Safwat Saleem’sBunch of Crock project is a response to the current public discourse and the political landscape in the US. Being a Pakistani immigrant living in Arizona, Safwat has been inspired by both by his location and his experiences as an immigrant. His body of work includes beautifully designed prints, video installations, audio installations, and a game (aptly titled Fling Some Shit Game) . For more info visit his site and help him raise awarness about the absurdities of the political system and the unfortunate role of minorities.
Fintan Macgee’s work is an interesting mix of street art and installation. My favorite works are the ones featuring the piles of both painted and real trash bags. When I lived in NYC I used to always take photos of the piles of trash that show up in Manhattan at the end of the day. I figured I’d do something with the images one day but apparently Fintan beat me to the punch.
Arranged like a symphony orchestra, approximately 200 antique vacuums, mixers and washers are transformed into musical instruments. They form an ensemble that the conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann, alias weiserrausch.de, has now completed after eight years of preparation: The Stupid Orchestra.
Beholder, 2010- mixed media including fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, jewelry, walnut, swarovski crystal- 24 x 36 x 59
Laurel Roth, bay-area based artist and all around swell gal, executes her thoughtful, labor intensive works throughout a vast array of mediums. Each one as impressive as the last, and nothing short of mind blowing. I’ve been fortunate enough to see her work in person a few times and visit the studio where it all comes from. All i can say is WOW. Lots more gems after the jump…
If there is an artist known for documenting other artists’ work habits and studio spaces, it’s Joe Fig. Definitely do yourself a favor and check out the sculptures on his website, they’re amazing. In Joe Fig: New Paintings, up until April 9th at Cristin Tierney, Fig takes us on a detour to another time and has painted dudes you might recognize from Art History 101, and also some that are more obscure. By placing them in scenarios where they are either in front of a mirror and painting their self-portrait, or surrounded by art; Fig has made paintings of people who are looking. Putting us into a position where we are looking at them looking.