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July 2012

Chris Garofalo

Chris garofaloCeramicist Chris Garofalo highlights the exquisite beauty of the natural world. She reinterprets conventional images of plant and animal life, drawing inspiration from underwater creatures, her own garden, and even from under a scientist’s microscope.

Garofalo is intrigued by the vast similarities in the shapes of life forms existing on land, sea, and air, on micro and macro cosmoses and organisms. Her ceramic sculptures are inspired by those forms whether extant or extinct. Each sculpture is unique, non-representational, beautifully crafted, and exquisitely glazed.

Garofalo’s work also explores the unpredictable, the unrepeatable and the accidental potential of form in an emergent evolution. Her exhibits become their own ecology—a “playground of contingency”—presenting a subtle reminder of our responsibilities as the single most dominant species on Earth today.

This artist and longtime Chicago resident renders her original take on evolution and art in delicate sculptures that capture the perpetually evolving nature of nature itself. In fact, Chris herself has evolved from printmaker and graphic designer and has been living in Chicago since 1980.  She has exhibited both locally and internationally, including at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago and the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, and is currently represented by the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.

Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva

Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva are Work of My Hands, an artist team in San Diego. Their new work explores lighting as an artistic element in sculpture, designed to highlight organic textures and industrial elements. Working with lighting adds so many dimensions to a piece of art, and with these sculptures, they love giving a great big kick in the pants to traditional lighting, and providing pieces of interest and fascination that intrigue the viewer. 

They have a video related to a Kickstarter project launched in 2012, that demonstrates some of their work.  You can see it here: Electricity in Art: Sculptural Lighting

Apricot Mantle

Apricot-mantle-beetlejuiceVScasper1Taking inspiration from science fiction and horror B movies, Apricot Mantle carefully stages intense scenes of terror and tragedy with vivid colors and cartoon realism. With a background in prop and set building, he utilizes special effect secrets and tricks to create unique and personalized frames that become extensions of the artwork.


Apricot creates his drawings with Prismacolor pencils. His artwork is inspired by various Science Fiction and Horror movies, taking from them the cheesy and kitsch aspects. They are his envisionments of B movies that are fleshed out using vivid colors and strong cartoonistic realism.

Using a wide array of fabrication techniques he builds his own unique custom frames to continue the concept and theme of the piece beyond the paper. He feels that conventional frames often times limit the art to be restricted to the confines of a simple rectangle. His work stands out from the wall and often resembles a sort of, "art theme park". Each drawing tells a different story and the custom frames help to illustrate that idea further.

The actual building process he uses mimics the same techniques that are used in designing and building props and sets for movies. He was taught by movie special effects engineer Rick Hilgner of Creative Concepts Enterprises who has been making special effects for movies for over 20 years. Apricot uses practical movie effect tricks and secrets in creating some of the finishes for the frames.