Category Archives: Found Art

Merry Old Sole

Willie Cole’s artistic training began in the 1960s: with his dollar-a-week allowance, the Newark native visited S. Klein’s Department Store and bought model kits of plastic cars and superheroes. He’d put them together according to the directions – but that … Continue reading

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From Milk to Mascara

This is the intriguing title for Eva Mantell’s upcoming talk on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., at the West Windsor Arts Center. Mantell is one of the artists in Recyclone, on view through Feb. 26, featuring three artists who work … Continue reading

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Means of Containment

For years, book artist Miriam Schaer observed gloves on the streets of New York: lost or abandoned, left to the elements,  tattered; or, in some cases, expensive gloves, or gloves that may have belonged to children. Schaer wanted to bring … Continue reading

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Let the Good Times Roll

What’s that high-pitched sound you hear as you enter the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dorrance Galleries? Must be ringing in your ears, you think, as you look, first, at the self-portrait by Michelangelo Pistoletto: a life-size serious man-in-the-gray-flannel-suit type fellow … Continue reading

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She’s Back!

I last wrote about Diane Savona nearly two years ago (see post), but she’s back, this time with work in From the Archives at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. The Passaic-based artist embeds domestic objects between layers … Continue reading

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Rubber Soul

For four months I’ve been walking by the recycled tire sculptures of Chakaia Booker on the Michael Graves terrace at the Arts Council of Princeton, thinking ok, I need to find out more about this artist. Then, I spotted her … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

That’s the title of this piece by Eric Schultz. I first saw it on the wall of Coby Green-Rikfin at Grounds For Sculpture in September, before it moved on to a show at the Chapin School (4101 Princeton Pike, Lawrence, … Continue reading

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Long Live Chagall

Imagine visiting this confiserie in Aix-en-Provence. That’s where artist Fay Sciarra traveled to this summer and got the inspiration for this reverse painting on glass. She acquired this cool vintage leaded glass window  from Russell Hutsko, one of the antiques … Continue reading

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Hand’s On

Over the weekend, I indulged in a two-day intensive workshop with Isaiah Zagar who, thanks to a recent film about him by his son and a CNN feature, is experiencing a new wave of popularity. Zagar, 70, has been encrusting … Continue reading

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Dumpster Diving

Everything Rebecca Kelly creates exudes a wonderful sense of whimsy and pathos (at left, her mixed media work, “Sad Clown”). This multitalented woman is a storyteller, teacher, artist, and now curator. She has put together transFORMation: Art Made from Recycled … Continue reading

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