Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kendal Tull-Esterbrook & Michael Alm

During last Thursday's Blitz Art Walk my main stop of the evening was to check out Cryptomenagerie at Vermillion. You may remember my CHS post a few weeks back about local artist Zoe Williams and her involvement in this show. I am so glad that I made it to the up to the opening. All three artists were incredibly talented and doing things with uncommon materials and sculpture that I have never seen before. I was absolutely taken with the concept behind Michael Alm's work and his new take on protecting endangered animals. Here is a bit from his artist statement:

"My goal is to fabricate a comprehensive reality for a visibly artificial creature. By using faux furs, clay, brightly dyed feathers, and hardwoods as surrogate animal parts, I call attention to the fabrication of these specimens."

At the show in support of Michael and the other artists was illustrator Kendal Tull-Esterbrook whose style I found absolutely stunning. I asked her to step in front of Michael's work for a few shots but the lighting was more fitting for the art than a full body photograph so we ended up out in front Vermillion for a photo just before the sun went down.

Check out Kendal's flickr page. She has a truly unique illustration style and the ideas behind her drawings are quite clever.
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