Summer’s really come to a close now, so if you find yourself yearning for those last licks of outdoor time, look no further than Danna Ray‘s ethereal illustration work. Each piece, with its washed out application of paint, is like a huge sigh. Somehow the delicate, minimalistic elements that make up each one contribute to a subliminal impression that’s actually pretty large. Each image finds a way to communicate a lot of space, and no space all at once. Such a dynamic allows you to briefly posses each as your own personal refuge. The artist’s restraint in creating these really pays off and I find myself returning to them again and again.
Emily Deutchman’s “Presidents with Boob Faces” are exactly what it sounds like: a collection of paintings of the United States presidents with breasts appended to their facial features. After graduating from Skidmore College, the young artist found herself doodling human mammary glands on portraits of her friends, and she soon extended the project to historic leaders of the free world. With the exception of Obama’s portrait, which is modeled after the iconic “Change” poster, each piece is based off of its subject’s official presidential portrait. The facial features of each man dictates the placement of the breasts. For Ronald Reagan, it’s skin above the neck. For Clinton, it’s the nose. Some of the boobs are painted from actual breasts, sent to the artist by friends.
While Deutchman insists that the work has no clear agenda aside from humor, she invites political interpretations. With the expected candidacy of Hillary Clinton in 2016, dialogues on women in politics have come to the fore, and we are asked to consider the gender inequality that persists in the upper echelons of power. There are few art pieces that exude the machismo of the presidential portrait, and in adding female sex organs to the idealized masculine visage, the artist subverts our notion of national power and authority. Deutchman’s use of pastel-toned watercolors heighten the feminine softness inherent in the work. A more naughty glance at the work renders it a scathing satire of contemporary politics and the corruption of high offices. Take a look. (via Lost at E Minor)
Lorna Barnshaw likes to experiment with digital renderings of human faces. In her series of 3D art prints Replicants, Barnshaw used a different computer, software, application, and printing method with minimal interference with each computer’s rendering. The results are geometric, cubed, and warped mask-like representations of the human face. Complementary to this work, Barnshaw’s gif series Reality Reduction, depicts human figure images reduced to their basic geometry using a digital filter. Together these series engage us with their reflections on technological influences in contemporary culture.
As part of our ongoing partnership with In The Make, Beautiful/Decay is sharing a studio visit with artist Christopher Russell. See the full studio visit and interview with Marci and other West Coast artists at www.inthemake.com.
Christopher lives on a quaint and quiet street in Glendale, just outside of Los Angeles. We met him at his studio, a converted freestanding garage that looks a lot like a barn that he’s set up as both an office and an art making space. Christopher’s work employs photography, writing, bookmaking, and digital printmaking to create subversive, psychologically dark artwork that often explores an unsavory and unsettling side of humanity.
Artist Akihiko Miyoshi creates amazing abstract work using simple photographic technique. He uses little more than a camera, colored tape, and a mirror to explore ideas of composition and color. While photography is arguably thought of as the epitome of representational art, Akihiko’s images are decidedly abstract. While minimally manipulating his images, they stand distinct from painting counterparts. In a way Akihiko abstracts not only form, but light.
As the Fondation Cartier points out, ‘a Ron Mueck exhibition is a rare event.” His hyperrealistic sculptures are worked over carefully for countless hours. Thus new work is especially exciting. Mueck’s current exhibit at the Fondation Cartier introduces three new sculptures. Couple Under an Umbrella, featured here, illustrates Mueck’s style well. His amazingly lifelike sculptures are only betrayed as inanimate objects by their surreal size. The giant couple beside their creator makes for a bewildering sense of scale and reality. [via]
Fellow Angelino and UCLA Alumn, Liz Craft, really encapsulates what I believe to be the spirit of Los Angeles. Motorcycles, Middle Fingers, Cacti growing amongst discarded tires, and let’s not also forget about those swanky rollerskaters over on Venice boardwalk–all very LA. Her work has multiple reads that oscillate between serious and humor. Liz Craft also happens to be featured in our latest release, Beautiful/Decay Book:5 “Psychonauts”. And like finding parking in LA, Book: 5 is scarce (Less than 200 copies left). Be sure to pick up your copy today and discover 20 full color pages of Liz Craft plus other amazing Psychonauts.
I thought long and hard about whether I should post this but even after a good nights sleep i’m still angered by this video. If you’re not familiar with Justin Bua he is an illustrator primarily focusing on urban imageries of dj’s, breakdancers, and other various hip-hop related imagery. What do we think of his work? Well lets just say you won’t find him featured in B/D anytime soon. But I digress.