Dust to Dust – Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards

Posted in Photography on February 11th, 2011 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Marianne Moore once proposed that beauty was everlasting but dust was only for a time. Australian artists Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards would likely argue that dust’s time can hold everlasting beauty of its own. “Dust” is an ongoing photography project that captures projections of a billowing substance in a number of different settings. The extremely high shutter speed photography captures the changing and fading dust in a state not normally viewed, frozen in motion before crashing to the ground. The results of the project can not adequately be described in words, but must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

The use of light and shadow in each shot helps draw a strong sense of depth to each photograph giving a sharp sense of substance to fine particles rarely given a second thought and often dismissed as a nuisance.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

The ghostly-looking focus of each shot is haunting amid its cold and simple presence. And while each shot contains the same basic principles, each selected work showcases the “dust” in unique and profound form.

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards - From the project 'Dust'

Masters of the beauty in the unusual or just having too much fun beating chalk erasers together? Vote below and give us your opinion.

View Ujin Lee’s website here.
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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.

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Zwelethu Mthethwa – Apartheid and Lasting Segregation

Posted in Photography on March 12th, 2010 by Moose – 1 Comment

In 1994, following a series of negotiations dismantling the policy of apartheid in South Africa, all citizens of South Africa voted in the nation’s first general election held absent of racial limitations. The historic vote placed the African National Congress in power and began a powerful change in the exposure of South Africa to the rest of the world. Following the end of apartheid, the culture and art of ethnic Africans was no longer subject to the censorship of the ruling parties. Photography, especially that displaying the social and economic disparity between the classes, was brought to wide-spread, world attention.

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa of Durban has chronicled the history and current state of his country in several series of large-format photographs which have made their tour of galleries worldwide in ongoing conversation of the cultural identities of the disenfranchised and the relationship of South Africa with the global community.

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

The Aperture Foundation and its publishing arm have recently chosen to feature Mthethwa in a comprehensive monograph of the artist’s work to date. Scheduled to be released on 31 March 2010, Zwelethu Mthethwa takes the viewer across the landscapes and fields worked by rural denizens and into the homes and places of worship of native South Africans in an attempt to paint an accurate portrait of South African life to balance world perspectives on progress in the nation and afro-pessimism.

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Zwelethu Mthethwa - Untitled

Pictures and information courtesy of African Colours, Aperture, and Art Slope

Social survey, or simply snapshots? Select below.

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Acrylic Dreams – Sakai Reiko

Posted in Painting on March 8th, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Born on 6 June at 6 o’clock, Sakai Reiko came into this world under the mark of the beast. The Japanese artist displayed a natural talent for art—specifically calligraphy and painting—at a young age, likely influenced by both her pianist mother and her grandmother’s craft skills. In recent exhibitions, body painting and live painting have drawn great interest to the artist, but she is still best known for her works in acrylic which are being featured in New York’s Agora Gallery.

Sakai Reiko - Dragon

Sakai Reiko - Dragon

Agora’s “Matrix Of The Mind” exhibit—which features Reiko alongside more than a dozen other contemporary, Japanese artists— attempts to match the modern and the timeless with their varied, unique contributions to the gallery, chosen for their illustration of the natural world and the spiritual mind. Reiko describes her spiritual journey on canvas to Agora:

I began to draw when I was very young, usually abstract pictures. When I was older I became a graphic designer and free-lance illustrator, but I soon came to understand that that was not enough for me. I knew that I would not find fulfilment [sic] by doing anything other than actually painting, and set out on a journey of self-discovery to find what I was looking for. The result is that I have learned that I want to aim at something in my art, to speak to the viewer and convey to them my feelings. My experience in design and illustration has helped me with this, but the most important factor is my determination and my love of art.

Sakai Reiko - Fireworks

Sakai Reiko - Fireworks

More of Reiko’s work can be seen on Agora’s website. “Matrix Of The Mind” runs until 19 March 2010.

Strokes of genius, or the mark of the beast? Vote below.

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20 votes

Olaf Breuning – “Brian” and “Sibylle”

Posted in Photography on March 4th, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

The University of Texas is hosting an art exhibit studying the theme of Desire—its meaning and portrayal. More than 3 dozen artists are featured in the exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art on campus. I had the pleasure of being able to see the Desire exhibit at the Blanton a couple of weeks ago, and I stumbled across the work of New York-based Olaf Breuning of Switzerland. Olaf boasts an impressive catalogue of works on his quirky website (bonus points if you find the links that take you to his old website, no cheating). His work is as quirky and odd as the website itself. For those of you having difficulty finding Olaf’s contributions (named in the title) to Desire on the site, I offer them here for you to view.

Olaf Breuning - Brian

Olaf Breuning - Brian

Though similar in scope, the two photographs were taken more than a decade apart. Sibylle, the older sister of Brian, was taken in 1997. Brian hails from 2008. These large-format photographs are currently hanging alongside each other in the Blanton exhibit.

Olaf Breuning - Sibylle

Olaf Breuning - Sibylle

Desire can be seen at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas campus (map) Article courtesy of Art Culture.

How would you rate the siblings? Vote below.

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Peter Fuss Is Not In Love

Posted in Installations on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – 1 Comment

What has Peter Fuss so down in the dumps? My guess is a sour relationship somewhere along memory lane may have been the inspiration for “Three Billboards About Love.” The Polish artist installed the following street bilboards in 2007, on St. Valentine’s day.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

Fuss’ billboard display in Ochrona, Poland is a testimony to relationships without love. Each of the billboards paints a clearer picture than the last on the story and emotions of a fictional, unloving couple displayed in silhouette on the billboard.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

The billboards are set between what appears to be an apartment complex, and across from a famous, chain restaurant, making them highly visible and well trafficked. The subject matter is adult, without being lewd or obscene, provoking discussion, mockery, and intrigue across the minds of a diverse public audience.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

Who says Valentine’s day is for lovebirds? Love it? Hate it? Vote below.

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24 votes

70 Million Paintings – L’Ogre and Hold Your Horses

Posted in Film / Video, Music Video on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – 3 Comments

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Franco-American band Hold Your Horses just flattered the hell out of a bunch of famous artists. Their latest music video from French director L’Ogre is a video homage to some of the more recognizable pieces from throughout art history. The musicians represent some of the most famous characters from the familiar paintings in painfully detailed costume and setting, perfectly copying the memorable works while performing their latest single, 70 Million. Ahead, see tributes to Botticelli, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Magritte, Kahlo, Mondrian, Warhol, Caravaggio, David, Géricault, Velazquez, Manet, Vermeer, Munch, Delacroix, Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt and anyone else I may have forgotten in the list of recreations.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre.

Life imitating art, or making it? Cast your vote.

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Street Fare – Mark Jenkins

Posted in Installations on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Street installations are interesting creatures. So is Mark Jenkins whose artwork has graced galleries, schools, parks, and waterfronts from Amsterdam to Seoul to Washington, DC. Mark has created a number of street installations which make pedestrians and motorists do double-takes, and sometimes cause them to stop dead in their tracks.

Winston-Salem, NC - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins successfully takes the ordinary, the mundane, and the overlooked, and thrusts it into public view where people are forced to take notice. A number of Jenkin’s figures are cast from box sealing tape and the more recent of these figures (often casts of his or another person’s body) are clothed to give the appearance of realism to the figure on the street, as opposed to the initial clear figures for which he was first most famous for.

Bordeaux, France - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins’ Storker project “drops” figures of babies cast in his tape style into urban environments, in which at least 100 figures have been installed globally.

Washington, DC - Mark Jenkins

Who should handle the packaging tape? Jenkins, or UPS? Vote below.

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23 votes

Shades of Red and Blac – Suzzan Blac

Posted in Painting on March 1st, 2010 by Moose – 3 Comments

It’s easy to describe Suzzan Blac’s work at a basic, visual level. Dark. Bold. Violent. Gory (Blac is the self-proclaimed “goddess of gore”). It becomes more and more difficult, however, to classify Blac’s work when moving from mood and tone to purpose and statement. Blac’s subject matter is generally tortured bodies, blood, pierced skin, blood, screaming faces, and did I mention blood? Her latest work, Onus is visually more tame and restrained than the majority of her body of work, but evokes pained and tortured emotions as much as any other piece.

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More of Suzzan’s work can be found at the Beinart Collective and on Suzzan’s RedBubble page.

Is Onus a mastery of the macabre? Decide below.

New work found at the Museum of Weird Art (MOWA).

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Shadow Play and Puppetry

Posted in Film / Video, Music Video on February 27th, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

In a world where busy schedules and technology rule the day, it can be refreshing to immerse one’s self in models and environments of simplicity. Swedish artist Johannes Nyholm builds a vacation escape from the world to tell a story caught between fantasy and reality. Following is a music video by the Swedish group Little Dragon which serves as a prologue to Nyholm’s short film Dreams From The Woods.

The short film itself made its festival rounds in 2009, and an excerpt from the film can be downloaded here (.mov, 3.6MB)

Genuine artistry, or is puppetry for the kids?

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18 votes