RESOURCEFUL READS: Seven Days in the Art World & 33 Artists in 3 Acts

It's a common feeling well known by us that the art world is overwhelmingly large, full of art auctions, critics, studio visits, and always filled with the question: what does it mean to be an artist? We recently read two books by Sarah Thornton, 33 Artists in Three Acts and Seven Days in the Art World that tackle these topics head on. These books offer an in depth and up close look at the studio practices of countless artists, how art moves through the market, how tightly knit the art world really is, and the incredible amount of work it takes to achieve success in the art world. Thornton's thoughtful interaction with each person allows captivating and revealing insights into the minds of a

Kal Mansur

Toronto based artist Kal Mansur creates eerie and entrancing glass constructions that walk the line between a two-dimensional and three-dimensional practice. Geometric forms and sleek, straight lines work their way across Mansur's surfaces. They are submerged in a soft acrylic fog and flow between hard and soft lines, revealing themselves and fading away. Light passes through the clear layers to create this neutral, eerie glow, and it stopped short against block of vibrant oranges, pinks, and yellow-greens. The designs bring to mind shattered glass or modern architectural structures, and repeat and transform throughout his body of work. While they read as paintings at first glance, their dep

Ashleigh Bartlett

Canadian artist Ashleigh Bartlett creates whimsical paintings full vibrant and playful patterns. She has a dramatic flare and a knack for abstraction. Bartlett combines paint and paper to take advantage of their contrasting material qualities. Translucent paint blends into the background while flat and opaque paper is crisply cut and sits on the surface of the canvas. Bartlett also allows paint to be paint with visible, decisive brush strokes and energetically dripped pigments. Colour is a key element explored in these works as she pushes both monochromatic and multi-chromatic palettes. In "Claws" there are three powerful colours competing for our attention, teal, yellow and red. This, in ad

Matt Conners

New York based artist Matt Connors creates wonderfully abstracted and minimal paintings full of colour. Conners layers up hues and shapes, allowing each to affect the other. Similar colours are placed side by side to add to the depth and exploratory nature of these works. Bright pigments such as vibrant corals and greens, warm reds and yellows, and striking royal blues contrast with neutral canvas and graphic black. They are built up within clean and minimal shapes, yet their paint is allowed its materiality through bleeds and scrapes. His interest appears to lie primarily in squares, circles, and rectangles, which, while unassuming in potential, are employed to greatly push the boundaries o

Amy Wright

Australian artist Amy Wright creates landscapes that are loose and carefree. Their calming, muted colour palette effortlessly explores her chosen subject. Wright's sketch-like paintings appear almost as preps for final works, yet carry a dignified decisiveness that gives them an impressive finish. They are freely drawn but have compositions that are very carefully considered. Oil washes and quick gestures sit on top of exposed pencil work, filling the pink washed landscapes with detail. Their warmth is fitting for their Australian based location of reference. However, while they represent a real place, they are filled with patterns and textures that suggest the landscape's elements such as r