Does the never ending global economy have you down in the dumps? Did you recently lose your job? Are the worlds problems hovering over your head like a thundurous black cloud? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or if you enjoy being entertained) click the read more button below and watch this hilarious greek short film by Gabriel Psaltakis about the power of positive thinking.
Montreal based artist Marwan Sahmarani’s work has a loose brush work aesthetic that I find charismatic. He paints epic scenes of warriors in the midst of battle. His work is a reflection of his Middle Eastern origins. Sahmarani states that his oil paintings, drawings and performative works are linked to the mediums themselves, and their support in the face of sociopolitical problems.
Pedro Varela’s tightly packed paintings and installations leave no part of a room safe with paint on canvas, walls, floors and even ceilings.The imagery is clearly based on dense landscapes that one might find in a busy metropolitan area with massive skyscrapers sitting next to old art deco structures that leave little space to build except up into the sky. Like a new city that is just taking shape Varela’s scattered yet dense city systems pour onto every surface acknowledging the galleries architectural structure yet denying to stop just because the wall ends and the floor begins. (via)
I’m loving these beautiful miniature maquets by German artist Jens Reinert. My favorite pieces are his Tunnel pieces (pictured above). They remind me of my youth, when I would spend hours hanging out in tunnels and storm drains painting graffiti and generally being up to no good.
In cities around the world, trash has started to take on a new face—literally. In the middle of the night, street artist Francisco de Pájaro has been adorning garbage with fiendish faces and gangly limbs. His collage materials include stuffed plastic bags, abandoned mattresses, and soiled cardboard—anything that has been left on the curb to rot. The result is a cast of absurd, endearingly twisted (and occasionally perverted) monsters that populate the streets in various states of exuberant disarray until they are swept off by a garbage truck.
Accompanying each site-specific creation is de Pájaro’s signature statement: “Art is Trash,” referring to his subversively creative celebration of human debris. Garbage—the output of our material, earthly lives—is usually a miserable sight, symptomatic of our obsessive consumption and the processes of decay. By bringing humor to such unpleasant sights, de Pájaro allows pedestrians in London, Barcelona, New York and more to engage with trash in a more thought-provoking way—one that playfully criticizes consumerism and examines our fear of death and abjection. As the artist’s about page describes,
“Art Is Trash is the hypnotic hand that resuscitates the cadavers of hyper consumerism—the trash—back to fruition in our current, material, state of consciousness. The process behind every installation is a ritual, similar to a shamanic one. A ritual of connection with Mother Nature, where [the] life of matter is a cycle that never ends. Francisco’s work reflects the analogy that exists between the life cycle of the objects and that of physical bodies. Both never cease to exist. They continue to live in parallel realities. The cadavers of consumerism live a new life in the urban, artistic realm.” (Source)
“Art is Trash” is currently on tour in New York. Check out the artist’s website to see which streets his moldering-yet-merry creations will be inhabiting next. De Pájaro also recently published a book documenting this project. (Via Design Faves)
eL Seed is a Tunisian artist who writes graff in arabic. His work is often socially aware- he recently completed a large piece in his home country that translates to “Oh humankind, we have created you from a male and a female and made people and tribes so you may know each other.” The phrase, a verse from the Quran, was used to “convey a message of mutual respect, tolerance, and dialogue in a country brimming with countless possibilities.” And last November, he did a wall that read “this is just a phrase in Arabic” as part of a commentary on Western prejudice and misunderstanding of Middle Eastern culture. Pretty solid skills to top it all off as well.
Oakland-based artist Kara Joslyn’s work is paradoxically pop: combining bright, neo-geo, child-of-the-90’s color and pattern with dark subject matter that is somewhat empty, yet mystical—almost pre-ancient. The forms that take shape in her work seem to be tied together by a series of faint mythologies, maybe containing traces of some vague storyline buried in alien artifacts.
Her process begins with “sourcing photographic reference, which she curates by pairing selective images in dialogue with each other. This source material is then photocopied in black and white and rendered in paint—a document of a document, serving as an allegory for painting.” Her surface treatment is nice, and color choices (while not easily photographable), hit like a laser beam in front of the work.
Johannes VanDerBeek doesn’t depend on high production or heavy handed techniques to create his work. Instead he creates playful sculptures with simple materials like aluminum mesh, tin cans, and some well placed tie dye wizardry. The above piece entitled Hippie Ghost has to be one of the best sculptures i’ve seen all year.