Olive Goil: Sarah Sze

I simply adore a summer’s day stroll through a fine museum or boutique gallery, don’t you? It is my sincerest belief, dearest readers, that the world is a better place in large part because there are so many pretty pictures in it…and paintings and sculptures and illustrations etc. etc. Oh, I could go on!

But step up and take a look my lovelies – at the fine creations of the talented Miss Sarah Sze.

Miss Sze is a young lady, but already world renown, having won a slew of prizes and grants and such.  Her work is displayed all over the world, in high falutin’ collections everywhere – from The Whitney to Museum of Modern Art to the prestigious Walker Art Center.

Miss Sze’s absolutely amazing artwork seems to come from another dimension – a land of wild and witty, creativity. It is a place where space and color are slightly skewed and tweaked and most definitely, dreamlike.

Her pieces straddle the lines of architecture and painting and sculpture and transform everyday objects into something sublime and lovely. Cotton balls and tea bags, water bottles and step ladders, light bulbs and electric fans, all these are put to good use, evolving from practical things into elegant and utterly engaging art.

She is delightfully prolific and utterly unbridled by silly things like weight or genre. In Sze’s whimsical world, objects poke from the ceiling or spiral out and up into the air or bend or fly or defy that pesky law of gravity – all in a wonderfully unexpected manner.

Live Olive: Interview with Alia Penner

Okay dear, dear, dearest readers – this is a very special day today because one of my most favorite of contemporary artists has agreed to do an interview for moí!

Miss Alia Penner is master of color and collage and bright stripes and geometrically inspired heaven-sent artwork that never ceases to amaze me!

Alia Penner's Photography

She grew up in the pretty hills and woods of Topanga Canyon and lives in Los Angeles. Alia travels the world painting murals, doing absolutely incredible window displays, taking photos of cute ladies and creating vivid fabrics… basically doing just about anything crafty and magic that you can imagine.

Miss Penner is one talented gal – read below and fall in love!

What inspired you artistically as a child?

Cartoons. I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was in elementary school. Maybe because I thought it was the only reasonable thing to do if you could draw. There’s a video of me when I was a kid just totally hypnotized by this one Silly Symphony cartoon about chickens, my dad’s like “Aliaaaa, Aliaaaa” I never look over. We were totally obsessed with all things Disney growing up. For family vacations & birthdays going to happiest place on earth was the only destination.

I also rode horses competitively with my sister, English & three day eventing. In our room we had every color ribbon you could win lining our ceiling. Blue, Red, Yellow, Pink, Green, White, Brown… getting 8th place is a bummer enough but getting a brown ribbon? Yuck.

In your collage work – what draws you to a particular image?

It’s a quality of paper, printing, and color, wanting to transport that image into my world. The images usually go through stages, sometimes I’ll have stacks of magazines & books I look through tear some out put them in folders. If they go to the next stage they get cut out with an X-acto and either used or but in a box for later. I recently collaged an image of a bull and a ballerina that I had cut out 3 years earlier for an Occupy poster, they were the destined to be together.

I just like re imagining existing images or things that fit into some other Alia realm. Recently I have been more interested in leaving the page and hitting the pavement, working on a larger scale. When I look at the buildings, freeways & cars of Los Angeles I dream of city filled with much, much more color.

Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists (in any and all fields!)?

I love all the insane rainbow fashion visions that are happening right now. Jeremy Scott, Meadham Kirchoff, Romance Was Born, Mary Katrantzou to name a few. It’s all sooooo beautiful to look at but what they all have in common is a humorous approach to the empire of fashion. Very important. I’ve been taking getting dressed more seriously (or less seriously) lately. I want to be a reflection of my art “hair done, nails done everything did” to quote a contemporary hip hop song. Collaborating with designers to make living breathing works of art, from your head down to your shoes? Yes Please!

Alia Penner's Design