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Liza Lacroix’s Tormented Abstract Portraits

 

Interesting paintings done in oil on lexan from Brooklyn-based artist Liza Lacroix. Portraits rendered in lush, swimming applications of color, the works maintain a haunting distance and obscurity. Our faces are the most expressive elements of our bodies by far, and somehow Lacroix’s denial of direct access to such expression makes you want to stare at these tormented paintings even more; to try and uncover the meaning that’s hidden in plain sight.

The artist opens Works, a solo exhibition, this Thursday, 7-10 PM at Candamill Gallery, 89 Mercer St. NYC.

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Interview: Special Problems

Special Problems is a multi-disciplinary creative studio composed of Campbell Hooper, Darron Lilley and Joel Kefali. Their work fuses hand drawn, painted, video, animation and illustration–often recontextualized in new and surprising ways. They recently interviewed with Beautiful/Decay to discuss their design collective, their approach, and thought processes behind their videos. 

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MoMA Launches New Björk Video And An Expansive Retrospective Of Her Musical Career Thus Far

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In a daring undertaking, MoMA’s curator Klaus Biesenbach has pulled together an immersive exhibition concentrating on the last twenty years of Björk’s musical career, her eight full length albums and also features the launch of her new video Black Lake. Taken from her new album Vulnicura (2015), and filmed in Iceland in the summer of 2014, the 11 minute long video uncharacteristically explores the personal life of Björk and her break up with long time romantic partner Matthew Barney. The video was commissioned by the gallery and gave Björk another chance to work creatively with director Andrew Thomas Huang, whom she teamed up with on her previous video Mutual Core. For Black Lake, she also worked with the talented Erna Ómarsdóttir – a choreographer who gave life to Björk’s emotional journey through the break up. The video moves through the different stages of separation, including grieving, processing, and reincarnation.

The exhibition also features a retrospective of her music videos, from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011) across from the screening of Black Lake. In the lobby of the gallery, there is a showcase of the instruments used on Biophilia: a gameleste, a pipe organ, gravity harp and a Tesla coil. And to compete the experience,

…Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through Björk’s albums, with a biographical narrative that is both personal and poetic, written by the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón, along with many visuals, objects, and costumes, including the robots designed by Chris Cunningham for the “All Is Full of Love” music video, Marjan Pejoski’s Swan Dress (2001), and Iris van Herpen’s Biophilia tour dress (2013), among many others. (Source)

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A World of Soft Fantasy in Damien Kamholtz’s Paintings

 

Australian artist Damien Kamholtz recently opened Boats Like Feathers, an exhibition of new works at Art House Gallery in Melbourne. From the gallery’s website:

Boats Like Feathers brings together the child and adult in a soft and vibrant world of narrative and metaphor evoked through Damien Kamholtz’s deeply layered and nostalgic work, rich with a story unique to each viewer if they are willing to take part in the journey.

More images after from the show after the jump, and you can check out a video of the artist in the studio here.

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Hypnotic Portraits Of Hair

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Artist Brittany Schall created incredibly detailed drawings for her series Hair Studies.  The mixed media pieces are certainly portraits but are decidedly missing faces.  Instead she focuses entirely on each subject’s hair.  The flowing masses nearly seem to suggest a mesmerizing movement.  Locks tumble like smoke or water and imply the underlying form.  Each subject’s hair carries a seeming personality of its own, a portrait of sorts in its own right.

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Rose Eken’s Miniature cardboard Guitars And Drum Kits Rock!

Danish artist Rose Eken’s miniature drum kits and guitars are tiny monuments to rock and roll. With over a 100 drum kits and 100 guitars made out of cardboard and arranged in neat grids, these miniature objects are delicately made by hand showing Eken’s fascination, adoration, and passion both for the music and for the people who make it. Like a true music junky Rose Eken has created the ultimate shrine to rock music with replicas of every rock legends instrument from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar to John Bonham’s drum kit.

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Brandon Bird’s Subversive Pop Culture Paintings

Brandon Bird lives and works in Los Angeles. Utilizing an array of pop culture references he creates disarming paintings. The work is whimsical, dark, and subversive in equal measure. One piece depicts a child on Halloween dressed as Philip Seymore Hoffman’s nurse character from the film Magnolia. Despite being downright bizarre it is a hilarious reminder of the cheap Character Costumes of old that consisted of nothing more than a plastic mask and an image of the character on a sticky vinyl wardrobe. Another painting shows the eccentric actor Christopher Walken in the middle of creating a robot in his garage. A visual such as this embodies the joy that permeates through Bird’s hysterical pop culture laced paintings.

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Adrienne Kammerer’s Magic And Mythology

Adrienne Kammerer’s exquisite graphite drawings depict an ongoing narrative exploring the history of magic set in a fictitious past. Through beautifully rendered figurative portraits and environments, Kammerer intuitively combines historic folklore with documented and imagined instances of magic, mythology and the occult. Drawing influence from the fear and superstitions rooted in childhood, Kammerer’s images conjure memories of the past while offering a subtly dark humor indicative of their present existence.

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