Clowns can be…unsettling but however you feel about clowns, Kyoko Hamada‘s photo series called ‘Clown Care Unit’ is fascinating. In partnership with a hospital’s medical staff, these professional performers work one-on-one with acutely and chronically ill children, their parents and hospital staff to help ease the stress of illness by reintroducing laughter and fun as natural parts of everyday life.
Beautiful/Decay has created an exclusive hoodie based on the best-selling “Throw Up” design by Skwak for the holidays. This t-shirt will only be sold on our online shop- you won’t find this anywhere else! This hurl-orific design displays a gargantuan monster barfing a cornucopia of microcosmic primordial rainbow critter sludge. Get it quick before they evolve into human life!
A collaboration (of sorts) between Mother Nature and Los Angeles-based artist Emilie Halpern, Shōka, Halpern’s current show at Peppin Moore, has been on view since the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, and it closes on the upcoming winter solstice on December 21st. The exhibition has three stages, which is a concept derived in part from the shōka style of ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of floral composition. The shōka style, cultivated in the Ikenobō school in the 15th century, is a minimal description of the universe in three parts: the earth (地), the heavens (天), and humanity (人).
The first part of her exhibition titled 地 (pronounced chi, meaning ‘earth’) consists of fluorescent rocks set up in a rectangle according to the proportions of the gallery. In the day, the lights appear to be minimal earthwork. At night when exposed to black light they become fluorescent.
Part two was titled Shōka 天 (pronounced ten, meaning ‘heaven’) and it documented the sunlight in the gallery on the first day of the show. Gold leaf marks the gallery space at the time when diret sunlight hit the interior on October 26, 2013.
The final part of the show is 人 (pronounced jin, meaning ‘human’) and it consists of a collection of Halpern’s pottery works. Representative of the human interaction and manipulation of the two prior elements, pottery is an apt culminating medium.
Halpern’s exhibitions are the final for Pepin Moore Gallery.
A1One (aka Tanha) has claimed his influences to be as diverse as Australian Aboriginal art to Mayan narrative hieroglyphics, but what stands out most in his recent works is his strong connection to his Persian heritage and his Iranian homeland. A1One has been gaining recognition lately and rightfully so. His colorful, intricate scrawls on Tehran’s walls and canvases artfully blend Arabic calligraphy with current street culture, as well as address social issues around the globe.
I’ve always been a fan of sneaking around in the dark, exploring tunnels, and generally causing mischief in places I shouldn’t go to. Long before the documentary Dark Days came out I was spending days exploring and occasionally painting the Freedom Tunnels in NY. Now that I’m on the west coast I don’t spend as much time as I’d like in train tunnels with a flashlight. It may be that I’m a bit older and just a tad more lazy these days but LA just doesn’t have as many dark and damp train tunnels like most of the major harbor cities on the east coast.
One day while spending too much time on Facebook, longtime friend and artists Logan Hicks made a post about Beneath The Neon. After reading three sentences in I knew that I needed a copy stat. After all I had feverishly read The Mole People cover to cover 10 years prior so I knew that Beneath The Neon would be right up my alley. After a few google searches I tracked down author Matthew O’Brien who was kind enough to shoot over a copy for a review.
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and by the very next year it had several admirers in neighbors across the channel. Some saw the potential of a similar tower, a “Great Tower for London”. These illustrations are part of a catalog of competitive designs for the proposed tower released the following year. Some are hilariously derivative of the still brand new tower. Others, on the other hand, seem to belong to some sort of Victorian space-age. Regardless, in a strange way all of the designs seem to point to the importance and uniqueness of the original Eiffel tower, even at this very early age.
Brooklyn-based artist Eric Ross Wiley use of traditional materials, such as oil paint and canvas, is subverted with his experimentation with canvas stretching and bullet holes – which underplay the playfulness of the bright hues of his art. More of this work after the jump.
Jesse Wiedel, who studied in San Francisco at the Art Institute, has an interesting outlook on life. His paintings focus on what he calls “fictionalized tableaus that are sad, coarse and degenerate.” These “streetscapes” depict street culture for what it is: weird, sad, fascinating and for some of us, alien.