Taylor Holland’s Fra[me's] project came about when Holland visited the Louvre museum and found himself more engaged with the heavily embellished and ornate frames that went around the master works of art instead of the paintings. Using digital manipulation Holland has created a body of work where the picture frame serves both as frame and content of the piece eliminating the need for outside content. Taylor states ” This project was born of the idea that, on several visits to the Louvre, I was often more interested in the artistic merit of the frame than the art itself. The result hopefully challenges the viewer’s notion not only of what art is, but the viewer’s own perceptions about where to find and appreciate art in various settings such as the Louvre.” (via)
Taylor is currently partnering with Saintill Lijsten (Haarlem, NL) to realize a physical prototype of this project by taking antique frames and filling them with hand-crafted molds.
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Carne Griffith’s fluid and layered drawings are made by combining a layered mixture of calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids such as brandy, vodka, and whiskey. Using the alcohol as an agent to move the ink around the page Carne creates imagery that explores both figurative and floral motifs which move from representation to abstraction in the same stroke of the pen.
As you may know for the last couple of weeks B/D has joined forces with 20th Century Fox to bring you the Fresh Blood Hunt competition to celebrate the release of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The contest was a huge success with submissions coming in from all over. Although it was difficult to choose there could be only one winner and we’re happy to report that the talented Emily Jane was the clear choice. Not only did Emily win thousands of dollars worth of prizes but her artwork was immortalized on one of London’s busiest streets as a massive four panel mural! Watch a time lapse video of the mural getting painted after the jump!
New York City based Ofer Wolberger’s ongoing series Life With Maggie resembles a photographic travel diary that follows a mysterious girl simply known as Maggie as she travels across the land and documents her journey through the bizarre, the historic, and the sometimes mundane.
Through the tradition of collage Alexander Korzer Robinson pursues his personal obsession in creating miniature narrative scenes. The use of antique books, he believes, makes his work at once an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia. Alexander is interested in the idea of how we construct our own memories of the past from fragments of reality. He sees memory as a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious.
Before Alexander begins to work on a new piece certain boundaries are predetermined through the literature in which he uses. Through his process he aims to transform the meaning of this preexisting material. The encyclopaedia becomes a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather Alexander sees them as a means to gain insight into our memory process.
Alexander’s book sculptures are made by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. The images seen in the finished work, are left standing in their original place.
Anouk Mercier’s work centers around the notion of escapism through the fabrication of narrative. Relying on the nostalgia of Romanticism and mythology to depict melancholic worlds and characters, her drawings celebrate both the power of the imagination to escape the quotidian and the mundane, whilst also exploring the mysterious, the abysmal and the uncanny that often lurks behind idylls.
Presented as illustrations of an enigmatic tale, her drawings range from tenebrous Animalia portraits, to haunting landscapes and mysterious ‘mini-worlds’, laced with decorative flora. The artist invites viewers to engage with this fantastical world, whilst yet creating the illusion that it can only be observed through a distancing window. Positioning the viewer in doing so, as an entranced voyeur, enticed into formulating a narrative based on the visual fragments presented.
Kitty Valentine’s work is inspired by the anonymity of the discarded photographs that she finds in flea markets in East London. Creating images that are darkly humorous yet poignant, Valentine’s images are memento mori paintings that raise questions about identity, sexuality, memory and mortality. The stiffly posed, nameless people in the Victorian Mischief series have animal and bird skulls delicately painted onto them and are given new life, and yet are protected by a mask. There are references to the Victorian obsessions with seances, carnival freaks and sideshow attractions and our slightly shamed morbid curiosity in such things.