Takashi Iwasaki definitely has a flair for the playful. Each piece is a kaleidoscopic explosion of all things optimistic and innocent, from vibrant colors to minimal, intimate shapes. Equally as amusing are the titles of these paintings, collages, and embroidery work, which consist of fragments of Japanese, English, other languages, and sounds.
The Bad Lab was brought to our attention by Eric Zelinski, who submitted them as a consideration to our “Submit your Artist” contest. Although we already chose a winner two weeks ago, we at Beautiful/Decay would like acknowledge Bad Lab’s fantastically fresh t-shirt line, prints, canvases, and posters.
I’m especially fond of the canvas work (see Set Speed and Sexagon) and how their hypnotic, rhythmic qualities entrance the viewer, pulling us into the loop.
The Art Tour, after spending a month in San Jose, CA, Scion is taking their installation show east to Philadelphia. The fifth installment, launched in October 2008, is part of a program designed to give exposure to both established and emerging artists. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world – each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’. For the first time in the tour’s five-year history, Scion has also included video art alongside painting and photography!
Opening Reception: Friday July 3, 2009, 7pm ’til 11pm
T & P Fine Art
1143 South 9th St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Music by: DJ Apt One
The show runs at T&P in Philadelphia July 3 – July 25
Painting: AJ Fosik, Alex Hornest, Andrew Schoultz, Asylm, Blek le Rat, Codak, David O’Brien, Edwin Ushiro, Francesco LoCastro, French, J. Shea, Jeff Soto, Kelsey Brookes, Kofie, Lisa Alisa, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nicholas Harper, Patrick Martinez, Rob Abeyta Jr., Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Skypage, Souther Salazar, Stormie Mills, Tessar Lo, Todd Tourso, Usugrow, Will Barras, Yoskay Yamamoto
Photography: Angela Boatwright, Christina M. Felice, Eriberto Oriol, Eye One, Jamel Shabazz, Logan Hicks, Peter Beste, RETNA, Rick Rodney, Saber, Too Tall Jahmal
Video Art: David Choe, elYEM, Ian Lynam, Peter Glover, Something In The Universe
We at Beautiful/Decay would like to consider Alex Bec a runner-up for our “Submit your Artist” contest from two weeks back. His work was way too awesome not to post (thanks for letting us know, Gringo)! Alex’s creations consist mainly of typographic illustrations, colors and shapes that pop–all entirely from cut paper and sometimes even masking tape. Major props for patience and intense precision.
Toronto based illustrator Jessica Fortner creates 3D scenes using a variety of materials, and photographs them to create a final illustration. Complete with their own story lines, her sculptures are at once repulsive and grotesque, charming and endearing, and are fabricated out of polymer clay (Super Sculpey).
Here’s the background behind The Gold Horned Hexapede Bear, pictured above:
“The Gold Horned Hexapede bear roams the Arctic in search of her long lost love. Hexa is the last of her kind, her breed having been killed off by man. Hexa is the giant of the arctic tundra. In her mouth see carries the man that killed her partner, half eaten and still alive. He stares out from the beast’s mouth motionless and starved.”
Danish-born Erik A. Frandsen has studied ceramics, sculpture, and graphics in many locations including Greece, Italy, and France. But now Frandsen resides in his native country of Denmark, where he has created many installations that intertwine many different components. His work is known for being created in multiple layers. There is the layer that are appealing to the viewer at first and then repel the viewer after a second glance. The construction of his installations happen when he combines a drawing or a piece on canvas with lights, rubber tires, or boxes. And in one piece he even uses butter.
Kristi Engle Gallery is proud to present its last show of the season, “Broads, Boobs and Buckles: The Pinball Art of Dave Christensen” on view from July 11th – August 8th, 2009.
While the mechanics of pinball were developed by engineers, the illustrations were handled by graphic artists. This work included the back glass and the playing field of each machine. Curated by local collector, Mark Andresen, this exhibition features the work of acclaimed pinball machine artist, Dave Christensen. 11 pinball machines will display Christensen’s graphics as well as the original artwork used in fabrication and drawings for proposed and/or rejected versions and prototypes.
Sheena Matheiken decided to start The Uniform Project in May 2009 by pledging to wear the same uniform dress for the next 365 days. She has 7 identical dresses, 1 for each day of the week, and the only thing that will change are her vintage, hand-made, or second-hand accessories and how far her creativity will take each outfit.
The Uniform Project is aimed at raising money for the Akanksha Foundation, a movement that hopes to change the lives of many children in India with the gift of education. As someone who was raised in India and had no choice but to wear uniforms to school, Sheena Matheiken has now chosen to rewind to the days of uniforms for a good cause.