Sep 11, 2014
Claydon’s The Author of Mishap (Them) takes its inspiration from J.G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough, an early 20th-century dissertation on magic and ritual that was widely denounced for its questionable methodology – a comparative anthropology by ‘genre’ rather than linear science. Mirroring Frazer’s logic, Claydon’s portrait is a composite of three heroic busts of political figures from this time, each embodying radically opposing beliefs. Through this literal hybrid, Claydon incites the current revivals of genetic engineering and post-modern eclecticism as plausible validation of Frazer’s theories. Substituting the traditional hallowed material of bronze for cast copper powder and resin, Claydon defiles his subject’s monumentality; the aged patina has been created through urinating on the object, both an act of defamation and a reference to Warhol’s egalitarian pop. Perched on a burlap-coated plinth reminiscent of 1950s gallery wall coverings, Claydon reinforces his sculpture’s historical stature while belying its association with outdated fashion. The peacock feather operates primarily as a formal device, adding a surreal and dilettantish air to the impoverished authoritarian relic. Link.
Sep 11, 2014
Leslie Ann O’Dell is a visual artist most known for photo-illustration. O’Dell’s work is comprised of haunting imagery… Ranging from dark imposing landscapes to mystifying portraitures, that evoke sensations of vulnerability, demise and the fear associated with such sentiments.
Sep 10, 2014
David Delruelle was born in Brussels in 1988. He graduated in Fine Arts at the Saint-Luc EPS Brussels in 2012, and is currently engaged in the practice of collage, his favorite medium.
Sep 9, 2014
” I’m a 24 years old guy who works with design and illustration since I was 14, there isn’t anything I love more than creating new stuff and discover new ways to illustrate my thoughts.” – Mathiole
Sep 8, 2014
‘Japan’s shape is drawn as the boundary that lies between land and sea. However , this is an ambiguous boundary that repeatedly changes with the ebb and flow of the tides or as a result of other natural phenomena. In this work, a flat map of the world is spread over the peak of a 4-meter mountain. The boundary between land and sea no longer represents a national border, instead hinting at the boundary that lies between man and nature. This view of the world, in which the land mass simply spreads downwards, is also reminiscent of the geocentricism of ancient times, in which people believed that the heavens existed above a flat Earth.’ Link here.
Sep 5, 2014
French artist MOZ paints flawlessly beautiful people, and then adds humor and wit to his pieces to capture the perversity and attitudes of pop media. Finding inspiration from the art of Andy Warhol and 1960′s icons, MOZ paints images of gorgeous women juxtaposed with typography from instruction booklets and warning messages. The combination of wit, women, and sex, helps MOZ to create an erotic, almost voyeuristic experience for the viewer.
Sep 5, 2014
” My work is concerned with the visceral and the sensual. It draws upon anatomical drawing and botanical illustration, but occupies a liminal territory between scientific enquiry and the subjective, imaginary body. My recent work investigates the relationship between innocence, consumption and desire. In each piece, a sculpted animal is cut, manipulated and refigured. These interventions result in outbursts of colour and texture, twisting the material or “flesh” of the sculpture into forms resembling flowers or fruit. The object assumes a two-fold meaning; a split or double identity. From one angle the viewer sees a bouquet of roses, from another the head of a slaughtered calf. These interventions can be read as the expression of an impulse to “dress” or prettify, or as the breaking through or breaking out of an irrational, subconscious or chaotic element, like a wound or disease. My treatment of my subject, whether viewed as butchery or beautification, creates an undercurrent of disturbance in the work. Drawing on the traditions of vanitas and still life, my work explores the contradiction inherent in the “nature morte”, in which transient everyday objects – bread, meat, flowers, fruit – are immortalised and elevated by the processes of art. Petals on the point of turning brown and dropping, fruit so ripe that it is just on the verge of rotting; captured and petrified, like a stuffed animal or a frozen bouquet. Art as a kind of pickling, s howing death and obscuring it – all at once. Using materials manipulated to resemble food- meat and marzipan, sugar and butter, offal and chocolate – the work explores ideas around pleasure and consumption, both visual and oral.” – Rebecca Stevenson
Sep 4, 2014
Johnny Andrew Gigliotti Bailik was born in the same steel town as the late Andy Warhol; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1989 he studied privately at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts and in 1992 he moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area to attend the Nationally Accredited Bliss Hall School of Fine and Performing Arts. In 1994 Bailik organized with other fellow art students an Anti-Censorship exhibition which featured a lecture by Andres Serrano, most known for his photograph entitled “Piss Christ”, as well as a speech by Dennis Barrie, who was the director of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati during the infamous Robert Mapplethorpe obscenity trial. In 1996 Bailik helped to organize a regionally legendary show entitled “Spectacle”, a multi-media, collaborative, outdoor performance that contained everything from static art to interactive sculpture to extravagant performance art. Bailik’s travels and life as an artist has also made it possible for him to meet such artists as Paul Jenkins, Dennis Oppenheim, Julian Schnabel, Ed Moses, Mark DiSuvero, Dennis Hopper, and Robert Rauschenberg to name a few, as well as to work with artists of varying degrees and aesthetics. Since 1991 Bailik’s work has been primarily painting, but has also included sculpture, video, and installations. It has been displayed internationally in contemporary and modern museums, commercial galleries, and private collections. He has also won awards and grants in multi-media, video installation, and painting. Bailik moved to Los Angeles, California at the end of 1999. He states, “I have been profoundly affected by the ‘City of Angels’. The energy, spirituality, diversity, the eclecticism of the culture and the land has altered my work dramatically. It is a beautiful time and place to explore.” Johnny Bailik continues to live and work in his Los Angeles, CA studio.
Sep 3, 2014
Loads of great photographs from Michael Ostermann, artist based in based in Vienna, Austria.
Sep 3, 2014
Lois Andison was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She received her BFA (Honours) from York University in 1990 graduating First Class with Distinction. She also studied at Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology where she Graduated with High Honours and was awarded the Board of Governors Silver Medal. She is represented by Art Mûr in Montréal and by Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto. Her kinetic sculptures/installations investigate the intersection of technology, nature and the body. Using movement to initiate an exchange with the viewer, Andison’s work poetically explores social and technological concerns through the construction of the hybrid art object. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, her sculptural installations have been shown in Toronto, Montreal, Lethbridge, New York and Mexico City.(via OKG)