you can shop directly from the site—to pick a favorite piece and talk shop.

Stare at their work in gallery or actually do something about all of that empty wall space, but first get to know the talent.

The Medium
I consider myself a printmaker first and foremost and I like to explore with how your eye reacts to color. I've been really into printing with lemon gelatin which is a process that I guess I've invented because I haven't seen anyone else do it. When I mixed lemon juice with a transparent base it would turn into cottage cheese, so I couldn't print with it. I developed a gelatin to print with. It looks like nothing, but then I throw it in my mom's oven at home and I use a use a heat gun to shave. It's hidden energy that comes to life as I work.

Current Work
I've been engaged with ready-made work on Tumblr because all of these images are being reproduced and re-blogged tens of thousands of times, so I'm interested printing them in a log but also commenting on the fact that many of the images we see are meaningless. As you continue to scroll through a blog you'll see thousands of images, but none that really mean anything.

The Message
It's partly about the reblogged images along with the loss of innocence—there's fifteen year-old girls posting about LSD and it's scary to me, but it's really fascinating.

Where To Get It

The Tappan Collective


OLIVIA WOLFE

The Medium
I'm about to start painting again, which I'm really excited about. I love a medium until I hate, it until I love it again, but i always go back to painting. It's nice to have the ability and curiosity to mess around with different materials, because it keeps you from feeling restricted. I will work with anything from paint to glass to yarn to garbage. It all depends on what I'm drawn to at that moment.

Current Work
This piece is from the first group show that the Tappan Collective put on in LA. The show revolved around questions surrounding the topic of our virtual lives and how we all interact with the world through our various devices. I took pieces from texts I'd received and transcribed them to wood panels with various materials—the materials being less relevant to the work than the actual process. All the texts regarded subjects that warranted at least a few minutes of effort, and the creation of these pieces was sort of demonstration; a devotion of time that was never allotted to a conversation in the first place. Waking up to a break up text, finding out a friend got hit by a car, a drug overdose, etc. It's amazing how much we can all remove ourselves from having to deal with life by just sending a text instead.

The Message
i just love art that makes me feel something. i may hate someone's work, but that's way better than just not feeling anything. i think the worst reaction possible to art is indifference.

Where To Get It
The Tappan Collective


EVAN ROBARTS

Medium
Sculpture is the most organic for me but I don't really have any preference when it comes to which materials I use. Recently I've been using a lot of found objects in conjunction with other industrial supplies.

Current Work
This is a recent exploration which expands on the dialogue between material and form. Sticks of all sorts have been collected and fastened together at their end points, creating a three-dimensional object. It was made  specifically for the 'Savage Detectives' group show at RH Gallery with artists: Tyler Healy, Dean Levin, Sandy Kim, Jack Greer and Peter Sutherland. Child hood memories are always finding their way back into my work and this piece was a spring board back in time, when I would create castles and forms with whatever was in front of me.

The Message
I have and and will continue to be excited by the interplay between art and other industries: science, fashion, music. Seeing these relationships evolve and blossom into new expression.

Where To Get It
The Tappan Collective


CHELSEA NEMAN

Medium
Although trained with oils, I mostly use pen and acrylic paints.

Current Work
I've always incorporated writing into my work, within these abstracts there are layers of poetry and personal entries that remain only as texture. I'm interested now in simplifying my forms and color, making the words a more prominent aspect of the work.

The Message
My art is personal, it's much more an expression of myself than it is a comment on anything else. I can only hope that they inspire others the way they continue to inspire me.

Where To Get It
The Tappan Collective
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