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Artist Interview: Mark Licari

Mark Licari
A couple of weeks ago, we featured Mark Licari on the B/D blog, and the response was so positive that we decided to catch up with the man himself and ask him some questions about his work, squids, and life in LA. Licari’s world is full of sea creatures, crawling bugs, exploding volcanoes, and the degenerative force that turns a clean room into a big fat mess. In addition to his vibrant works on paper, elaborate lithographs, and hilarious sculptures, he also creates dramatic wall drawings that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ like a little kid. His show at the Monterey Museum of Art is on view through February 14th, so go check it out!

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Hasan Elahi Gets Naked

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Well, not literally, but in Hasan Elahi’s project, “Tracking Transience,” he lays bare an almost overwhelming amount of personal information on the internet. Inspired by an intensive FBI investigation (brought on by false accusations of a misinformed neighnor), Elahi records and makes available everything from his exact whereabouts in the world via Google maps, his bank statements & history, photographs of every meal he eats on planes, etc. The result is a Kafka-esque experiment that examines a post 9/11 Orwellian world with a kind of depressing humor. Elahi’s excercise in self-disclosure seems both dangerous in its honesty, but also symbolic of our information-overload and the question of privacy in the digital age.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Mass

Jordi Pages morphing, slipping, and sliding video called Mass is the perfect way to slip right in to Tuesday!

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Justin Bryan Nelson

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The artwork of Justin Bryan Nelson has this folk-like quality with minimum colors and symbolic imagery that not much is needed in the drawings to appreciate its symbolic and rather mysterious illustration. What I like about them, it’s just how delicately done the pencil and ink marks are on the illustrations but also how the artwork revolves around one main subject, without cluttering the audience.

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Studio Visit: Taylor McKimens

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Taylor McKimens is one of my favorite artists, ever since finding his comic book “The Drips,” his work has been on my radar.  So, using my new blogging gig here at Beautiful/Decay as a good reason to see his studio – I went over to Taylor’s studio at Deitch Projects in New York.  I had to ask the perfunctory question about what was happening with Deitch Projects, and he said things depended on several variables – and didn’t go into any details.  His work in progress completely blew me out of the water, and I walked around with my mouth open like a tween at a Jonas Brothers concert.

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Jason Horowitz’s Larger-Than-Life Drag Queens

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No, I don’t just admire Jason Horowitz’s photos of renowned New York drag queen, Shi-Queeta Lee for her strikingly similar name to my own. These up close-n-personal, hyper-realistic shots elegantly straddle the realms of glamour and repulsion, real and ideal, portraiture and abstraction. His show opens at Curator’s Office February 20th.

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Amy Ross

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Amy Ross, as she herself states, is quite interested in the idea of artists as “mad scientists”. She posts the question, “What would happen if the DNA sequence of a plant or mushroom were spliced with that of an animal?“. As she tries answering this question herself and to the viewers, her latest works titled, “Brother Wolf” addresses just that.

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Mazzarella Thomas

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In the world of Belgian painter Mazzarella Thomas tiny people are doing bizarre and interesting things.

 

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