Gratification

Introducing our second pick for our Art you must acquire project:

Gratification was created by Michael Janis, an amazing artist.  His work is strong and powerful.  His technique is growing, and he continues to develop new series and directions at every turn.  If you intend to collect art, you must own some of his work.  Start here:
 

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Title: Gratification
Author: Michael Janis
Sgraffitto technique, glass & steel
Price: $500
Dimensions are 20″ x 20″ x 2″

The basis of imagery started as soft-core pornography, where he pixelated a (severely cropped) image and created square separately, using crushed black powdered glass. The individual squares were then re-assembled & fused together.
Artist bio:

Born in Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Washington, DC

I first began working with glass in Australia during the 1990’s, where my architectural projects received international design awards. I returned to the United States and moved to Washington, DC in 2003, and became part of the Washington Glass School teaching courses in high relief cast glass. I became Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in 2005.

My artwork involves kilnworking my fused glass images together in an uneasy juxtaposition or creating a transparent environments where reflections and shadows remove all boundaries. With a technique called “sgraffito” where figures and forms are shaped by manipulating glass dust with sifters, brushes and scalpel blades. The delicate nature of glass powder is exploited and the frit powder images can be changed by the slightest tap. My goal is to move glass from craft and technique-driven work towards content-driven artwork.

Working in various glass techniques, I teach at the Washington Glass School, and have taught at the international glass center: The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Penland School of Crafts.

My work is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is also featured in the new international book about the best in glass art and design; 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass.

My themes deal with issues of identity and transformation, and my latest series is based on Tarot Card imagery. 

Contact us for more information or visit artdc.org for images by Michael Janis

Nils Henrik Sundqvist

For our first recommendation, view the work below by Nils Henrik Sundqvist. He’s an amazing artist who works with great force moving forward, both with his art and his organization “Art Outlet.” It’s uniqe and affordable. After a number of visits to art fairs like the AAF, I’ve learned that there can be work that’s both affordable and incredibly strong with impact. Henrik has a very dark theme. He ads to his work with technique, and wonderful materials. As usual, I’m torn, this is work that I would love to own, but I can’t collect everything, so I’d love to see you own this work, support a fine artist.

Blood Flowers, State II
Softground Etching & Hardground Etching
Chine-Collé (with Cirrus White) on Chautara Lokta, Pink
18 x 12 inches
ed 20
$250.00, unframed
Artists Statement:
My drawings serve as studies and are used as an early stage for my prints. The drawings, etchings and silkscreen prints feature traditional subjects, such as portraits and societal or political issues. I cover themes such as racial profiling, oil politics, environmental hazards, consumer culture and gun laws.
The print series “Flores Muertas” depicts the issue of where our flowers come from, what kind of hidden real costs and dangers lie behind them and questions global capitalism as a real danger to people and the environment. Columbia is the dominant producer of U.S. cut flowers. To produce cosmetically perfect blooms for export to the U.S. and Europe, Columbia’s 80,000 flower industry workers, mostly women, perform long hours of physically grueling and hazardous labor.
In an award-winning documentary from Columbia by Marta Rodriguez and Jorge Silva, “Amor, Mujeres y Flores” (Love, Women and Flowers), one worker says “Flowers are very beautiful, but they’re a health hazard. Behind every flower there is death.” In a 1995 article for the Global Pesticide Campaigner called “New Harvests, Old Problems: Feeding the Global Supermarket,” Lori Ann Thrup writes that rose and carnation producers in Ecuador use an average of six fungicides, four insecticides, and several herbicides. The situation is worse in Colombia, where flower plantation workers near Bogota are exposed to 127 types of pesticides. In addition to the human toll, flower farms have polluted and depleted Bogota’s streams and ground water.
Pollinators—most often bees, butterflies, birds, and bats—who transfer pollen from one flower to another are critical to fruit and seed production. In fact, animals provide pollination services for over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind, and for 90% of all flowering plants in the world. The flower industry takes it’s toll. The average North American or Western European consumer only cares about buying a flower bouquet for less than $20.00.
Think twice, you are buying a pretty cheap death.

If you are interested in this work, or would like to see more images from this artist, please contact us here.

Read the details about the ‘art you must acquire’ project here.

Find more about Henrik.

art you must acquire

artdc.com is presenting a regular list of works that you simply must acquire. This work has been selected for its quality, concept, impact, and/or artist’s activity. This art must be recognized, and we’d like to see you own this art. 

Each work will be presented with information about the work and the artist. As the site grows with our selections, we hope to make an impact representing top-notch work.  When thinking about acquiring art, we want to know that the work itself is of high quality and that the artist is serious with the intent of producing art for the long run. Personally, this is even more important than an artist with an established career.

Read the details here.

Studio Space Available.

We just got word that a wonderful space is available in Gabriel Thy’s studio at 52 Ost.  Not only is he an amazing artist to share a space with, but his space is unreal.  The place even has a dedicated separate varnishing room.  Kitchen.  Bath.  1500 square feet and all the things that an art studio should be.  I get excited just thinking about it.  It should be yours too. 

Find details and contact through artdc.org here:
http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=10673.0

the side of the Ost building

the side of the Ost building