Bjorn Veno was nice enough recently to send me a bunch of unreleased, unviewed new works that are under way right now- and he’s given me permission to unveil a little “teaser” for what is to come. The above image may form part of a new triptych series- but will not be unveiled for the next year or so. I’ve been a long time fan of Bjorn’s quixotically expansive photography that taps into the mostly unexplored genre of masculine psychic spaces within self-portraiture. Often set within Edvard Munch-like Scandinavian emotionally charged landscapes, Veno’s photography is at once enigmatic, seductive, and playful. He was recently the only man to win the Xto Nude Image Awards! Prior works after the jump!
The graphically sexual and violent nature of Suehiro Maruo’s illustrations has over the years catapulted him to stardom in the underbelly of Japanese art. There’s quite a few prominent blogs (Baby Art run by Trevor Brown, for example) that revolve around the genre which he is so big in: nightmarish manga (the Japanese term for comic books, meaning literally “whimsical pictures”) fall into the Japanese category of “erotic grotesque”. The stories often take place in the early years of Showa Era Japan. Maruo also has a fascination with human oddities, deformities, birth defects, and “circus freaks.”
Some of the images I’m posting here were from his collaborations with Japanese punk and hardcore records- many having to do with Fascist imagery that we at B/D in no way endorse! Nonetheless the artwork is beautiful. I especially love the line work and color juxtaposition in this cover he did for Funeral Party.
Daniel Zeller’s practice involves meticulous and obsessive pattern making creating forms that resemble maps, isolated body parts, and blood streamed arteries. I’m drawn by the labor intensive repetition, its lingering between sci-fi staging and topographical landscape, and the undulating and vibrating ebb and flow of each compacted form. Step close to the surface and be astounded by the articulate and precise thin lines, step back and let your eyes adjust to the accumulated network of organisms pulsing throughout the picture plane.
Although we aren’t hiring here at Beautiful/Decay, we wanted to share Manny G‘s portfolio with you all. Navigating through media seamlessly, this recent CalArts graduate pretty much does it all. Whether it’s transforming a found book inside and out, illustrating Chewbacca with only one intense image-making technique, or revealing the cuter (?!) side of sex, Manny G delivers visual feasts.
I found Finish painter Timo Vaittinen while browsing The Company of People (international community art project based in New York). Mystical centaurs, hot dogs on a grill, and weird people in creatures-of-a-furry nature outfits sound like a lot of fun…it also sounds like my birthday party (happening right now!)
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.
Daniel Eatock, AKA the co-creator of indexhibit has some interesting participatory projects of his own. This project, “No photographs” asks that people submit photos of signs telling them not to take photographs.