Saturday, August 8, 2009
Kate McGwire "Sluice"
Just came across Kate McGwire's darkly beautiful and powerful work today...this piece struck me as just perfect for how I was feeling. I got some unhappy family news that is making me think a lot about mortality and what the way of nature and the world really is vs our perception of it, and I found this to be an apt representation for the un-wordable.
Kate McGwire "Heave"
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Will Cotton is another one of those painters that I've seen for awhile and then something in my brain just clicks and I REALLY see it all of a sudden. Cotton paints sumptuous and decadent portraits of candy and baked goods, sometimes nudes with candy and baked goods. What more could you want in life? They are so soft they seem to be painted out of colored air.
I seriously covet the work of Ann Carrington. She makes works using general everyday detritus, safety pins, pearl buttons, coconut shells, to make intricate and gorgeous artworks. I especially like her series of glamour-punk portraits of the Queen and Union Jacks, but her other work is just as bewitching. I am contemplating smashing all my piggybanks and seeing what's there. I do love these so.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The other day Kenny and I were walking through a forested part of a nearby park when we heard an unusual but distinctive chorus of abrupt teeny clicking chirps...hummingbirds! A whole mess of them were zooming around and yelling at each other through the trees. I was reminded of the lovely paintings of Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) who painted many paintings of hummingbirds in almost primordial, jungly landscapes. Let's look at some shall we? I find them just very refreshing to look at...I like how they exude an exotic humidity.
I would love a whole room full of these.
My Dad just emailed me this tidbit- he and my stepmom bought a colonial inn in Fredricksburg, Virginia years ago and with the inn they inherited this portrait painted by Heade! That's pretty fun. Too bad it wasn't a hummingbird painting...then I could swipe it.
"Lady Kenmore" by M.J. Heade
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
From I Heart Chaos:
"In 1946, surrealist Salvador Dali formed an unlikely friendship with Walt Disney and they spent a short time collaborating on a short film called "Destino". Unfortunately, only 18 seconds of Destino were ever shot, but in 1999, Roy Disney reconstructed the entire short using computer rendering and hand-drawn imagery based on the original sketches and storyboards.
The piece was supposed to have been part of Fantasia 2000, but didn't make the cut and hasn't ever seen release anywhere else. So far, the Disney lawyers haven't come after this YouTube video, so cross your fingers that it still works when you click on the play button. And if you want to know where the original footage, is, look for the two weird turtle monsters at around 5:22."
"Five O'Clock Shadows in Dali-Disney Land" by Todd Schorr
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I am really liking the work of Charlie Immer- more so now that I saw one in person recently at a friends house and could see the lovely rendering and luminous color in person. Some of his newer work could be characterized as gummy bear horror...lots of gelatinous type creatures in pale jello colors, with skeletonized features. I think it's pretty great and fresh to look at.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(The one on the top is telling the one on the bottom he's adopted.)
I have a fascination with tigers in art for some reason. Some of my favorite depictions are in Korean art...the have a wonderful sort of demented cartoon quality tempering their fierceness, and the tiger is a central figure in Korean folklore and therefore a common theme in artworks.
See what I'm sayin'? I dig those googly eyes.
This is not a Korean tiger but is by artist Chris Conn- I thought it had similar qualities.
The Vigilant Tiger by Martin Hsu
Walton Ford's Tiger (Thanks Chris!)
Ok seriously go over and check out this Titus Kaphar site. It's ok, I'll wait.
Isn't it great? I'm a little slow to get on the bandwagon on this one but I am a huge fan of this artists work.
"Contemporary artist Titus Kaphar makes oil-on-canvas copies of European and American portrait paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and reconfigures them in strategic ways to create a dialogue about race, art and representation. His work is at once beautiful and halting as he dances between fictional narrative and history.
A graduate of Yale University, Kaphar makes work that is a timely display of what he sees as an alternative history. He sees his work as "the first sentence in a longer paragraph that the viewer completes." Engaging history through 18th- to 20th-century European and American paintings by noted figures including Édouard Manet and William Blake, Titus places race and social issues front and center."
-From The Seattle Art Museum's website
Chris Berens has a show up in Amsterdam called "The White Ones". On my way to Kenya last month we had a layover in Amsterdam so we scooted over to Chris' new studio to see what he was working on. It is really nice to have your expectations exceeded and Chris certainly did that with this show. You can see it here.
Well, HI! Long time no see. Sorry about that. I'm going to TRY to keep up the old blog, but the break was well needed.
Anyway- here is a beautiful image by Tiffany Bozic who I've mentioned before. It is entitled "The Raft" and is being released by Joshua Liner Gallery as a print so if you love it that's where you can get it.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
* I actually did hear this from someone once.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The new Hi Fructose is out next month and features an article about Mark Ryden that yours truly here wrote. I have to say it was one of the hardest things I've ever written, and I talk a lot about the symbolism in his work. Reading other articles about Mark I noticed no one really talks in depth about his use of imagery other than what it is (bunnies, bees, ya da da) so I wanted to talk a bit about the potential deeper meanings. Probably one reason no one does is that Mark himself is reticent to let on what he is using each image for. (I talk about why he's like this as well.) I'm totally fascinated by what I think is going on in Mark's work, and when I gave a lecture about the symbolism in his work at the "Wondertoonel" exhibit at the Frye Museum several years back he said I was fairly on it, so I have some confidence I'm on the right track. At any rate I hope it ads a new dimension to looking at and talking about Mark's work (not that he needs any help from me) and I hope everyone enjoys reading it.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
You thought waking up to find a spider on you was bad. In this painting "The Night" by Ferdinand Hodler, a man wakes up to find an apparition or something worse squatting on him. For some reason this is not sexy but completely scary. Anyone whose woken up at night in a pitch black room and seen "shapes" knows what I mean. The hunched over pose of the apparition adds to the "wrongness" of what is happening and adds a spectral, demonic seeming element.
Speaking of wrong, check out this Jesus. Painted by an anonymous Flemish painter in the 1500's, this is one of those paintings that really fascinate me, on one hand I hate it and on the other I love it. Meant to depict the Trinity, something that should be sublime and holy, the two eyes that almost look normal combined with the three lower faces is somewhat upsetting, off putting, and uncomfortable. But mesmerizing.
"Toutes Les Lumieres" by Paul Delvaux. Delvaux always kind of creeps me out- but this one in particular. Though it actually is somewhat peaceful and has a touch of the Procession about it, the lighting makes it very hallucinogetic. The characters seem to be moving very stiffly and adds to the unnatural, ghostly quality. This reminds me of dreams where it's very weird and beautiful and you are trying to convince yourself it's good, but then something awful comes creeping into the picture to your sheer horror. Um, or maybe that's just me.
This one should be sort of funny since at first glance it's some kind of pterasaur/nazgul steed making off with a ladies glove in impish glee. However, the story changes when coupled with the title of the painting "The Abduction" (alternately known as "The Rape" and "The End of the Dream")
which is part of a series of etchings called "The Glove" by our pal Max Klinger, and the anguished hands bursting through the glass window in a vain effort to catch the ghastly manifestation. Something about those hands makes this etching not funny, but very disturbing.
Madeline Von Foerster "Alchemical Wedding"
Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile fame is curating a show called "Fata Morgana" and features some of today's leading female "Fantasist" painters. The show is at Dabora Gallery and opens March 14th!
My pal Ryan Heshka is giving up the goods this month at Harold Golen Gallery. I love Ryan's inventive mix of imagery from sci fi's "golden age" and his juicy color palette. He'll be showing at the Roq this fall with a bunch of larger works. Can't wait!
Mia is another young artist who sort of popped out of nowhere when a pretty distinctive style. Her work is very fairytale oriented and features a central figure with the rest of the narrative swirling around. I find I seem to be drawn to really darkly decadent, opulent work lately, and that will culminated with a show I am curating in May called "Lush Life" in which I get to indulge my passion for the Pop Surrealists working in this vein. In fact, this aspect is what drew me to Pop Surrealism/Lowbrow in the first place...I'm happy many artists are still working like this when the trend is for street art which I'm not really interested in for Roq la Rue.
Brian is an artist I've had my eye on for a long time. He has been working in the scene for a long time. His work is very punk and features bad ass dames causing mischief, but just recently his work has jumped up a notch technically. I think it is beyond gorgeous. I am heartbroken I could not get the painting above.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
When I interviewed Marion Peck a while ago she had mentioned being influenced by a German painter named Neo Rauch. I sort of took note, had a vague idea of his work, and basically forgot about it. Today I was at the Frye Art Museum and picked up a catalog of his work. I have to say it doesn't hit me personally in the gut like other work does, but it's clearly "important" and intriguing.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
As Ive said before I'm obnoxiously jaded and it not that often that I see new work that really gets me excited. Today I saw a post about Rachell Sumpter's new show at Richard Heller Gallery and I have that wonderful giddy feeling that seeing amazing new art causes. It must be a chemical thing. Anyway, the work is mysterious, mystical, and gorgeous. Check it out!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I was looking through old goth stuff on YouTube today and was reminded of the beautiful and awesome Danielle Dax. Part gothy/part wave-y, Danielle stood out for her remarkable musicianship and her flair for the dramatic. Sometimes she looked as bizarre as Nina Hagen but had a softer voice and a more grounded presence. Unfortunately she was one of those really talented people who just never quite got the success and accolades she was due. I think she is an interior designer now.