Milwaukee based painter, Richard Galling is making some nice jams right now. There are a lot of youngsters in the Midwest right now playing around with loose geometric abstraction, and I must say, these stand out above the rest. Medieval dedication and form isolation. More after the jump…
Ryan McGinley recently completed an entire new suite of photographs entitled “Moonmilk” exploring nude figures set within kaleidoscopic, quasi-mystical caves and rock permutations. At its core there is something wondrous and fantastical about these dramatic, cinematic style faux/real fo’ real(?) backdrops. Disneyland-esque even, equal parts Space Mountain/Matterhorn/Thundermountain….(Does anyone remember the one ride that had some kind of stalagtite-ridden ice cave with multi-colored changing pools that everyone threw pennies in?) With the figures inserted often in semi-Yogic poses, an air of impermeable esoteric rites combined with Sci-fi futurism collapse….on a strange planet in a distant retro-future, a new race of innocent cave-dwelling Adams and Eves is born? Hmm….They’re really all so flawlessly, amazingly beautiful that I had to post about 10 of them below, but you should definitely check out the entire series on his site.
Iva Gueorguieva, currently a Lux Art Institute resident, is a Bulgarian-born artist that paintings are incredibly filled with energy portrayed with color, composition and expressionist brushstrokes. The dreamlike abstract landscapes are highly energized by the amazing intensity in colors and the layers create such dynamic organic like environments, they can’t help but captivate the viewers attention with the exuberant hues and dizzy brushstrokes.
Toronto based illustrator Jessica Fortner creates 3D scenes using a variety of materials, and photographs them to create a final illustration. Complete with their own story lines, her sculptures are at once repulsive and grotesque, charming and endearing, and are fabricated out of polymer clay (Super Sculpey).
Here’s the background behind The Gold Horned Hexapede Bear, pictured above:
“The Gold Horned Hexapede bear roams the Arctic in search of her long lost love. Hexa is the last of her kind, her breed having been killed off by man. Hexa is the giant of the arctic tundra. In her mouth see carries the man that killed her partner, half eaten and still alive. He stares out from the beast’s mouth motionless and starved.”
I am absolutely in love with Stacey Page’s recent body of work. She uses found vintage photographs and sews in beautifully stitched details. A few of these pieces are up for sale on her etsy store. I hope she makes a small portfolio book or brochures of these beauties, I’d love to purchase one for my collection of artist books.
Bryant Park, located about a block East of Times Square in Manhattan, has been home to a several fun contemporary/public art projects recently. Right now, they’re hosting the “Battle of the Brush.” Which happens to include alumni of the Beautiful/Decay Studio Visits: Alison Blickle and Tom Sanford. It’s based around the idea of a civil war reenactment, except instead of the North and South, it’s between abstraction and figuration. Bryant Park was a campground for soldiers during the Civil War, so that’s where the whole Civil War thing comes in. Personally, I just like the paintings… It’s coming down this Wednesday, Feb 2nd, so get over there asap. The show was curated by Corporate Art Solutions.
Photographer Thomas Jackson captures every day objects traveling in packs. His series Emergent Behavior features plastic cups, leaves, sticky notes, gathering into swarms. These mundane objects fly through city streets and forests, mostly whimsical but at times menacing. They reference self-organizing systems often found in nature such as herding, swarms, insect mounds, and so on. Regarding this Jackson says:
“The images attempt to tap into the fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary”. (via)