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SPORTS! at Synchronicity Gallery

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SPORTS! is a group show curated by Ryan Travis Christian (I believe he is an interviewer on Fecal Face) opening TONIGHT (7pm – 12am) at Synchronicity Gallery in the Melrose/Heliotrope area. Anyone in the area should go because judging by the work that’s going to be featured in the show, and the after gallery hours night-time musical entertainment that the gallery are putting on, it seems like it’s going to be a great show + vibe. I wish I could go but I’m leave for the desert in 10 minutes! A list of the artists, details, and a list of the images are after the jump. Yay! Sports!

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Mike Rea

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Ambitous artist and force of nature, Mike Rea, never disappoints. Check out these life-size wood sculptures and be impressed.

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Gottfried Helnwein’s Beautiful Victims

Gottfried Helnwein’s watercolors from the 1970’s tell a frightening story of  pain, abuse, and brutal crimes.

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Cayce Zavaglia’s Incredibly Real Embroidered Portraits That Look Like Paint

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American artist Cayce Zavaglia considers herself a painter.  “Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting”, the artist comments on her statement.

Manipulating color, especially paint with a brush, is obviously easier than manipulating color with varying wool strings and needles. That seems kind of impossible, don’t you think? Zavaglia makes it looks like a seamless process, laborious but not too difficult to actually achieve.

“Initially, working with an established range of wool colors proved frustrating.”

Painterly portraits demand for loose brushstrokes and intermingling colors, varying tones, and contrasting hues; creating a technique that would allow her to do this with wool strings was something that Zavaglia struggled with. However, with time, she came up with a system of sewing the threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain color or tone. The system allowed for the threads to mimic the depth,volume, and form that we are familiar with in paintings and color drawings.

My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”.

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Wet Paint Artist Grant Recipient: Ashkahn Shahparnia

Ashkahn Shahparnia, (pronounced ASH-CON SHAW-PAR-NEEYA) is a Los Angeles based graphic design artist whose work is colorful, whimsical, funny, and immensely clever. His designs, which seem to come from a world that is forever changing from spring to summer and back again, transition easily from one product to the next. Graphics for tote bags, t-shirts and pillows, album cover art, patterns for wall paper, some killer custom typefaces and much more, all fit snuggly into his portfolio (along with just about every color imaginable). Capturing the age-old and elusive ‘show-not-tell’ mantra of artists everywhere, Shahparnia’s fonts and graphics truly have personalities of their own. What is perhaps the most exciting is Shahparnia’s use of unexpected items in his designs and graphics, such as the elements of a dismantled avocado to create a minimalist, geometric pattern. Or the graphic representation of the evolution of bikini wax styles from the 1960s to 2000s, matter-of-factly printed on the side of a tote bag. Which makes sense when you look at the extensive list of his inspirations on his website, crediting everything from Lil’ Wayne to Carl Andre to an adorable baby polar bear. While much of Shahparnia’s work is very tongue ‘n cheek, he demonstrates a true understanding of how graphic design can completely dictate the emotional value of an image. Celebrating all styles, be they kitsch, cute or cool, the designs all have one thing in common: they’re great to look at and you’ll probably have a hard time not smiling.

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Jason Middlebrook’s Wood Paintings

Jason Middlebrook‘s work incorporates lines onto wood planks found in New York State, as the artist forms abstract ‘landscape’ painting that play with colour. The artist’s painterly abstracted forms create a hypnotic quality to the work, as the ordered lines subvert patterns of trees to seek a re-engagement in our relationship with nature itself.

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Ryan Spring Dooley

Cool promo animation spot for Ryan Spring Dooley‘s web site.

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Cover Your Walls In The Future- LED Wallpaper

 

The future is here folks. We manage our entire life on a small rectangle that we keep in our pocket and there is a mysterious machine with a secret location that you can ask any question and it will answer it immediately. Now you can add LED wallpaper to your list of high-tech innovations that you don’t need but want. The folks at Architects Paper have created a wallpaper that actually lights up to create tiny patterns and lights for home and office dwellers to enjoy. If this doesn’t mean we’re living in the future I’m not sure what will. All we need now is food that comes in the form of a pill.

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