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R. Crumb’s Underground at CSUF Grand Central Art Center

R. Crumb's Underground

 

R. Crumb’s Underground
Curated by Todd Hignite
July 11-August 16, 2009

 

July 11th launches Grand Central Art Center‘s opening reception for the Yerba Buena’s Center for the Arts traveling exhibit, “R.Crumb’s Underground.” This exhibition salutes San Francisco treasure Robert Crumb with an eclectic mix of early work, collaborations, and the world premiere of his “spool” drawings. Universally acknowledged as the founder of the underground comic scene, Crumb gained cult popularity for his pioneering Zap Comix and stardom with the Terry Zwigoff documentary, Crumb. The YBCA traveling exhibit also shows how his work has blossomed in philosophical complexity, highlighting his collaborative work, including intimate confessions produced with wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

 

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Opening Reception, 7-10PM

Free admission.

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Darryl Cox Beautifully Fuses Gnarled Tree Branches With Vintage Frames

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Darryl Cox is an artist living in Bend, Oregon, who grafts tree limbs onto vintage frames. Each “Fusion Frame,” as he calls them, involves a combination of woodworking, painting, and sculpting to ensure the branch “sprouts” seamlessly from the man-made object. After locating a unique frame, Cox then searches the forest for the complementary limb. Each art piece is unique and expressive, giving the static object a sense of organic vitality. The branch warps the frame and twists the molding in its own dramatic way, seeming to overtake the rigid boundaries and thus demonstrating the power and patience of nature.

Cox seeks to create art that is humble, distinctive, and intricate. Originality is key, which means bypassing ingrained artistic customs and modes of thought. He discusses this further in his artist’s statement:

“As much as I embrace convention in art, and I certainly do, my Fusion Frame art fulfills the part of me that says ‘no’ to convention. That it is not only okay to be avant-garde, it is right. I like to embrace alternatives to an accepted order in art. To even, at times, completely ignore conventions when fashioning a piece and enjoy the unbounded ability to create by refusing to be limited by precept, artistically speaking.” (Source)

Some of the Fusion Frames are tailored with sentimental objects, lending them even more unique emotional value. You can learn more about Cox’s work on his website and Facebook, and he has works available for purchase on his Etsy. (Via Colossal)

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SpY Installs 150 Security Cameras On One Building. You Won’t Believe What They Catch On Camera!

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SpY, an urban/graffiti artist, installed 150 fake security cameras on a building façade in Madrid, Spain. The piece, titled CAMERAS, has no intention of watching over anything, the cameras are simply on the wall for show, rather, to make a statement about excessive surveillance in today’s world. As his website states, “SpY’s s work involves the appropriation urban elements through transformation or replication, commentary on urban reality, and the interference in its communicative codes.”

The repetitiveness, and overwhelming saturation of the cameras, imposes critical questions about cameras of any sort in our lives. Whether that might be security cameras, to a personal camera, to the camera on your phone or computer, we are surrounded by them in our urban landscape and personal space,they questions is: what are they really filming?

Cameras signify the documentation of something important, a bad or good event, but definitely not something mundane. If we are surrounded by cameras, we are also surrounded by the expectations of something grand, something bad or good always happening. This is too much of a burden.

SpY’s pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urban dweller. They are pinches of intention, hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience.

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Designer Lydia Cambron Uses Defaced Subway Ads For Inspirational Selfies

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Looking a bit akin to people who emulate the popular group KISS, makeup artist Lydia Cambron emulates defaced advertisements on the subway. She’ll first take a lookalike selfie then recreate the ad’s defaced portion using cosmetics.  What she comes up with are some interesting pieces which remind of the famous hard rock foursome but also recall old music zines. They have the same DIY quality which when taken in a fine art context combine zerox and collage sensibilities.
Her use of cosmetics lends a different element which make the surfaces unique but also similar  since makeup is pretty much paint for the face. The pieces she chooses to copy are mostly portraiture of women. In them the eyes are blanked out and the lips are Botox bloated. In one black streamers are coming out of the eyes. These provoke a dark humor which take on a very punk rock attitude. It could also be a parody of advertisements in general where women have lots of eyeliner and thick lips. By making these into selfie’s Cambron also makes fun of what the average person thinks of how women are perhaps falsely portrayed in subway advertising..
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Awesome Video Of The Day: Vegeterrible

A swinging Mexican fiesta goes bad when a very hungry rotten avocado crashes the party and starts devouring the guests… Vegeterrible is a film about the last tomato’s fight for survival. If this is what goes on in my fridge when the door is closed I’m never eating again!

By Henrik Sønniksen & Benjamin Nielsen.

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Painter Santiago Salvador Ascui Creates Colorful Figurative Patterns Mimicking Conformity

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Chilean artist Santiago Salvador Ascui paints melodic, colorful arrays of pattern-like assembled people. His careful lines, bright use of color, and charmingly hand painted perfection is reminiscent of work from the Mission School movement, specifically the paintings of Margaret Kilgallen and Chris Johanson. While having the playfulness of the “new folk” work of the 1990s, his work is also informed by a strict systematic structure. His pieces function almost as color studies, guiding the eye through the placement of hue, rather than, as most figurative paintings would, narrative. As he falls in and out of saturation, his work sometimes seems to mimic the cycle of the moon. He arranges his figures in sequences, perhaps forming the aesthetic of Josef Frank meets Josef Albers.

Though the work is aesthetically joyful and decorative, his use of repetition and unification through tonality also speaks to a certain aspect of conformity and monotony. He speaks about the work as a pictorial representation of consumer culture. During the digestion of each piece, the viewer cannot help but to see every figure as the same. The patterned pieces create a true sense of identity-less beings; as if to say that everyone is within the same cycle, drawn into the same pattern (if you will), and unlinked to any sense of individuality. However, Santiago Salvador Ascui’s work also draws an important question; when does the need to be different begin to silence the need to be the same? Despite the burden of a plastic society, perhaps the unification of all figures is actually, in a sense, a positive message. (Via The Jealous Curator and Artishock)

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Josh Podoll

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When looking at Josh Podoll’s paintings they won’t give you anything to think about, and that is sort of the point.  My eye gets caught in the air-brushed, optical illusion like, geometric patterns in a sort of empty, humming, awake way.  Josh grew up in Fairfield Iowa – which is the former home of the Maharishi (of Beatles White Album fame) and one of the main centers for Transcendental Meditation in the US.  He is in a show at Christopher Grimes Gallery in LA that opens January 16.

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Dominic Paul Moore

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Check out these lovely graphite works by Chicago artist Dominic Paul Moore. With a pretty diverse selection of work in his portfolio and not many years under his belt, this is a guy you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

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