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ECKART HAHN’s ANCIENT LIGHT

Right on the thin line of what appears “real”, as in realistically painted, and an imaginary world of unrealistic things painted against expectation (with a subversive materiality), is where Eckart Hahn resides.  An object becomes the representation of the object, at the moment Hahn departs so realistically from the tactile world as we understand it, and a tension forms there in the vacuum left by Hahn’s desertion of the “actual”. Because of this schism of realistic unreality the paintings are activated, bringing a heightened awareness to the question of what the meaning might be, while still not unsealing the hermetic narratives with in.  Very much in the surrealist tradition, as Hahn comes by his image through a kind of directed automatism, (a strategy that seeks to short circuit the rigors and restrictions of scientific reason and Newtonian conclusions), the viewer receives the image somewhere in the unconscious while simultaneously seeking to interpret the paintings with the analytical mind.  And there we are caught in between, in a liminal space of possibility.

See Hahn’s solo show at Pablo’s Birthday in NYC through June 16th.

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Facundo Arganaraz’s Reinvigorated Images

Facundo Arganaraz lives and work in San Francisco. Using entirely found imagery and a crisp design sensibility Arganaraz alters and skews in order to create a modern dialogue with vintage visuals. His subject matter and acrylic with screen print technique is reminiscent of Christopher Wool and Andy Warhol as he too utilizes a design based aesthetic in which he incorporates text, multiples of the same imagery, and washed out color fields. In his own words: “Living among the vestiges of cultural entropy, I am using anachronistic elements and discarded images not for their nostalgic value but as remains (debris, waste, etc.) of 20th century utopias on the making. Mostly comprised of found photographs, photocopies, and pages from vintage books depicting modern designs and/or environments, I recruit this imagery (retro esthetics) as a mark-making tool, already packed and charged (ready-made?) with pictorial formal elements. Their core forms serve only to organize visual fields into dynamic, constructed compositions that hold a structural relation to the surface they organize.”

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FYF Fest Marked Its 10th Year With My Bloody Valentine And Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Solange performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Solange showing her dance skills at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House’s Victoria Legrand soothing the crowd at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile had some great songs and some serious hair at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Music fans of all ages gathered this past weekend at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to take part in the now ten year old FYF FestMy Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the headliners on each night at the main “Carrie” stage, yes the stages were named after the “Sex and the City” characters.

The first day had me arriving late (oops) to catch the last half of Toro y Moi‘s highly danceable set. Devendra Banhart kept it positive and mellow performing to a an adoring audience while Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox kept it weird as usual performing in a dress and wig. TV On The Radio rolled through the hits and had me screaming along to, “Staring at the Sun“. When Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage to end the first day, you knew right away why they were headlining. Karen O is hands down one of the most enigmatic singers performing today and with Nick Zinner’s burning guitar work, they had the crowd going insane when they played songs like, “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll“.

The second day had me dancing like crazy to Australia’s Flume who I featured here earlier this year. Fingers crossed he eventually tours with some of the amazing singers featured on his debut LP. With great songs and some seriously long hair, Kurt Vile & The Violators  played a nice early evening set as did Glasser who I had to cut short to catch Yo La Tango.  Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand mesmerized the huge crowd with her incredible voice, definitely one of the more beautiful sets of the day.

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Embroidery Art Accents Photographs And Magazine Pages

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Embroidery Art

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Jose Romussi creates colorful and elegant embroidery art by stitching thread into old photographs and magazine pages. Embroidering bright colors onto sepia-toned or black and white photography, Romussi designs a sharp contrast that is thoughtful and beautiful. His subjects are often women, the fashion advertisements and models ornamented with floral and other round patterns, the dancers with straighter lines reflecting the strength and precision of form of ballet. For the dancers and ballerinas, Romussi’s embroidered accents highlight movements and bodily forms of the figures. A photograph is of course an inadequate substitute for any live performance, but Romussi’s neatly-placed thread brings a bit more life to these static images. The result is a multi-textured design that becomes immediately more compelling than its previous version.

Romussi has a background in landscape design and didn’t begin experimenting with personal artwork until fairly recently. You can stay current with Romussi’s work by visiting his tumblr page. (via farewell kingdom)

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6th Annual Art Bingo: Playing Bingo For Fun, For Art, And For the Community With Local Boston Art Charity

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Do you like the arts? (Spoiler alert: if you are browsing this website, you probably do). Do you believe that more people should have access to art and have the chance appreciate original artwork from their local community? Good. Now, do you like bingo?

If you are wondering what one has to do with the other, then you must have missed last week’s Art Bingo event with the Art Connection – a nonprofit program established in 1995 that connects artists and donors to community service organizations through the placement of original artwork. The charity finds homes for art pieces (donated by local artists and collectors) in healing environments, where the artworks serve to enliven the spaces and become points of inspiration that allow their recipients opportunity for reflection, comfort, and hope.

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Jesus’s Christmas Sweaters By Helena Tokutake

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Not much info on brazilian artist Helena Tokutake’s site but there is a nice assortment of drawings depicting sweaters, crosses, and quirky landscapes.

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Mari LaCure

Mari_LaCure Mari LaCure is an artist interested in the minute. She understands the importance of every single element – and explores them with woodblock printing, etching, watercolor, pen, colored pencil, and hand-stitching. Her work uses the macro and microscopic of nature for inspiration to create an aesthetic that looks incredible on screen, and probably even better in person.

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Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello

Fashion photographery duo Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello have many projects for clients both big and small but I’m most interested in these still life and portraits from their personal work that have a dark and mysterious twist to them.

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