Mike Shankman turns crumbling structures and abandoned buildings into arcane imaginary environments. In 2003, Mike also co-founded Million Fishes, a live/work arts organization in the Mission District of San Francisco. He also has an awesome last name. Find more at Shift Art Gallery.
Imaginative tandem show of works by Eleanor Davis and Katherine Guillen going up at GR2 in Los Angeles on January 16th. “The craziest part of it is,” explains Guillen, “that, as zinesters we were always so entranced by Giant Robot and huge fans of their art shows and magazine-now it feels a little surreal to be on the other side of things (in a very very happy way.)” Go check it out!
Kirk Demarais has a series of family portraits that are charmingly creepy. But these are not portraits of your next door neighbors. He focuses on fictional families who starred in your favorite films. Kirk covers them all, from National Lampoon’s Vacation to There Will Be Blood.
Garrett Pruter constructs architecutral wonders with collage and drawing techniques. He combines graphite and acrylic on top of collage to create mini villages on the page. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were mini civilizations occupying his turn-of-the-century cityscapes. He is currently studying Illustration at Parsons School of Design.
Stumbled onto some delightfully curious paintings by Cassandra Simon last night that have the smoothly detailed qualities of a perfectly executed relief print. Robust with color, these images seem to be a mix of mystery and folklore.
Today I remember just how much I enjoy Cal Lane’s work. Visually stunning, her sculptures are easily accessible yet deeply intellectual, but hey, that’s what you get when you work with a plasma cutter and 55 gallon oil drums. Amazing that she’s able to coax such ethereal work out of such crude material. Taking the reigns from the Smith’s and Serra’s of the sculpture world is no easy task, but Lane is seemingly running as fast as she can.
Kate MccGwire‘s latest sculptures are exquisitely crafted and detailed. They have this almost mythical aura about them as the feathers are seen spread in many areas of the installation space. Titled, “Sluice”, the work consists of pigeon feathers, felt, glue and polystyrene that are cautiously put together forming many pigeon-like forms.
As the artist states, “I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph”.