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Lui Liu

Lui Liu’s surreal paintings combine his Chinese heritage with his western upbringing to create a  new hybrid world that transcends cultures and spaces.

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Maya Lin’s Landscape/Art

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According to Richard Andrews, Director of the Henry Art Gallery, her new work shows how Lin continues to explore landscape as both form and content.

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Brian Belott and Jesse Greenberg, W.U.W.

Funk upon a time, Brian Belott and Jesse Greenberg teamed up to create a two man show for Gallery Loyal in Sweden.  I was wondering how to explain the work, but in the press release it says that “Not being able to pin down exactly what these objects are referring to is one of their powers,” so it’s better unexplained.  I asked Brian about the power of not knowing and funkiness once, and he explained that working funky meant the difference between drawing inspiration from the sadness of the Blues, or the celebration of George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic.  The work in this show feels like a mash up between the ancient Egyptian religion, which at the time was thought to keep the sun rising, and today’s science fiction; a mythological range from prehistory to the future, it either expands time or contracts it depending on whether you like the Blues or P-Funk.

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Photographer Guido Argentini Honors The Feminine With His Silver Nudes

Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and Persephone

Artemis

Artemis

Cassandra and Clytemnestra

Cassandra and Clytemnestra

Aglaea

Aglaea

Fluid, pliable, and sleek—Guido Argentini’s models are not only painted silver, they look to be made of the molten metal. In his series “Argentum,” Argentini has gathered over 100 of his images of women covered in shiny silver makeup, which he began shooting in 1995. The collection is printed in his book, also called Argentum, published by teNeues.

Evoking the luminous polished planes of the work of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of sculpture and the vivid energy of dance.

Using geometrical props Guido Argentini created a contrast between the human body and the archetypal forms of geometry: triangles, circles and squares.

The metallic full-body paint is reminiscent of Pussy Galore’s iconic murder scene in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, as well as more recent images such as Kim Kardashian’s photo spreads in W. In Argentini’s feminine images the silver paint is used as an effect toward an artistic goal, not as the point of the photo, which is why they’re successful and memorable. “The skin, covered with silver paint, becomes an even, shiny surface and the human figure becomes more abstract,” Argentini writes. Without the distraction of skin tone and pores and body hair, the eye is captured by the models’ elegance and athleticism, their strong, contorted bodies juxtaposed against simple forms. The metallic sheen also heightens the contrast between highlights and darkness; we’re captivated by their agility and the sensuality of light and shadow moving across their bodies. (Via Scene 360’s Illusion)

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This Must Be The Place | Curated by Faesthetic Magazine

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Curated by Ohio based Faesthetic Magazine, “This Must Be The Place” opens June 20th, 2009 at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery Space in Culver City. The exhibition features 9 American artists from the Faesthetic family who represent the diverse styles appearing in the magazine. “This Must Be The Place” is comprised of art based on the idea of “Home,” and artists are loosely limited to a 2-color palette, much like an issue of Faesthetic.

 

Running until July 11th, 2009, “This Must Be The Place” features the work of Gluekit, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Damien Correll, Joel Speasmaker, Matt Curry, Skull Phone, Dan Funderburgh, and Jemma Hostetler.

 

More details after the jump!

 

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…You Is Fine!

We all know that Valentines day is a scam created by greedy corporations looking for an excuse to make an extra buck. However I have to admit that this is one valentines day gift I wouldn’t mind getting behind. I introduce to you the Love Is Lame series of teddy bears by NYC based designer Chad Silver. What started as an art school project has turned into a full fledged company that helps you say those  five affectionate words to your loved one.

Via Refinery 29

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Max J. Marshall

I’m loving the simplicity and directness in Max J. Marshall’s photographs.

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Jess Riva Cooper’s Beautifully Grotesque Ceramics Celebrate Death And Decay

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The ceramics of Jess Riva Cooper are gross, majestic, fragile and poetic. Her Viral Series is a collection of clay heads bursting with groups of insects, tree roots, branches, leaves, flowers, stems and buds. Mostly white with a heavy glaze, Cooper subtly decorates areas of her sculptures and adds accented color. The pieces show a beautiful understanding of the circle of life, or rather how things are destroyed and created simultaneously. Cooper talks about how something seen as destructive and parasitic is no different from the form it is overtaking. She treats all areas of life as equal, and each creepy crawly is as beautiful as a lotus flower.

My work, Viral Series, is a continued exploration into the death and regeneration taking place in deteriorating communities. Places and things, once bustling and animated, have succumbed to nature’s mercy. Without intervention, nature takes over and breathes new life into objects, as it does in my sculptures. (Source)

Cooper has researched heavily into different cultures and how this same idea is treated. In most eastern philosophies, the idea that birth and death are part of the same spectrum rings true. She takes that idea further and looks a bit deeper into one culture in particular:

I also study the foundation myths of the Golem and Dybbuk spirits in Yiddish folklore and reinterpret these traditional stories through a female lens. I see a direct parallel between my interest in insidious plant life and a malevolent Dybbuk spirit, which takes over the human body. In both situations a loss of control is suffered as the parasitic entity subsumes the host. (Source)

Cooper’s ceramics remind us that even though things of beauty are there to be admired and celebrated, it is also a fine thing when those things are disrupted and replaced by other things.

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