New York painter Monica Cook depicts absurd, messy scenes in these paintings of women playing and posing with food and sea creatures. Often referred to as “absurd,” her work tells of women, sometimes not naked, covered in liquids and slime, fruit pulp, and cradling octopi. There is no arguing her painterly talent at narrating the viscosity of the elements in the frame, but she leaves it up to the viewer as to how they will interpret the contents of the scene. Meaning, she has no implied meaning:
“When I’m painting, it’s more about my relationship with the object than it is about me. It’s hard for me to separate myself from the experience. It could be a fish or an octopus. I handle it until it becomes unfamiliar to me so I can see it in a new way. People might want to read into those paintings but for me, it’s just about finding magic in the mundane and exploring further. I’m sure if I stumbled upon the work I’d see it differently.” (Excerpt from Source)
Make sure to come early to grab a seat as this event will fill up!
The Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton documentary kicks off a month long series of free outdoor screenings at Space 15 Twenty, hosted by Beautiful/Decay Magazine.
The screenings are projected on the large outdoor screen located next to the Snack Bar. Seating is limited so arrive early to secure a chair, but if you get there late, no worries you can always sit on the floor or bring your own chair!
We kick off with Loic Prigent’s behind-the-scenes documentary, “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” (2007) delving into Marc Jacobs’ busy creative life, and featuring appearances by Victoria Beckham, Uma Thurman, Demi Moore and Sofia Coppola and other fashion-forward Hollywood starlets. This documentary is not to be missed if you are a fan of fashion.
Drinks, Snacks and Popcorn are available at SnackBar.
Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton – Wednesday May 6th
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Artist Dan Witz seamlessly combines traditional, academic realism with rebellious vibes of the underground punk scene to create his massive paintings of mosh pits. His impeccable technical skill allows him to paint photorealistic scenes that embody the pulse and energy of the punk music scene. Each painting is an energetic force to be reckoned that demands a serious presence. The amount of people crammed into each piece accurately captures the chaos and action involved in mosh pits in real life. Dan Witz’s work is packed full of incredible movement and human energy that can be felt in the viewer. Because in almost all of these paintings the image is completely devoid of an environment or setting, they have a deeply psychological affect. An excitement and anxiety is created as you see the range of expressions on each person’s face in the sea of bodies. As Witz fills each frame from right to left with herds of people, an unmistakable flow of powerful strength is formed.
Based in Brooklyn, Witz is a painter as well as a street artist. Spending time in punk clubs and playing in bands when he was younger influenced the subject in which he paints. However, we can also see the influence of classical painters due to his more traditional painting style. This type of hyper-real approach is often associated with a more academic way of thinking within the establishment. He is able to take this conventional method of painting and use it to rebel and revolt. Dan Witz’s Mosh Pits series has recently been featured in this past month’s issue of Juxtapoz. This quote from the interview explains the influence and effect punk rock has had on Dan Witz.
“Punk rock had opened my eyes enough for me to understand that art could be about more than providing expensive wall candy for rich people. I could actually speak truth to power…”
Yes, that is a guinea pig comb/head piece. It was created by Reid Peppard, a British taxidermist. Her pieces take animals commonly perceived as vile pests and turns them into fashion items. Peppard says, “…when they become sculptural headpieces, necklaces and cuff-links, the specimens cease to be waste and become objects to behold. RP/ENCORE makes use of the city’s leftovers.” Would you be comfortable wearing this stuff?
I often wonder if art has benefited or been hurt by the invention of the digital camera. These easy to use machines have made everyone a “photographer”, giving a creative outlet to millions who otherwise would not take the time to learn the craft of photography. This has lead to millions of bad photos plaguing the internet of young hip 20 somethings, having fun, acting, out, getting drunk, and often times getting naked. These images get old after a while (even the nude ones!) but Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas has managed to take these fleeting moments of excess, debauchery, and irresponsibility and slow them down in his magnificent hyper realistic drawings. By creating these detailed images Casas is asking us to question the very acts that so many of us took part in during our youth and at the same time pay homage to those fun years of reckless abandon. (via)