Kelsey Brookes‘ figurative paintings are a surreal manifesto of Hindu and Buddhist dieties, eroticism, animals and American quilt patterns. His work embodies an explosion of energetic colors, culture and anxiety represented with the ghostly characters in his paintings.
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Ivonne Dippmann’s unflattering, raw, and distorted drawings of hefty men in disguises is not what one would describe as “gorgeous.” But it is, maybe not right off the bat, but the obvious attention to the design and detail of shape, texture, and mark-making pulls these into one heck of a killer style of drawing.
Carolin Reichert’s work deals with an inventory of the human memory as triggered by situations, encounters and objects referring to and rooted in the past, yet recurring and manifesting themselves anew in the present. She is interested in exploring the individual’s perception of reality and the role and capacities of memory and recollection within that process. The images portray brief moments, belonging to the past, frozen, re-framed and deliberately transported to their new context, with which they are at odds or incompatible, therefore ultimately dealing with the attempt, possibility and implications of visualizing ‘absent presence’.
Niyoko Ikuta sculpts with glass, creating elegant layered shapes that seem at once severe and inviting. There’s a glacial quality to Ikuta’s sculptures, imparted by both the ocean blue palette of soft blues and marine greens as well as the brittle edges of each layer of glass.
In an interview with V&A, she says, “In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life.”
Her sculptures do seem almost like three-dimensional blueprints. They could be compared to a wire model, implying the way a shape might take up space or giving us a sense of motion without actual movement. The result is ethereal: delicate curves and swirls that seem like they could evaporate at any moment.
Ikuta says of her work,
“My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer.” (via This Is Colossal)
However diverse Jouko Lehtola’s themes may be, collected together they resemble many arms all connected to the same body moving in the same direction just in different ways. Lehtola´s photographs defined the Finnish urban youth culture of the 1990´s. He also raised the issues of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and our social taboo´s towards sexual devations that exist on the fringes of our society. His images walk the talk in the same way as Larry Clark´s works did in the 1970´s. He is not pushing an agenda but riding with the tide of his times each moment is its own universe. –Timothy Persons
Photographer Sohei Nishino creates unique maps to document memories more than geography. An avid traveler, Sohei snaps countless photographs on his trips around the world. By hand, he recreates the city from his many images as one large collage. Not intended to be accurate representation, the ‘map’ is a record of the city as he experienced it. He’s recorded trips to cities such as London, Paris, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Osaka, Berlin, and more. To get an idea of the way the concept works check out the first two images – a ‘map’ of New York and details from the collage.
Desi Santiago recently opened a solo show at envoy enterprises’ 87 Rivington St. NYC. The show includes sculpture, installation, and video works in “an enigmatic environment fluctuating between the realms of seduction and mourning”. Robotic skulls with chattering dentures, glowing pentagrams, and masks cast from the artist’s face are a few of the things you will find in the space’s first floor and basement. This looks really good and should not be missed. Click past the jump to see more of what you can expect from the show, which is entitled This Pop is Perfection.
All images courtesy of the artist and envoy enterprises, New York.