Alexandra Pacula’s work may look like blurry photographs taken after a wild night out in the city but they are in fact hyperrealistic paintings. These paintings investigate a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife. She is fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.
In our seemingly content society there is a struggle to achieve greater levels of enjoyment. We explore various environments and activities in search of pleasure. Extravagant lights of night environments seduce us to participate in curious events, enticing us to experience new forms of satisfaction.
Discussing her work she states: “I recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion by letting the paint blur and allowing shapes to dissolve. I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten. The sense of motion is intensified with the use of quick vigorous lines and sharp perspectives. By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience. I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar, exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.” (via)
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With a desire to break painting down to its fundemental components of color, line, form, and surface, Justin Waugh creates a restrictive set of criteria that has a rich dialogue with minimalism and post minimal abstraction. Using those movements as a starting point, Waugh working to engage the language of minimalism with a contemporary sensibility that is both familiar yet subversively fresh. Justin had this to say about this series:
“This series began as paintings that address the repetitive horizontal grid, a hallmark of minimalism, and the use of industrial materials. Instead of a consistent, mechanized application of paint there is evidence of a hand painted surface; the use of oil paint and graphite, traditional painting materials; and a bold use of color. As the series progressed I began working on handmade paper, further giving the work an organic quality that created an interesting tension with the rigidity of the pattern. I am also interested in the overall compositions being made up of repetitions of two inch bands of color, rendering them in a sense without focal point, and egalitarian in composition. I’m fascinated by the use of repeated forms and patterns, and how one can take a very simple gesture and scale it up into something greater than the sum of its parts. “
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The source material for Scott Anderson’s paintings are preexisting images – found photographs, his own snap shots, drawings or collages – that fall within broad archetypal categories such as portraiture, landscape, iconography, and still life. The common denominator of these source images is distance, either due to authorship, such as in the found photographs, or time, as in the source imagery of Anderson’s own making. The act of making new paintings from these images allows Anderson to understand them in new ways and to develop a idiosyncratic visual vocabulary. In this sense, Scott Anderson is a translator. What is foregrounded in his work is the way he perceives, organizes, scrambles, and prioritizes the images he makes the paintings from. The delivery of the message IS the message. Scott Anderson’s paintings establish an alternate reality in which they are safe to exist as ordinary illuminations of their surroundings.
Although relatively abstract, Anderson’s paintings have their origins in representational imagery. This dependence on the objective along with his overall motivations put him in dialogue with early Modern art movements, particularly Dada, Surrealism, and Cubism. Scott Anderson is interested in the continuation of this art historical conversation as a means to change the rules of the game as it were. Where Modernists of all stripes were largely interested in winning the game by ending it (to paraphrase the critic, Jan Verwoert), Anderson sees this mode of objective / non-objective hybridity as one way among many in which to view the world.
Fascinated by the natural world, Joel Rea paints the pulsing elemental forces of our planet interplaying with human relationships formed in our society and consciousness. Driven to explore universal meanings around the human condition, Joel is also interested in depicting the underlying inner forces which drive human behaviour. He presents these narratives visually through the use of vivid surreal landscapes, seascapes, animals and self portraiture. Joel also harvests ideas from his dreams and draws subject matter from his life journey and his own personal struggle to become a professional painter, a life long ambition which was many times nearly derailed by the unpredictable turmoil of his years coming of age as a young man. (via)
We’re eagerly waiting the release of Zach Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL. After loving his take on the WATCHMEN and being blown away by the epic cinematography of 300, this version of Super Man promises to be equally grandiose. After watching the trailer Snyder’s take on the MAN OF STEEL feels darker, gritty and more natural than its predecessors. In WATCHMEN Snyder showed us the dark side of super heroes and how they reveled in their flawed humanity. Snyder seems to be sending Clark Kent down a lonely road where he’ll wrestle with who he is and his home on Earth. We’re all ready for the sweeping camera shots, flying scenes and all around badassery that this MAN OF STEEL has to offer. I think this is the vision of Super Man we’ve been waiting for. Fingers crossed! MAN OF STEEL is out June 14th 2013. Get ready.
DJs have always set the tone for what happens on the dance for but in Foot Locker’s new project the dancers set the beat. Like something out of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, the turntable is now a dance floor. Working with one of the world’s leading installation artists Footlocker created a live action mixing deck where dancers can use their feet to create music. Using beats and fx sounds dancers reverse engineer the music with their bodies and their sneakers. The result is an imaginative and fun video that brings together marries motion and music of music with everyone’s favorite clothing item, the sneaker.
Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create gorgeous websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code. This week we’re happy to bring you the work and site of Los Angeles painter Asad Faulwell.
At first glance, Asad Faulwell’s heavily embellished and ornate works may call to mind middle eastern tapestries but upon deeper inspection you discover that in fact they are deeply rooted in both politics and art history. His current body of work depicts female combatants from the Algerian War of Independence. Inspired by Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers” these pieces attempt to show how these women were both aggressors and victims, victimized by both their French adversaries and their male Algerian comrades. All works in this series are titled “Les Femmes D’Alger” in reference to the series by Delacroix and Picasso. While the anonymous women in the Delacroix and Picasso works were depicted as sexual objects in an Orientalist scene, the women in Faulwell’s work defy simple classification and are depicted as saints, criminals, aggressors and victims.
As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing this article by Carolyn Rauch on Steve Back.
The most intriguing part of Australian photographer Steve Back’s gorgeously graphic series Hutt Lagoon is that the bright pink-colored water is all natural. “The images are not manipulated for color,” said Back. “I was commissioned to shoot some abstract landscape shots of Western Australia for a big Perth hotel. I chartered a light aircraft to explore shooting some islands off the coast of Northern WA. I had noticed these lakes on the map and Google Earth, and decided that they were worth a look. From the ground, the pink coloring is not so evident and a bit unimpressive, yet from the air, it looks fantastic. These are natural landscapes but the coloring is out of this world. And at first sight it is not easy to tell whether they are close up or far away.”
Hutt Lagoon is the world’s largest Beta Carotene farm (produced by naturally occurring algae in the water). In the middle of the lagoon are a series of manmade ponds that form the fundamental composition elements of Back’s images.