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Victoria Topping

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Victoria Topping has many muses, but one in particular is music. Her funky experiments with collage instills movement to the inanimate; “developing an alternative music for the eyes.” Another recent inspiration for this UK based illustrator has been the textile patterns of wallpaper; Victoria has found a playful style in marrying the two. I definitely agree with the title of one of Victoria’s  galleries: There Ought To Be More Dancing.

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Power of Selection Part 2

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I apologize for shameful self-promotion, but I really couldn’t help myself. Here are some shots from The Power of Selection Part 2,  the second installment in my 3 part conquest to bring work to Chicago that otherwise doesn’t get shown here. Check it out!

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The Ecstasy Of Death: Paul Fryer’s Eerie And Darkly Passionate Sculptural Installations

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Paul Fryer is an artist based in London, England. We featured his works in 2011, but his stunning sculptural installations—which explore agony and human folly in passionate tandem—warrant a second examination. His works unsettle the cultural imagination by coupling mortality with religious imagery, depicting human figures on the verge of destruction and death.

One notable work is a sculpture of winged Lucifer, thrashing amidst a net of telegraph cords that suspend him above the altar steps of the Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone. This piece was part of a solo exhibition called Let There Be More Light, shown in October of 2008. The dramatic lighting casts Lucifer in dramatic shadows, and his tarnished, corpse-like skin gleams with antiquity and the torture of life-within-death. This work signifies the fallible human, and the chaos and terror of one’s own making. The venue—with its stained glass windows and domed ceiling—provides the perfect space for this dramatic, allegorical scene to unfold.

Also shown here is Fryer’s “Blue Pieta” (2010), the martyr in the electric chair, and Lilith (2010), a fallen angel bound to a platform by golden wires. In more recent years, Fryer has created jellyfish-like sculptures out of Murano crystal. You can view more of his strange and dark world on his website. (Via Empty Kingdom)

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Romina Ressia’s Real Life Superheroes Are Vulnerable and Relatably Human

The Story behind Snow White: On september 18th, the day of the shooting, Cornelia was celebrating her 94th birthday. She traveled 500 km to celebrate that day here in Buenos Aires, with almost 50 relatives. She arrived to the shooting with Pilar, her granddaughter. And I couldn't believe that woman was that age! She is adorable, with a contagious energy. Mother of 12 children, having lost 6 of them, she grew up in the countryside and has had a strong life. However, she keeps such a great attitude & sense of humour. She is that kind of people who makes you to realize how beautiful life is.

The Story behind Snow White:
On september 18th, the day of the shooting, Cornelia was celebrating her 94th birthday. She traveled 500 km to celebrate that day here in Buenos Aires, with almost 50 relatives.
She arrived to the shooting with Pilar, her granddaughter. And I couldn’t believe that woman was that age! She is adorable, with a contagious energy.
Mother of 12 children, having lost 6 of them, she grew up in the countryside and has had a strong life. However, she keeps such a great attitude & sense of humour.
She is that kind of people who makes you to realize how beautiful life is.

The Story behind Superman: That wednesday, when I opened the door, there was a tall man impeccably dressed, in a grey suit. His name is Nestor, a 75 years old man, widower since 2 years ago after having been married for 41 years. Losing the partner of his life made him to realize that he must do something to continue, and that was how he discovered the passion about acting, singing and dancing. He is a very polite man, and his energy is admirable. At the age of 75, he does exercise every day and enjoys working, more for fun than for money. He is such an interesting person!

The Story behind Superman:
That wednesday, when I opened the door, there was a tall man impeccably dressed, in a grey suit. His name is Nestor, a 75 years old man, widower since 2 years ago after having been married for 41 years. Losing the partner of his life made him to realize that he must do something to continue, and that was how he discovered the passion about acting, singing and dancing.
He is a very polite man, and his energy is admirable. At the age of 75, he does exercise every day and enjoys working, more for fun than for money.
He is such an interesting person!

The Story behind Wonder Woman: I met Virginia more than 7 years ago, when she started taking care of Lorenzo, my 8 years old godson. Now she is like his grandmother. Mother of two sons and married for almost 40 years, she came to Buenos Aires at her 15 years old. Since that moment she never stopped work. I knew she would be happy to do this photographs, she is so smily and funny person; she is always ready to help and really knows how to enjoy life. I think I never saw her with bad humour in all these years...That is why I choose her to be Wonder Woman.

The Story behind Wonder Woman:
I met Virginia more than 7 years ago, when she started taking care of Lorenzo, my 8 years old godson. Now she is like his grandmother.
Mother of two sons and married for almost 40 years, she came to Buenos Aires at her 15 years old. Since that moment she never stopped work.
I knew she would be happy to do this photographs, she is so smily and funny person; she is always ready to help and really knows how to enjoy life. I think I never saw her with bad humour in all these years…That is why I choose her to be Wonder Woman.

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Romina Ressia set out to confront the realities of life and the fallibility of our childhood inspirations in her series “Not About Death”.  The captions record her relationship to her subjects and her reasoning for casting them as each character. They are humorous portraits – especially when set up beside each other in the poster format – and the humour makes them that much more appealing as true figures of inspiration.

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David Jien

DSCN1924 Artist David Jien showed up to the B/D office last week to show off some of his new work, and to have a chat about his new book.

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I ♥ Gen Art: 15th Anniversary Benefit

 

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In these difficult economic times, with decreased support from corporate America, Gen Art is looking to its loyal supporters of the past 15 years to help it celebrate its successes while looking forward towards insuring another great 15 years of programming. This is your chance to personally help save a company we hope you believe in. 

 

I ♥ Gen Art: 15th Anniversary Benefit will feature an exhibition of the works of over 60 of today’s most exciting emerging/mid-career artists working in mixed mediums who either are Gen Art alumni artists or have been affiliated with or supportive of Gen Art programming over the years.  Artwork will be exhibited and available for sale.

 

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Gen Art Foundation, whose ongoing mission is to support undiscovered talent and providing a platform for emerging artists to garner increased exposure to a loyal audience of consumers and media.

 

June 24, 2009

7-11pm

*7-8pm VIP Preview

 

7 W. 34th St.

11th Floor

NY, NY

 

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Brand New Car Is Wrapped In Customized Vinyl To Look Like A Rust Bucket

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Have you ever had anything stolen? Perhaps a cellphone, or bag, or bike, or even a car? Well if you have been the victim of someone’s swift fingers, then you will really like this project. Some clever individual has decided to be pro-active and beat the thieves at their own game. After purchasing a brand new VW van, they have enlisted the help of UK based vinyl wrap company Clyde Wraps to avoid being the target of any crime.

With some clever coloring and detailing, they have made their 2014 Volkswagen T5 Sportline look like a rusty old van that shouldn’t be fit to drive around the city. Big rust stains drip down from the handles, the side panels look like they are disintegrating in front of your eyes, and the wing mirrors look like they have seen better days. Of course the actual body of the car is fine – the tires, the lights, and the windows all seem brand new and dent free.

But for someone looking quickly to see whether it is worth the trouble to steal this van, they will look twice. And who knows? Maybe the owner will even be able to leave their vehicle, walk around town and get away with not locking their doors! (Via Lost At E Minor)

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Ashlie Chavez

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LA local Ashlie Chavez shoots only in film. Her images are captivating. I love the texture and depth in her work . Her photographs at times have minor imperfections that create beautiful images…reminds me of the human touch that you don’t see with digital. Ashlie collaborates with her twin sister Amber, also a very skilled photographer.

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