The artwork of James Payne is a visceral microcosm of xerox fuzz and highlighter smears. He is currently the co-curator of the seminal midwest noise space and art gallery; Skylab, has had a chap book of his poetry published by Monster House Press entitled “Austerity Pleasures”, is the lead singer of the punk band Lose the Tude, and continues to self publish a myriad of zines, comics, and exhibition catalogues.
The artwork of Jillian Salik offers up understated surprises. Her new exhibit DUEL TINT features frames, window dressing, and other wall fixtures adorned with baroque ornamentation. However, the typically gilded and gaudy colors that typically accompany such adornments, the reflections and windows that should fit in such frames were no where to be seen. Salik only offers the bare structure of the frames and ornamentation. Also, Salik makes an interesting choice of material: cardboard. She contrasts high-society trimmings and embellishments with a decidedly “low” material and digital production processes.
Check out this interesting PSA from 1976 that explores graffiti during a time when the art form had just blown up in public consciousness. This video really allows you to appreciate the status which graffiti has achieved today, even if we’re not all the way there yet. Though it presents many views on its subject, the piece comes off as biased. Make sure to look out for gems like “kids who write on toilet walls have psychological problems – let’s help them straighten out their heads.” Watch the 13-minute video after the jump.
Laurence Aëgerte‘s conceptual photography series, “Hermitage, The Modernists” depicts staged people and objects in front of classic paintings – by artists like Van Dongen, Kandinsky, Matisse, and Picasso – that were on view at the Hermitage Amsterdam during 2010. Aëgerte’s series complicates the expectation of the experience of iconic works by turning them into photographic palimpsests – the patterns, textures, and colors of the people and objects are juxtaposed against the paintings-as-backdrop that frame the foregrounded subject, elevating the layers of significance of the original painting.
Aëgerte says, “I wanted to investigate our individual relation to art and our perception of iconic artworks. The more the icon is alive in our mind—by means of reproductions and stories around it—the higher is the intensity of the expectation to be confronted with its reality. But what can we really experience of it? When our vision of a work of art is altered, it becomes a reversed mirror—anchored in our present time. By layering the images, I seek the in-between spaces and bits of time that occur in the process of looking.”
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For example, the poignant, purple-and-gray two-tone piece above is one of my favorite poster prints commissioned for Beautiful/Decay.
Entitled Music in Your Head by Sylvain Bousseton, this piece is evocative of an Ishihara color blindness test in some places, and then Campbell’s Yellow Submarine animation in others. The crownlike headphones royally pump tunes into the skull. A runic star map floats in one teardrop orbit, and an arabic style glyph is suspended in the other–– all while Beautiful/Decay is written where the tongue once was.
You can find this incredible and intricate piece in the recently relaunched Beautiful/Decay shop today, in high quality full-color print.
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Remember Saiman Chow from our cover of issue H? Well, his new personal work, “Summer of Love”, showcases some inter-species romance that I’m pretty fond of. “Summer of Love” is described as a “bitter sweet series that examine our fascinating yet frightening views on sexuality in our exploitative society”. I liked this illustration so much that I made it my desktop background. It’s horrifying yet touching? I’m not quite sure, I just can’t stop looking at it.