Mixed Media

Shain Erin – Delicate Dolls

Posted in Mixed Media, Sculpture on September 2nd, 2011 by Moose – 1 Comment

Lots of people love dolls. Children and adults alike are transfixed by the bundles of ceramic and fabric that have brought joy and comfort to so many. It’s easy to see that these objects can often be more than just an item of affection, but also an extension of the owner’s personality and self-view. Commercial dolls, however, can sometimes be too aesthetically pleasing. No one is without at least a blemish or scar of some sort. And not everyone fits into the classical view of beautiful, pretty, or even normal.

Conjoined Triplets

Conjoined Triplets

Shain Erin has created a unique collection of non-traditoinal art/fashion doll sculptures that many describe as creepy or disturbing. His mixed media creations explore the ability of the doll to emulate living entities more so than a painting or drawing, and still remain an object fashioned out of inanimate parts.

Fallen

Fallen

Study for a Portrait of a Human Soul (Female Figure)

Study for a Portrait of a Human Soul (Female Figure)

Shain refers to his pieces as “morbid fine art” and “monsters” that often resemble a collection of medical oddities, though only Babette (following) seems to be loosely based on a real medical condition, hypertrichosis, famously belonging to Kung Fu grandmaster Su Kong T’ai Djin and sideshow performer Stephan Bibrowski.

Babette, the Beastly Beauty

Babette, the Beastly Beauty

Not all of the dolls resemble living creatures, though Shain will argue the dolls are likely more a representation of the soul more than a body. Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem, “Annabel Lee” is the inspiration behind Shain’s doll of the same name. The distinguishable bright eyes of the poem’s fallen maiden are haunting on the doll’s visage, and her gaunt appearance and pale skin beg the viewer to wonder if the form is a spectre or a corpse found in the sepulchre.

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Many of Shain’s sculptures, dolls, and poppets now belong in private collections as the artist, through the use of several online outlets, has made his art easily accessible to those who appreciate it.

Sentinel

Sentinel

Creepy or captivating? Tell us what you think below.

Photos courtesy of the artist’s website.
Shain Erin on: Artbreak | Etsy | DeviantArt | Flickr

Camille Rose Garcia – Fairytale From The Black Lagoon

Posted in Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting on April 11th, 2011 by Moose – Be the first to comment
Camille Rose Garcia - White Swan With Potion

Camille Rose Garcia - White Swan With Potion

Camille Rose Garcia is most popularly known for contributing the illustrations to the New York Times bestseller Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This Los Angeles-based, lowbrow artist, however, has a far wider-reaching career than reinterpreting the works of Lewis Carroll. Over a dozen gallery exhibits and three books across the last decade have made Garcia’s style and tone recognizable to even the more casual art enthusiasts, even if unaware of the artist’s full body of work.

Camille Rose Garcia - Mirror, Black Mirror

Camille Rose Garcia - Mirror, Black Mirror

“Sneewittenhen und die Schwarze Lagune” or “Snow White And The Black Lagoon” was displayed in the Michael Kohn gallery from March 12 to April 9, 2011. Garcia has included among the collective works in the exhibition glitter-and-gold-leaf paintings in acrylic, ink and pencil drawings on tattered paper, and mixed media portraiture in vintage frames representing mirrors. The gallery press release says of Garcia’s exhibit:

Referencing the classic German Fairy tale, as well as the animated film by Walt Disney, Garcia weaves a monstrous modern and dysfunctional narrative using cartoony, Jungian archetypes, a psychedelic saturated color palette, and an obtuse combination of action-painter brush strokes and carefully controlled, calligraphic line work. Gold leaf and black glitter hang out together on the paintings in an uncomfortable but tolerated relationship. Leaking black castles, oily witches, and a gang of tired and dizzy dwarf miners accompany the Snow White and her fragile entourage of forest and lagoon animals as they traverse through caves, lagoons, and compromised natural landscapes, searching for an elusive happy ending.

Camille Rose Garcia - Hunters and Warriors

Camille Rose Garcia - Hunters and Warriors

Camille Rose Garcia - Dreamtime Battle

Camille Rose Garcia - Dreamtime Battle

Camille Rose Garcia - Children Wake Up

Camille Rose Garcia - Children Wake Up

Garcia is generally classified as producing gothic fairytales, with unsettling cartoons and a downright creepy tone throughout her oeuvre. Definitely fitting the mark are the vintage framed works within “Black Lagoon.” The mixed media works are set into the frame forming the image of a reflection in a looking glass of sorts, the subject of each attempting to frame an allegory between the familiar märchen and our current relationship with nature and society.

Camille Rose Garcia - Leaky Empires

Camille Rose Garcia - Leaky Empires

Camille Rose Garcia - Slow Ghost

Camille Rose Garcia - Slow Ghost

Is the exhibit deserving of a royal wedding, or is it more suited to dine on poisoned apples? Cast your votes.

Exhibitions at the Michael Kohn gallery.
Selected works from Sneewittenhen und die Schwarze Lagune.
Camille Rose Garcia’s personal .

Jessica Jackson Hutchins – Furniture In Form

Posted in Mixed Media, papier-m̢ch̩, Sculpture on February 9th, 2011 by Moose Р1 Comment

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ papier-mâché works, such asUntitled (Darth Vader), have in the past often been described as sophomoric and criticized heavily by art critics. But when the Oregon-based artist opened her Stylite Optimism show in 2007, some critics began to take notice. Highly debated are whether her art has evolved into a mature venue of expression, or are merely a random presentation of found objects and plaster. Her recent solo exhibition, Kitchen Table Allegory, was seen at the Derek Keller Gallery in New York this past March.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory (detail)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Kitchen Table Allegory (detail)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Convivium

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Convivium

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Orange Bowl

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Orange Bowl

A number of the works in Hutchins’ new exhibits are repurposed furniture, covered or reupholstered, and placed in scenes with cast hydrocal or ceramic. Often featured is Couple, one of the staple points in Kitchen Table Allegory‘s press release:

Another large sculpture entitled Couple incorporates a worn loveseat which has been covered by two spray-painted papier-mâché mounds; a ceramic vessel is perfectly nestled between the mounds. The work could be described alternatively as: a mountain range dappled by purple light, a woman’s breasts cradling a precious infant, or a couple groping one another on a couch. A similar formal multiplicity can be found in the chair-like Recliner and in True Love Forever. Both works have surfaces collaged with magazine images of scenic countrysides and gem-like flowers and niches which support richly glazed ceramic vessels; they are at once bodies and landscapes and furniture.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couple

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couple

Indefinite Break (Tiger Woods)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Indefinite Break (Tiger Woods)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Untitled (Darth Vader)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Untitled (Darth Vader)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couch For A Long Time

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Couch For A Long Time

Hutchins’ other solo exhibitions for 2010 included Over Come Over at Small A Projects/Laurel Gitlen in New York, Children of the Sunshine at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and Champions at the Timothy Taylor Gallery in London.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Figure With Red Bowl (from Over Come Over)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Figure With Red Bowl (from Over Come Over)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Children of the Sunshine (Installation view)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Children of the Sunshine (Installation view)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Champions

Jessica Jackson Hutchins - Champions

Hutchins is anticipating a new exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center this year, but do her works stand on artistic form, or merely physical shape? Vote and let us know what you think.

Photos courtesy of ArtNet and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.