San Francisco based artist Michelle Blade has just opened her exhibition entitled Making Light Of It: 366 Days of The Apocalypse at The Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work in the show was created by producing one painting every day of the year 2012, all with the theme of the end of the world rumors involving the Mayan calendar. The show is on view through February 17th. All of the paintings in the series can be seen on Michelle’s Tumblr. From the press release: “As a daily meditation on her relationship with painting and with the apocalyptic Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012, Blade’s work investigates themes of ritual and prophecy. Blade’s solo exhibition Making Light of It features the debut of all 366 apocalypse paintings, alongside new sculptural works, as a triumphant New Year proclamation.”
Elvira ‘t Hart is a fashion designer who creates garments directly from the preliminary process of the sketch. Using a laser cutter she allows the intricacies of a simple line sketch to be realized in a physical garment. In her own words, “A lot of details contained within the first sketches are lost during the process of designing and executing clothing. By literally creating clothing patterns from the lines of sketches or sketching the patterns of clothing and cutting this out by laser, new shapes or suggestions of shapes are created. The clothing takes characteristics from the sketches: outlying lines, lines that trail off into nowhere and empty or unfinished areas. An image is reduced to lines, planes and areas which do not have to be fully formed or finished in order to portray ther ultimate meaning…” (via)
We have featured the work of Portland based Adam Friedman on the blog (here) in the past. He has just opened a new solo exhibition at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco entitled Space and Time, and Other Mysterious Aggregations that is on view through March 2nd. From the press release Friedman explains, “In my work, rules of perspective, distance, and light are bent. Space can become a solid object and places are folded on top of one another. Millions of years are compacted into a single instant and rocks become fluid. I strive to present a moment that defies human intervention in the landscape, and pays homage to the potential in the inexplicable.”
Mel Davis lives and works in Berkeley, CA. With scraps of found wood as a base she utilizes subtle layers of oil paint to create striking forms that are both ragged and refined. In her own words, “Looking at British Romantic landscape artist John Constable I was struck by the beautiful and violent atmospheres he commands. Several attempts at introducing fury and ferocity in my paintings resulted in using found wood as a support. Manipulating these objects before, during and after the painting process by hammering, ripping, wrestling and sanding forces a characteristic in my paintings that can be interpreted as violence, however beyond this they also function as artifact. I am purposefully aging the paintings…I see them as fractured paintings clipped from a larger endeavor. These paintings are artifacts that are found and made precious by preserving and presenting them.”
Christian Maychack lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Combining epoxy clay with various pigments Maychack creates dynamic marbled abstractions that dance around their wooden surroundings. The nature of the clay and pigment allows the forms to appear as paintings upon first glance. In this way the work blurs the line between abstract painting and sculpture.
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)
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)
Heidi Voet lives and works in both Brussels and Shanghai. She creates sculptures based on minor alterations that comment on society and history. In 2010 and again in 2011 she produced large “Tapestries” made with thousands of digital watches. Presented as carpets these physical fabrics of time are vibrant representations of household staples. Maya Kramer explained one work in an article entitled ‘Beautiful because it is brief‘ stating that “Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine/ I’m about to lose the pieces I find is an elaborate carpet woven together from over four thousand, multicolored watches all set to the exact time. (…) at intervals throughout the day, the watch alarms simultaneously ring in a symphony of digital chimes. Over the course of the exhibition, the watches will inevitably malfunction, losing their synchronicity and eventually sounding like an out of rhythm and out of tune orchestra. Thus, as the title of the work implies, the march of time is subtle yet unceasing and its cumulative effect results ultimately in dissolution and increased chaos.” (via)