We received an email today with the subject line: “anonymity is knowing everybody that knows of you” and the mysterious URL in the body: banksysucks.com. Followed the link to find the not-so-subtle .gif splash page above with a cheery midi rendition of the Cheers tune. (Presumably for its hook, “where everyone knows your name.”) Someone doesn’t like Bansky, I take it. Whether you love him or loathe him, Banksy has been the closest thing to this decade’s controversial Warholian art star. The site above clearly takes a jab at the fact that the identity of the internationally-famous British street artist is still “unknown.” Is Banksy still anonymous and “street” when the likes of Jude law and Brangelina shell out cool millions on his work? What do you think?
In Buried, artist Nathan Cyprys’ work is “symbolic of both our unavoidable mortality and [Cyprys'] attempt at rebirth,” according to his artist statement. He also mentions art’s uncanny ability to validate what would otherwise be considered absurd behavior. To regress into favorite childhood games, such as digging holes in the ground and climbing into them. Or should I say progress? Hmm…
Despite the psychedelic colors, Ketta Ioannidou paints calming, ethereal images, reminiscent of grasses drifting underwater. Her common use of the spiral, a symbol of feminine fertility, and the rhythmic nature of the paintings, lends her pieces a kind of ancient mysticism. These paintings make me feel like I’ve forgotten something really important, not like I just missed another court date, but something that really matters.
Based in Maryland, Adam Ferriss works as both a photographer and web designer. I like to think his series, Illusion, is titled for the optical trickery that gives these images a real sense of depth. Like looking through a kaleidoscope, it seems each image contains it’s own infinite universe primed for exploration.
Painter Jeffar Khaldi stamps his personal perspectives onto reality, expressesing this mix, theatrically, on large canvases. These experiences include being born in Lebanon, receiving his BFA from North Texas and living and working in Dubai. You can see more of Jeffar’s work through the Thierry Goldberg Projects website and the Saatchi Gallery.
Jane Benson is a multimedia artist who talks quite a bit about suffering. Her art speaks a lot about observation and the human psyche. Her relation to the earth seems to be something she constantly questions. Every moves beckons to test the difference between want and need. Let the games begin.
Japanese-born Hiroyuki Nakamura is a painter of displaced imagery. His paintings are constructs of old-meets-new at the ironic seam where east-meets-west. Although visually, these constructs are voices of the artist’s imagination, he’s managed to capture something very tangible about life in the western desert – a lifestyle where one makes do, where routine is determined by the landscape, and where one makes a life by piecing together the randomness of what one finds, which are often the leftovers of passersby.