Recently, a completely fantastical portal of swirling stars and lights dazzled thousands of Norwegians who happened to witness this astrological phenomena. The spectacle was, for lack of other words, divinely unreal. Calls flooded the Norwegian Astrological Society shorty later…what was it? Of course, the media called it a “failed Russian missile launch,” which was never confirmed, (the best “rationalization” of this irrational event was by CBS: watch here) leaving me filled with wonder at the potentialities of our forever amazing infite universe. Was it a portal opening to take us back to the mothership? The unexplainable beyond materialized? Black hole? Worm hole? Are we just tiny sea monkeys swimming in a crystal-skulled reptilian-humanoid’s fish tank? Was this him tapping on the glass of our little bowl for amusement, to watch us scurry about? Are we just dust in the wind? Who knows. Check out videos of the phenomena after the jump…careful, it’ll probably blow your mind.
Last night I finally went to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings, a true experiential landmark of living in Los Angeles, and saw a collection of Kenneth Anger (satanic moving-picture majesty) films that he worked on from 1954-1979. The most memorable one was Lucifer Rising (1973) not only for its hauntingly beautiful footage (scenes shot in Egypt with amazing amazing costumes, rituals, strange/awesome editing techniques…), but also for its backstory. The amazing psych-fuzz-rock soundtrack was composed in prison by musician and actor Bobby Beausoleil: Charles Manson Family associate and murderer currently serving life…how much more intense could it get?? Check out the video after the jump.
Sometimes when I’m sitting real still at my desk staring into the sky this video is secretly playing in my head.
Johan Creten speaks his own language. He creates organic creatures by casting a rare medium used in the art world: clay. It has been considered too primitive, associated with craft rather than sculpture for a long time. Johan Creten imposed his vision and art and is now established in the most prestigious residencies : Sevres and Medici. (an art residency is a place where an artist is invited to work with the best artisans and manufacturers in order to create master pieces. A residency can catapult an unknown artist to fame and success overnight).
The artist was born in Belgium and is now traveling throughout the world. He calls himself an observer of the world. His mission is to translate the social tensions and injustices into beautiful abstract ceramic sculptures. While other artists would rather think about a project and have it conceived by a third party, he is choosing to dig his hands into the clay which he calls “mother earth”.
His signature are large scaled bodies covered with glazed vulvas with which he approaches themes like the ambiguity of sexuality, solitude as a threat and the injustice of social status. Ceramic was never a form of art before Johan Creten. The fact that he was able to live with the harshness of his peers ignoring his work as art is a resistantce which makes him proud. He uses this relationship to balance his art. His pieces reflect our roots in today’s world but they are facing the future.
A must see: Johan Creten solo exhibition at Gallery Perrotin in New York City this coming September 2015
Erwin Olaf‘s high gloss photography has a dark twist that I just love. His Royal Blood and Grief series were my favorite, though all of his sets have quirky themes to them.
The dark, mysterious painting and drawings of artist Constantine Lianos are full of psychological paradoxes and allegories. This Greece-based artist creates windows into a strange world where troubled beings and mythological creatures exist. Devoid of color, Lianos sets an unnerving mood appropriately complimenting his equally disturbing individuals that appear to be in a never-ending struggle. Each figurative narrative he illustrates portrays fable-like characters that are in a personal crossroad or inner struggle, contemplating their own fate. The artist himself draws inspiration from his own personal reflections. The internal struggle that is represented in Lianos’s work is something relatable to everyone. What makes this so captivating is the bizarre and surreal situations that we find depicting this turmoil. You can see conflicting emotions in the faces of each character. Doubt, fear, indecision, and even anger can be found in his peculiar circumstances.
A talented figure painter, Lianos is not interested in rendering reality, but instead a more abstract idea with less restraints. The artist’s work pulls influence from a large range of sources such as street art, comics, and imagery from classic art movements. Interested in paradoxes, he believes art is a place where illusion and reality meet, where a new construction of the world can begin to form. The artist explains this in relations to his process. (via Hi-Fructose)
“The painting process is for me the ultimate introspection process, where the rational and the emotional are inseparable, where the method meets the random.”
Moscow-based Uno Moralez creates mysteriously creepy bitmap narrative works that spin tales of sex, magic, dark humor, and other-worldly creatures. At times the perspective recalls early 90’s computer video games (not this one specifically, but that just needs to be seen), and at others, the thrill of horror manga. Something fantastic is added by the crunch and texture of the bitmap effect, and his use of highly dramatic scenes cause him to stand apart from much of the pixel art the internet has to offer, which tends to play up the flatness of its screen origins. Don’t miss his loops over at his site, and you can get physical with his comic in Chameleon 2.
Sun Yeo is a graphic-designer-gone-artist based in Los Angeles. Remnants of Sun’s graphic design career are visible in the work, which introduces a hybrid digital/analog technique to create each piece. Through the subtle, dreamy, and whimsical gestures in her artwork, Sun suggests the simultaneous presence of comfort and innocence in a world that is stuck somewhere between fantasy and reality. Check out a handful of Sun’s latest body of work after the jump, and be sure to see the full collection on her website.