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These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature's Mirrored Structures

August 22, 2016 - Marissa Fessenden

Matt Shlian used to design popup books and greeting cards. Now he collaborates with scientists who create more efficient solar panels, solve complex mathematical problems and understand how proteins inside cells can fold incorrectly and cause disease.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based artist creates abstract sculptures out of folded, sliced and glued-together paper. He designs them on a computer and sends the files to a flatbed plotter cutter—a tool that scores the paper using a small titanium blade. Then each piece is folded, shaped and glued by hand.

There's a serenity to the works' clean lines, but also movement. It's as if the geometric patterns seen in Islamic art have come to life and replicate across a smooth field. Bubbling, living crystal facets push up and almost beg to be stroked with a gentle fingertip.

His initial desire in creating the pleated works was to explore form and light, but his impulses stray from the purely artistic. He shows his creations to scientists and asks: What could you do with this?

Top Things To Do In Nantucket

July 1, 2016 - Conde Nast Traveler

About 3.5 by 14 miles in size, the island greets ferry-goers with its streetlight-free downtown overlooking the Nantucket Sound: Here, you’ll find quaint cobblestone streets peppered with boutiques, restaurants, museums, and even a historic Meeting House where, every Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read. Start by renting bikes from Young’s Bicycle Shop, an island staple since the 1930s. All of the in-town must-hits are easily accessible by two wheels, like the Nantucket Whaling Museum and the Samuel Owen Gallery, an art gallery posting up in the historic Seven Seas building—once home to Captain George Pollard of The Essex, the sinking of which inspired Moby-Dick.

Planet Earth, Photographed From Thousands of Feet in the Sky

February 23, 2016 - Ellyn Kail

For New York City-based photographer Fran Gormley, making beautiful landscapes isn’t safe; it’s risky and treacherous, requiring her to board helicopters in heavy winds, sometimes over violence-ridden terrain. Floating thousands of feet above terra firma is not, she stresses, “fun.” It’s both daunting and life-affirming, much like giving birth. The Sensuous Earth, shot over some of the most inaccessible corners of the world, is the photographer’s ode to Mother Nature.

 

Look Out Below

February 4, 2016 - By Serendipity

Artist Antoine Rose’s series “Up In The Air” features bird’s-eye-view photography shot from doorless helicopters. This collection’s unique perspective includes locations from the ski slopes of St. Moritz to the beaches of the Hamptons.
Samuel Owen Gallery Greenwich, CT and Nantucket, MA, samuelowen.com

How Cardboard Monkeys and Apes Became Stand-Ins for Us

October 6, 2015 - Chris Dart

"I guess putting a bit of humour in my art takes off a bit of the pressure I put on myself."

Laurence Vallières creates massive, often life-sized sculptures of animals out of recycled cardboard — sculptures that give off the distinct feeling that there's less difference between us and the rest of the animal kingdom than we'd like to think. Originally trained as a ceramic artist, Vallières says her move to cardboard was inspired, in part, by panic. "I had no place to show, so I rented this huge space, but then I got really worried it would look empty for the show," she says. "I freaked out and I said 'Oh, I need to make something really big in the middle.' I had ideas that were all over the place. I was going to buy a boat and paint that boat. Then one of my friends said 'Why don't you make one of your ceramics, but cardboard and big?'

Artists Want To Save Pollinators, Through Pollination

August 27, 2015 - The Huffington Post

Leif Erik Johansen featured on front page of Huffington Posts' Arts section!

SLURPEE WAVE: Photographer Answers Weather Challenge, Captures Viral Image of Frozen Surf

June 30, 2015 - Barry Tanenbaum, Shutterbug Magazine

 Shutterbug Magazine interviews Jonathan Nimerfroh about his wildly popular photographs of frozen waves on Nantucket.

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ART Supply

June 9, 2015 - April Hardwick, LUXE Magazine

When Connecticut gallery owners fuse edgy and contemporary works with a keen eye for upcoming artists, their tiny shop turns into the talk of the town.

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Carved by Wood - A Brief History of Sunny Wood -- the Man Behind the Whale

June 5, 2015 - Rebecca Nimerfroh


Sunny Wood's whales have almost as much personality as the artist himself. Each hand-carved whale varies in its detail, much due to the reclaimed wood from which it was carved. His work hangs in island homes and restaurants, and on the wall at the Nantucket airport, eyeing you as you wait to board your flight. Take a look at the monstrous three-dimensional piece that says hello as you walk into the Haul Over downtown.

Some would say that spotting one of these whales around the island is like recognizing a friendly face. Now Sunny's wooden whales can be viewed in the new Samuel Owen Gallery on 46 Centre Street, with an opening reception this Friday, June 5 at 6:00 pm, located in the Seven Seas building.

Grand Opening Video Recap!

May 27, 2015

"An incredible, fun and oh so collaborative event with the ‪#‎ACKpartyhosts‬ last night at the SLURPEE wave launch with JDN PHOTOGRAPHY and the opening of Samuel Owen Gallery on 46 Centre Street!"