I threw up in my mouth a little bit while I was watching this. Phil Hansons work conjures up all the reasons I no longer dine with 6 year olds. Dont think I wouldnt understand if you disagreed with me. Sure, its art. Its also the reason why the rest of the world hates us, right? The only rewarding thing about this video as far as Im concerned is that awesome little dog, who must’ve been convinced that day that he could control people with his thoughts.
Oh yeah. One more thing. Its an Arbys Commercial. Consumerism has now officially penetrated every orifice of my daily life. Boo
Anna Mo is a Ukraine-based designer who has created a unique style of ultra-chunky knits. Whether she’s making blankets, hats, or other accessories — all of which you can buy online at her Etsy shop, “Ohhio” — the texture appears excessively magnified, making each item cozy and able to stylishly engulf the body. Working with 100% Australian merino wool, Anna even provides the yarn so you can create your own giant knits (although you’ll need the accompanying oversized wooden needles).
Anna’s mother taught her to knit at a very early age. Most days, Anna works on a computer as a designer. Knitting became a secret side project that allowed her to move from “head” (mental) work to “hands” work. In switching between these two modes, she allowed herself to save her energy and work hard at developing her knits. “Ohhio” began as an experiment with just a few items. “I’m happy that I made that experiment,” Anna wrote to Beautiful/Decay, as her shop has now blossomed into a full-time business.
Steven Charles has a show of new work up now at Stux Gallery in Chelsea. Although he was friendly meeting Steven for the first time was a little unsettling. It felt a little like I imagine spiritual seekers felt like when they met the Maharijji in the 1960s’, like meeting some strange saint. I met him through Aaron Johnson who told me Steven was one of his favorite painters.
During the studio visit Steven and I talked about how he was working as a janitor, but just a couple of years ago he was selling paintings for six-figure sums. He was another victim of 2008, but he didn’t seem bummed out. In fact, he was just going along, and to use another Maharajji idea, he seemed very present. His painting method involves creating something to react to: a painting could start by splashing paint on a surface or by gluing a kid’s sock to a board. Click read more to see his work in progress.
Livia Marin‘s Broken Things seem just fine. The sculptures of her Broken Things series do indeed appear to be broken ceramic dishware. However, for what the household items lost in usefulness retain in its aesthetic value. Congealed liquid seems to pour out of the damaged cups. The decorative patterns are pulled along out with the container’s little spill. The sculptures are reminiscent of a family’s “good china” – utilitarian objects that seem to cherished for their decorative nature rather than ever see any use.
Chateau-vacant is composed of three French artists; Yannick Calvez, Lemuel Malicoutis, and Baptiste Alchourroun. Although they have differing stylistic techniques they share one thing in common; and that is their desire to create computer-free art. With Chateau-vacant they have come together to celebrate their alternative approach to illustrative design.
Collage artist Ashkan Honarvar (previously featured here) creates intriguing paper works that are undeniably macabre, and eerily beautiful. He deals with the darker side of humanity, and how identity is formed through the human body. Usually taking images of faces, people or bodily forms, Honarvar splices images together and recreates an idea of how we perceive ourselves, or the role the human body plays in history. In this series Conquest 5, he is concerned with the idea of colonization and the idea of superimposing one culture on top of another. He takes this concept quite literally and overlays images of wealth (gems, jewels, precious textiles) and tools that would be used to colonize a culture over images of peaceful, relaxed indigenous people.
In Die Weissen Kommen (The Whites are Coming) Gert von Paczensky wrote: ‘If we delve into the core of colonialism then we see that the whole thing was one big plundering expedition, one continuous assault and robbery that involved massacres and mass murders, gold and bloodbaths, rapes, slave-trading and genocide’. Ashkan Honarvar has taken this subject and visualized various aspects of European colonial history. The hunt for wealth and power, the submission of the indigenous people, the abuse of religion as a justification and the animal-like behavior. (Source)
Honarvar is used to tackling complex issues – his themes have ranged from war victims, to the Israel – Palestine conflict, to Soviet forced labor camps. He isn’t one to shy away from uncomfortable subject matter, and has a knack for turning horror into something wondrous. He explains his motivation:
Imperfections play a big role in my work. I’m always looking to find beauty in places you don’t expect them to be. I think subconsciously I’m trying to find beauty/aesthetics in the extremes, just to be able to believe that everything is ok and there is hope. (Source)
Assume Vivid Astro Focus, an artist collective oozing in an overflow of psychedelic energy, has been making a name for themselves within the art scene since 2001. They have recently published a book that documents six years of their projects, which consists of a combination of multimedia installations and performance art.