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 The boundary between land and sea no longer represents a national border, instead hinting at the boundary that lies between man and nature.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 4, 2014
‘Roast chicken and Shepherds pie just won’t cut it any more. Your body is a temple, a temple of doom, and it deserves to be fed something far more exciting. So why not liven up meal times with this Monkey Brains Bowl and scoop chilled cerebral delicacies straight from its hairy gaping cranium. If this fine piece of severed simian storage is good enough for his Supreme Highness, the Maharajah of Pankot (and he knew how to party), then it’s certainly good enough for you.’ Buy here.
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)
Sep 2, 2014
Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. A textile sculptor by trade she resides in the depths of Chicago, IL. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, Lana has frequently been spotted teaming up with other artists to breathe three dimensional life into their illustrations. Crooks is also a member of the OhNo!Doom collective in Chicago and the gallery director for Clutter Gallery in New York. But, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, model ships, faux fur, glass eyes, a menagerie of stuffed friends and a cat named Tanuki.
Sep 2, 2014
‘Donald Ross also known as “scribe” is 37 years old and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri of the United States. The animated, public murals by Scribe are readily recognizable in Midtown Kansas City and throughout different part of the United States, Canada and down into Mexico where he has both painted murals and had gallery shows. Scribe incorporates a menagerie of animal characters developed over many years representing a particular, self-referential trait that he inserts in various scenarios. Scribe intersperses personal iconography, biblical and fairytale references, animation and metaphor in works intended as contemporary parables for public audiences, hence the use of his artist name and persona. Through accessible idiom and image, Scribe incorporates humor and play in the conveyance of serious messages regarding personal integrity, attainment of knowledge, and adventure.’ Website here.
Sep 1, 2014
” In this series called “IRÉEL” I mixed photographic elements with painting techniques. A hyperrealist painter aims to achieve a result which looks like a real photographic picture. A pictorialist photographer’s desired result is visually equivalent to a painting. The photographs are real, I’ve just applied some color/toning effects, adjusted the contrast and a few skin retouch. ” – Flora Borsi