Mario Bursztein – Reveries in Form

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Art Historian/Scholar; book essay for Argentine artist Mario Bursztein. “My oeuvre is a fluid, technological brush-stroke, a studied structure, a virtual geometry tinged by movement. It is the summation of a long, never-ending quest.” – Mario Bursztein Mario Bursztein creates a visual language exploring the formal constructs of art and the […]

Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture

By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. In my doctoral dissertation, “Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture: A Dialectic in Social and Material Conditions of Southern California Artists” (Claremont Graduate University, 2011), I looked at factors of artist success. In it, I interviewed artists, gallerists, curators, critics, auction house directors, graduate arts management program staff, and others in the […]

The Face of Intrigue: A Conversation with Tabitha Whitley

AV-Summer2015-TabithaWhitley_1 July 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “I believe painting something because you enjoy doing it is best reason to.” ~ Tabitha Whitley Growing up in New York City, Tabitha Whitley explores the cultural narratives of identity construction and interconnection. Her aesthetic sensibilities bring a confluence of fashion, science, and anthropology that […]

The Quotidian Landscape: A Conversation with Susan Stillman

June 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “Light has always been a major protagonist for me. The most ordinary scenes of everyday life are transformed by its evanescence, and something overlooked can momentarily turn into an image that demands to be captured.”       The landscape paintings of Susan Stillman are a confluence […]

The Aesthetic of Reflexivity – Interview with Helidon Xhixha

Helidon Xhixha_The Aesthetic of Reflexivity by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “Helidon Xhixha–Sculpting Light.” By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. Contributing Writer, ARTDISTRICTS FLORIDA Magazine NO. 33, December 2014 – January 2015 My sculptures react to the different exposure to light. They are influenced by the tone of light they are exposed to. Whether natural or artificial, light plays […]

Helidon Xhixha – Sculpting Light

Helidon Xhixha_Sculpting Light by Jill Thayer PhD See also: “The Aesthetic of Reflexivity–Interview with Helidon Xhixha.” 5 September – 7 November 2014, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine, NO. 21, VOL. 6, 2015 My sculptures mirror and converse with the surrounding landscape and their complex vitality becomes inexhaustible sources of reflections, […]