Hilarious and ingenius Christmas sleaze, mess and raunch to counteract the bloated saccharine tin carols and pop-punk remixes of all those festive songs you hate. “Stick that chocolate Santa up your butt!” proclaims PauL McCarthy, and ya can’t help but love him for it.
If her voluptuous women with their cartoon eyes weren’t enough, Lisa Yushavage captured my soul by saying:
“As an artist you’re supposed to spend your life doing something that’d be an utter waste of time for anyone else. And even so, there’s no proof you’re not wasting your life making some total crap.” (Source)
Using her exceptional skill in oil paints to create hyper-hued landscapes with ripe, almost blowsy, nudes is clearly not making crap. With a career that started in the mid 1990s, her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions, including the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
“I don’t want my pictures to be up to any good. I like the idea that they’re troublemakers. So if I’m told they’re bad for the world, it pleases me. I don’t want to make something that’s an antidote. I want to pose questions. That’s what I do. I suppose I strive to bother people and be loved for it. That’s the dream.” (Source)
These are erotic pictures of women, painted by a woman. Rather than the patriarchal view of sexual woman as object, these women are sexual for themselves. Sometimes kinky, often controversial, these paintings have been compared to soft-core porn. It’s intended as an insult, but it’s actually a reclaiming of power and the ability to depict women in all their forms. “It’s not about being well behaved,” Yaskavage says. “It’s not about behaving for others.”
The essence of female power is not that women must be desexed, it’s that women can decide how they want to be seen—sexy, silly, powerful, maternal, erotic, masculine, intelligent, profound—any combination of these, and much more. Yaskavage’s women are the creatures of her mind, brought to life through her skill with a paintbrush, and behaving in exactly the way they’re meant to in the worlds she’s created.
This last decade in art has turned out a ton of larger than life sculptural work, specifically in the realm of inflatable sculpture. As adults, we never seem to get over the pure bliss of bouncy houses from our childhood, and as art lovers we are drawn to these works, made from thin plastic that are able to tower over us once filled with air. Artists have used this medium to make shocking and conceptually multilayered statements, such as Paul McCarthy’s “Complex System,” a building-sized pile of poo that made international headlines when it deflated in Hong Kong this past spring, leaving behind quite the brown mess. Other artists have merged inflatable sculpture with architecture and infused it with an interactive element that takes the classic “bouncy house” into a sophisticated architectural wonderland, such as Alan Parkinson (also known as “Architects of Air”) has done with his Luminaria. Other artists included below are: David Byrne, Eder Castillo, FriendsWithYou, Florentijn Hoffman, Chad Person, Tam Wai Ping and Geraldo Zamproni.
This Labor Day Weekend, enjoy the following parade of images that reviews some of the most exciting and celebrated inflatable sculptures that have emerged within the past ten years.
B/D friend Dallas Clayton has been busy touring the states giving away copies of his children books and helping kids dream big. For every copy of a book that Dallas sells he gives one away, spreading the message of staying positive, never giving up, and using your imagination. Check out the tour page of his site for images and stories from his adventures.
Shapes that appear familiar displayed in a symmetrical manner and playing with our imagination. Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin have come together once again under Hargreaves + Levin to collaborate on a food project. This time using only fruits and vegetables and grouping them by monthly harvest.
January: endive, radicchio, kale, turnips, leeks
February: papaya, radish, onions, clementine, oregano, passion fruit, chive flowers
March: asparagus, artichoke, broccolini, greens, string beans
April: spring onions, purple potatoes, fingerling potatoes, carrots , herbs
May: carrots, limes, peas, garlic shoots, zucchini
June: fava, chives, apricots, cherries, plums, sugar snaps, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, radish
July:, figs, plums, oregano, ochre , greens, raspberries, onions
Aug:, tomatoes, basil
Sept: corn, garlic, beans, Mexican sour gherkins, ground cherries , sunchoke, dill
October: mushrooms, greens
November: purple cabbage, bok choy, shallots, cauliflower , tangelo, pomegranate seeds, sunchoke
December: pears, potatoes, sage, rosemary, brussel sprouts, persimmons, shallots, nutmeg, mandarins, cranberries
From far, the whole picture looks like a perfectly arranged combination of shapes and harmonized color tones. Some of the shapes seem familiar until we come closer and discern the fruit and veggies one by one. We’re then able to see every curve, nook and cranny in detail. The mirrored images help create a symmetry. This process allows the fruits and veggies to become a design, a pattern within the picture.
The rendering is both astonishing and intriguing. On each small surface of the photograph, with the help of imagination we can envision creatures, insects and creative characters. Acting just like the Rorschach test, the combination of fruits and veggies trigger the mind to explore the picture and come up with a unique vision. The purpose of the project designed by Hargreaves and Levin is to ‘explore symmetry, natural beauty, and the way imperfections and inconsistencies often become the most breathtaking examples of nature’s artistry’.
The photographs above and below this text have been displayed to match the monthly order of the year.
Off beat humor is a running theme throughout the sculptures and drawings of Los Angeles artist Amy Sarkisian. In one piece a giant geometric sphere is wearing an equally massive pair of underwear. In another series cheap Ikea furniture is embellished with lavish patterning using inexpensive adhesive vinyl to replicate high end wood inlay. Regardless of image or material, comedy weaves its way in and out of Sarkisian’s imagery both through choice of material and concept.
I know I’ve seen the book on the left circulating on all sorts of blogs, I had been wondering who’s work it was. Now I share the wisdom.
This performance is the culmination of a fascinating project by Jeannine Hann and David Riley to create textile based musical instruments. Below are images of the performance costumes and another video further detailing their process.