Adorno once said, “Those who peruse art solely with comprehension make it into something straightforward, which is furthest from what it is. If one seeks to get a closer look at a rainbow, it disappears.” Respectively, I am going to have to disagree with his insightful assertion. That is, after experiencing the FriendsWithYou New York city take over this past week. The emotional and visual experience of FriendsWithYou art on display starting this past week proved that artwork can be successfully and simply straightforward, while still perpetuating depth within its comprehension. Furthermore it was proven that sometimes, the rainbow doesn’t have to disappear.
Thomas Robson defaces paintings. The elements he introduces into these paintings deeply contrast with the aesthetic of the initial compositions. Robson uses bright colors and stark images to create new contexts. His work directly addresses ideas of appropriation, inspiration, and originality, as well as reflecting our current media saturated culture. These hybrid creations also resonate with remix culture while reflecting on how we think about media, design, and traditional forms.
Micah Ganske’s paintings will give you a headache….in a good way. The unbelievable amount of detail that goes into his often large-scale paintings is absolutely a testament to his passion and dedication to the subjects he addresses. Detail doesn’t even seem to describe the amount of disciplined attention that goes into each piece. In his paintings, which can measure up to 120” x 150”, Ganske will draw in every window on every building and every car. In another painting, a giant tripod supporting a tiny digital camera in the foreground has such smooth gradation on the metal, you know exactly how it would feel if you could reach into the image. The result is something that demands attention.
Once you get over the amazement of how much visual information he provides the viewer, (a process that takes a fair amount of time) the signification of the layered symbolism begins to appear. Ganske explains that he wants “the world that [his] work exists in to be a streamlined synthesis of all visual stimulation [he] has ever taken in; nothing sacred, all sources brought down to the same level.” Once all on the same playing field, Ganske imprints his opinions about the way people interact with the natural world and the technological world. Most recently, Ganske is currently pursing a body of work titled, Tomorrow Land, which combines both a disappointment in the broken promises of mid-century technology, and a hopefulness borne from knowing that certain individuals are still devoted to exploring new frontiers and changing the way we think about the world.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Wes Anderson’s newest film Moonrise Kingdom. I usually don’t blog about movies unless they are documentaries but Moonrise Kingdom is nothing short of a masterpiece!
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
As usual with all of Anderson’s films Moonrise Kingdom not only delivers in plot and superb acting but also features incredible casting, costume, and sets. The film is one hour and thirty four minutes of aesthetic mastery with every square inch of the film is covered in Anderson’s signature vintage chic aesthetic. I can’t recommend this movie more to anyone who enjoys ANYTHING visual. You will walk out of the theater reminded of how magical life is and inspired to push the boundaries of creativity.
Matteo Giordano’s X2MX piece sits somewhere between bondage/fetish video and performance art. I can’t think of anything more frightening than being vacuum sealed into latex with just a tiny tube to breath out of. I couldn’t find much text about this piece so we’ll just have to decide whether this is documentation of a kinky weekend or an extreme performance about the frailty of life and how feeling trapped can be liberating for some. Watch the full video after the jump.
Collage has fascinated artist Matthias Jung since he was a child when he built his first fantastical buildings in his father’s photo lab. Not much has changed since then, and he still cut aparts photos to make them into new scenes. He doesn’t want help from digital technology in his artwork, and doesn’t use Photoshop.
Jung explains why he focuses on structures, writing:
I am always amazed at how architectural details can evoke certain associations and feelings. This is how a latticed window conveys coziness; one might even say it is soulful. Framework is soothing, sometimes touching. Antennas have something sinister about them. They point to something outside the picture. Concrete is cold and foreign – but maybe interesting for just that reason.
He began with the series Houses in January 2015, and developed seven complex images within a few weeks. “All the images used have been photographed by me,” he explains. “Many were taken during trips in northeastern Germany. My last trip took me to the Ruhr region where there are abandoned steel mills and heaps of coal. I find that to be very exciting.”
Matthis says that his dreams are collages, and that for them to “function properly,” he also has to consider design rules.
Thus, the relationship between order/disorder and homogeneity/diversity must agree. A building has to first be stable and credible before I can add some “disorder,” to let it fly for example. One such disorder refers to another, only hinting at reality. I weave, so to speak, spiritual realities into everyday things.
Lets Phantom are two designers from Lithuania who apparently animate and direct for food (& money). They’ve just directed their first music video for the crazy Lithuanian electro,noise,hiphop,etc..etc.. band Metal On Metal. Kind of gnarly!