Awesome show from California artist Jesse Hazelip, ‘Sentimental Journey’ at White Walls in SF. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the bay area because Hazelip’s work is up all over the streets, so it’s no surprise the show is chock full of large wheat-pastes and images on found materials. Much of the work comments on failures of our past seemingly ignored by the actions of the present, and attempts to open a dialogue about the repeating mistakes of American history. The show is up until January 30th, so go before it’s too late!
Fly Art is a Tumblr account created by students and artists Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano. Since December 2013, the duo have been collaborating on mashups of hip hop lyrics and classic artworks, blending two seemingly disparate cultural artifacts into a surprising and often humorous cohesion. Velasco and Pontenciano pair Nicki Minaj with Mona Lisa, Rihanna with Whistler’s Mother, and Outkast with Matisse. The large text overlaying the classic art is a bit jarring at first, but creates an interesting effect, recontextualizing both the lyrics and the images, each informing a new reading of the other. The project’s Tumblr states that it is “paying homage to the good things in life: fine art and fresh hip hop.” (via artnet)
The figures of Korean artist Wang Zi Won seem above all peaceful. His statues are also machines that perform prayers. He mixes Buddhist imagery with autobiographical depictions to illustrate a futuristic mix of technology and spirituality. It is interesting that Wang’s sculpture’s abandon the physical body – in a sense something Buddhism and visions of the future share in common. Indeed, his vision of the future seems to be a bit of an optimistic one. That is, one in which further harmony between man and machine leads to a more complete existence and identity. [via]
As a child, Jonathan Latiano found his artistic inspiration in the displays and dioramas at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Latiano uses his understanding of biology, astronomy, physics and geology as starting points for the creation of his work and the way he contextualizes his physical world. Created with a variety of materials, his work evokes tensions of temporality and permanence, physicality and ephemerality, destruction and creation, stasis and kinesis, and fragility and strength. “I find the poeticism and concepts of the physics of our universe simultaneously fascinating, beautiful and horrifying. The pieces that I create contrast abstracted human intuition with the reality of our natural environment. I strive to emphasize the areas that exist in-between the boundaries of defined regions. My work, in many ways, is my own personal attempt to understand my place in the physical universe.”
Ohio-born and based artist Dan Olsen works with multiple mediums ranging from ballpoint-pen drawings to mixed media installations to stop motion animation. I particularly like the drawings, which recycle images from pop culture into freaky teenage collages. Note: the above image, entitled Weed Dogs, was a collaboration with fellow illustrator Grant LaValley.
While in Dubai & Sharjah I had the chance to see some amazing arabic and persian calligraphy. If you’ve ever been into typography or graffiti you will surely walk away from this region with a renewed appreciation for the amazing calligraphy you find around every corner.
Here is a small selection….
In this stunning series, photographer Kat Alyst — along with several other Texas-based artists and designers (credits below) — has captured an iridescent virtual world that presents an imaginative vision of our relationship with new technologies and alternate realities. Garbed in a flowing, holographic robe and ornamented with Shalottlilly’s colorful, Victorian-inspired jewelry, the model resembles an ethereal cyber goddess as she navigates the otherworldly space. The shimmering, crystalline structure surrounding her is the work of installation artist Adela Andea and is located in Houston’s Anya Tish Gallery. Together, these artists have fused their passions for dream-rich colors and surrealist, futuristic art to create a series of portraits that captivate us with their representations of alienesque beauty and a cybernetic utopia.
On her website’s Artist’s Statement, Adela Andea eloquently describes what motivates her to create the kinds of colorful, electronically-infused works like the one featured in this shoot. For her, art is an active navigation between spaces (in particular, that of “people and technology”), as well as the layers of reality:
“I like to transform the indoor spaces into installations that involve full sensory experiences for the viewers. I use all the space [that] is available to expand for the purposes of the installation. I consider all physical aspects of the building and the level of audience involvement. Where films and video games convey a futuristic approach generating virtual realities, my art is trying to deconstruct the clear, delimiting line between reality and virtual reality.” (Source)
By enmeshing the presence of the model and her corresponding design into the installation, Adela Andea’s work becomes a living environment, unveiling to us an immersive, parallel universe. Kat Alyst’s portraits do an incredible job capturing the dream-like narrative for us, which is beautiful in its representation of cybernetic worlds; just as Adela Andea strives to “vindicate the malign[ed] consequences of technology on the environment and inspire new, exciting ways to infuse technology” (Source), the world these artists have created is an alluring, corporeal exploration of our identities in cyber space.
The credits for the artists and designers involved are listed below. Be sure to check out their pages, as well as the rest of the images after the jump.
Photographer: Kat Alyst (website) (Facebook)
Installation artist: Adela Andea (website)
Model: Blue Madrigal (Instagram)
Designer: Made in Heaven by Stephen Macmillan Moser (Facebook)
Hair/Makeup: Missy Espelien Shear Style & Colorful Techniques (Facebook)
Jewelry: Shalottlilly (Facebook) (Etsy)