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Made With Color Presents: Pop Culture And Vintage Comics Colide In The Work Of Emmett Potter

Emmett Potter - Design 40Emmett Potter - Design 36Emmett Potter - Design 35Brawl_BlackFinal.jpgWe’re glad to introduce, via the website building platform Made With Color, new artists weekly. Made With Color is an interactive website builder helping creative people design their portfolio without a complicated set up. The templates are minimalistic in their structure and their colors, allowing the eyes of the readers to focus on the art pieces.  This week we’re excited to share the work of Made With Color user Emmett Potter.

Vibrant colors and figurative shapes live in Emmet Potter’s art pieces. The artist uses mid 20th century comic graphics, advertisements, found objects and photography. His subjects therefore become mixed media pieces blending collage and paint. He calls them ‘handmade ready-mades’. Characters in action involving guns, missiles, love and war in a vivid and  expressive environment. The content depicted by Emmett Potter is inspired by Pop culture and Jungian archetypes. A chosen process to help increase communication with the mass and unfold collective consciousness. The rendering takes the form of traditional canvas paintings or unusual sculpture composition.

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Simen Johan

Simon Johan‘s wilderness photographs and sculptures are like portraits of animals you’d want to meet.

Born in Norway and having studied in New York and Sweden, Johan’s work has been exhibited and showcased in many venues including LACMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and none other than Beautiful/Decay Issue J!

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Benjamin King Is Into The Wild

Immediacy and quick brush work are the main ingredients in Benjamin King’s loose landscapes.

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Emmanuelle Pidoux’s Dark Masses

Emmanuelle Pidoux lives and works in Dunkerque, France and is one of the founding members of the Frederic Magazine drawing collective. Her work frequently features mysterious dark matter. These menacing black masses engulf every scene. Occasionally figures and animals are barely visible within the dingy fog. The drawings reference the grim side of nature as well as man-made air pollution to comment on the power of the universe and our often damaging effect on the environment.   

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ADAM NIKELWICZ Sausage Sculptures & Oil Paint Covered Sliced Bread

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 A hermetically sealed canning jar containing a piece of sausage that is shaped into the sign of infinity

Adam Niklewicz creates humorous and poetic conceptual sculptures that reference his Polish heritage, his life long love affair with art ( He ate paint as a high school student), and his enginuity to create everything from an infinity sign to a working recorder out of Polish sausage. These and more projects by Adam can be seen after the jump.

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Irma Gruenholz: Clay Illustrations

irma gruenholz cocinaIrma Gruenholz creates charming illustrations out of clay.  Treat yourself to some afternoon clay delight.

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Anna Schuleit’s Installation Of 28,000 Flowers Inside A Mental Health Center

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With spring around the corner I can’t help but think about flowers, which led me to consider Anna Schuleit’s installation Bloom, 2003, a site-specific installation at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston.  Though now over ten years old I feel the idea that art and beauty can heal is a powerful and ever-relevant concept.  The installation consisted of over 28,000 flowers, 5,600 square feet of live sod and recorded sound that played over the old public service announcement system.  The flowers and sod filled four floors of the historic building and the basement hallways.

The building, which was slated for demolition, had a long and complicated history, having hosted thousands of patients and employees over the years.  Struck by the absence of both life and color after visiting the site, Schuleit conceived of BLOOM, reinvigorating the building with an impressive display of flowers and transforming it into a fantasy world for four days.  After the installation Schuleit had the flowers donated to half-way houses and psychiatric hospitals throughout New England.  As she said of the installation in her interview with Colossal, “I wanted these flowers to continue onward, after the installation. Bloom was a reflection on the healing symbolism of flowers given to the sick when they are bedridden and confined to hospital settings. As a visiting artist I had observed an astonishing absence of flowers in psychiatric settings. Here, patients receive few, if any, flowers during their stay. Bloom was created to address this absence, in the spirit of offering and transition.”

Check out more of Schuleit’s work at her website and read the full interview with her here. All images copyright Anna Schuleit.

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