Jason Maloney’s work is clever and oh so true. His paintings and drawings obviously stem from events in his past, but when transformed into these amazing pieces everyone can relate to them. Maloney is known as a “Pop Surrealist” who received formal training in painting and drawing at Cal State Fullerton. His work can easily be identified by his consistent use of cut outs, wide range of bright colors, and attention to detail. Skateboard graphics from the 1980’s, horror films, and heavy metal music inspired Maloney throughout his life and is probably the reason why he has recently been doing graphic work for clothing and skateboard products. I find a lot of his paintings and drawings very personally inspiring. I can’t help but look at all the details in each piece and all I want to do after looking at his work is CREATE.
Jason Maloney has also painted some public murals and currently draws and paints in Newport Beach, CA.
Shane Tolbert lives and works in Houston, Texas. He utilizes a piment dispersion technique on dyed fiber to create ethereal works that blur the line between abstract painting and sculpture. Some of the pieces appear cavernous, others are infinitely expansive. Frequently works resemble “light writing” as if performed in the cosmos on a galactic scale. The spontaneous manner in which the paintings are produced allow for surprising compositions that present a journey into the unknown.
Among abstract, disarrayed brushstrokes; faces emerge. Meredith Marsone depicts pure and flawless bodies and faces. The characters, calm and haggard; holding onto impalpable silhouettes are merely looking at us. The expressions on their faces translate deep and intense feelings.
New Zealand based artist Meredith Marsone uses oil paint to blend irregular lines and portraits onto a board. The features are perfectly detailed and their skin is softened, giving her subjects a subtle glow. The palette of colors is comprised of pastel tones. Rose, ochre, washed out browns, the shades coalesce with the nudes of the bodies.
The evanescent stream of flesh disappearing into the layers of paint are reminiscing of Klimt’s art. An influential source of inspiration to Meredith Marsone’s work.
The feelings encountered when looking at the paintings come close to sadness and melancholy. In the ‘Loveloss’ series, a woman and a man are holding each other, as if they only had few seconds before they being a part. We are looking in ’Intimate Series’ at snapshots of a woman’s delicate expressions. Her eyelashes, lips and look confer a strange aura to the whole picture. She seems to be out of this time, not present. We are drawn into her soul, terribly attracted to the moment she’s in, wondering what she could be thinking about and what could possibly bring her back to us.
Meredith Marsone’s series will be displayed as part of group shows at Haven Gallery in Northport NY until December 23rd 2015. And at Smash Gallery in San Francisco until January 2nd 2015. (Via INAG)
John Cale founded The Velvet Underground back in 1965 with Lou Reed and he’s been going strong ever since. The living legend turned 70 earlier this year and yes, he’s been making music for almost 50 years! His fifteenth solo album, Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood came out this past October on Double Six Records to great reviews.
You can still get tickets for tonight’s last stop of his West Coast tour at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles with opener Cass McCombs via Ticketmaster. He also has three special performances in January, 2013 (A tribute to Nico and Paris 1919) at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music. Check out the video for Face to the Sky and do what you can to make it to one of these rare shows.
A smart new campaign launched on Earth Day (April 22) in Hong Kong has ambitious plans aimed at changing the littering epidemic the city is facing. Called ‘The Face of Litter’ and developed by The Hong Kong Cleanup, in partnership with Ecozine and The Nature Conservancy, it is a multi-media attempt to curve people’s messy habits. Groups of scientists have targeted certain areas around the city, and with the help of DNA phenotyping and specialized software, an image of the litter culprit is developed. Then by considering the type of litter found, and where in the city, an even more accurate description of the person and their demographic can be developed. The faces of the guilty litterbugs are then displayed around the city, in different bus stops, on billboards and on social media.
By publicly shaming people who drop their rubbish, The Hong Kong Cleanup hopes to drastically change their citizen’s habits. China and Indonesia are among the top polluters around the world, and now many people are acting to change this sooner rather than later.
95 per cent of marine refuse in Hong Kong comes from local sources, with over 80 per cent originating from land-based activities. Additionally, more than 70 per cent comprises plastic and foam plastic items. (Source)
Lisa Christensen, Founder and CEO of The Hong Kong Cleanup, says:
We are thrilled to be part of this innovative campaign, which is sure to have a positive impact on people and the community. Last year, during the six-week Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge, 418 teams comprising 51,064 participants, collected a total of 3,894,000 kilograms of litter from city streets, coastal area’s and country trails. Sadly, we suffer from a serious ‘pick up after me’ mentality, and this simply must change. (Source)
Italian artist Christian Zanotto makes use of photography and of a variety of software’s in order to build a scene which is completely virtual and three-dimensional, to which he gives body with figures and objects (and inside of which one can travel virtually).
The digital works are materialized on crystal sheets, suitably treated, by means of the technique of transferring the digital image through a process of photographic exposure.
The plastic-sculptural result is of great impact, the great panes of glass, framed, become mirrors and thresholds onto a world which, although omnipresent and alive, rarely shows itself so directly, a deep and veiled universe of the human psyche. The “Iconography” of these works is semi-religious, not from adherence, but from the fact that it moves at its side in order to carry out a philosophic-artistic investigation into the icons created by man for his own beliefs, which in fact are clearly shown to us through these paintings in their nature as machinery, mechanisms which human beings have undertaken to build and develop using for their material their fears, hopes and happiness.
Seoul native Eunjeong Yoo is an illustrator who now lives and works in New York City. In addition to Eunjeong’s strong conceptual approach, the quality I admire most in her work is her use of color; its placement has a haphazard feel and her palette choices both emphasize the narratives and instill a sense of in-the-moment movement.