Behold the “GOLDEN SOURCE POWER THREE”, a powerful union between Jesse Balmer, Niv Bavarsky, and Michael Olivo. The trio has been passing papyrus for a year now, resulting in over 50 drawings/paintings. If you are in the Bay Area you’ll be able to see this year’s work in the flesh at Needles & Pens. Stop in and observe these worlds of harmony and violence.
Matt Perrin believes in the magic of classic photography. Perrin decidedly does not use Photoshop or manipulate his photographs once the shutter clicks. Rather, he fully utilizes the simple features of his camera and experimental lighting to create his dreamy images. His photographs glow like cosmic abstractions. Perrin is intentionally ambiguous as to the exact nature of his subject matter. Rather, he encourages a more open reading similar to abstract painting. He says of his process:
“ Any object seen, in any photograph, was physically in front of the lens when the shutter opened and closed. It’s the twists and turns that have occurred between those points that have brought you here today.”
Viktor Gårdsäter lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He recently completed a series of photographs that examine the passing of time, fragility, and memories. Composed as a fashion shoot, the underlying idea of life and death resonates in the graceful imagery of a calm and dignified protagonist. The artist explains, “Balloon man’s last walk” is a fashion story about an elderly man’s last day alive. We get to follow this man on his nostalgic journey through significant places and memories of his life, in a last walk and a farewell to his city. He is dressed up and in his hand he holds the balloon. The balloon works as a metaphor for death and in the end takes him to the sky.” (via)
Director David Wilson along with Colonel Blimp and Andres Guzman created this trippy and colorful music video for the Australian band Tame Impala. It is a trippy sensory overload ride through a young man’s fantastical desire to forego a sexual escapade with his teacher. This video thoroughly illustrates “Mind Mischief” with a youthful and coming of age sensibility.
To view more about the project and to view a making of “Mind Mischief” video, visit here.
Randy Grskovic rearranges family photographs. He slices found photographs into geometric abstractions. What were once cherished images of memories are now emptied of their sentimental meaning. Grskovic’s collages draw attention to the process of photographing ourselves – making images of ourselves for posterity. While photographs are often considered true and trusted documents of past events, Grskovic’s work encourages viewers to be skeptical of the idea of their objective nature. He says:
“The memory has changed and so has the document. The photograph as well as any other document is never an accurate depiction of truth.” [via]
The work of Stéphane Vigny is often humorous in its subversiveness. Vigny often undermines the purpose of objects to create amusing but thought provoking new ‘purposes’ (like a BMW turned into playground equipment). Other times Vigny alters objects in a way that make them profoundly useless (such as a chair on wheels the size of the room it sits in). Commodities and inanimate objects are typically entirely defined by their purpose, what they do. Vigny’s installations, though, force viewers to set aside their expectations and approach the familiar in a new way.
The ephemeral installation Tapis de sucre (Sugar Carpet ) by Aude Moreau at Smack Mellon blocks out the majority of the gallery restricting visitors to the perimeter of the space. The delicate installation is comprised of 2 tons of refined white sugar meticulously spread into an oversized carpet embellished with Persian rug motifs. Referring to domestic comfort, the use of refined sugar within the gallery’s industrial space also aims to spotlight the overlooked and undervalued process of production.
“The adjective “refined” equally defines the matter transformed by the industrial purification process which produces the sugar’s whiteness, and the objects and attitudes selected within a cultural hierarchisation process. Through a use of the trompe-l’oeil, this installation refers back to our ambiguous adherence to a domestic comfort which systematically evacuates the realities of production.” (via)
The annual International Ice And Snow Festival that takes place in Perm, Russia has resulted in this impressive sculpture. Carved entirely out of one solid block of ice, a group of artists produced this 1:1 scale Toyota Land Cruiser complete with an open door and interior seating. From an outsiders perspective the work can be viewed as commentary on the current state of the automobile industry or the false perception of wealth and success. (via)