We are please to announce the release of our newest book, Beautiful/Decay: Future Perfect. Presented by Toyota Prius Projects, Beautiful/Decay brings together over 100 artists from around the US creating new imagery revolving around the books “future perfect” theme.
We asked artists to “show us what your ideal future would look like.” and over 300 submissions poured in, spanning every medium, technique, and style. From the 300 submissions, one Grand Prize winner was selected and over 100 finalist’s work will be featured throughout the publication.
The book also includes a feature length article with notable, emerging, New York artist, Robin Williams whose surreal paintings give us a view into her very own Future Perfect. Only 1,500 copies were made, all of which are ad-free and hand numbered. 80% of the 1,500 books are already sent to subscribers so make sure you grab your copy before they inevitably sell out!
A site specific installation made out of hundreds of hand cut hexagonal sky photography pieces laying on the sand-covered floor of a gallery. Michaela Lattanzio is presenting her new artwork ‘SandCloud’ and previous other key pieces from her Fragmenta collection at Bi-Box Art Space in Italy. The artist’s Fragmenta mosaics of human portraits where already pushing the limits of traditional photography, an intricate work described previously on Beautiful/Decay.
By fragmenting the images of a sky, Micaela Lattanzo invents a new metaphorical language. The perception of the elements, as we know it, is deflected to another kind of appreciation. As we observe and identify the small pieces, we slowly move away from judgment and can explore the full meaning of this representation. That is the purpose of the artist’s work; influence the brain to follow an emotional contemplation. To symbolize the fragility of such a process, Micaela Lattanzo uses paper, a mean that can easily be reduced to dust and evaporate in the sky.
The intangible sky opposed to the solid sand creates a dichotomy materializing on one hand the body and on the other hand emotional thoughts. Our eyes go back and forth both elements the same way our need to create a connection does with art or human relationships.
Micaela Lattanzo’s retrospective will take place starting September 4th 2015 until October 4th 2015 at Bi-Box Art Space in Biella, Italy.
Adrian Ghenie‘s paintings play with texture by distorting the works’ figures as an allegory for the abuses of power. By drawing on figures from history – such as Marcel Duchamp and Holocaust doctor Dr Josef Mengele – Ghenie scrapes and washes away their features to explore the brutality at the core of human nature. More after the jump.
The year 1968 was a tumultuous time in America’s history, and Washington, D.C. was often in the middle of controversy. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, six days of race riots erupted in the Nation’s capital. Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain Jr. captured parts of the event and put them on Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides. Thanks to technology, these were scanned in to the computer and digitized. They’re now featured on the Flickr account Posthumous DCC, along with other pictures throughout the years.
If you aren’t familiar with the riots, they started as news spread about King’s death. Crowds began to gather at 14th street and U. Stokely Carmichael, an activist who had parted ways with King in 1966 and removed as head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1967, lead members of the SNCC to different neighborhoods. At first, they politely demanded that stores close out of respect. Eventually, the crowd became out of control and were breaking windows. Widespread looting started by 11PM (as well as in 30th other cities).
Things got worse in the following days. Anger was still evident and it resulted in violent confrontations with the DC police. Buildings were set on fire. Police unsuccessfully tried to control the crowds with tear gas, and eventually the National Guard was brought in. Marines mounted machine guns on the steps of the Capitol and army troops guarded the White House. It was the largest military occupation of any American city since the Civil War.
These vintage images showcase just how bad some of the destruction was. By the time the city was considered calmed down, 12 were killed (mostly in burning homes), 1,097 were injured, and over 6,100 were arrested. The devastation to property was $27 million (over $175 million today). Some neighborhoods in DC didn’t start to economically recover until the 1990’s.
Photographer Robert Landau captured stunning rock ‘n’ roll billboards in the late ’60s and ’70s. Primarily inspired by album art, the billboards were massive monuments that took on a life of their own. Reigning over the Sunset Strip, which was at the time the lifeblood of the music industry, the billboards became more than just advertisements. They were physical embodiments of a vibrant scene populated by colorful rock stars and tantalizing music idols.
In an interview with Collectors Weekly, Landau says, “There was a whole scene going on along the Strip, but it was really focused on rock ’n’ roll. The billboards captured all that energy, and also some of the excess of money and drugs.” The billboards themselves were anything but flat; at the time, they were hand painted using specific techniques to ensure they could be read from a distance.
Around the time billboards roamed the streets was also the height of some true album art artistry. “It was a joint process,” Landau says of the intersection of the two, “… in most cases, the musicians had already commissioned amazing artwork for their albums.” The tricky part was then translating the album art from a square sleeve to the more traditional rectangular frame of a billboard. The solution was to add an extra dimension to it, enabling figures and objects to burst out of the picture and become almost 3D in effect. Billboard artists got creative, lighting up 3D lampshades and creating silhouettes that seemed to loom like titans.
“It wasn’t about getting somebody to a cash register to buy something,” Landau says, commenting on the uniqueness of these everyday artworks. “It was about creating an image, and about a trust between the artist and the record companies.”
Even as people bemoan the death of the album, at least there are photos like Landau’s that remind us of a time when music was larger than life.
Yes, please! I would like to wear my television. London based fashion company CuteCircuit specializes in “wearable technology”. If you think your TV and computer weren’t enough how about wearing it. What “it” is a dress embroidered with over 24,000 color LEDs. The dress has become a permanent piece at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in order to celebrate its 75 years.
Skote disrupts your normal routine. Founded in 2006 by artists Jill Pangallo and Alex P White, Skote is a performance collaboration dedicated to the value of artistic play and group dynamics. Skote utilizes the unpredictability of public interventions and the accompanying documentation to evoke an alternate universe that blurs the boundaries between visual art and theater, audience and performer, fiction and fact. “Produce. Consume. Discard. Are you buying?”