I recently stumbled upon Pigasus Gallery, a Berlin based shop that specializes in Polish Poster design. I hadn’t really been aware of the specific design genre of Polish poster design, but after poking around I found a few articles stating that beginning with the period right after World War II, the Polish Union of Artists along with support from all the major art universities set rigorous standards as far as poster design, creating a rich environment that bred a plethora of creative posters that exhibited unqiue imagery as well as technical proficiency….an amazing phenomenon creating some great posters! More after the jump…Check out Liza Manelli’s stockinged legs fashioned into a swastika in the “Cabaret” poster– not sure what to make of that, anyone?
Japanese photographer Daikichi Amano creates strangely sexual tableux that bring to life the ancient woodblock tradition of “Shunga” erotica. Vaulting bizarre fetishes to the next level, animals twist into obscure props in some kind of alternate world vision, in which powerful sirens are enveloped by sea creatures and warriors posture. Amano’s White Witch parallel universe is as enchanting as it is macabre. The figures all have a certain allure and potency radiating from them that I can’t explain…. I read somewhere that Amano eats all the animals after the shoots so as to not waste them in a weird, extended, Tantric-magician performative move, perhaps….
The lovely Catlin Moore of Mark Moore Gallery was so kind as to provide Beautiful/Decay with a sneak-peak at Kiel Johnson’s upcoming exhibition entitled “Publish or Perish.” If you’re unfamiliar with Kiel Johnson’s work, his work, he creates transmorphic drawings, paintings and sculpture that seem to synthesize the ever-expanding media explosion through a kind of personal narrative. Really lovely line work, almost animation-like. Check out tons of amazing studio shots and the artist at work after the jump.
Call me a little girl still, but I am kind of in love with these fanciful Parisian fairy tale Cinderella story-book sculptures by Vincent Olinet. Check out his pictures of giant, candy-colored pastel pastelles after the jump. Like, really? You single-handedly designed my dream canopy Rococo Marie Antoinette-inspired princess bed floating atop a lake of water lilies, AND my birthday cake? Who are you and how have you tapped so deeply into every woman’s secret Princess psyche? Or not. Still, I love these sculptures, for their overt magic. And yes, I probably needn’t say it, but he is French.
Cody Hoyt of Apenest fame recently created a brand new limited edition silkscreened print, “Rise and Shine,” sent straight from an astral projection and into your orange shag, unicorn carpet disc0-ball custom RV. Cody is part of ourindependent artist’s network (represented by tiles on the lower right hand side of our site). What is probably most exciting about this acid-induced multi-armed vision is that it can be viewed in daylight….and blacklight! Remember in high school when your one friend had the cool hang out with the parents never home and you’d have friends over to stare at mushroom-vortex blacklight posters and pretend you were burned out hippies on mushrooms, even though you were only 14? Well, my friends, Apenest has created a slightly more adult version for all us UV-obssesed kids who have grown up (or not). Some amazing behind the scenes process shots after the jump, including his tromp l’oiel suggestion box bathroom…..
Ryan McGinley recently completed an entire new suite of photographs entitled “Moonmilk” exploring nude figures set within kaleidoscopic, quasi-mystical caves and rock permutations. At its core there is something wondrous and fantastical about these dramatic, cinematic style faux/real fo’ real(?) backdrops. Disneyland-esque even, equal parts Space Mountain/Matterhorn/Thundermountain….(Does anyone remember the one ride that had some kind of stalagtite-ridden ice cave with multi-colored changing pools that everyone threw pennies in?) With the figures inserted often in semi-Yogic poses, an air of impermeable esoteric rites combined with Sci-fi futurism collapse….on a strange planet in a distant retro-future, a new race of innocent cave-dwelling Adams and Eves is born? Hmm….They’re really all so flawlessly, amazingly beautiful that I had to post about 10 of them below, but you should definitely check out the entire series on his site.
If you happen to be in London, the works will be on view at Alison Jacques Gallery through October 8th.
Tim Roda’s photographs seem to create ancient and historical scenes of magic and myth through slightly improvised, found materials. The above image, “Centaur” is striking for its oscillation between a certain kind of epic grandeur and a bizarre, seedy perversion. Many of his images superficially appear to be from some near-distant canon of royalty, though quickly dissolve into household snapshots. There’s something youthful as well in their innocent attempts at grandeur with just a little imagination, always infused with some kind of borderline hint at violence or conflict.