Call me a little girl still, but I am kind of in love with these fanciful Parisian fairy tale Cinderella story-book sculptures by Vincent Olinet. Check out his pictures of giant, candy-colored pastel pastelles after the jump. Like, really? You single-handedly designed my dream canopy Rococo Marie Antoinette-inspired princess bed floating atop a lake of water lilies, AND my birthday cake? Who are you and how have you tapped so deeply into every woman’s secret Princess psyche? Or not. Still, I love these sculptures, for their overt magic. And yes, I probably needn’t say it, but he is French.
So hopefully you watch Family Guy (or at least Disney as a child) to understand how amazing this is… the show imagined what it would look like if the characters were all transported into the wonderful world of Disney. The illustrators did an amazing job on this one. Total classic.
Gehard Demetz was born in 1972, in Bolzano, Italy. Currently he lives and works in Val Gardena on these amazing woodcarvings. His vision is on point, and his work is nothing short than breathtaking. Check it out.
Judy Darragh makes work using cheap, fun and discarded materials, pilfering objects directly from the op-shops and living rooms of ‘ordinary New Zealand’. Her finished artworks demonstrate a dense layering of familiar cliché’s played off against one another, re-configured and exaggerated. This contextual complexity is accompanied in Darragh’s work by a characteristic wit and delightfully irreverent sense of humour. During her prolific twenty year career her work has ranged from the ‘Queen of Kitsch’ era to the ‘grunge art’ of the mid nineties, and her new suit of sculptural works presents an interesting mixture of the two. (Text and images via Ramp Gallery).
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Drama Institute were he initially began working with gunpowder to foster spontaneity and confront the suppression that he felt from the controlled artistic tradition and social climate in China at the time. Pretty bomb. Check out some of his work after the jump.
Chinese artist Liu Fei and I share the same name (my name would be Liu Fei too if it was written last name first) but we obviously are not the same person…it’s sort of like how I have 3 other Fei Liu’s as friends on Facebook who are all dudes.
Liu Fei paints bald young women that comment on the interplay of conformity and self-expression. Their means of dress and lack of hair are very much in line with one another, yet their rebellious gestures and exaggerated facial expressions speak of a desire to turn convention on its head. Red smiling mouths jump out from an otherwise black-and-white monochrome palette, thus seeming to ridicule the country’s traditional female virtues like purity, delicacy and grace.
Cody Hoyt of Apenest fame recently created a brand new limited edition silkscreened print, “Rise and Shine,” sent straight from an astral projection and into your orange shag, unicorn carpet disc0-ball custom RV. Cody is part of ourindependent artist’s network (represented by tiles on the lower right hand side of our site). What is probably most exciting about this acid-induced multi-armed vision is that it can be viewed in daylight….and blacklight! Remember in high school when your one friend had the cool hang out with the parents never home and you’d have friends over to stare at mushroom-vortex blacklight posters and pretend you were burned out hippies on mushrooms, even though you were only 14? Well, my friends, Apenest has created a slightly more adult version for all us UV-obssesed kids who have grown up (or not). Some amazing behind the scenes process shots after the jump, including his tromp l’oiel suggestion box bathroom…..
Usually I don’t get too excited about shows on PBS but I have to say that Art:21 is by far the best thing i’ve ever watched on public television. If you’re not familiar with the show, Art: 21 is the only prime time show dedicated exclusively to contemporary artists. Each season follows 14 of the biggest names in the art world as they walk you through their conceptual process, studio practice and share rare behind the scenes footage of work in progress. Some of my favorite episodes from previous seasons include the legendary interview with Barry Mcgee and his wife Margaret Kilgallen and LA painter Lari Pittman. This is a must see show for anyone interested in the international contemporary art world.
I received a preview copy of Season 5 and I’m happy to announce that it does not disappoint with another set of interviews with art legends such as John Baldessari, Cao Fei, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and many more.
Season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 10:00 p.m. (ET).
More Art:21 trailers after the jump.