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Pulse Art Fair 2013 Miami Highlights

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Sculptures by Leandro Asoli – Antena Studio

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Mounir Fatmi, Mecanization No.2, 2011 -Conrads Duesseldorf Gallery

PULSE Art Fair in Miami opened its doors on Dec.5th, 2013. The fifth edition of the fair brings forth an interesting mix of sophisticated, and classic works that offer a critical and progressive edge. Some of the most world-renowned artist are showcasing here, amongst them, William Eggleston, Zanele Muholi, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Here, I have compiled a short guide of highlights that appeal to the Beautiful/Decay aesthetic:

Guatemalan artist Leandro Asoli creates these decorative, religious icons covered in colorful children’s stickers featuring some of our favorite cartoons and superheros: Superman, Dora the explorer, Spongebob, Lisa Frank, Spiderman, etc. The juxtaposition of these two things, religion and children’s television/book characters, creates interesting parallels between the concepts of idolization, religion, and popular culture.

Next, we have Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi whom constructs lively collages out of used prayer rugs. This particular work, lends itself to heated controversy, as the usage of said rugs to make artworks is pretty much an atrocity within the Muslim faith. By using prayer rugs as his material of choice, the artist violates the religious object, leaving his audience to be exposed to a deconstruction of religious dogmas and ideologies.

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Brian Rea’s Modern Love

A collection of illustrations from Brian Rea‘s ongoing series for the New York Times‘s SundayStyles column about love and heartbreak. Nailed it.

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Stefan Benchoam

The above picture is documentation of Stefan Benchoams 2008 installation Ejercicio de Dibujo at the XVI Paiz Biennial in Guatemala City. 

 

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Tenko

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Swiss artist Tenko‘s work seems to represent a twisting, flawed humanity that we try to forget. Looking at his work I’m very conscious of the fact that my supposedly higher thoughts and feelings all rely on a system of organs, pumps, and fluids to exist and no amount of perfume is going hide the fact that we are simply beasts of flesh and bone. Maybe it’s all those perfectly modeled legs or even the grotesque facial expressions but I feel like I’m definitely gonna have to exfoliate tonight.

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Evol’s Electric Box Interventions

I first saw these a few months back and slept on posting them. But after bumping into them again I had to share them with my fellow cult members.  Street artist Evol has redecorated those ugly electric boxes and other utilitarian outdoor structures into mini skyscrapers and apartment complexes. My favorite piece is the planter that is turned into a section 8 housing unit complete with tiny graffiti. See that and more after the jump!

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Lucas Blalock’s Distortions

New York-based artist Lucas Blalock constructs images that are photographed in film and then uses digital overlapping and editing to distort. The work’s overlapping elements, merging and mutilation of pattern and playfulness of colour show Blalock’s clear experimentation with humour and absurdity. Check more out after the jump.

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Michelle Reader

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London based artist Michelle Reader‘s work is influenced by environmental concerns, in particular the over consumption of resources.  Much of her sculptures are commissioned to promote the reuse and recycling of trash Reader also creates props, like the image above, for theater, events, and photo shoots.

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