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chris dorosz: shifting the idea of the surface

Trapping drops of paint in tiny compartments created by the deliberate arrangement of industrial staples, Chris Dorosz ‘paints’ mosaic-like images that mesmerize viewers.


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four figures indoors
acrylic/gel medium, industrial staples on canvas, 15″x18″

Paint drops pool in staples placed on their sides, and as the artist explains, “…the low relief of the metal staples catches light and shadow; shifting the idea of the surface as the viewer changes positions.” The work requires not only vision, but a great deal of patience and an intimate relationship with color.

detail of staple painting, click to enlarge


“Out of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).” Chris Dorosz

four figures in the sun
acrylic/gel medium, industrial staples on canvas, 15″x18″

three figures in a garden
acrylic/gel medium, industrial staples on canvas, 15″x18″

Taking the idea further, Dorosz traps fallen paint drops on vertical clear acrylic rods in the Paintdrop Sculptures series. As the viewer moves, the pixel-like paint drops align to form images which then disappear when the viewer shifts position and the drops move out of alignment.

stasis 13,
paint, acrylic plastic, 12.5″ x 20.5″ x 6.75″

“By placing my subjects in a form of ‘stasis’ through the medium I mean not only to protect them for a little while, but alternately to underscore the tenuous nature of human physicality where any moment life as we know it might just collapse into a pool of droplets or drift upwards into the atmosphere.” Chris Dorosz

See more of Dorosz’s new work at Mayberry Fine Art[/private_archives]

christiane theise’s tagua nut jewelry

The last week of September brought crazy weather, internet woes and minor mishaps to my days. I’m riding out the weather away from home and hope to be back (along with the sun) tomorrow, no worse for the wear. Dozens of emails are waiting for a response and I will start catching up to all of you over the weekend!


German goldsmith Christiane Theise combines silver and gold with tagua nuts, which she carves and pigments in this pod-inspired collection of jewelry. Theise shakes things up by using the silver and gold as accents while letting the organic matter take center stage. Nicely done.

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