“Godfather of Neon” Chris Bracey is the artist and collector behind London’s God’s Own Junkyard, the world’s largest collection of neon signs, art work, light sculptures, and other reworked, salvaged props. Bracey’s signs and props have appeared in many Hollywood films such as “Blade Runner,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” to name a very few. After filming’s done on a movie, the signs and props get tossed out, but 25 years ago, Bracey decided to start collecting and storing many of his more iconic creations. In this short film, Bracey explains that his experience of neon is like visual cocaine, an experience of visual addiction. He also claims that he was the first person to create the iconic and oft-used “Girls Girls Girls” sign seen at adult establishments, both in real life and in films.
After he began collecting his discarded film commissions, Bracey says he decided that he should name the collection. “I had this yard with all the stuff in it, and I’ve got loads of sheds with neon signs in, piled up. And I thought, what am I going to call it? And then I read about this book that was about an architect in the 60s who didn’t like urban America because of all the movie signs, petrol stations, gambling casinos, diners on Route 66, and big signs all over the landscape. He said ‘they’re turning God’s own country into God’s own junkyard!’ And I thought, yeah, that’s what I’ve got here. I’ve got all this stuff from God’s own junkyard which is very much like America, with all these signs. I love this stuff so much, I thought if God had a junkyard it would be full up with all this stuff, these neon signs, because I think God would really like all this stuff. It’s really magical to me.” (via unknown editors)
Alva Bernadine is a British photographer, so dedicated to his craft that he risks his freedom… literally. He has a new book called Gratuitous Sex and Violence: My Favourites. The images investigate the violent nature of sex and the sexual nature of violence. The images make you feel uncomfortable, but command your attention. Alva is a seasoned veteran, having worked for 25 years as a photographer for many publications like GQ, Elle and Vogue. Get mesmerized by Alva’s erotic surrealism!
Matthew Woodward’s large scale drawings are truly examples of “beautiful decay” with violently drawn, torn, erased, and collaged decorative motifs that one would find on old industrial buildings of yesteryear. These floral and elaborate patterns and flourishes are taken through an intense process of aging where Woodward attacks the surface like an artistic jackhammer mining the paper for undiscovered imagery. The result is a brutal and rich surface that is continuously falling apart, being built up, and of course beautifully decaying.
"The Sensual Presidents of the United States (1984)" by Eric Timothy Carlson. He took a presidential calendar and replaced all their faces with roses.
Here are some pictures that I took from the Synch Space opening two Saturdays ago to cobble together a follow up post albeit, ahem, very tardy (the show closed this past Saturday). It was really hilarious and awesome to see so many different interpretations of Kate Bush’s image and persona. Though, to tell you the truth, I don’t know too much about her and read up only about her the day before the opening (yikes!). I hope you won’t judge me on that admission tooo much.
When someone loses a lifelong partner most people think of their loss in terms of daily companionship and financial security. Mourners rarely talk about another very important aspect; the loss of intimacy. A new product showcased at Milan Design Week by Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom could change that and make the sexual transition a little bit easier for the open minded. 21 grams allows the partner of a deceased lover to use a sex toy filled with the decease’s ashes and symbolize the union that once was. It gives added meaning to keeping the fires burning and even though some may think strange is a unique and creative way to remember.
The device is made up of a memory box containing a hand-blown glass shaped dildo containing a small gold-plated urn which can hold up to 21 grams of a deceased partner’s ashes. The idea is to connect the living to the deceased again in a physical and intimate way. Accompanying the toy is a perfume diffuser, gold-plated key and iPod slot for music. The title comes from a study in 1901 by Duncan Macdougall who conducted an experiment on five dying patients seeking to prove that a soul existed and had ‘weight’. In the test patients were weighed before and right at the moment of death. When the final breath occurred all weighed 21 grams lighter thus proving Macdougall’s controversial theory. (Via dezeen)
Copenhagen based artist Peter Land works in a wide variety of media from painting to video to sculpture but my favorite works of his are these amazing large scale sculptures that remind me of childhood stories gone wrong.
Photographer Rebecca Rütten is interested in the paintings from the Renaissance period and contemporary fast food culture like Taco Bell and McDonalds. You wouldn’t think that the two would intersect, but in Rütten’s series Contemporary Pieces, they do. The German artist combines elements of the traditional with greasy burgers and fries. ”I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes,” she writes in a statement about the work. To Rütten, fast food represents the two social groups. “To eat healthy is expensive,” she continues. “However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.”
Rütten asked tattooed and pierced friends to model for her and recreate the poses of laborers, gypsies, and prostitutes in Caravaggio paintings. The exquisite and dramatic images are simultaneously beautiful and repulsive. For every flower or fancy goblet there are mounds of saturated fat. It’s not only a culture clash, but a fusion of foodstuffs associated with lower class and fine items for the upper crust of society. (Via iGNANT)
Italian based artist team, Carnovsky, unveiled their RGB Fabulous Landscapes during Milan Design Week 2013. Their digital fresco’s were printed using an innovative technique by Italian company graphicreport. In plain light the landscapes, figures, architecture and atmospheres vibrate and the images are tangled with one another.
But when red, blue or green light is applied to the digital fresco’s a whole different series of pictures emerge. In the piece Atmospheric N. 1 the sky seems to be in a flux of sunrise, sunset and storm as the lighting changes.
In Landscape N.1 a room that seems to go back into infinity is taken over by a lush green landscape which then gives way to a centuries old battle scene.
Both the technique and the imagery are compelling and together the juxtaposition creates an ethereal and haunting effect. (via)