Love all the mini people in these illustrations from recent University College Falmouth grad Charlotte Trounce!- Elizabeth
Wonderful work from Robert Minervini. I admire how he can capture so much about humanity in pieces that exclude any actual representation of people - his paintings have such a sense of desolation and loneliness, the moment just after an altercation, or even more so, some distant version of earth without humans altogether. His saturated color choices, though one might expect to conflict with the mysterious subject matter of his work, instead enhance the sense of strangeness in his work, and bring in a wonderful element of the unexpected. Check out Robert's website for more work, including some interesting apartment still lives that I didn't include below.- Elizabeth
Disclaimer: Okay, I already posted about this exhibit over on the Fred Flare blog (which you should definitely start reading if you want to hear my opinions about the MTV movie awards) a few days ago, but then I realized it was silly that I hadn't also posted about it own my own blog, considering this one is you know, actually exclusively about art. Therefore, I decided it was alright to double-post as long as I added more interesting stuff too. So, here you go, folks, please ignore my Jonah Lehrer-like self-plagiarism...
GUYS I went to the coolest exhibit at the New Museum down on Bowery this Sunday. The exhibit, titled “Parade,” is by Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg and features a whole menagerie of hand-made technicolor birds, ranging from tiny little finches to huge pelican and ostrich-like creatures.
The birds are made from a variety of materials, though most obviously, they use canvas that has been cut, roughly painted, and layered atop exposed wire - which is then often covered in plastic-like goop. There is a severe contradiction created between the overt artificiality of the individual birds and the uncannily real appearance of the birds when placed all together. They are terrifying and enticing, challenging you to look closer, while all the while looming over you.
The exhibit also includes several claymation videos made by Nathalie (a medium which is her specialty), and a wonderful ambient soundtrack from Nathalie’s partner, Hans Berg. While the videos are perhaps the most haunting part of the exhibit - they show women in various deadly scenarios, being slowly attacked by bird-men or snakes, with phrases like "it won't hurt a bit" hovering above them - the eerie electronic music is what really ties the whole exhibit, and its ideas of the absurd, the unnatural, and the beautiful, together.
TLDR - If you’re in NYC, you should definitely stop by before the show closes on August 26, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the top floor of the New Museum (the “Sky Room”) as well to get a lovely view of downtown Soho. In the meantime, check out the video at the way bottom to get a taste of the experience. DO IT GUYS I really mean it this time.
P.S. Do I make a good bird?
Amazing body of work from Yale and MICA alumnus Darina Karpov. I love the almost encaustic-like texture she creates, and the contrast in each painting between finely rendered opaque areas and sweeps of translucent color. Her combination of warm and cool palettes and organic and mechanical shapes is also extremely effective at creating an uncanny science fiction-esque vibe in her pieces, which, of course, I love. Check out her website for lots more great work.
Wonderful photography from Joshua Dudley Greer. His work has such a sprawling quality to it, bringing to mind twisted modern ideas of manifest destiny and the American landscape. I love the suggestion of people, without the inclusion of people, from abandoned "igloo" like TNT storage facilities to empty rest-stops and parking lots. His sense of color and balance is great as well - each image is composed of cool and warm elements alike, and really brings the eye around the page. Check out his website for lots more work, from several different series - I especially love the "sign language" series, from which the "endless" piece below was taken from.- Elizabeth