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Jennifer Cronin

Jennifer Cronin’s narrative paintings create  an absurd mythology of the seemingly banal where anything (and sometimes nothing) can happen.

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Christopher Michlig: The Image of the City

Christopher Michlig is a Los Angeles-based artist interested in constructed environments. His show at the Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago is up until December 8.  Check it out while you still can! This post is a mix of his current Chicago show and the show at Marine Contemporary that just ended. Great stuff!

“The term “urban fabric” often refers to everything that makes up the built environment, excluding environmental, economic, functional and sociocultural actualities. Using raw material culled from an archive of merchant posters Christopher Michlig collected from LA streets, Patternesque is a group of 16 collages, each a pattern study riffing on idiosyncratic typographic anatomy. While each collage is a distinct composition, common threads run throughout. Emphasizing the flexible, open-ended nature of the project, the work also suggests the morphology of urban space. Alongside the collages, Michlig presents a group of architecture-related relief sculptures. Based on a tradition of architectural model making in which massing models are used to dimensionally summarize the fundamental forms of buildings, Michlig’s “City Plan” relief sculptures interpret typographic space as proposed city plans. Reflective of the spaces from which the original posters were collected, while simultaneously nondescript, each city plan forces a consideration of the power dynamic of language itself as an imagined built environment.” – Christopher Michlig
photo credit: Josh White


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Polly Morgan Mixes Art And Taxidermy To Express The Triumph Of Life Over Death

Polly Morgan - Design

Polly Morgan - Design Polly Morgan - Design

Polly Morgan - Design

Polly Morgan’s freezer is not stacked with your typical content. It is comprised of dead animals in their primary state. She is a taxidermist, so that explains more. She mixes art and taxidermy to create beautiful and disturbing installations. Based in the up and coming art disctrict in East London she is collecting corpses of dead animals and arranging them to compose subtle pieces. Most often birds are the center of the pieces: birds and pigs, birds and a balloon, birds and a deer.

Behind the morbid scenes there is a desire to express the triumph of life over death. Something dead can, in a context become suddenly beautiful, poignant and touching.

Her inspiration is instinctive, directly coming from the animals. Scraping the skin from the flesh, the animals are a material and not dead corpses. Random people send her the animals they find dead on the road, always by accident. So the array of species she collects is large. Not interested in being a “classic” taxidermist, she wants to make her work more pop and modern. She has succeeded in creating a world of her own where a tiny bird sits delicately on a toothbrush or a nest of hungry baby birds are screaming from a deer’s stomach.

Polly Morgan’s most recent work has been featured in Berlin along with artists Bruce Nauman, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and is currently displayed in Washington DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts until September 2015.

Josef Schulz

Josef Schulz

Photographer Josef Schulz’s new series entitled “Sign out” focuses on a great variety of billboards in their natural habitats (a billboard tour one could say) during his travels in the States. He has “freed” the large-scale ads of their functions, thereby breaking off all communication and “signing out”. Removed of their contexts, all that’s left are pleasant forms and even more beautiful colors against their blue-sky canvases.

Jnr Hacksaw, Filthy Lucker And Pedro Estrellas Create Inflatable Hugs For Everyone

Musii-Multisensory Interactive Inflatable



Welcome to Musii, an island of emotion where you can play, feel and listen. Feel like you need a hug?  Musii will give you one!  This instrumental blow-up stands for Multi-Sensory Interactive Inflatable.  A device that lights up and provides a sense of comfort for anyone who interacts with it.  Large, soft nylon spires make up its body and extend upward. Pressing down on them creates a spectacle of feeling, brushing all emotion.

Beneath the milk white exterior is an audiovisual system equipped with LED sensors and vibrating speakers that radiate music from a selection of more then 50 sounds. Musii was specialized with the intentions of providing sensory therapy for children with special needs. The inflation and deflation of the spires creates a “humming bird” musical of sound accompanied by rays of changing color.  The adjustment of light, sound and volume can be accessed through a touchscreen remote.

Symbols Of Sikh: The New Faces Of An Old Religion Captured Like Never Before

Amit and Naroop - photograph

Amit and Naroop - photograph

Amit and Naroop - photograph  Amit and Naroop - photograph

The Singh Project is a wonderful, celebratory look at a modern, multicultural Britain and features members of the Sikh community. British photographers Amit and Naroop are exhibiting 35 very different portraits as a visual exploration of faith, style and identity. These intimate images highlight two very important symbols of the Sikh lifestyle – the beard and the turban (Dahar). The turban in particular is a representation of honor, self-respect, courage, spirituality, and piety. Sikh men (and women) wear the turban to cover their long, uncut hair (kesh), and are also seen in this series brandishing a traditional Sikh sword (kirpan).

Originating in South Asia – primarily in India, Singh was a popular middle name or surname for lords and warriors. Meaning Lion (from the Sanskrit word Simha/Sinha), it was later adopted by the Sikh religion, and today is compulsory for all baptized Sikh males. The sense of pride connected with the history of the name Singh is evident on the faces of these men. They obviously are very proud of being Sikh and enjoy their religion outwardly.

“Many religions determine the way their followers look, but none have such a dramatic and definite ‘look’ as Sikhism. And yet, with 30 million Sikhs in the world, there are almost as many ways to wear the turban and beard as there are Sikhs…The men who feature in this project are businessmen, boxers, IT professionals, doctors, fashion stylists, temple volunteers, magicians and a host of other occupations all adapting and interpreting the Sikh traditions in their own way.” (Source)

The appeal of the beard is still proving popular – after successfully raising 10,000 pounds through Kickstarter (see video here), Amit and Naroop are hosting a free exhibition of the prints opening at The Framers Gallery in Central London from 3rd-15th November.

Helmut Smits’s Sculpture Turns Coca-Cola Into Water

Helmut Smits - Sculpture

Helmut Smits - Sculpture

Helmut Smits - Sculpture

Helmut Smits - Sculpture

Helmut Smits’ repertoire of sculptures mostly consists of mundane objects such as pieces of bread or a candle stuck in a lamp, so it may come as some surprise that his most recent sculpture is somewhat of a reverse miracle. Most of us have heard of water turning to wine, but Smits has collaborated with Martien Wurdemann to turn Coca-Cola into water.

Coca-Cola is an icon that many artists have addressed over art history. What’s interesting in this idea, is that Coca-Cola is a corrosive substance, used sometimes even for cleaning car engines, and yet the artist is still able to extract the nutritional substance of the beverage. It’s clear that the water to original Coca-Cola ratio is low, which makes a lot of sense, and it also seems obvious that, of course, there would be water in Coca-Cola. Still, I’m impressed that it can be separated from whatever other questionable ingredients are floating around in there.

The sculpture is simple in its design, title, and concept. The title, ‘The Real Thing’ points to the idea that water is the real sustenance, at least as far as I can interpret. Can’t agree with you more, Smits! (Via Dezeen)