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Mike Peter Smith

‘ My sculptures of scale models explore vulnerability. Employing exacting construction, these vessels, figures, and environments are suspended in unending moments. Vessels appear armed yet impotent. Characters find themselves caught in curious irresolvable situations. Environments are barren, containing subtle evidence of unexplained occurences. Exposed substrate, raw materials, or armature suggest the process of making. This interrupts the narrative, and the object acknowledges itself as “prop” or “prototype”. Artifice functions as a storytelling device, reframing the narrative. As dilemmas enter into these model worlds, mythic problems of self-identity, isolation, and vulnerability emerge. These miniatures allow for a safe controlled analysis of inner fears and private anxieties. ‘ – Mike Peter Smith , Born 1972 in Hemet, California. Lives and works in New York.

Ray Sell

Ray Sell, studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York Ray, received his BA in Illustration. Working on small collages and paintings Ray describes the concept of masculine traits depicting the effect our media plays upon our psyche. Appropriating vintage imagery which Ray re-invents as paintings with bold contrasting color schemes, strong use of layering and diagonal lines cut through his canvas, his work keeps the viewer’s eyes engaged at all times. Having helped found the Bird Beak collective in 2006 with fellow artist Nick Dyball, Mr. Sell has worked with the group to bring attention to new artists from his intimate social circles. ‘

Ray Sell is having an art opening at the Leo Kesting Gallery on the 9th of July, Thursday. The show is running until August 1st, so check it out if you’re in New York. Click here for more info. Thank you Ray for the email!

Katharina Grosse

New Orleans Biennial, 2008, acrylic on diverse materials, by Katharina Grosse ( previously-blogged ).

Saner

Saner (Mexico City, b. 1981) is a visual artist, illustrator and muralist that discovered his love for graffiti at an early age which ultimately led him to pursue a career in graphic design. The work of Edgar Flores (aka Saner) uses everyday life and its roots to create magic beings with popular pre-hispanic reminiscences beside images influenced by the aesthetics of Mexican masks. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including: Rome, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Holland and most recently, the project Marchante! Mercado de Michoacan, Condesa, a collaboration with Sam Flores (no relation). (via Anno Domini Gallery)

Dancing Living House

Dancing Living House – Designer: Junichi Sampei/ A.L.X. (ARCHITECT LABEL Xain) Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Image Credits: Kouichi Torimura

Musk Rat

‘ In 2004, Kunstgebouw foundation and the province of Zuid-Holland wanted a temporary sculpture come mascot for the village of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, located at the very lowest point in Holland (6,86 meters below sea level). It is amazing how water is being controlled here by waterworks and dykes, so this fact was taken as a starting point. It resulted in a giant alter ego of the musk rat, also to show the size of the problem the animal is said to cause. The musk rat (ondatra zibethicus) supposedly is the biggest threat to dykes because of its digging into them and therefor the ‘most wanted’ animal in The Netherlands. ‘ Click here for the link.

Michael Jackson Wall

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Lunar and the rest of the YCP crew (Croatia) painted a wall in honor of the ‘King of Pop’ passing on Thursday. Our condolences to the Jackson Family.

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Here Kitty Kitty

Cute Overload has become one of my favorite sites to visit especially when you’re having one of those days.. yea huh.

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are two of China’s most controversial artists, renown for working with extreme materials such as human fat tissue, live animals, and baby cadavers to deal with issues of perception, death, and the human condition. In Old Person’s Home Sun & Peng present a shocking scene of an even more grotesque kind. Hilariously wicked, their satirical models of decrepit OAPS look suspiciously familiar to world leaders, long crippled and impotent, left to battle it out in true geriatric style. Placed in electric wheelchairs, the withered, toothless, senile, and drooling, are set on a collision course for harmless ‘skirmish’ as they roll about the gallery at snail’s pace, crashing into each other at random in a grizzly parody of the U.N.dead.

Skinner

Skinner, aka Warren Davis III, is Sacramento’s pre-eminent ‘lowbrow’ artist. Regularly showing—and selling—work in galleries across the US, he is also one of the most successful. Not content to simply paint, he also curates shows for other artists, produces clothing designs, plays guitar in a heavy metal band, and found the time to build his own house in Sacramento’s Surreal Estates artists’ community. And then of course there’s his ‘regular’ job, working with developmentally disabled adults at the Short Center North. “I just get excited about getting shit done.” (via Midtown Monthly)