This is nuts! Hand stitched animation????
By Holly Klein
This is nuts! Hand stitched animation????
By Holly Klein
Dimitri Kozyrev’s paintings are captivating, to say the least. His color precision from plane to line and surface to sky balances the ephemerally abstract beautifully with a hardened environment. This compositional fracturing feels like ice cracking on the pond, disrupting the reflection or illusion of us and our structures, before we crash into a new reality.
This “crash” echoes of Constructivism or Futurism, with deep contemporary critique on not just the disruption of landscape during wartime, but maybe even more so, the distortion of self, identity, and technology in relation to art and activism as these terms relate to the avant-garde, painting, and intention in today’s milieu.
On this note, Kozyrev elaborates:
“I have titled this body of work ‘Lost Edge.’ I use the word ‘edge’ because I draw a comparison between the notion of the avant-garde in war and the art world. In the early 20th Century, the avant-garde was at the height of its importance in both realms. Now, however, I maintain that just as the concept of the military avant-garde has been “lost,” because of changes in methods of warfare, the avant-garde in the contemporary art world, has also lost its edge.
“The source material for this body of work is images of ruins of the once mighty fortifications of the Mannerhiem Line, built to protect Finland from the advances of the Soviet military avant-garde. Finland’s attempt was valiant and not in vain; this war and the lives that were lost in 1939 are largely forgotten. The fortification lie in ruins, and nature is slowly reclaiming them. Similarly, the ‘cutting edge’ of the contemporary art world seems to have become blunted. Viewers of the avant-garde work of many visionary artists of the early 20th Century were shocked, challenged and inspired by The Malevich’s ‘Black Square’ and ‘Fountain’ of Marcel Duchamp. Because of changes in society, like changes in warfare, it has become difficult for today’s contemporary artist to generate the same level of response without resorting to vulgarity.”
Sashiko Yuen aka Wishcandy has created what she describes as “a sassy candy coated horror show”. Her series “Rise and Fall of the Sugar Brigade” places the female body at the junction of pulp violence and erotica which transports you through a technicolor nightmare. Her watercolor and graphite dreamscapes place girls of all different body types in candy filled landscapes, often displaying violent emotions accompanied by titles like “ Bring it”,“Tired of your shit” , and “ You don’t own me” brandishing butchers knives or baseball bats with tears running down their cheeks.
Rather than putting the female body on display, her work expresses angst, vengeance and rage through an unexpected use of color, the depiction of food not only as part of the background but also as a prop and the use of sex as a power over one’s womanhood. One of her pieces entitled “Escapism” features a girl with pink hair lounging on a giant pizza slice with an adamant look on her face. It is thought provoking in the sense that bright colors and girls are not often used associated with deeper, darker topics and emotions.
Upon first glance, Wishcandy’s work looks colorful and cute, but it runs much deeper. It is full of intricate details, colors, and shapes that create an edgy and unique depiction of female emotion. She confronts the viewer with blood, violence, and frustration while using the brightest colors reminiscent of early 1950s and does not shy away from the grotesque. You can really feel the female energy coursing through her work in a way that makes it seem like it should be cover art for an all girl rock band.
German artist Heike Weber creates paintings and drawings by utilizing techniques of heavy repetition. Some of these pieces are purely textural, like the blue ballpoint pen drawings (after the jump), though I think the ones I like the best are in his “Kilims” series, which seem to reference Eastern calligraphic styles.
Mark Wagner’s money collages are surreal, bizarre, and extremely intriguing. I’ve seen hundreds of artists use currency in their art over the years but Mark’s work pushes the technique to new limits. More images after the jump.
Antoine Magnien of French design agency Mugshot has created a beautiful and poignant series of images for Amnesty International‘s new ad campaign. Rendered completely in 3D, the campaign depicts the horrific scenes of Lynchings, killings, and injustice that Amnesty International fights against out of candles (Amnesties logo). The result is a powerful reminder that we have to keep educating, fighting, and protesting to create a safer, more just world. (via)
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