Ellen Nielsen is a “Jack of all Trades.” Her wide array of skills range from sewing to video performance with imagery that goes from Psychedelic, to the surreal and dabbles in a bit of the absurd.
From setting hipster traps to designing tourist lanes on sidewalks, Jeff Greenspan’s work consistently employs a certain playful cleverness that questions our social norms in relation to spaces, New York City in particular. The Statue Experiment (pictured above) is no exception. Examining our own reality as far as engaging with art and its contextual expectations is concerned, Greenspan adds a little bowl of change in front of Frank Benson’s statue for a whole new effect. In fact, it just might be the best street performance art performed by an actual object . . . or maybe it’s the audience members who are the real performers? Click on the video after the jump to see what we mean.
Lorenzo Durantini uses VHS tapes and the tape within to create large brooding towers and installations. When rolls of video tape cover the floor a dark sea containing hours and hours of video threatens to swallow the room. One installation consists of 2,216 tapes placed in a stack. The resulting structure is both a homage to a dead format and a brooding reflection on how we consume only to eventually disregard. Elswhere he utilizes photographic material to construct new forms. Durantini’s work reminds us that technology is perpetually transforming and what was once cutting edge will always end up a relic.
I am truly a sucker for anything of an absurd nature. I also love the classic style of old propaganda posters. So when I stumbled upon the collages of Miss Grycja Erde, twas a happy moment. The nature of Grycja’s collages made me assume she was an older artist, since they have a mature approach to absurbity (in my opinion). But I was surprised to find out she’s just 23! Enjoy these tasty treats coming to you from Ukraine.
Danish-born artist Miss Lotion combines hand drawn illustrations with quirky and playful typography.
Idan Friedman creates portraits of everyday people embossed by hand on disposable tin trays. However this series reminds me of stories you hear about someone seeing the popes image on a moldy slice of bread.
Kristi Engle Gallery is proud to present its last show of the season, “Broads, Boobs and Buckles: The Pinball Art of Dave Christensen” on view from July 11th – August 8th, 2009.
While the mechanics of pinball were developed by engineers, the illustrations were handled by graphic artists. This work included the back glass and the playing field of each machine. Curated by local collector, Mark Andresen, this exhibition features the work of acclaimed pinball machine artist, Dave Christensen. 11 pinball machines will display Christensen’s graphics as well as the original artwork used in fabrication and drawings for proposed and/or rejected versions and prototypes.
C W Wells’ sculptures and works on paper are ambassadors that have spilled out from her private world, mere fragments of a vast and complex oeuvre. Her studio and home in South Philadelphia is an archive, kept well stocked with an arsenal of supplies like brushes, clays, glazes, toys, molds, tiny clothes, dolls, and tchochkes. Action figures designed by artists Marcel Dzama and R. Crumb share shelf space with Gumby, Yogi Bear, and other old-school cartoon personalities. There are model trains and dollhouse miniatures, paint-by-numbers, vintage collectables, and two live bunnies. They also remind me of that episode in CSI Las Vegas (the “miniature killer”)…