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David R Harper Embroiders The Void Of Death

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David R Harper’s artwork is about the projection or imposition of meaning on an object, especially concerning memorial in death. He embroiders over taxidermy animals on prints of still life paintings from the 18th century. He sees the dead animals as a human way of addressing mortality; feeling empathy for the dead animal, but also as a way of avoiding grappling with our own inevitable demise. The embroidery creates a void or emptiness, especially literal in the white thread, and more dynamic but equally vacant with the use of green patterning in The Fall. Thread operates in most cases as a cold medium and Harper employs it extremely effectively in combination with his meticulous technique.

His most ambitious work is titled I Tried, and I Tried, and I Tried, presumably a quasi-reference to the Rolling Stones song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, as well as Napoleon’s conquests. Harper embroiders the entire horse of David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps. In the original artwork the horse is mostly white with black on its tail and head, where Harper creates a gradient that transforms from black to light grey. What is truly incredible is that this process doesn’t flatten the horse; it retains its form in the sculpting of the flow of the thread. The beast becomes much more powerful and haunting

Art Info has a great slideshow that compares Harper’s sculpture and embroidery work to other well-known artists. See it here.

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Interview: Levi Van Veluw

597_1228249220Upon first viewing Levi Van Veluw’s photography, my mind immediately drew parallels to the resurgence in the interest in the mask, and film-inspired disguise in contemporary photography, ranging from Gillian Wearing’s diaristic and macabre facial effigies of sorts, to Hanna Liden’s gothic black metal inclinations, or even Cindy Sherman’s self-portraiture. Van Veluw’s works seemed to function within this conversation; his experiments in obscuring and fundamentally altering his own visage seemed like the logical, humorous, conclusion to prior explorations within examining, and shifting, self-image. Surprisingly, Van Veluw dismisses the heavy conceptual framework of the mask, citing it as merely functioning for “religious” purposes or as “decoration/tradition.” In a way, his refusal to acknowledge his relationship to other similar artists is interesting; they become instead private, more ego-driven explorations of himself, like a young child painting his face for the first time and marveling at his own transformation. Perhaps this is fundamentally what introduces humor into the works—we voyeuristically watch Van Veluw make a fool of his face in new and surprising ways, time and time again. 

 

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Photographer Critiques The Selfie Generation With Hilarious Hipster Barbie Instagram Account

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The anonymous wedding photographer from behind the @socalitybarbie instagram account may be delivering one of the greatest social commentaries of our time. The familiar pseudo authenticity and inspirational life quotes that flood Instagram are all so present in our daily social media lives, and, this us just what Socality Barbie seeks to address. The account is full of snaps of Barbie at the trendiest coffee shops, draped in bohemian blankets, or looking flawless at the beach. Part of the inspiration stemmed from the Socality Instagram account itself, a group which describes themselves as a combination of “social natural tendencies assembling in communities”, which may seem vague at first, but delivers a very specific and distinct aesthetic.

Socality Barbie is a hilarious yet striking commentary on how we have become within ourselves, while trying to find our “true selves”. On top of the hazy, heavily edited photographs displayed on the account, the captions under each one bring an extra element of humor by using Instagram buzzwords such as #blessed #liveauthentic and #pnwlife. They sometimes even border the nonsensical: ” I love being a part of this creative community that inspires us to create and encourages us to collaborate with other creatives.”

The creative mind behing Socality Barbie knows just what she is doing, and points it out accurately by stating that:”Either her(Barbie’s) Instagram looks like yours or you know at least one person whose Instagram does”. Through this project, she underlines the desire to be seen as authentic, salt of the earth, true people while achieving just the opposite through our particular use of such media as Instagram,She also underlines the plastic nature of such a self image by pointing our that her use of a “mass produces plastic doll” would express her points on authenticity and originality in the most adequate way.

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Ben Pobjoy’s Cosplay Convention


Ben Pobjoy’s Conventional Kids series  is a collection of photographs that were taken of young cosplayers in 2011 at Montreal’s Otakuthon anime convention. The photos document cosplayers, their elaborate costumes, their social interactions and, above all else, their use of constructed identity to facilitate the self-exploration that is necessary to forge one’s own personal identity during adolescence.

While the birth of Japanese animation dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, the characteristic anime style that has since become ubiquitous was first developed by Osamu Tezuka in the 1960s. Now considered the ‘Godfather of Anime’, Tezuka’s early works gained increasing popularity in 1970s Japan and inspired three Meiji University students to organize Comiket in 1975; Tokyo’s first anime convention. Thanks to adaptations of both anime films and television series for overseas markets in the 1980s, the popularity of both anime and its fan-driven conventions soon spread internationally.

 

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Classic Paintings Reanimated In Deliciously Creepy Gifs

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In master paintings, beauty lies in the romance of an instant, with movement expressed only through form, balance, and color; for the animation artist Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, emotional potency is lost in immobility, their dramatic narratives lost to the stationary canvas. By animating famous Renaissance, Romantic, and Neoclassical paintings using modern technology, he revels in the joy of storytelling through art.

In his video Beauty, Tagliafierro uses mostly Academic paintings, relying on the balance and mythos of Neo-Classicism and the sentimentalist nature of Romanticism to celebrate the female body in motion. Animating mostly paintings by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, he heightens the sensuality of the work by adding slow, gentle movements and soft musical notes. The delicacy of both the young female and the mother figure is exalted to the angelic, her creamy flesh revealed through the coy lifting of her skirt.

Tagliafierro subverts the traditional gentleness of his woman subjects by including Baroque heroines, whose rapid movements only heighten their power. In Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, we are given the just moment of impact, left breathless in the moment before the kill; in his adaptation, the modern artist affords viewers the satisfaction of closure, allowing Judith’s weapon to effortlessly glide through the neck of her enemy.

The gifs of Caravaggio’s Isaac and Luis Ricardo Falero’s witches, played in a loop, relieve viewers of the suspense of the famous biblical and mythological images, allowing us follow a visual story that moves from terror to a sort of redemption. The human body is seen as a creative force, in constant flux between tension and release. (via Design Boom)

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Nate Turbow’s Special Brand of Mediocrity

Nate Turbow‘s drawings are released every few days via his blog and Tumblr. Each “cartoon joke” feels raw, off-the-cuff and honest. The blog format works well for the quick, one-off style of each cartoon as the post titles often act as captions.

The resulting collection is an acute sense of bumming through life — being both painfully aware one’s mediocrity and simultaneously not giving a shit.

NSFW if cartoon boobs are forbidden in your place of work.

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Fool’s Gold presents: Artist Series #6: Lucky 13 Photography Show

Come celebrate the 6th installment of the Dust La Rock-curated artist series, featuring new prints and photo-based artwork from our favorite talents, exclusive to the Fool’s Gold store. Artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

Fool’s Gold presents: Artist Series #6: Lucky 13 Group Photography Show

Adam Amengual, Angela Boatwright, Kevin Devine, Fubz, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez, Jonathan Mannion
Thomas Murphy, Brooke Nipar, Ysa Perez, Will Robson-Scott, Nikki Sneakers, Josh Wehle, 13th Witness

Friday, June 22nd 7-9pm
536 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

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Marc Da Cunha Lopes’ Vertebrata

When the world ends will our bones rise from our graves to take over the world? French photographer Marc Da Cunha Lopes seems to think so.

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