Jeremy Olson, an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, is interested in geometry and simultaneous perspective. Much like the canonical works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Olson looks at portraits in a different manner; the intricate ways in which he chooses to scramble the geometric pieces that make up the sitter’s face, makes for a fun time. The viewer must intently figure out which pieces go where to make sense of the portrait as a whole.
Aside from his interest in geometry, Olson, also plays with traditional painterly portrait styles by using a hyperreal approach. By including all of these three elements [geometry, traditional and hyperreal portraiture], the artist breaks down the face into a spectrum of beauty that simultaneously makes for a violent yet charming visual. (via Ignant)
Artist Roxy Paine will be having his opening reception tonight at James Cohan Gallery called Dendroid Drawings and Maquettes, on view May 1 through May 30, 2009. The exhibition includes a scale model of Maelstrom as well as drawing studies from the artist’s well-known series of stainless steel Dendroid sculptures. This show runs concurrent to Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom, a site-specific installation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden on view from April 28 through October 25, 2009
We posted about Jamie a few years back, but four years have passed since then and she’s only gotten better. Her images about gross, awkward, uncomfortable, and funny moments that would be really easy to make poorly, and a lot of people do. What sets her apart from the herd, though, is her smart, tight framing; focusing us in on exactly what makes this country great–mystery meat, batman, butts, and birthday cake. She even photographs middle America (Jamie’s based out of Kansas City) with the American style that ranges from family to paparazzi photos–bright, garish flash. More Americana after the jump! ( via )
What artist Francesco Spampinato lacks in interweb presence, he makes up for on his canvas. Francesco feeds us a kaleidoscope explosion of psychedelic decorations that pulsates in waves from the focal point of the canvas-to the deepest center of the viewer’s brain.
The New York-based art collective Dawn of Man has created site-specific video installations that bring peace and tranquility to the “city that never sleeps.” Entitled Projection Napping — which is a clever play on the technique, project mapping — the group transforms peeling walls, dark alcoves, and sky-high edifices into refuges for larger-than-life human beings. In each work, the characters appear to “settle down” into their respective spaces, curling up against the walls or dangling their legs off the edges. In a statement provided to The Creators Project, Dawn of Man explains their creative intent and the effect of their project:
“Projection Napping […] juxtapos[es] the calm, meditative state of napping against the kinetic, high energy noise of the sleepless city. An unsuspecting audience usually emerges at each location, often sparked with intrigue, sometimes enlightenment, and always a whole lot of questions” (Source).
What is also fascinating about the juxtaposition of the city’s chaos with the sleepers’ serenity is the public demonstration of a private experience. When we sleep (or nap), we allow ourselves to become open and vulnerable. Thus, when Dawn of Man’s sleeping giants turn over, rub their eyes, or lean exhaustedly against a wall, we are voyeurs to a moment of intimacy and perceived solitude. It is easy in the city to feel alienated from the life all around us, but thanks to this fascinating project, barren walls and cold architecture have been reinvested as landscapes of warmth and humanity.
Check out the video above to see the projections in motion. Dawn of Man’s website can be found here. (Via The Creators Project)
In the spirit of love, love, love craaazy love, here’s an interesting little trend of the heart I found via Buzzfeed. 30 years ago, in the center of a little town called Pecs in the south of Hungary, lovers clamped padlocks to a wrought-iron fence as a symbol of their commitment to one another. Since that time, needless to say the trend has caught on around the world. I find the whole thing rather interesting, it reminds me a little bit of the padlock Nancy gave Sid as a symbol of their junkie-tainted pirate love gone bad. How does one propose the proverbial love-lock? “Honey, I think it’s time we head down to the town center and clamp a lock on it, what do you say!” What’s bizarre to me is the image of clunky, over-locked bars and gates, weighed down by the sheer magnitude of their unwieldy weight, somehow doesn’t look so sweet. It actually kind of looks like something your psychotic ex-girlfriend would do right before she hacked into your Facebook account, found out you’re a cheater, and slashed your tires.
Jose Davila lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. His large installations are “…fueled by the interest in the relation between place and fiction, space and temporality under architecture…” Davila accomplishes this with wood and metal objects that outline a room with a skeletal structure. Another series features colorful mobiles that constantly shift as they hover above the ground. His formations define their environment as they investigate form and color.(via)
Degenerate Art Ensemble is a musically hyper-experimental performance group comprised of a dance company, punk/jazz band, a 45 piece orchestra. I found out about them first through their album Cuckoo Crow. Listening to it makes me feel really alive and dead and kind of confused and disgusted with myself as a fleshly vessel. It also made me want to turn off the lights in my room and just start writhing for no reason (which I have to admit that I did). Check out a sample of their song Checkersplitter on Youtube. They’re awesome!