Doug Burton’s 3D digital animation “Celestial Mechanics” was conceptualized as a kind of reality-fabric altering pulsating entity. A kind of self-combusting black holes. I am hoping for the day when I actually see the walls wormhole out to an alternative universe! The artist explains: “Through the transmogrification of the matter of the walls and space within and ouside of the studio I have been exploring he realms that exist beyond in a distant past or parallel present.” Heavy!
Elaine Reicheck is a New York-based artist who uses embroidery to explore conceptual and aesthetic ideas in art. Though she has a background in painting, actually receiving an MFA from Yale in the subject, she began to question her training and wonder what kind of statement she wanted to make with her art. Though she experimented with knitting wool, hand-paining found photographs and other techniques, embroidery emerged as Reicheck’s material of choice. She creates beautiful works on linen using needle and thread.
Though she does quite a bit of her work by hand, Reichek also experiments with computerized sewing. She doesn’t feel this is a shortcut in anyway, as her work is as much about the concept as it is the end result.
There is also an undoubtedly feminist aspect to Reicheck’s work. She attributes it to working with so many male painters during her training. Embroidery, a historically feminine pastime, allows Reichek to explore the same ideas as her male painter counterparts, but, as she says, “if I make them that way, of course their meaning changes, since the meaning of an artwork is always bound with its media and processes and their history.”
Usually selecting a theme to base a series around, Reichek’s latest embroiders consider the myth of Ariadne. Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of thread with which to retrace his steps allowing him to escape the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Reichek created art-historical portraits, many of which contain Araidne’s image, and paired them with quotes from literary sources such as Nietzsche or Catullus.
Another day spent working on the next season of the B/D Apparel Line. We’ll be releasing our fall line in less than two weeks and will follow up in November with our Holiday line. As you can see we make a list and check it twice. Here are some highlights from today…
Lauren Treece’s polaroids remind me of a foggy dream I once had about a beautiful girl who lived in a magical secret world that can only be visited when your eyes are closed.
Folkert De Jong is hands down one of my absolute sculptors working today. So much so that in 2008 we did an exclusive interview with him and put him on the cover of Beautiful/Decay Issue: V. Since then Folkert has gone on to create an impressive body of work, each one outdoing the next. Opening April 1st Fokert is back at it again with a solo show at James Cohan Gallery in NYC showing a completely new body of work. His work is refined, grotesque, experimental and takes risks. In other words it’s amazing. This is one of the rare times that I wish I lived in NY so if you’re anywhere near the big apple head down to Folkert’s opening and report back to me. More images below from the centerpiece of the show titled Operation Harmony after the jump.
Catching and throwing light from all the right angles, the peculiar, prismatic acrylic pieces from sculptor Phillip Low look like something from outer space. Tip-toeing on the line between art and design, these objects make excellent use of the medium—giving a sense of weight, depth and cellophane-like luminosity to the dense material. The expertly carved shapes combine crystal-like angles and precise areas of coloration to create a series of constantly-shifting reflections that use simple daylight to dazzling effect.
Using dilluted paint and an air compressor, Manuel Fernandez creates fluid landscapes that walk the fine line between abstraction and representation.
I am really enjoying painter Saeko Takagi’s recent series of portraits. The way she allowed her paints to move around, and the eyes on some of these guys goes right through you.