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B/D Apparel Artist Interview: Ryan Riss

Ryan Riss

The second installment in our Monday B/D Apparel Artist Interview series is with artist Ryan Riss.  Ryan designed the mind-bending head-scarfed hippie with a melting face graphic (literally), entitled Acid Trip.

If you think we’re way off on a peyote-trip describing Ryan’s works as residing in another dimension- you’d be surprised to hear what he has to say. “I like the idea of relating simple graphics to things like mandalas and other spiritual energy hippie training tee-pee type stuff.” Read the rest of the interview to find out what else makes Ryan’s third eye blink.

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Surprise in the Mail!

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I was pleasantly surprised last week to receive a poster tube in the mail, which, when the plastic-stopper was popped off, revealed a lovely hand-signed print by Mark Warren Jacques. He has some lovely mystical transfigurations on his website- see more of his mandalic works after the jump.

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Is the Imagination more Active in Darkness than Light?

Alexander Brodsky, "Settlement"

Alexander Brodsky, "Settlement"

Kant, in “The End of All Things,” suggested that the imagination is more active in the dark than in the light. The current exhibition at Matthew Bown gallery explores this concept for its current group exhibition. Taking its title from Baudelaire’s description of his Creole lover, “noire et pourtant lumineuse,” (black and yet luminous), Matthew Bown literally “turns the lights off” in the gallery, shrouding it in total darkness, to present a group of artists who explore concepts of lightness/darkness within their work. Alexander Brodsky, above, creates an organ griding machine that plays the Beatles, and encases a lit-up city in the murky depths of an tank aquarium tank. Gunda Forster’s work consists of  a wedge of intensely bright light, shining through a crack between the door and the floor- referencing the great divine mystery of that which lies beyond. The exhibition runs until May 25 in Berlin.

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Put on your Photobooth face forward

Mark Pernice

Artist Mark Pernice has turned our ultimate Photobooth fantasy into reality. Using Apple’s Photo Booth application as inspiration, the idea was to take the 2D image that it manipulated and create a tangible face in a real environment, then in turn bring it back into a 2D image. Using Photo Booth on the mask itself may create some sort of paradoxical shift where the artist ceases to exist.

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Studio Visit: Ryan Schneider

ryan schneider top imageRyan Schneider was making some cool paintings when I stopped by his studio.

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Jack Greer – Digital Ashtray

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I recently had the pleasure of talking with multi-talented artist Jack Greer about his new website/project Digital Ashtray, photography, LA, New York, and sandwiches… You know an interview is going good when Bay Cities comes up as a topic of conversation. Look after the jump for an interesting Q & A with an interesting man.

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Giant cake attacks Tokyo

Kozue Shimada with GwaGwa

Artist Kozoo (featured in our newest B/D Issue!) worked on this giant cake as a member of small creative unit GwaGwa. The towering confectionary and large eating utensil was stationed in a mix-use complex in Roppongi, Tokyo and truly expressed the creative goals of GwaGwa to express the magic of childhood fantasies and everyday curiosities. Highly preferred over Godzilla.

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Matt Mignanelli

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This weekend will be the last to view painter Matt Mignanelli’s work, currently on display at the Recoat Gallery in Glasgow.

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