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Paul Kooiker’s Awkward And Erotic Nudes In The Garden

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Dutch photographer Paul Kooiker‘s latest exhibition, “Sunday,” takes erotic portraiture out for a new spin. His subject, an anonymous pale woman, stretches and contorts herself in the nude against a lush background, at once reminiscent of classical cherubs as well as modern pin-ups. The result is suggestive and sexually charged, yet also awkward and voyeuristic. Without a glimpse of her face or expression, viewers are left wondering what emotional state she’s in. Is this a peepshow for one? Or is she showing off for a paramour?

Kooiker describes the series of erotic nudes as “robustly built women with flesh so palpably rendered that their bodies attain an artless poetic grandeur.” Duality is ever-present in the series. The words “flesh” and “grandeur”; the contrast of “artless” and “poetic”; and the fact that the series seems to be many women yet one woman at once. The bright colors and sumptuous shades of burnt autumn reds and oranges in the background only serves to highlight the dreaminess of the photos, as though the woman is being viewed at a distance, various emotions roused but suppressed at once.

“Sunday” can be viewed at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City until October 25th. For more details, visit the website. (via Feature Shoot)

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Jesse Kanda’s Contorted And Sexually Charged Figures

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Jesse Kanda has earned his stripes as a digital artist, creating album artwork for the edgy pop artist FKA Twigs and working closely with producer Arca (who has produced for Kanye). His figures move in an oddly distorted way, sexual but also mildly disturbing. They’re coloured either in deep bruise-like hues, or glowing and shining whites and blacks. Although they are perturbing in their deformity and colouring, the figures are ethereal and set in tantalizing positions.

One image, made for Arca’s cover for Thievery, shows a woman with large hands running up her thighs chased by a deep black shadow. The lighting illuminates the rest of her body in blinding white so she appears like some kind of porcelain. For the same song, Kanda also created a music video of a woman with green, purple, and white skin slowly and sensually twerking. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch.

Kanda interviewed for Fader magazine, and spoke about his process:

Of spontaneity:

When you work with a computer, every frame has to be created and calculated, so it’s prone to mechanical results. I try my best to set up my working environment so that accidents can happen. A good [method] is working really quickly. Like making large brush strokes to start with and then adding/subtracting details later.

Of light:

This is another advantage I have working with computer graphics: the control I have over lights. I have complete freedom over how many lights I have in a scene, where to put them, even whether to automate them. Sometimes they can have a life of their own, like the light itself is a character. (Via Fader)

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Photographer Mads Perch’s Ethereal Light Projection Portraits Will Hypnotize You

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Mads Perch is a wonderful master of light. He not only photographs sensual portraits beautifully, but also can manipulate projections with finesse. Working mostly as a commercial photographer, Perch  together with art director Gemma Fletcher has become used to producing unfussy images quickly and efficiently. He has a sensitive style that would have no problem fitting in with the digital romantics.

This is a genre where artists are harnessing digital technologies in their search for the sublime: representing manifestations of Romanticism in the digital. (Source)

Perch does just that – his images are peaceful, ethereal, emotive and gentle. He evokes something very humane with the aid of different technologies. He says of his own work:

[My] photography encompasses clean, crisp, fresh and beautifully understated portraiture to more vivid imagery imbued with vibrancy, attitude and a healthy dose of color.

Perch’s choice of patterns and tones he projects are what make his portraits so enchanting. The blocks of greens and oranges caressing noses and draping over shoulders; the stripes bending around a gently tilted head; eyelids covered in technicolor plaid – these are what turn his subjects from something expected into something surprisingly celestial. Apart from these portraits, Perch has tried this method of projection on various buildings, structures and landscapes for an ad campaign in 2014. He has also photographed the award winning Klaxons ‘Surfing The Void’ album cover, and British rock group Clock Opera’s ‘Ways To Forget’ cover. All using a similarly clever and experimental approach to light and color. To see more of his beautiful work take a look here.

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Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide- A Free Class On Craftsy

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It’s inarguable that making great art begins with a good foundation in the basics.  And when access to studying foundations in art is free and available anywhere by simply signing up on Craftsy for one of their free online mini classes, studying drawing foundations becomes delightfully accessible to all.

Craftsy offers a wide array of online classes from drawing essentials to watercolor.  Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide, taught by accomplished artist Patricia Watwood is one of the most popular classes. It’s the perfect way to try out Craftsy and experience the ease and convenience of taking a class from your home, at your desired pace. Watwood goes over the basics of rendering the figure with drawing materials in this free mini class. By guiding her students through stages, such as working with graphite pencils for sketching out simple angles, to moving into hatching for shading, drawing a figure becomes demystified.  Watwood, whose gorgeous paintings are featured here, has exhibited her work worldwide at galleries and museums and has been featured on the cover of art magazines.  Her understanding of drawing the figure is clear in her work and her ability to share it with her students is demonstrated in class drawings.

This online class is developed with live models, using classical techniques, making it a great fit for students at any level, from beginners to more advanced artists who simply want to brush up on basics. Convenient features such as being able to bookmark key moments, take video notes and re-watch concepts with the 30-second repeat feature make for a great student experience on Craftsy.  Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide is free, so there’s no reason not to explore and give it a try!

With 29 free mini classes to choose from, we say start with this one and stay and play for a while.  Follow this link for your First Free Mini Class With Craftsy.

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Elana Adler Painstakingly Embroiders Mens Catcalls To Her

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Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler uses the traditional craft of an embroidery sampler to outline the crude things said to her by street harassers. The series is titled You Are My Duchess, and features small, decorative pieces of needlework (which historically feature bible stories or other imagery) that say some negative, disgusting things. Adler stores each saying in an elaborate frame, and writes in her artist statement:

This series of thirty-two (plus) samplers is intended to be provocative and evoke emotion. It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.
The physically delicate, traditionally feminine, form of the piece engages the viewer and confronts him/ her with a sweetness that may mask its crassness and vulgarity.

She goes on to explain that the strength of this series comes in numbers. While you might read one and be amused, the more you read will change your response.

The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space. (Via Got a Girl Crush)

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Sponsored Post: LG Launches An Ultra Wide Curved MonitorThat Creates 360-Degree Viewing Immersion

Welcome to the future! A time where the good folks at LG have brought you the new 34 inch, 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor which will surpass your wildest dreams of technology meeting form and function. Not only is this monitor an exquisite piece of design but it pushes the boundaries of how monitors are used by creatives working in film, graphic design, and photography.

As the name implies the LG 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor is not only a beautifully wide 34-inch screen but it also is curved. This design detail helps viewers see every inch of the 178 degree field of view with ease. Gone are the days of having to daisy chain multiple monitors to one another only to spend hours calibrating colors from one monitor to the next. Now you have QHD resolution 3440×1440 on one immaculate state-of-the-art surface which will allow you to fully immerse yourself in your projects.

If that’s not enough innovation to get you to rush to the stores and pick up the 21:9 Curved UltraWide then maybe the above video will help. Watch it carefully until the end to see how the monitors can be linked together to create a unique 360-degree video experience that’s impossible with any other monitor on the market. Now that’s technological advancement!

 

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Magdalena Bors Creates And Captures Domestic Life Run Amuck In Her Elaborately Staged Photographs

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Photographer Magdalena Bors, who currently works out of Australia, has spent much of her artistic career exploring the creation of small worlds. Often toying with domestic situations that have catapulted nearly out of control, her work toys with domestic life through a silly exaggeration of common routines; crafting to the point of knitting an entire rooms worth of goods, thumb tacks that have grown into their own ant hills on a desk. Thoughtful yet comical, she pokes fun at routine while also creating a rather transfixing sculpture out of it, pointing out an underlying beauty and the inherent art in nearly everything. Her work is child-like yet sophisticated, and reads much like a scene that has lost control through its own charisma and momentum.

“The characters in my latest series of images The Seventh Day have been overtaken by a seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to create complex environments from materials found in the domestic realm. The processes undertaken to create the landscapes are extremely labour intensive and involve repetitive, painstaking tasks. Food scraps and remnants of materials seen in the images allude to the passing of time and the physicality of the processes involved. The resulting scenes resemble familiar, sometimes iconic natural landscapes.” (Excerpt from Source)

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Controversial Exhibit Of Religious Barbie Dolls Cancelled Due To Death Threats

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For a plastic doll, Barbie can be polarizing. Emiliano Paolini and Marianela Perelli discovered this recently when their exhibit “Barbie: The Plastic Religion” at POPA gallery in Buenos Aires was cancelled. “Given repeated anonymous threats concerning the event, the artists decided not to exhibit his work, fearing for the physical safety of visitors,” a notice on the gallery’s website announced.

The 33 pieces in the controversial collection are each one-of-a-kind, and they include Barbie dolls as the Virgin Mary; Joan of Arc; Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction; and the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico. Ken becomes Christ on the cross, Buddha, Moses, St. Sebastian and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The sculptures represent figures from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Argentine folk religion. The Muslim prophet Muhammad is not included in the series—the artists told Reuters that since Islam prohibits the creation of his image they omitted him out of respect.

Questions of taste and faith have been raised by Argentine Catholic Priests, Italian Bishops, and Hindu Clerics, much to the surprise of the artists. “We have a sanctuary in the kitchen that has more saints than the Vatican,” Paolini told the Associated Press. Some have accused the artists of grandstanding—disrespecting religion in order to gain notoriety. They disagree.

“The true message of our work was mutilated by magazines and television. That’s a shame. The media is killing our art.” (Source)

The sculpted dolls are additional portrayals in the canon of religious iconography, weighted down with the 55-year legacy of a plastic girl and her boyfriend.

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