ARTIST INTERVIEW: JUSTIN JOHN GREENE

Red Room - acrylic and oil on canvas, 36" x 60" 2009

Los Angeles has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans, but for most it exists in an almost fictional capacity.  Hollywood isn’t a real place – it’s a postcard, a huge sign on the side of a mountain bracketed with strategically placed palm tree silhouettes.  Certainly not a place to call home, but for artist Justin John Greene that’s exactly what it is.  Hollywood is a part of his heritage, and the work reflects that.  Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Greene’s work is strongly imbued with the history of the most romanticized industry in American culture.  In his most recent solo show at Actual Size (an exhibition space he co-runs in the Chinatown gallery district of east L.A.) the influence of the film industry is in full focus.  You Oughta Be In Pictures is a comprehensive installation that utilizes painting, sculpture, and video to create a truly immersive experience for the viewer.  Installation may seem like a bit of a leap from Greene’s primarily two dimensional practice, but a closer look into the artist’s process bridges the gap seamlessly.  His work is a distinctly enjoyable blend of sly historical references, direct compositional tactics, and cleverly applied humor.  If you have the opportunity to see the work in person I strongly encourage you to do so.

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No wonder IKEA is loved by all

Forsman & Bodenfor‘s latest interactive multimedia site for IKEA (titled “Come Into The Closet“) is controlled by sound and music via mouse and keyboard. With 5 rooms to meddle with, feel free to tap the Spacebar, beatbox/belt out your own tune, or upload MP3s, and sit back as the characters on the screen move around to those sounds accordingly.

Side note: I read on IKEAFANS that the IKEA catalog is the 3rd most printed item in the world–right behind the Bible and Harry Potter. What?!

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Disturb Me…


 

“Disturb Me” is an interactive installation by The Popcorn Makers  between human and his environment. It is to make perceptible the reciprocal links and often forgotten contact, that we maintain with our environment.

The projection depends on the sound emitted by the spectators and creates consequently, a transitory and colored environment. The projected forms are revealed when in contact with surfaces of the room.


The senses are awakened, the room becomes alive.

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