Mathieu Lefevre’s multidisciplinary practice, encompassing sculpture, painting, and photography use humor, irony and cynicism to test the fragility and the flexibility of the mediums he employs in his work.By seeking to rearrange and disrupt the relationships between viewer, creator, commodity and context his work raise questions as to what art can be, what it is worth and what is its role in a cultural and commercial framework.
The figure on the left is a product of Nik Daum‘s imagination, and I feel like that’s exactly where it takes you, into some imaginary world. Cool colors, awkward angles, this piece is definitely a reflection of his own personal aesthetic, best summed up by himself in his bio on his website – which I highly recommend you read! And if you’re up for some stalking, he’s got 5 webcams in different parts of his house, tracking his every move. Daum’s also done quite a bit of commercial work; you’re bound to be familiar with several of the campaigns he’s been involved with, like Target, Jamba Juice, and Nike. He’s got a whole lot going on, take a few minutes and just check it out! Everything is laced with his humor, and though it says you’ll be disappointed on his homepage, trust me, you won’t.
Genevieve Blais, a photographer based in Toronto, borrows imagery from classic art history paintings to unpack sexual politics relative to today’s contemporary palate.
Of her intention, Blais states, “The aesthetic/topical dissonance aims to elicit an uneasy response in order to subvert the implicit authority and sanctity of the icon.”
The result confronts and critiques art culture by sitting in an uneasy space between not only imagery, but also mediums– cameras and brushes, forcing us to clearly see the model as the true determinant– a staged powerful variant that has been with us since Caravaggio’s rule, humanizing the myth.
Amanda Wachob swathes tattoo ink permanently into flesh in such a soft, ethereal manner it calls to mind not rose & star flash art off the wall, but more the way an Impressionist might dabble watercolors across paper en plein air.
In the future buildings will crumble and burn, graffiti will warn about the end of the world, drugs will be rampant, creepy guys with black eyes will lurk in the dark, and skinny european bgirls with airbrushed t-shirts will roam earth. Oh and faint electronic music will be the soundtrack to our lives.
Photographer Simon Christen calls Adrift, his two year in the making video, “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.” The often daily fog is just one feature that makes the San Francisco peculiarly wonderful. Christen worked through out the two year period to catch the images fog a few seconds at a time. An ocean of fog appears to flow like water down hills, through and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and into the city. Set to a custom score by Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf, Adrift underscores the beautiful mystery of unique area.
Jay Schmidt is one of the more perplexing guys I’ve met, because he appears like a very clean cut, normal guy in his fifties (slacks and a dress shirt) – but there is something right under the surface that you can’t put your finger on. I am hesitant to say madness, but maybe what passes for madness in a consumer culture. Once you see his paintings it comes into focus, they present a parody of the world in a queasy wobbling, agitated, cartoonish iconography that lets you know exactly what he is thinking!