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Spectrum Indian Wells honors the best of contemporary art in California

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Yenny Cocq, Hollander Gallery and Essence Arts were awarded for the 2017 edition

Text by Victor Arturo Valencia

Translation by Briana Prieto F in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

Photos by Spectrum / Robert J. Hibbs


Spectrum Indian Wells has come to an end, one of the most important contemporary art fairs took place in Coachella. This year, the jury recognized the best in painting, installation, sculpture, and other artwork, and awarded both galleries and artists.

Some of the awards granted by Spectrum were:

1. Best sculpture: Yenny Cocq is an artist interested in natural landscapes.

She works with various mediums such as architecture, engraving, sculpture and painting. As an artist, she seeks to explore artificial structures, represent their emotions, imagination and repressions.

2. Best new exhibition: Vandegraaff Gearheardt, artist who works with both new and old objects in his pieces. Handicraft, sounds and technology are part of the beginning of every creative process he initiates. He has a compilation of electronic music that he uses for his different artworks.

3. Best international exhibition: Renssen Art Gallery. Erick Renssen is a Dutch artist, renowned for his lithographic and linocut work. He has recurring themes in his work, including portraits, still life, urban landscapes and family life. He has his own gallery located in Amsterdam.

4. Best booth design: Essence Arts, a design and art studio where colors, images and objects converge dynamically in a shared space. For this edition of Spectrum, they exhibited the work of artist Tom Boatright in their booth, who uses his paintings to create physical and psychological experiences.

Artworks by Tom Boatright and Essence Arts

Christopher Williams was the artist chosen to create a specific exhibition for this edition of the fair. He is part of the Desert Aids Project Art Gallery, an affiliation that has given him the opportunity to grow professionally.

Thanks to Spectrum, the heart of the Coachella valley created a union between art enthusiast and artists, giving people the opportunity to meet authors like Jeffrey Bisaillon, Anita Lewis, Lisa Ashinoff, James Paterson, among many others.
Live demonstrations by artists such as Maria McDonough, Greg Barnhart, Juan-Manuel Alonso, Robin Raznick and Alan Krugs also took place.

The fair achieved a very interesting integration between art collectors, universities, local art institutions, alternative venues, emerging artists and spectators.


Spectrum Indian Wells Art, el excepcional show de arte contemporáneo

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Artistas como Lisa Ashinoff, Michael Bobbay y Marc Strikland se darán cita en California

Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show es un espectáculo en el corazón de California que recopila a algunos de los mejores artistas y galerías de arte contemporáneo. Se llevará a cabo del 16 al 19 de marzo de 2017. La sede es el Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Esta edición contará con un comité de expositores  de cuatro personas con destacadas reputaciones en la edición y el desarrollo del artista. Se aplicarán normas rigurosas sobre la estética y atención al detalle, proporcionando un lugar aerodinámico, nítido y limpio para que los propietarios de galerías, diseñadores, arquitectos y coleccionistas disfruten.

Algunos de los trabajos que se exhibirán en Spectrum serán pinturas, fotografía, escultura, glassworks y más. Esta amplia gama de técnicas logran una gran conexión entre artistas, el jurado y las personas que disfrutarán esta presentación artística; también le otorga una gran oportunidad a los artistas contemporáneos emergentes que entren a esta demostración.

Entre los artistas que estarán presentes en Spectrum, se contará con la presencia de: Jillian Dayson, Kevin Grass, Joëlle Blouin, James Paterson, Lisa Ashinoff, Michael Bobbay y Marc Strikland.

Parte de las galerías y estudios de fotografía que expondrán algunas de sus obras son: Art by Ancizar, Bob Hays Photography, Essence Art, Hollander Gallery, Lee-Leon Studio.

Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show: the exceptional contemporary art show

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Artists like Lisa Ashinoff, Michael Bobbay and Marc Strikland will meet in California

Text by Victor Arturo Valencia

Translation by Briana Prieto F. in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show is in the heart of the Coachella Valley in California, gathering some of the best artists and contemporary art galleries. It will be held from March 16 to 19, 2017 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

This edition will have a committee of renowned exhibitors with outstanding reputations in the edition and development of the artist. Rigorous standards of aesthetics and attention to detail will be applied, providing an aerodynamic, crisp and clean place for gallery owners, designers, architects and collectors to enjoy.

Some of the artwork that will be exhibited at Spectrum will be paintings, photography, sculpture, glassworks and much more. This wide range of techniques achieve a great connection between artists, the jury and the people who will enjoy this artistic presentation. It also gives a great opportunity to emerging contemporary artists to participate on this demonstration.

Jillian Dayson, Kevin Grass, Joëlle Blouin, James Paterson, Lisa Ashinoff, Michael Bobbay and Marc Strikland are among the artists that will be present at Spectrum.

Open Skies by Joëlle Blouin

Some of the galleries and photography studios that will exhibit are: Art by Ancizar, Bob Hays Photography, Essence Art, Hollander Gallery, Lee-Leon Studio, among others.

Lightning Bolt

Joëlle Blouin: the city, its source of inspiration in street art

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“The moment my painting catches your eye, a new journey has begun.”

Text by Mónica Vázquez in collaboration with Briana Prieto F.

Translation by Briana Prieto F. in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

Joëlle Blouin is a Canadian artist. Attracted by design, architecture, painting and geometric figures of a city, she has done works with styles that she defines as “Urban Cubism.” Her work has been recognized nationally as well as internationally. This year is the first time she will attend Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show, where some of the best artists and galleries of the world will meet. At ALL CITY CANVAS we interviewed her about her current and future projects.

For Blouin, art is life and she’s living that life!


Without Hesitation

How do you see current street art? I think it’s cool and necessary. It’s where artists express themselves for the public to see and be a part of. Street art used to be taboo but now more and more you see murals on buildings. It’s now become part of our neighborhoods and our communities. It engages reaction and it’s also a reflection of people who live in these communities and of the urban culture surrounding us. It’s the pulse of the people!

How do you view street art in Canada and the U.S.? I feel that street art in Canada and the U.S. is somewhat the pulse of the art world at the moment. More and more graffiti artists or street artists find themselves being very much a part of the art world and exhibit and sell their art successfully in galleries.

Urban Limits

In 2015, a jury selected her piece Without Hesitation as winner of the 37th edition of ArtExpo New York. Her artwork was presented on the official poster of the event. Shortly thereafter, she was named one of the “Top 40 Artists to See” by Art Business News Magazine.

What does your piece “Without Hesitation” mean to you? The significance for me is to not let yourself be intimidated by the city. And to not hesitate in life; to take risks and to move forward. To be bold is OK!

Without Hesitation

How would you describe your style?

My style is known as “Urban Cubism,” which combines influences from cubism and urban art.

I’m entirely self taught and have developed and pioneered my own unique style of painting. My signature technique features the unconventional use of paint knives to create impasto-textured cubes thickly layered.

The strokes of my palette knife give the artwork a three dimensional quality which allows me to express my responses to the energy and soul of the urban environment.


Why is playing an important roll in society important to you?

I fuel on positive vibes and if my art can bring happiness to people and help spread love then my roll in society has been accomplished!

Where does inspiration come from before painting? The energy that a bustling city or urban environment releases is undeniable. I have always enjoyed observing the nature of urbanity. Taking a moment to analyze the style of architecture, the way the light reflects on the different materials, the textures, the surroundings and how people interact have always intrigued me. Every country, state, province, city, town, village and neighborhood has its own identity and this is primarily what I try to capture. Generally, a few sketches and key words accompany a series of photographs.

Leaving room for the imagination, imperfection and abstraction are present in my work to show that aesthetic beauty can emerge from a simple environment. At times chaotic, serene or mysterious, each of my works should be viewed differently. The moment my painting catches your eye, a new journey has begun and beauty shall prevail.

What role do architecture and design play in your work? I earned a college degree in Interior Design, but followed my true calling to pursue art in 2008. I’m passionate about architecture and design and both serve as inspiration for sure. Hints from my training in Interior Design can be seen in my architectural perspectives and my love of capturing city skylines.

I also enjoy following the trends and I love integrating my art to exceptional architectural settings! It is a facet of my profession that motivates me immensely.


Open Skies

How do you feel about participating in Spectrum Indian Wells? This will be my first year participating in Spectrum Indian Wells. The spectacular venue at the Renaissance Hotel and the gorgeous desert surroundings makes this the perfect opportunity for me to share my art with the people of this magnificent artistic community that has recently become my home. I relocated to the Coachella Valley last May.

What kind of music inspires while working? I enjoy reggae music, so Bob Marley radio is my favorite. I also enjoy listening to solo piano from time to time; it really depends.


What future projects do you have coming up this year? I just had a baby girl and can’t wait to travel with her so I can show her the beauty of this world and all its cultures. I plan on opening my own galleries but also continue to exhibit at art shows and galleries worldwide.

What phrase defines you: Founder of “Urban Cubism;” artistic innovator who is energetic and a go-getter and has the capacity to transform her dreams to reality. Boom!

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