Curated by Ohio based Faesthetic Magazine, “This Must Be The Place” opens June 20th, 2009 at Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery Space in Culver City. The exhibition features 9 American artists from the Faesthetic family who represent the diverse styles appearing in the magazine. “This Must Be The Place” is comprised of art based on the idea of “Home,” and artists are loosely limited to a 2-color palette, much like an issue of Faesthetic.
Victor Timofeev literally fell into drawing a few years ago after a horrid skateboarding accident and began using art to pour out frustrations that were simmering inside. Since then he has developed an amazing vocabulary incorporating perspectival, architectural and geometric patterns that engulf a space with sharp precision and confounding visual illusions. Where his earlier work incorporated obsessive and repetitive text as the base for color and form, he now builds a platform where physical and architectural objects plunge into geometric abstraction and the two forces coerce into infinite and poetic narrative.
Flickr is a great home for internet rascals of the creative type. Cody Brant’s wonky but eye-catching collage art definitely fit the bill. The magic randomness of cutting and pasting then committing the arrangement to permanence with a glue stick!
I recently learned about Matthew Dayler’s work when Rick submitted him as a consideration to our “Submit your Artist” contest. His work was too great to not post as a runner up. The work references gay culture, self-portraiture and gender stereotypes in a vibrantly iconic, pop fashion. The masked works are on the verge of disguise, sexual play and masquerade- an interesting mixing and recontextualizing of metaphors.
Beau Chamberlain employs acrylic on panel to produce utterly amazing atmospheres, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Fragments of flora and fauna seem to mingle, burst, and soar in these imagined ecosystems.
Chamberlain lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Double Meat Head, cast aluminum, cast bronze, urethane, paint, 2009, all images courtesy Tony Matelli
Tony Matelli’s hyper-real sculptures of meat and vegetable portraits, sprouting weeds, stacked cards, sleepwalking humans and malicious chimpanzees captures your attention with immediacy, a visual poignancy that would make it hard not to react with curiosity and amusement. This initial response opens the door to a slightly somber and disturbing environment where each series tackle concepts of death, resurrection, failure, pessimism, loss and reinvention. Matelli’s own personal concerns are projected onto these works buliding a relationship between object and artist that is further extended to the public.
If you didn’t make it out to Erik Yahnker’s show at Seattle’s Ambach&Rice gallery make sure to visit the galleries site for some images from the show. Erik’s latest body of work does not disappoint mixing his trademark mastery of drawing with his hilarious and gruesome sense of humor. My favorite piece has to be Helen Keller Joke #4. More images after the jump.