The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Author: Lainya Magana

New discoveries and visual encounters have brought Hannah Stouffer to the verge of creating an entirely new body of work. After living in Los Angeles for the past couple of years, the prolific artist and commercial illustrator has made her way back to Oakland where she is beginning to delve into fresh creativity. The Summer of 2010 proved to be the perfect opportunity for Stouffer to go explore in the hope that her adventures would inspire this next phase of her practice. Starting in Los Angeles, she took a trip across the United States to visit some of the most historically magical places accessible off the Amtrak train route. Upon her return, Stouffer compiled a written piece entitled "The Littlest Hobo" and created a short video documenting her Black Magic Spirit Quest from the summer of 2010.

Read an excerpt from her adventures and check out some pages from her travel sketchbook, after the jump.

I met up with Kevin Cyr (HF Vol. 10) to get some pre-show flicks before the opening of Temporal Surfaces, the 2-person show with Jessica Hess I curated for White Walls Gallery. It was such a treat to work with both artists and things couldn't have gone more smoothly from start to finish. It was nice to have a chance to chat with Cyr in the serene space of the gallery before the droves arrived for the opening. This body of work amazes in person and it comes as no surprise that Kevin has seen an enormous amount of publicity and accolades over the show. Temporal Surfaces includes pieces executed by Cyr that explore his subject matter through a range of techniques and mediums: oil paintings on wooden panels, pieces combining oil painting and silkscreen, photography, and hand-painted 3-Dimensional die-cast models. Each work portrays Cyr's derelict vehicular subjects - the work horses of blue collar, industrial life - with colorful realism and portrait-like reverence. Temporal Surfaces runs at White Walls Gallery through March 27, 2010.

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