Japanese artist Fuco Ueda paints colorfully morbid pictures, full of sad and mysterious girls, glowing fauna and beautifully detailed flora. Ueda’s world is a quiet and magical one; a place where fireflies, bees and butterflies buzz and whirr past girls with long green hair and skeleton hands. Her characters are mischievous yet appear innocent; they are deceptive and deceitful, yet charming and magnetic. They seem like they are in a state of limbo – like they are making the transition from life to death, and are losing bodyparts along the way. The girls are usually surrounded by hitodama: balls of fire thought to be a spirit of the dead.
Ueda’s work is a dreamy look at the scope of human emotions. She shows great sympathy toward the human condition and wears her heart on her sleeve. The gallery that curated her latest show sums it up:
[She] portrays the feeling of loneliness that exists within dreams and reality through paintings of floating illusions. In her depiction of innocent female characters surrounded by natures bounty you get a glimpse of the “deep psyche of the human mind.” Despite bursting with intimacy, there are sounds you can almost hear but can’t and things you can almost grasp but are out of reach. (Source)
A photo of Motoi Yamamoto on all fours, creating these masterpieces, is all you really need to see to figure it all out. Even for those of us who haven’t listened to the mind of our inner child so consistently, it’s obvious that Motoi focuses, and creates. In the video we included above of Yamamoto creating these incredible installations, the painstaking scope of the work is put into perspective, making the clear connection between meditation, clarity of mind, and ability to create. This is to say, aside from these installations, we doubt he has any need to meditate. The targeted concentration he employs while creating is a function of total dedication to a vision. Much like we all did when the first building blocks or Lego’s were tossed at our feet. The mode is white wall, but for us, the process of creating the art is what makes this so exceptional. With a CV that looks like a yellow book, we’re clearly not the first to have latched on to the captivating works of this incredible Japanese artist. (via i paint my mind)
Radical ceramics, paintings and drawings by the talented Amy Gartrell. Do these images make anyone else think of 80’s super fresh flavor, complete with the crazy squiggly lines? Her show “Whatever and Ever” is on view at Daniel Reich Gallery in NYC until June 26th, so go check it out!
Chrissie Abbott’s work reminds me of something you’d see while rummaging through psychedelic album covers at a record store. I dig it! I love the mixture of black and white photography and colorful elements. She has done work for Little Boots, Nylon, and New York magazine.
In a Holland that seems to be at political boiling point and from within an art world that doubts its own identity, upcoming artist Daan Samson and renowned photographer Jeronimus van Pelt felt the need to surround themselves with only their most vigorous fellow art world inhabitants. In collaboration with the illustrious art gallery TORCH they present a photo series of the most delectable babes in the contemporary field of art. Eight female curators, theorists, artists, critics, museum directors and other art related women have agreed to be portrayed as sexual beings.
The woman as an inspiring muse is a recurrent theme in Western art history. Daan Samson invited photographer Jeronimus van Pelt to explore and interpret this timeless fascination together with him. What followed was a probing search for the female beauties within the contemporary field of art. At exhibition openings and art do’s they approached only the most ravishing art professionals. Likewise, on social network sites like Facebook only the cutest art hotties were invited to pose as objects of desire.
For his first solo exhibition in the United States, Belgian artist Jan De Vliegher creates a series of monumental paintings which reference the artist’s obsessive hunt for otherwise overlooked porcelain plates. United in their ritualistic and repetitive compositions the series of circular abstractions reveal De Vliegher’s fascination with the painting experience while also speaking to broader themes of contemporary collecting.
Like a cultural anthropologist, De Vliegher meticulously documents his varied sources of inspiration in their traditional museum context. The lush colors, dramatic brushstrokes and overpowering scale of his work, however, starkly diverge from the otherwise controlled subject matter. The subsequent rush-infused paintings transcend their representational qualities and assume the commanding presence of contemporary abstractions. In the same way Baselitz’s act of turning his paintings upside down avoided a literal and linear interpretation, De Vliegher ignores the differences within the distinct plate genres—from French Rococo to Qing dynasty—and imbues the work with a palpable essence that is reflective of the artist’s unique, energetic input.
2-UP is pleased to announce its inaugural edition, a collaborative poster created by artist Monika Zarzeczna and curator Nathan Lee. This is the first in a series of collaborative poster editions to be produced by 2-UP in the coming year. Please join us for a launch party on Saturday, February 20th from 5-7 PM at Printed Matter Inc., 195 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY.