I’m not sure if Pauline Automatique is the artist’s real name, but either way, having the word ‘automatic’ as a last name makes you cool in my book. The colorful dots on graph paper makes me think of an artist bored in geometry class, trying to pass the time. Quite a fun contrast.
“My name is Joshua Abelow. It feels great to write my name. I love the way it looks in print. I like the way the “A” at the end of Joshua lines up with the “A” at the beginning of Abelow. Like This: JOSHUA ABELOW” – Joshua Abelow writes about admiring his own name and his preference to use “Joshua” over “Josh”. Abelow writes often. He makes art, and most importantly lives life often. His works are dark, yet whimsical. Part autobiographical and occasionally asserting historical references, Abelow explores the process of making art and living with the pressures to perform as an artist, a friend and a lover. Works often make fun of themselves and thrive on the failure of existing as beautiful hallmarks for all of art history’s future. If his essay “I Don’t Want To Name Name’s” is in fact honest, he started to make art for the right reasons, and will continue to do so for a long time. Another recommended read would be “DOINGDEKOONING” where he asserts the relevance of Paul McCarthy’s “Painter“. The importance of viewing both Abelow’s writings and visual works lies in understanding Abelow’s humble, honest and somewhat naturally naive philosophy on life and the depth that exists within works far more involved than the headlines they announce.
Korakrit is a Brooklyn based artist whose abstract patterns and vividly colored paintings are sure to keep your interest for hours and hours.
Alejandra Quesada is an artist from Mexico City whose works range from patterns and prints to accessories and of course clothes.
DIY Gallery is pleased to present Making War curated by Los Angeles based Cassandra Simon.
I came across some delightful sculptures from artist Ryan Johnson that got me pretty excited. I’m very interested by these playful characters, full of dignified humor despite an almost laughably pathetic appearance. These guys remind me a little bit of Ed Kienholz’s work too, which is never a bad thing. Look after the jump for the ones who’ve got their feet stuck in buckets filled with concrete. Hilarious!