Tom Sanford had me over to his spacious basement studio in Tribeca this past Saturday. I became aware of Sanford’s work in 2008 when I saw his show “Mr. Hangover” at Leo Koenig, Inc. Tom’s main project is capturing our rapid-fire digital culture in the slow language of painting. If it’s in the news – it’s likely fodder for his paintings. When we watch TV, a pop star’s recent public tantrum is covered with the same attention as the death count in a war zone. Tom doesn’t try to adjust the playing field between pop culture and world events – he conflates them. But when that happens in a painting the dissonance is in your face in a way that it isn’t on TV. For instance, in a new large-scale painting, Bill Murray (as a red capped Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic) is being held at gun point by pirates off the coast of Somalia. It’s inexplicably poignant – maybe because I care about the character from a movie? Sanford speaks eloquently about how painting is slow media, and how we’re all enmeshed in fast media – he has a sign up in his studio that sums it up as “The worse the better.”
Come check out the opening of Mastadon Maze show (curated by our friends Mya Stark & Graham Kolbeins) at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood tonight 5-7pm! Just look at the enticing list of things that may or may not (but probably will) happen during the show! The Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair will also be happening at the same time so be there or be square!
Okay, I like word art. Also, I like cookies. Nothing like a fresh batch of warm cookies. Now imagine Helvetica font speeding down the street, crashing head-on into unsuspecting Sugar Cookie – Beverly Hsu knows the result. You can find out after the jump!
I want to share the works of Scott Reeder with those of you who aren’t familiar already. He uses lots of great art convention and history references combined with slapstick humor via painting and sculpture. Like Naked Gun meets Painters Painting. Plus he is from Milwaukee, the wierdest place ever! Awesome!
Ever wondered what to do with all those baseball cards you collected as young squirt? William Emert has a good solution. Instead of selling his collection at the local sports memorabilia store, he decided to turn his old trading cards into art.
Artist/illustrator Jason Asato of Honolulu, took a break from digital media to sketch up these grim pencil drawings. Their vacant and focused, eerie stairs feel calm and sincere – they’re sad but hey, it’s alright…they’re okay with that.
At quick glance, these manga illustrations by Japanese artist, Shohei Otomo appear to be traditional – black, white, red. Not quite though: tough Geisha playing table tennis, far from. Such a violent spin with these renderings, you really sense the impending impacts. Fun.
Hey kids, you don’t need to go to art school! Look what self-taught painter, Aaron Nagel accomplishes without formal training. This specific series of paintings feature beautiful women, who almost seem to be martyrs, against a dark abyss. In a strange way, the portraits feel religious and slightly sacrilegious at the same time. Aaron has upcoming shows in San Francisco and Florida.