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Sofia Leiby

 

Paintings, collages, and drawings that sway back and forth between the world of abstraction and representation by Sofia Leiby.

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A Day In Decay- What’s In The Mail Box

Everytime we go to the mailbox a new treasure awaits. Usually it’s an invitation from a gallery, or postcards promoting an illustrator or a discount card for Staples ( I love office supplies!). However every once in a while i’ll get something that catches my eye.  Mograg Magazine (pictured above) is a themed magazine from Tokyo. It’s almost all in Japanese but from what I can tell they select a different theme for each issue (like b/d) and feature artists working in a wide variety of media. It leans heavy on the illustration side of things but there’s some good stuff inside.

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Provocative Images Of Transgender Youth Examine The Nude Human Body

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After her decades’ long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facebook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to gender; with responses from those who identified as male, female, both, or neither, the diversity of her subjects is staggering, and they serve to remind us that feeling “different” may be the only thing that unites us all, regardless of our genders. In the series’s original show, the artist played audiotapes of her sitters, allowing their own voices to inform each work.

The portraits reveal strength in vulnerability; the bareness of the nude form does not speak to intrusive questions about specific physical characteristics but rather to a more meaningful revelation of selfhood through movement. As pure white clothes melt from bodies, each subject reveals bandages, tattoos, freckles, and other marks of universal human existence. All definitions and judgements give way to ethereal and blossoming beauty, elevating the spirit of the body and deeming theoretical, academic, or impersonal definitions of gender irrelevant. Simultaneously humanizing and worshipful, this is portraiture at its most powerful, lending the human form and soul a more murkily transformative sexual and emotional authority. What do you think of the images? (via Bust and Slate)

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Julien Vallée

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Graphic designer/art director Julien Vallée makes graphic design and typography tangible by pulling it out of the computer and constructing his art out of actual physical materials, creating an effect that is quite explosive. He excels in creating both still and moving imagery, often for magazines, (including the New York Times Magazine), and other high-profile clients like MTV.

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Mike Lee

mike_wildTHing001_smMike Lee creates great textural illustrations that feel like fuzzy childhood memories.  The above image is from Nucleus Gallery’s Where The Wild Things Are tribute show (Terrible Yellow Eyes). I know it isn’t Mike’s newest work, but I love his fresh interpretation of the characters.  Mike is currently working as a color key artist for Blue Sky animation studios – which is interesting, considering most of his personal work seems to be black and white.

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Bobo

bloodlines_small Bobo is an art collective that emerged out of the Providence scene post-Fort Thunder.  I really love Bobo’s poster “The Global Order of the Youngbloods,” it’s an overdose of occult and conspiracy infotainment.  Bobo has managed to create a fun scene on their own terms.  They ran a space in Philadelphia for a while, but now seem to be arranging/curating shows in New York, and performing as a band.  Annie Pearlman brought them to my attention when I was doing a studio visit with Brian Belott.

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Caroline Achaintre Hand Tufted Wool Paintings

Caroline Achaintre proves that you don’t need a drop of acrylic or oil to make amazing paintings. Achaintre’s hand tufted wool pieces mix abstraction, grotesque imagery, and geometric shapes to create powerful images that make you question what painting can be and should be. (via vvork)

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Jim Lambie Interview

As a musician myself I am always fascinated by the intersection between visual art and music. Jim Lambie is a musician who played in the Glasgow band Teenage Fanclub, and was also shortlisted for the Turner prize. His colorful installations often reappropriate pop cultural items in fresh ways. In this video he discusses his installation “Zobop,” which used vinyl tape on the floorspace of the Tate, to reveal the idiosyncrasies in the architecture in a dazzling floor display. Check out the Bay City Rollers album in his studio!

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