Artist Ria Brodell aspired to don Freddy Mercury’s tight white jeans and signature ‘stache, and the Miami Vice Dude’s cool calypso-linen pantsuit rather than play princess or tea party. What I love most about her achingly sincere self-portraits posing as dubious icons of masculinity is the tangled web of complications it weaves. What does it mean for a queer woman to paint herself in goache as Carey Grant, a gay man playing a straight man in sexuality-restricted 1950′s Hollywood? Hmm….what do you guys think? Any of you boys rather play with Barbie than GI Joe’s?
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Here’s a lovely German artist to start your Thursday morning off right. Elisa Strozyk makes work that is beautiful and clean, but often seems to have a functional purpose. She creates wooden textiles, hand cuts her own wallpaper and even made a radiator that changes color as it heats up. Elisa has upcoming exhibitions in Frankfurt, Cologne and Milan.
Imaginative tandem show of works by Eleanor Davis and Katherine Guillen going up at GR2 in Los Angeles on January 16th. “The craziest part of it is,” explains Guillen, “that, as zinesters we were always so entranced by Giant Robot and huge fans of their art shows and magazine-now it feels a little surreal to be on the other side of things (in a very very happy way.)” Go check it out!
Kirk Demarais has a series of family portraits that are charmingly creepy. But these are not portraits of your next door neighbors. He focuses on fictional families who starred in your favorite films. Kirk covers them all, from National Lampoon’s Vacation to There Will Be Blood.
Garrett Pruter constructs architecutral wonders with collage and drawing techniques. He combines graphite and acrylic on top of collage to create mini villages on the page. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were mini civilizations occupying his turn-of-the-century cityscapes. He is currently studying Illustration at Parsons School of Design.