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Brittany Zagoria

Brittany Zagoria‘s deeply personal  and emotional paintings do battle with her inner demons.

“My paintings reflect my subconscious need to demonstrate the existence of evil in others. I grew up with a mentally ill mother, whose physically and verbally abusive actions towards me were relentless, cruel, and, most crucially, without reason. The arbitrary nature of her attacks left me feeling scared, insecure, and especially perceptive of the inherent capacity for monstrosity in all individuals. Through painting portraits of people I have known, I have become aware that my perceptions of others and my relationships with them have been greatly skewed by emotional tumult from my past. A finished portrait is evidence of my raw, childlike way of perceiving each subject. Judgmental and distorted, they are artifacts of my disturbed perception of the world that render tangible my personal, psychological confrontations; the process of painting turns a critical eye toward subject and painter alike. Often grotesque, monstrous and condemning, the final product constitutes my ultimate judgment of human relations.”

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New Jersey/Philadelphia-based photographer Jason Rusnock has just that right mix of humor, beauty, simplicity, and charm to ensure that his pragmatic shots won’t go unremembered. In an age of photography that falls so heavily upon who has the best chops at Photoshop, or who has the most money to buy this 200-megapixel monster, Rusnock hunkers down with his 35mm rolls and rocks out on formal arrangements and the intrigues of everyday life. In the post below, I’ve done my best to retain the notion of relational precision he hunts after daily, but for a better sense of his arrangements, see here and more generally here. He doesn’t just stop at photos, oh no, he can make a mean video, drawing, sound, or sculpture, and one of his latest series explores the medium of sequential art (no doubt stemming from his love of comics). Rock on.


Ubu Gallery is pleased to present GEORGES HUGNET: THE LOVE LIFE OF THE SPUMIFERS, an exhibition of hand-painted photographic postcards by the eminent Surrealist artist, poet, bookbinding designer and critic. These bizarre, lusciously painted images illustrate Hugnet’s work, The Love Life of the Spumifers, where each accompanying text poetically and humorously catalogues the mating habits of a fantastical creature or Spumifer.

The Love Life of the Spumifers, or La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères, combines Surrealist poetry’s fascination with l’amour and Dada’s tendency towards deliberate grammatical spontaneity and absurdity. Made-up words, like bowoodlingfriskadoodling and alabamaraminating, are concocted to describe the seductive strategies of his imaginary creatures. Each text is dedicated to a different creature, describing how it woos, teases, gropes and molests its intended love conquest. Each Spumifer is illustrated by a gouache “beast,” which is added to an early Twentieth Century vintage “French” photo postcard. The mellifluously painted monsters slyly slither around the bare flesh of the pictured “mademoiselle,” nibbling and tickling, arousing her sexual desire. Hugnet’s illustrations seduce the viewer, parodying the human pursuit of love and lovemaking through these adorable grotesques.

Hugnet realized the series The Love Life of the Spumifers during 1947–48 and wrote the accompanying texts in the early 1960s. The whereabouts of four of the 40 original Spumifers intended to complete the series are at present unknown. Hugnet composed only 33 texts and one of those texts accompanied a missing work. He created a number of additional Spumifers, maybe as many as 20, which were not part of the final 40 which he had intended to publish as a book. The show is on view until January 28th, 2012.

Rena Littleson’s The Truth About Drugs


It’s funny how “facts” “evidence” and “reality” have a way of changing over time. How do they decide where the line between legal and illegal lies? Sometimes it’s anyone’s guess. Though probably money related. Rena Littleson’s The Truth About Drugs series of graphic illustrations explores these topics and more after the jump.

Wendy Ploger

Wendy Ploger is a New York-based photographer. In her series, INSIDE :: OUT, each piece is a pair of photographs that play off of each other. One photo was taken outside while one was taken inside, but that’s really the least interesting part. Placed next to each other, each photo complements the other with an obscure tension — pointing out each other’s beauty and flaws, commonalities and differences. None of the photos were staged which also sets up a contrast between the spontaneity of what each individual photo captures and the calculated pairings for presentation. Couldn’t have been easy.  

Marion Peck

Marion Peck‘s paintings are all just a little bit twisted — and that is one of my favorite things about them. Peck has been a prolific painter these past few years, and now the art world is starting to show her some love. Her works juxtapose fluffy creatures and noble ladies with an assortment of creepy crawlers and obscene gestures. With such a mixture, there is bound to be a little something for everyone.

Laurent Desgrange

Paris based designer Laurent Desgrange not only creates some interesting apparel including fancy bow ties but he also has a great collection of  psychedelic collages which sometimes find their way on his apparel.