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BSDA Artist Interview with Jem Magbanua

April 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Today we have a new show on Buy Some Damn Art of art made by Jem Magbanua who also participated in BSDA’s “Young Artists” show a few years back. Jem lives in Singapore where she also earned her BFA from LASALLE College of the Arts. Magbanua’s work explores ideas of the nature of place, of human beings in place, and of the organic and built structures that shape such being. She feels that the act of drawing allows her to reflect on these ideas, collapsing elements from the physical and imagined into one another.

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And here’s what Jem told us about her art:

Could you tell us about this series?

This body of work comes from two different series from 2014 and 2015.

The Interiors series stemmed out from my interest in domestic spaces as places of refuge. These drawings attempt to capture the various elements that give meaning to a space. It may be in the form of a row of potted plants that line a balcony or the familiar afternoon light that casts a shadow against one’s glass door.

The rest of the works (The Move, (Some) Fragments / I, (Some) Fragments / IV) were inspired by my trip to Kyoto, Japan in 2015. I was drawn to how nature is intrinsic to the Japanese’s everyday existence. Their architecture seamlessly weaves into the natural surroundings as if it, too, sprung from the ground. These drawings contemplate one’s contemporary relationship to landscape and attempt to find a grammar of visual impressions that enable one to understand it.

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Do the landscapes and houses in your work exist in a particular location? 

Yes, the landscape and interior spaces I paint are personal to me for each one is a place I have had the chance to experience, whether it be through simply walking past it or by living in it for a certain period of time. The experience of these spaces becomes intensified in memory when I translate them into drawings.

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How do photography and architecture figure into your work? 

My own practice has always probed and mimicked photographs, not life. I have always appropriated directly from images that move me to create. There’s nothing spectacular about the way I take photographs. I have amassed a collection of haphazardly shot digital photos from my various walks. Yet, however photographically mundane a landscape or interior may be, it has the potential to carry some sort of peculiar charm to it when drawn or painted.

My fascination with urban architecture arose in Singapore when I began to question what it is that influence our notions of “home” and how our cities affect the way we orient ourselves, both physically and in our minds.

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Do you also work as a commercial illustrator? 

Yes, I do. I’m one of the illustrators for a creative digital agency based in Copenhagen, called Spokespeople. At the same time, I do my own freelance illustration projects.

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 What are your favorite sources of inspiration? 

Growing-up in cities such as Singapore and the Philippines, two bustling megalopolises, deeply influence my work. I usually soak up most of my inspiration by simply meandering through these spaces. Additionally, reading through books on landscape architecture, gardens, writings on urban life, and poetry help me piece together new drawings.

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Artist Crush: Judith Sinnamon

July 30th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Judith Sinnamon’s show at Edwina Corlette Gallery is very pretty and refreshing (with a lot of soothing sage green). It is a nice take on the traditional genre of botanical art.

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Heyyyy…

January 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This week I’m going to the Alt Design Summit. Last year I learned my lesson. I never put the word out that I was going and missed some very cool people who were there too, totally unbeknownst to me. It’s funny how you can feel like you know someone pretty well from their blog yet have no idea what the hell they look like.

So friends, please drop me a line if you’ll be there too.

art hound is two!

August 28th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Blossom Flower by Rebeca Raney.

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This month Art Hound turned two!

Looking back…

+ 568 posts  //  finding my voice along the way

+ Est. 1,971 hours of research online  //  discovering a community of immense creativity and mutual support

+ 301,984 page views  //  setting the course for a new career

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Many, many thanks to my readers and supporters!

Artist Crush: Itsuko Suzuki

June 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Itsuko Suzuki is an illustrator from Tokyo who has a little obsession with dogs. I have a big soft spot for whimsical, folksy Japanese art (and dogs) so my eyes just popped when I saw her work on Pinterest.

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For Sale By Artist Holiday Special!

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Dear artists,

Are you looking for ways to promote your beautiful artwork? If so, why not consider taking out an ad on ‘For Sale By Artists’? I’m offering a special holiday sale during the month of December: take out a four-week ad on ‘For Sale By Artist’ and get two weeks free! That’s 6 weeks for only $15.

If you’re interested, please get in touch kate[at]arthound[dot]com.