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Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Lawrence Mesich explains his video sculpture “Distributed Risk,” a commentary on the financial crisis. The image in my head for Distributed Risk was the facade of One Court Square stretched across four successively smaller […]

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Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Dan Gausman explains the process and philosophy behind his mixed-media piece “Blackhole.” Blackhole is a sculptural painting from my recent Black Burlap series. The approach for Blackhole, as with all of my work, is […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Meryl Bennett shows us how she made her “Melting Statues” out of old trophies and candle wax. When it comes to my creative process I tend not to plan all that much. […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. For this edition, Nathan Doverspike explains how he created his “New York Island” map. When researching the history of New York I created a mind map of all the possible objects I could add in […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, artists Shane + Kevin talk about their series Have you seen Mr. Brown?, animated gifs created by hand-cut, halftone analogue screens. The profits will go to the family of Mike Brown. As artists, […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Australian painter and graffiti aficionado Karen Farmer talks about the process behind her fine art renderings of graffiti artists, which have garnered attention from across the world. I love graffiti and I live […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, James Harvey talks about his special brand of work in graphic novels. I’ve been working with collage a lot lately in the preparation of my drawings. Here’s what I’ve been doing: I make a […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Loney Abrams and Johnny Tragedy talk about their tattoo-themed multi-disciplinary project There There. We watch a lot of reality television. And a lot of our ideas start there. In general we’re interested in how […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, sixteen-year-old artist Terrell Davis talks about his cover artwork for Yoshi & Komono, inspired by Googling cat cafes, “Japanese snacks, old games, Ramune soda, tamagotchis,” and social media feedback. This is a piece I did for Yoshi […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, artist New York-based artist Lisa Beck talks about Threshold, an outdoor sculpture that is “solid but also open,” inspired by passing. I was invited to make an outdoor sculpture for the exhibition called […]

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