Bara Prasilova‘s photography is both playful and disturbing. She uses soft pastels with pops of neon color to evoke feelings of nostalgia and innocence; simultaneously, she hints at themes of restraint and constriction. In her project for the Hasselblad Masters Book, she’s chosen to explore the theme of “evolve.” Her prop of choice is hair: a natural material that she portrays in a surreal and absurd fashion.
In one photograph, a woman jumpropes with a long Rapunzel-esque whip of hair; in another, a thick braid wrapped around a woman’s neck looks suffocating yet elegant. Prasilova explains:
“Through my photographs, I have been trying to understand human relationships and connections: long hair symbolises the invisible strings we use to strap somebody to us or, perhaps, the opposite, to let somebody loose. They are the threads of our emotions, worries and fears that we are afraid to loosen like hair.” (via I Need a Guide)
Will Kurtz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Kurtz is well known for his life size sculptures made out of newspaper. He recently opened a solo exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery NY entitled Another Shit Show. From the press release: “Using the empty gallery as a site on which to stage operatic, all-encompassing mise-en-scene, Kurtz makes an ambitious, multi-part figure installation that throws the facade off human nature – albeit in canine terms. Constructed of unlikely materials such as newspaper, glue, wire and wood, more than 20 dogs of every breed, size and color, strain and cavort off the leash of a single human handler, each rendered more expressively than the next. Kurtz, a master of anatomy, achieves an utterly believable aesthetic by building up layer upon layer of yesterday’s news, held together by exposed grommets and endless amounts of masking tape.” The exhibition is on view through April 27th, 2013.
I’m more interested in Holton Rower’s process of creating these abstract paintings than the final result. Sure the end result is beautiful but you’ll see what I mean once you watch the process video after the jump. It’s a simple technique that packs a lot of punch!
In what is perhaps his most extravagant creation to date, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a life-size chocolate sculpture of his top model and muse Baptise Giabiconi. The male face of Chanel, who travels most everywhere with Lagerfeld, is shown here as a solid mound of rich dessert, reclining on a bed inside a hotel room made entirely out of chocolate. The piece was presented in Paris in 2011 as part of a promotion for ice cream brand Magnum, for whom the designer directed a commercial staring Giabiconi and Rachel Bilson. The strange yet endearing sculpture holds a Magnum ice cream cone in his hand, which luxuriates suggestively over his thigh and a pair of tiny tighty-whitey briefs.
Lagerfeld, who has ignited anger and criticism over the past few years for his arguably classist sentiments, certainly does not spare any expense in this sweet and decadent installation. In some ways, the piece is an ironic epitome of a consumerist fashion industry. Laid on this pristine white bed, the chocolate man stands in for everything our culture devours: expensive food, lavish furnishings, and even sexual gratification. Do we consume fashion models in the same way in which we devour ice cream? As far as artwork goes, this is about as shamelessly commercial as you can get, and yet it maintains an undeniable charm in its blatant self-awareness. Lagerfeld’s statue is both hilarious and compelling, standing at the intersection of capitalism and sexuality. Take a look, and for more chocolate artwork, check out Anya Gallaccio’s dark chocolate-covered room here. (via Gawker, NY Mag, and Telegraph)
H BOX, a roaming collapsable video art screening room, is making its United States premiere at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Designed by Portuguese artist and architect Didier Fiuza Faustino, this traveling video gallery has been all over the world showcasing commissioned work by emerging artists. H BOX’s first premiere ever was in Paris, France at the Pompidou Centre and since then it has shown artists’ work in Spain, Luxembourg, London, and Yokohama, Japan.
Anders Oinonen, of Ontario, Canada, just opened “People people”, a solo show at Cooper Cole in Toronto. For a while now, Oinonen has been pushing the features of the face to new bounds in his paintings. The artist has removed familiar eyes, noses, and mouths from their intended plane, and inserted them along the lines of an Expressionist landscape. Such a presentation of the face -associated with communication of our inner life more than any other part of the body- in tumultuous states of despair and incredulity as stimulating blocks of color masterfully applied to canvas arranges a statement which is hard to miss and extensive in depth.
Australian born and now London based artist Nick Sheehy illustrates awesome quirky, street art inspired scenes of fantastical hybrid characters. His work marries ideas from both aspects of low and high brow art; the playfulness and sort of dark humor moments of skeletons and overwhelming string that is reminiscent of veins (or, perhaps they are veins that are reminiscent of string?) winks to the aesthetic from both graffiti and comic book culture. Yet, there is a true classic beauty within each drawing, highlighting Sheehy’s talent and admiration for traditionalist draftsmanship. It is clear from his work that his attention to detail and disciplined drawing style has been developed from an intense labour of love, employing master technique and classic methods. Sheehy originally studied bronze sculpture “in the wilds of Tasmania,” (perhaps giving him the inspiration for such inventive animal-creature centered work!). He then “gave up on art only to re-discover his love for drawing whilst living in London.” Each of his pieces is unique to his practice and full of imagination, cleverness, and sophistication. Sheehy‘s work, he notes, “explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination.”