The artwork created by the Japanese art collective known as Three creates work with a political subtext as powerful as it is subtle. Three often uses common food objects such as fish shaped soy sauce packets or candy. For example, the installation Eat Me uses 7,000 wrapped candy pieces hung from the gallery ceiling in the shape of a house. Visitors are encouraged to pluck candy from the installation and toss the wrapper in a corner set aside in the gallery. Slowly throughout the day the ‘house’ of candy is transformed into a pile of trash – a symbolic recreation of the overwhelming destruction of homes by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Karla Ortiz is a San Francisco-based illustrator who currently works for Marvel Film Studios. In the timelapse video featured above, Ortiz draws a beautiful shrouded woman surrounded by her feathered familiars: owls, ravens, and more. Her artistic process is fascinating to watch. After framing the paper with tape, she works from the shadows outwards, building her figure slowly and using highlights to create movement within the piece—the flexing wings and the withdrawn hood. The result is an image that commands our attention with its mystery and presence. This piece is part of a show called “Omens,” on exhibition at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City from September 12th until October 3rd.
As a concept artist with over six years of professional experience, it is no wonder how Ortiz’s work has the reputation it has today. Her entire oeuvre is nuanced and expressive, depicting creative characters in positions of otherworldly power and emotional vulnerability. With fantasy and science fiction as her realms of expertise, Ortiz’s other notable clients include Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, and Tor Books. Lovers of these genres should visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more. (Via Colossal)
At first glance you might write off Gerald Davis as another pervert painting his sick thoughts on canvas but this LA based artist has some serious painting and drawing chops. I recently saw his work in person and was blown away with the richness of his work and his glowing use of light. Gerald is a serious artist taking our funny and dirty thoughts and creating bold and imaginative works out of them.
This Saturday 12:00p-4:00p Beautiful/Decay will be participating in a one-day dont-miss event at University Park Campus, USC. Shelf Life: A Big Day for Small Press spotlights small press writers, designers, artists and publishers address issues concerning the future of independent publishing. B/D will have a table at the bazaar, featuring all our favorite indie and small press magazines, books and other great stuff. Admission is free. Yes, there will be a taco truck. Heres a map. Harris Hall is the building with two courtyards, visible along the bottom edge (Exposition) of the campus map.
San Fransisco based chemist/artist Klari Reis hand paints a plexiglass petri dish every day in her latest project A Daily Dish. But it is not just superficial, decorative painting, Reis fills the actual form with different layers of epoxy polymers pigmented with oils, acrylics, powders, and dyes. Manipulating the transparency, opacity, color intensity, size and forms of the different elements, she produces mini abstract ‘paintings’. They are colorful, playful and optimistic-looking examples of how beautifully science and art can exist as one and the same.
And she doesn’t only make paintings within the individual dishes, but she also arranges her creations into impressive large scale wall installations. Using the color of the dishes to dictate her layout, Reis’ petri dish installations are a subtle and poetic reminder of how aesthetically pleasing the elements can be. Living next to many life science companies in San Fransisco, she allows this to benefit her work.
[She] takes advantage of this proximity to collaborate with local biomedical companies and thus receives inspiration from the cutting edge of biological techniques and discoveries; this context grounds her artwork and lets her authoritatively explore the increasingly fuzzy line between the technological and the natural. (Source)
Reis has created so many different petri dish paintings, make sure you check out all of them on her website, complete with amusing titles such as Companion Planting, Birthday Surprise, Interconnected Planetary March, Backstroke Drills and Emotion Explosion. Not only do they sound like the names of paint samples, but also a wonderfully experimental high school science experiment.
Klaus Pichler’s One Third project explores the wasteful nature of food consumption. Rotting food, arranged into elaborate still life’s, portrays an abstract picture of wastage of food. According to the UN one third of the world’s food goes to waste- the largest part thereof in the industrialized nations of the global north. Equally, 925 million people around the world are threatened by starvation. Pichler’s series describeds the connection between individual wastage of food and globalized food production. Now that’s food for thought. (via feature shoot)