Philadelphia-based Armando Veve‘s impressive body of work shows his ability, and eagerness, to explore several different drawing methods, from the naive to the refined. In doing so, he leaves no doubt to the viewer that he makes a choice, and executes that choice with clear intent. He doesn’t seem to have many limitations. He also dabbles in ceramics, curation, and digital abstractions. At this pace, his work will only get better and better, and endless gifts will be bestowed upon us just for looking.
Multi-media installation artist, video maker, designer and all-round talented guy Mister Blick has made some beautiful collages. Placing colorful flowers on old war time photos, in the place of where guns normally would be, he makes a sweet and subtle statement. Alluding to many different political actions in war time, his message is clear. Why do we continue to use force against one another?
The subject of his collages will resonate around the world, but perhaps more so in Portugal. On April 25, 1974, there was a military coup in Lisbon which is now known as the Carnation Revolution. When the population took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship, carnations were placed into the barrels of the soldiers’ guns, and placed on their uniforms. It is a classic example of how radical political and societal change can take place without the use of bullets.
Mister Blick’s images are a simple reminder of how quiet, gentle actions are usually the ones that end up heard the loudest. And it is a timely celebration of one of the most original revolutions in Europe, and in the world. Happy Freedom Day everybody! (Via Honestly WTF)
Patrick D Wilson combines an interesting mix of geometry, photography, and sculpture to create new spacial landscapes where buildings are made of clouds and the stars are aligned onto fragmented planes.
New York-based artist Roxy Paine’s work fuses organic with mechanical, making life-like replicas of natural structures in man-made materials. His stainless steel trees manage to retain the sense of spontaneity that we expect from organic objects, while being completely machine-made and rigidly planned. Paine’s highly detailed reconstructions of natural phenomena explore the tension between the natural and the built. In his piece Crop he carefully reconstructed a small patch of wild poppies and his piece Weed Choked Garden brings a decaying garden to eye level. By bringing reconstructed natural objects into a gallery setting you’re forced to consider things you might have ignored in its usual setting.
Paine’s work reminds us of the importance of the natural world and how it continues to fight for survival amongst the structures and debris of modernity. With Woolly Pocket you can help plants fight back. Woolly Pocket makes urban gardening easy; let nature reclaim a fence, wall or even an indoor structure.
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Thanks to everyone that came out to the Beautiful/Decay & Insight 51 sample sale on Friday and Saturday. Both days were filled with eager shoppers who were anxious to get a good deal and hang with us for two sun drenched california days. Here are some highlights …
Everyone loves a good sample sale where one can find those rare one off samples that you can’t get in stores. Apparently Cousin It got wind of it and came through to find the perfect surfin safari outfit.
Brazilian artist ALMA has been getting up a lot lately with these haunting, stark, sometimes figurative pieces that move in and out of decaying urban environments in an incredibly natural way. I like that he mixes it up between extensive, symmetrical work that kind of reminds me of Richard Colman, and flat black stuff that’s really hard to define but affective nonetheless. South America is always killin’ it.
I was snooping around Cargofolio today and found this lovely gem. Not only is Yu Jie Wu an amazing experimental photographer, he is a high school student. I am consistently impressed by how ambitious and talented some of the artists from the younger generation are. His work explores time, motion and repetition within a single scene. I see a lot of work that uses repetitive imagery, but I think that Yu Jie Wu has done it better. He is subtle, and the images he chooses to repeat force the viewer to notice small differences, or recognize that there is sometimes no difference at all.
Jason Hackenwerth has taken the long tradition of balloon animal making, and has come up with what my 12 year old self might have imagined the Yeerks from Animorphs might have looked like, only in gigantic, horrific, beautiful form.