More Plaza Art Fair artists

September 24, 2007 at 9:48 pm (doll events, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Here are a couple more artists I saw at the Plaza Art Fair whose work is pertinent to dollmakers:

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Anthony Pack gives personality to junk and vintage found objects and carves simplistic sculptures from wood. His little metal “robots” look like the Tin Woodsman’s offspring (perhaps appropriate, since his business card has a Kansas phone number on it) and his sometimes-naughty wooden sculptures fall somewhere between “primitive” and “post-modern.” Not pictured on his Flickr site are the hilarious little wall sculptures I saw in his booth, which were painted skin color and had little knobs and pegs in particular places. I’m a self-confessed prude, but they made me chuckle anyway. You can see a few more pictures of his work here.

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Thomas Wargin is a sculptor, not a dollmaker. I find myself uncertain as to how I’m supposed to respond to his work, emotionally. At first glance, his figures are dark and mysterious, sometimes a little tortured-looking as they interact with or transform into mechanical parts. But on closer inspection, you find that many of them have whimsical elements like bunny ears. There’s probably some kind of statement about the deep meaning of life there, but I’m clearly not educated enough to read it properly. He has an extensive and very professionally-done web page.

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Kina Crow is more my kind of artist. She loves caricatures and has a background in costume design, which makes her sound like a dollmaker, to me, but unlike most dollmakers, she works in earthen clays. Her whimsical characters illustrate abstract themes, sometimes bordering on visual puns. All of her work makes me smile, but I think her fairy with the flowers in her hair (seen here; I can’t grab the picture) is simply gorgeous. Her work is all over the internet, but check out her own site first, and then here and here.

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2 Comments

  1. balm said,

    do you find the plaza art fair has a good representation of quality art? i keep thinking that i will go, but never seem to make it. lawrence isn’t that far away, but for some reason it never works out. are you familiar with ben alvers? his work is similar but different at the same time. thanks for sharing. http://darinwhite.wordpress.com

  2. thessalyrose said,

    I thought it was comparable to the Brookside show, which is in the Spring and in a better location, in my opinion. The art seemed to be very high-quality and professional, but almost entirely “modern” or what they call “outsider” style.

    I hadn’t seen Ben Ahlvers’ work before (but you can view it here http://www.lawrenceartscenter.com/Artists/Ben_Ahlvers/index.html) but you’re right about it being similar to Wargin and Crow. Again, I’m not a highbrow and while I can appreciate the combinations of colors and textures, I like art that is communicative, and I don’t understand what his work is trying to say. That’s just my personal opinion.

    Thanks for commenting! I’m always glad to hear from people who enjoy my blog.

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