The paintings of artist Charlotte Caron explores both the ancient tendency to humanize animals and the dreams of humans to transform into animals. Caron’s acrylic paintings of animal faces are set on the photographed portraits of people as if they were masks. The people of the photographs not only assume the appearance of the animals, but nearly seem to exude corresponding personalities. The hawk seems harsh, the fox mischievous the deer gentle. The literal anthropomorphizing of animals in the paintings emphasizes how this figuratively takes place. Caron also underscores the contrast between human and animal, and perhaps by extension civilized and animalistic, by also contrasting photography and painting.
Leif Low-Beer stacks, packs, and tacks abstract imagery to create his playful and surprising abstract compositions.
Artist Tristram Lansdowne is a Canadian born artist currently living and working in Toronto. His paintings focus on “ideas of permanence and function inherent in our constructed environments”. Lansdowne references the 19th century Romantic ruin and juxtaposes it within an isolated urban setting, thus exhibiting his pessimistic view of human progress.
Artist Samantha Wall, a Korean born artist now residing in America, creates ink portraits of identity-less faces expressing various psychological states. Her work is loose, slightly abstract, yet delicate in detail. Through her series Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark, she aims to address the unifying power of emotion. She states;
“Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark is a collection of drawings that delve into my obsession with the internal emotional states that separate us as individuals, while simultaneously linking us as a whole. The expression of emotions provides a doorway into private experiences that reveal our commonality, a smile could indicate pleasure and a frown, sorrow. These communicable emotions reach outward from within, making our bodies transparent. I am interested in the emotions that are more difficult to penetrate and are cloaked even from our own awareness. These are the emotions that sculpt our psyches, erect psychological boundaries, and fill our shadows.”
By creating strong images of non-recognizable subjects, Wall not only speaks of emotion, she also addresses complications of identity. Her subjects are of no particular race, referring, perhaps, to her own multi-faceted history. When subtracting a recognizable being from her portraits, she allows the viewer to purely experience a moment of psychological inquiry and not one based on social constructs.
Her drawings are careful works that display the true ability of her medium. By using ink as a means to speak about line and depth rather than tonality, she allows the looseness of her process to create visually complex images that are able to display just the right amount of information.
Unlike the traditional portrait, Wall displays an array of images that leave us searching, internally for feelings, rather than for narrative meaning. (via Hi Fructose)
When creating his reinterpretations of Technicolor masterpiece The Wizard Of Oz, German artist Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube didn’t limit himself to a singular medium. Dabbling in video manipulation, installation and printed ephemera, his “experiment” exists as a deep dive into what happens when the artist points the focus away from narrative, and instead zeroes in on visual velocity. He chooses to takes a step back, and re-imagines the film as a series of frames—laid side-by-side in a technique he refers to as “stilling film.”
In this 2-minute preview of Neuschaefer-Rube’s video piece, you can see hundreds of copies of the film, playing simultaneously in a hypnotic wave of color fluctuation. In the exhibited form, this work is accompanied by a printed version of the investigation, a singular film still, and a large (somewhat ominous) black box designed for viewing. Neuschaefer-Rube’s ability to steer the viewer’s attention from piece to piece is masterful, with each element of the experiment hitting just the right notes—perhaps making a slight nod to the Great and Powerful himself.
This exhibition themed around sex will definitely separate the prudes from the promiscuous. Aptly titled “Sex Monsters”, 10 different artists explore the topics of gender bending, prostitution, fetishism and vice. A combination of photography, illustration, collage and assemblage, we get the chance to view some light erotica while questioning our accepted norms of sexuality.
Explicit drawings of sexual acts, photos of exposed bodies or advertisements for sexual encounters ask us to consider what is “slutty”, “indecent”, or “perverted”. More than just a simple display of modern sexuality, “Sex Monsters” is an exhibition showing something other than the normal heterosexual depictions of sex we are surrounded by. Photos of large amounts of condoms, strip clubs, and rows of newspaper listings shows the extent of the sex industry and how easily mundane these things can become in a world over-saturated with suggestive innuendo.
Encompassing genres like Sexploitation, Pornography, Soft-core, BDSM, this exhibition is intended on titillating and exciting us viewers. Aimed at the inner voyeur in us all, “Sex Monsters” will most definitely capture your attention. Unfortunately the exhibition has just closed at No Romance galleries, but you can still satisfy your curiosity by looking up the artists involved in the privacy of your own home…. Mike Krim, Pietro Cocco, Jennifer Calandra, Lorenzo Fariello, Amy Hood, Jonathan Leder, Sean Maung, Chelsea Nyegaard, Robert Farber and Kilroy Savage. (via Huffington Post)
We found Tokyo based illustrator, Kimiaki Yaegashi, on our B/D Flickr Pool and I have to say what a find! Kimiaki’s electrifying illustrations of sexual, surreal interactions between beautiful women, men, animals, and a chubby little girl is amazing. Her 3D, sexual, and wonderfully off-center styled would make a killer business card design. We are always on the search for amazing artists, join in on the B/D Flickr Pool and you might find yourself featured on the blog as well.
Yoko Ono needs no introduction. She is a well established art superstar and one of my personal favorites. Ono has a new video called “Make-Up Tips for Men” (made as part of her clothing line for Opening Ceremony). Over “uh-huh”s and a club beat, men are given commands like, “When you see a rainbow in the sky. Breathe it in,” or “Let everything in your room shine and sparkle.” Grooming be damned! (via)