Brian Jungen turns every day objects on their heads, revealing the potential for magic and mystery in even the most mundane moments. Above, baseball mitts become a punk-rock mannequin, or a warrior’s armor. Plastic lawn chairs become the hulking exoskeleton of a whale. Hundreds of trash bins become the building block for a sci-fi geodesic dome, or a giant turtle’s vacated shell. His ability to transform is nothing short of alchemical!
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes viewers on a year long ride with Joan Rivers, the comic legend who broke barrier after barrier for female comedians and paved the way for the likes of Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey. As the story unravels, Mrs. Rivers talks frankly about how she got into show biz, the ups and downs of the industry, being banned by NBC late night for life, and how she will even do adult diaper & penis enlargement commercials for cold, hard cash. At the young age of 75 it seems that Joan Rivers has the energy and drive of a 25 year old, rarely stopping to catch her breath in between interviews, writing and acting in a play about her life, doing midwest comedy tours, and starring in (and winning) Celebrity Apprentice.
Next time you feel too old, uninspired, or just plain lazy, go watch this documentary for a swift kick in the ass. Joan River’s drive to keep doing what she loves until she drops dead is nothing but awe inspiring. I work harder than the average joe but walking out of the theater I felt like I had to run straight to my studio and go on a painting rampage for the next 6 months. In short Joan Rivers is a rude, crude, ass-kicking comic genius and my new personal hero.
Working out of Oslo, Mats Sivertsen has created a series of images exploring the “man/machine dichotomies, masculine identity, sexuality and commodification,” according to the artist. His “myBorg” images are crisp and clean; lit with the bright white of modernity, the viewer very easily accepts Sivertsen’s unsettling reality.
Salutpublic is a graphic design studio based in Brussels. They started in 2002 and specialize in book design, architectural identity of graphic design, and web design. They invite you to take a look at their new website!
I’m delighted to feature Stephen Alan Yorke , who has created an exhibit space simply by observing, documenting, and titling changes in one corner of the world. In Bromley, Kent there exists a ledge on Morgan Road – a paneless brick recession – that frames the littered objects left there by passerbys. Stephen has deemed this small walkway moment the Morgan Road Gallery. The artists themselves will forever remain anonymous, but their contributions become works when infused with Stephen’s titles such as The Many Mistresses of Captain Cola (Parts 1 and 11) and The Trident of Lucifer Jr.
Alexi Worth’s playful paintings have an on-again-off-again relationship with photography, illustration, and art history. The above painting is titled “The Formalists,” and it’s a very formal painting. On one hand the composition is geometric, and on the other the people are wearing black-tie, on the third hand they’re about to get intimate. Is it me or are those panties like a black hole?
Blurring the boundaries between safety and horror, Video Psychedelic Hockey Mask is the perfect film for the hockey fan…and the horror film fan? The one-hour long video features an all-star cast of one goaltender’s mask popularized by numerous hockey goalies and crazed killers. From the creator of Video Pizza, this video features 60 minutes of psychedelia as the mask spins its way to high heaven. This one-of-a-kind experience, produced by Wolf Choir Home Video, is a must have for any person who wears costumes, is preparing to be a psychotic murderer, or who loves rotating things soaked in golden hues.
Los Angeles based illustrator and designer Linda Kim’s work is the stuff of dreams - wind-swept scapes just slightly off-beat of reality. Her inspiration comes from direct observation of the actual world, using as many of her senses as possible to create her interprations. I’m particularly excited to see that Linda binds her artwork into beautiful, well-crafted books that act as mini-portfolios!