Inside the Artists: Dylan Butler

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            Linocut, woodcut, lithography, silkscreen, and etching; these are only some of the forms of printmaking that exist today, each with a different style and process. This week we take a look at a fellow printmaker, musician, and RAW artists; Dylan Butler.  I had the chance to sit down with Dylan as he told me about just what it is that inspires the work that he does.

As a printmaker specializing in Etchings; a process in which parts of a steel or copper plate are exposed to some form of acid for varying lengths of time.  After which ink is rubbed into the grooves formed by the removed plate material before dampened paper is laid on top.  The image is made when the damp paper and plate are placed under pressure by rolling the whole unit through a press, and presto that’s how an etching is made, now back to Dylan. “I am inspired by everything. Nature is the most grand of all artists, and this is evident with one glance into the night sky.”  This is tremendously prevalent in a majority of the etchings that Dylan doses.  Images of ancient trees and sprawling landscapes littered with different crags and crevices, but that’s not all…

Interplayed within the beauty of these landscapes is the ugliness of mankind.  Images of explosions, smoldering craters and far off factory pylons pumping out thick clouds of poison into the sky create an interesting juxtaposition between man and nature. “Life is not about the amount of possessions or money you collect; the media and society has tricked everyone into a materialistic way of life. This is a prison. I chose a different path because I see how temporary we really are.”

“From birth creativity has been the driving force in my life. I am an artist and a musician, just trying to spend my time on Earth the best way I know how: creating things that evoke deeper thought and emotion in people.”  You can find out more about Dylan and his provocative prints on his Facebook page, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/DylanButlerArt.

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And don’t forget to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, September 25 @ 7 P.M. as we prepare for TRANSLATIONS, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Steph Zownir Illustrations

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Ask any adult anywhere where they learned how to best deal with social situations as a child and I’m almost positive that a high percent has tucked away in the back of their head the entire adventures of the “Berenstain Bears”; from how to share with others to the consequences of eating too much junk food.  It’s through books that parents can start to introduce their children to the vastness of the universe through the turn of a page.  As one who thinks that there can never be too many books, it was a pleasure to sit down and talk to RAW Artist Steph Zownir and learn about how she plans to inform the world’s future.

“I try to write stories that have a social lesson, such as ‘How to get along with others” or “making new friends,” things that children have to experience as they live and grow.”  When it comes to writing a children’s book is there any better place to start?  This reader doesn’t think so, when it comes to the education of children they learn best from the things they can relate to or have a firm grasp on if not then the entire process gets shut down.  “I firmly believe that to inspire children is to help them grow emotionally and intellectually, thus paving a better future for our world as a whole since children are our future.”

But what about the art work?  The source of the books main emotional thrust;  I’ll tell you what, nothing will warm the cockle’s of any heart then the image of two dragon’s playing together (which makes you confirm that yes, a good children’s book, like a good children’s movie has things for both adult and child.) “My inspiration mostly comes from observing what makes people happy. Adorable and sweet characters are the result of my observations.”  And looking at the work more than confirms that.  The characters and colors are bright and warm; inviting in a way, as if to say, “Sit down and spend all morning, noon, and night with us.”

Want to find out about all the other adorable creations that Steph has created?  Then swing by her blog at https://stephanie-zownir-vra2.squarespace.com/ to find out more information on her, upcoming work and her portfolio.

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And don’t forget to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, September 25 @ 6 P.M. as we prepare for TRANSLATIONS, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Greasy Glass

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Those artists who work in glass, to me they have always been agents of Alchemy, starting with something that at its most basic of elements is nothing but simply sand.  But take it and heat it to the point when the very structure of the molecules begins to separate and stack neatly into tidy little rows of lattice work on the molecular level, consolidating and interconnecting to create a piece of glass. This week we continue to play with fire in the name of creation as we talked with Ryan Sullivan, creator of Greasy Glass, as he explains just what it is about the manipulation of molten glass that gets him excited.

“From a very young age I have always been mesmerized by glass. When I was 13 I made my first glass art. I was immediately hypnotized and put into an orgasmic trance that has lasted 15 years with many colorful climaxes.”  And it’s those very colorful climaxes that prompted my initial interest in what Ryan was doing.  Having only seen glass blowing on television my first question was as simple one, “How do you get all those colors?”   This prompted a chuckle from Ryan, because apparently this is THE number one question asked to all glass blowers, and to my surprise the answer was a fairly simple one. Much like applying a glaze in ceramics, by adding different powdered elements or rods of pre-colored glass and heating them at different temperatures yields a multitude of different colors.

“I have always found inspiration in nature, plants, animals, and the way my dreams combine different parts of each has given me very vivid images of what I would like to sculpt.”  And this is very much apparent when looking at the pieces that Ryan has crafted.  Images of lotus-like flowers locked within the glass as if preserved for eternity, the seemingly endless flow of water as if pulled by the tides of the moon.  Or even an abstract bulbous and undulating mass composed with touches of spirals leading the mind to ponder on the motion of snails.

“I love the curves of a saucy goddess in the evening or morning sun, the sensual response to essential oils.” Interested in learning more about the process that goes into crafting simple tubes of glass filament into stunning works of art?  Then you should check out Greasy Glass’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/greasy.glass?fref=ts.

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And be sure to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, July 31 @ 8 P.M. as we prepare for ELEVATION, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Sarah Moon Beam

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Fire, it is one of the most primal, life forging elements known to man.  This living embodiment of power, strength and courage has been ingrained into our mortal coil since the beginning of time.  Legends and myths involving man’s coveting of this powerful element have dated all the way back to the Lower Paleolithic.  So it is with great pleasure I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Murphy, though she is more commonly known as Sarah Moon Beam, as she told us all about the power and control that goes into the fine are of fire dancing.

“Dancing with fire is possible, by far one of the most beautiful, interesting thoroughly enjoyable things you can do in your life.  It is a freeing experience to say the least; as a child you look at fire dancers and you think that’s a cool experience, but to do it; it’s like laughing at every adult who told you, “You aren’t allowed to play with fire”.”  A self-taught pyroclastic dancer, Sarah is mostly known for her flowing use of techniques utilizing her pair of fire fans. “I’ve never seen another pair like them; fans are mostly very small and more trick orientated while these are larger and very dance flow”.

But what’s most important when it comes to fire dancing is of course, the fire!  And the utilization of this critical element is more involved than one would previously think.  There are several steps involved before the music is even turned on and the show begins.  “When I begin a dance flow I start by fueling up, dipping out, shake off, before lighting up.  It’s important to make sure you don’t have any extra fuel hanging around, safety first is important.”  The right amount of residue on the wicks, too much and the fuel could splatter and possible ignite, but to less and the vapors burn off to quickly.  After a quick shake it’s time for the music; utilizing rock, pop, and hip hop, depending on the feel and flow of the crowd, the motion, and yourself.   Now it’s time for performance “I like to start off slow, a wonderful spinner told me once that, “Anyone can spin fast, it doesn’t take any talent to spin fast, but if you slow it down and keep it controlled that’s the show of real talent.”

Interested in finding out more on this perversely freeing form of expression?  You can find out more information about Sarah’s troop at https://www.facebook.com/FlowTheoryFire, as well as information on where upcoming class opportunities at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BringtheHoopla-LLC/196268510410265.  And to all the kids out there, remember Safety First!

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And be sure to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, July 31 @ 8 P.M. as we prepare for ELEVATION, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Kalomo Sala Jordan

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The world can be a pretty big place, but when it comes to the entirety of the universe, we realize just how small we are.  This week’s artist has tapped into that wealth of energy and emotions, feeding off the energy of the universe to create his paintings. Kalomo Sala Jordan; artist, painter, and visionary, this week we explore the powers of the human psyche as Kalomo takes us on a personal journey to touch the umbrella of the universe.

“My style of painting and drawing, I feel comes from another place and time, I feel as if am connected to other worlds “dimensions” at all times, but it is my self that chooses to tap into that or those places out of time at will and connect to the quantum information that flows with in those “non-time and spaces”.  Seeing Kalomo’s work it is easy to see that he is a man with a powerful interest and understanding of the world.  He draws from images borrowed from natural history to create beautifully complex compositions, “in what I call “Spiritual Art Form from the Other Side”.

Egyptian symbols surrounding images of Set and Ra, painted in stunning techno-color ignite a flurry of energy within and spark the imagination and fill the mind with emotion which Kalomo feeds off of in order to create more and more.

“Things that inspire me day to day that help also produce the visions that I draw and paint can come from different things. Nature, technology, science, space, and non-space. Information becomes art by combining math,science,human emotion….I choose the emotion of “love”, just because I find that I get clean,fluid,and pure images, also a healthy feeling, calm and secure mind state.”

“I believe I am here on this Earth to share my gift, which I do daily and shall continue to do so for as long as I can.”  To find out more about Kalomo and his work check out his website which can be found at http://www.galakalomo.com/.

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And be sure to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, July 31 @ 8 P.M. as we prepare for ELEVATION, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Amanda Strom, Astrom Illustration

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This week “Inside the Artists” blog is a particularly interesting and extra special one in which we take a look at one of the many people who work hard to make RAW possible, Amanda Strom of Astrom Illustration, one of our own Production Assistants, a RAWards Semifinalist, exceptional artists, and all around helper of all things great and small.  Since she will be participating on the artist side of things this showcase we thought now would be a great chance to learn more about what it is that makes her world go round.

Currently Amanda has been working on a series of pieces based off the Seven Deadly Sins whose imagery deals with a more animalistic nature.  “With animals a bear will look like a bear; it doesn’t have to look like that exact bear. With a person you have to get all the details 100% right for it to really look like them… so I started working with animals more and I ended up enjoying it more because I don’t have to worry about it as much…I can just have fun with it.”  A bear breaking a golf club with a howl of rage, or a frog baring the way to its hoard of dead insects; each one features an animal that relates to that particular sin. Each animal is positioned and painted in a way that best relates to its sin with a corresponding color.  One of my personal favorite things about these pieces is the crescent arch hanging behind them with repeating small mandalas featuring symbols that tell more about the nature of the sin.

A painter by nature, but when she isn’t painting or spending an evening attending a showcase, her natural alignment is one who helps people.  Saying goodbye to us after this showcase Amanda will be out doing the hard work as a member of Americorps where she will be assisting FEMA with cleaning up natural disasters (ironic since her first series was based entirely on destructive natural disasters).  “I really like the idea of being able to truly helping someone make their life better. Helping someone get their life back after a tornado comes and destroys their home is a total different feeling than working in retail,” and after that? It’s on to a Master’s in art therapy, “I want to make a difference in people’s lives”.

Interested in finding out more about Amanda’s work and where to find more?  Then you need to check out all the amazing work she’s done on her Etsy site, found at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/AstromIllustration, while there why not  also purchase any of those sins that truly speak to you.

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And be sure to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, July 31 @ 8 P.M. as we prepare for ELEVATION, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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Inside the Artists: Victoria Padilla

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The deep sea world has always been an unexplored realm filled with one part wondrous creatures mixed with one part nightmarishly abhorrent oddities.  It’s a biosphere where survival can be determined by the flip of a coin.  Dependent on whose camouflage fools who, or where it’s all over in a dazzling display of bioluminescence and a flurry of bubbles.  This week we dive deep below the surface as we go face to face with this week’s RAW artist, Victoria Padilla, as she shows us that what lies beneath is filled with its own fantastical beauty.

“I mainly work with natural elements such as plants and marine life to produce spaces that are ambiguous, somewhat unsettling, and glorious. It is fantasy and reality colliding within the same piece.”  It’s this collision that helps inspire Victoria, looking at her work there you’re filled with questions of wonder; what is that and where does that lead?  The spaces she has created, featuring not only under the veil of the ocean or the expansiveness of the open sky, but someplace in-between, are filled with that feeling of alien as we begin to wonder just where she is leading you next.

And what’s next, as we draw in for a closer, more focused look, is a world composed of both life and death, filled with creatures that like her previous landscapes are alien unless you’ve been beneath the waves.  Looking at her creatures there is a level of style and detail to them that, as a viewer, I expect them to either swim away or dissolve and return to the watery abyss.  There is a lightness to these images that at points makes them hard to hold onto, but they still remain grounded to our world. This creates the seemingly underlying theme to Victoria’s work as she plays with the juxtaposition between the harshness of reality and softness that can lead to fantasy.

“Combining traditional techniques in biological illustration with experimental painting, printing, and drawing, the results are at once harshly detailed and powder soft.”  To find out more about Victoria’s juxtaposing world check out her website, which can be found here at http://thebittenstone.carbonmade.com/

And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing artists on our website, at https://www.rawartists.org/connecticut where you can preview the art appearing in our upcoming showcase.  Or if you’re an artist be sure to make a profile and join us!  And be sure to mark your calendars as RAW: CT prepares to blow the doors off the Russian Lady in New Haven, July 31 @ 8 P.M. as we prepare for ELEVATION, tickets are $15 through the artists, $20 at the door.  To all you artists out there…

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