Wrapping up my review of last weekend’s Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, today’s finds are a few of the great artists I found there.

FF: Joachim Knill

krllI still have not figured out artist Joachim Knill quite yet, but I have to say I loved his booth – a miniature gallery made out of a packing crate – complete with velvet rope – very cool.

About artist Joachim Knill: “Joachim Knill’s most recent work consists of 20″x30′ Polaroids photographs which he creates with the world’s largest portable instant film camera designed and built by himself. The one of a kind photographs depict surreal landscapes and installations which he builds in his studio. He uses mostly natural objects such as fruits, flowers, vegetables, seedpods, sticks and stones, or delapitaded building parts, all collected either on his travels or around Hannibal Missouri where he currently resides. These objects are built up as a real life installation which he then captures in a single long exposure with light painting techniques. The lighting turns these scenes into otherworldly realities resembling movie stills that capture ones imagination as to what the storyline might be. By using this large format, the high resolution renders such fine detail that they appear real.”

Read more about artist Joachim Knill and check out his work here.

FF: The “Hand Crafted American Folk Art” of Ed Pribyl

prebI love the wood carved sculptures of Ed Pribyl – which are just so cool.

About the “Hand Crafted American Folk Art” of Ed Pribyl: “Ed has been involved in art since he could first pick up a crayon. At the age of 7, his father enrolled him in neighborhood art classes, and he continued on this path through college. He received his degree in fine art from Northern Illinois University in 1993, where his emphasis was painting. It wasn’t until several years after though, when he began to work sculpturally. He had been working on a home project, when he decided to start whittling on a piece of scrap 2×4. His first pieces were extremely crude, but Ed loved folk art antiques and embraced this primitive look, while he developed his own style and refined his craft. Ed resides in Round Lake IL, with his wife Linda and daughter Taylor. He has now been carving for nearly twenty years, and his work is in some of the finest collections in the country. While originally focusing on holiday themes, his work has evolved to include historical figures, vintage circus people, and magicians, just to name a few. Ed loves looking back in time, at unique or odd bits of Americana for inspiration. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he has continually been named to Early American Life Magazine’s, Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen, as one of the best in his field.”

Learn more about the “Hand Crafted American Folk Art” of Ed Pribyl and see a gallery of his work here.

FF: The engraved assemblages of Aaron Hequembourg

hoqI love the work of artist Aaron Hequembourg, who uses his engraving talents mixed with found wood and other object to make amazing assemblages. Like his work Early American Saint Mollie Price Collins, an engraved assemblage from sharecropper houses.

About artist Aaron Hequembourg: “Aaron Hequembourg was formally trained in engraving and printmaking on a scholarship to the University of Iowa.Upon graduating,without a press, Aaron started to produce abstracted figurative paintings engraved into wood panels. In 1997 Aaron and his wife Hope were married in the front yard of a farm that has been in her family since 1815. They proceeded to move into the farmhouse and have four children, over the course of their lives there, a family member suggested burning down the sharecropper houses that were scattered over the farm. First seeing the value of the wood Aaron began to salvage materials for his contemporary work, however after experiencing the history of the buildings and the objects inside them he was inspired to research period photography for subject matter. The result is the most successful body of work he has ever produced.”

Learn more about artist Aaron Hequembourg and see a gallery of his work here.