Constance Mallinson‘s large-scale paintings merge the man-made world and nature literally by constructing figures from images of leaves, twigs, and decaying organic material. They are grotesque meditations on both the mortality of humans and the world in which they live. Her full-figured “nature people” reference both the works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the 16th-century Italian known for paintings in which still life objects are used to form surreal portraits, and famous paintings, such as Edouard Manet’s 1863 seminal painting “Olympia.”
In examining her recent paintings created from decaying matter, L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight wrote that “after painting savvy landscapes for more than twenty five years”… the current “imagery suggests the way in which we project ourselves on conceptions of nature, creating the natural world even as we go about assuring its destruction.”
Interested in the floor, the wall, their flatness and the way his sculptures engage with both of them, artist Joel Shapiro’s installations and sculptures are dynamic and engaging. Suspending sculptures at various points and angles throughout a space, Shapiro seeks to create a sense of movement that depends on the forms and their relationships to one another. Though not site-specific, his installations are in direct dialogue with architecture. Shapiro is compelled by what he refers to as that “capricious” moment where forms come together to become something else.
Born in Sunnyside, Queens to a physician and microbiologist Shapiro tried to follow his parents into science, but realized that he had to become an artist. Of the need to make art he says, “You have to have some real drive and deep belief, a combination of ego and humility, so it’s difficult. You have to have some sense of self and have to have some doubting sense of self in order to externalize your interior, so it’s a peculiar combination of factors, at least in my case, that you sort of, in retrospect, allow. I’m always surprised that the work looks good!”
The extreme structural and architectural nature of Shapiro’s work, however, perhaps begs at that scientific inclination. There is a precision to his abstraction that is challenging in the way it defies gravity and logic. Catch his show currently up at LA Louver through January 14th.
Ilan Lieberman creates sculptures and artwork based on visions he sees in his dreams. I’m fascinated by the other realm that lays just beyond our own eyelids, and how Ilan transports objects and ideas from this dimension into ours…it’s like peeking into someone else’s mind. Ilan recently opened his exhibition this last weekend at Steve Turner Contemporary, so if you are in the area be sure to check it out.
Kristen Martincic‘s swimming pool works on paper are enchanting as they are crisp, clean, and inspiring. She encompasses the feeling of calmness associated with empty swimming pools but adds character and surreal beauty by making them appear to be almost prizes to be won that you want to pick up and haul home. These pieces are “a hybrid of print, drawing, and painting on panel,” as stated by Kristen. Monotype, acrylic, and matsuo kozo paper are used. Their simplicity allows the viewer to realize the provocative nature of each pool’s space and surfaces. The layered effects she creates with her media builds added textured qualities raising the feelings of mystery, tension, and intimacy.
Her swimming pool works on paper SURFACE TENSION, will be on display at Wonder Fair Gallery starting April 26 and will remain on view through May 26th.
Welcome to Kadvre Exquis‘s film noir stylized animated short. I really loved the lighting of the city scape and the varying points of view that really allow the viewer to get into the film. Kadvre Exquis has other videos similar to this one on Vimeo. Check it out!
London photographer Paul Herbst’s description of his website, my-shit-is-gold.net, and his zine: “In an existential exclamation of withdrawal, Paul Herbst’s photographs at once portray a world of subtle intensities with momentous simplicity. His images hosts a constant dialogue between what we perceive and what we understand, leaving us aloof in the gaps of unanswerable questions. This all cleverly comes together in an inter-play of heavy textures and washed out tones.”
Glen Green set off to document and explore the side of Africa that most people don’t see, things that are typically African but that may soon disappear. Armed with black and white film and a desire to go into the remote, Glen captures powerful images of tribes who keep their ancient traditions while trying to live in today’s modern world.