NYC via Philly-based artist, Jayson Musson, (previously), has periodically posted videos to Youtube for about a year now under the header “Art Thoughtz.” In the videos, Musson assumes the identity of satirical figure Hennessy Youngman, a hilarious HipHop head-cum-fine art critic. Youngman’s brand of satire is the best there is: “make fun of everyone and everything.” So far, Musson’s taken on art world figures as varied as Damien Hirst, Kehinde Wiley, and Marina Abromović, and applied his unique logic in lampooning concepts like institutional critique, surrealism, beauty, and socio/political art. Watch the latest “Art Thoughtz” after the jump.
Abraham McNally merges things. Things like powerlines and houses, industry and nature, drawings and photographs. The result is an exploration of what’s organic — organic in the sense of what’s natural and organic in the sense of what’s essential. McNally’s additional sculptural and site-specific work rounds an examination of the schism between “a romantic return to the rural” and “a return to the comforts and realities of American society.”
Directed by Ryan Hope, Skin is a dark, stylish examination of tattoo culture as high art, and a film that tests the boundaries of art and the human body. Featuring contributions from Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Raymond Pettibon, the film is a beautiful visual essay from the frontiers of contemporary British art. Watch the full documentary after the jump.
As many of you know Beautiful/Decay was started in 1996 as a black and white zine. We may have gone full color and grown in distribution but at the core we’re still a DIY operation that holds true to all of our original zine roots. That’s why I was so excited to hear that a group of talented LA creatives had put together the LA Zine Fest taking place this Sunday (2/19/2012). Dozens of past B/D featured artists are taking part and they have some great panels (including our pal Katie from Synchronicity Space and Henry Rollins) lined up for you to enjoy. I just wish I had known about it sooner so we could have taken part in some way. Perhaps next year!
I’ll be heading down to check out all the DIY goodness and I hope you will too. Watch a promo video for the fest after the jump!
It’s hard to categorize the work of Judith Geichman. Are we looking at thick paintings or sculptures that are in a dialogue with the history of painting? I’m not sure which side I’d pick and frankly I don’t think it matters much. I’m more interested in how Judith has managed to bring a sense of comedy and humor to a body of work that could be read as minimal. There’s not much minimalism out there that makes me chuckle but these goopy and drippy works manage to do the trick.
Los Angeles based photographer Tim Navis truly captures the colors of southern California in his portfolio of personal and commercial work. Add a bit of LA sunshine to your cold winter day after the jump.
Quentin Jones is a London-based artist, illustrator, and filmmaker taking the fashion world by storm with her signature brand of cheeky chic. It’s no wonder clients like iconic design house Chanel have fallen head over double C clad heels for her work — a mixture of collage, pop art, fashion photography, and impressionistic painting. With an uncanny ability to transform bunny ears, cats, and Disney characters into symbols of high fashion, Jones’ playful vision is a much appreciated reminder that fashion is supposed to be fun.