Monday, May 31, 2010

Gehard Demetz

Gehard Demetz's stunning wood carved sculptures are nothing short of amazing. Check out detailed interview here, as well as more images of his incredible work.

Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong explains, "I'm interested in how feelings or symbols or religion can manifest itself in something recognizable. I think we are in a phase that we are not sure what to believe in or what is the truth or who is gonna guide us to a better future... Forexample, I have titles in my work like 'The Great Communicator' or 'The Manipulator' or 'The False Prophet'. We are all playing roles in a way...By bringing up the evil -to recall the evil I try in a way to bring those negative energies together to contain them and give them a personality. So they are safe and we can recognize them."

Leopold Rabus

Leopold Rabus really excited me when I first saw his stuff. The detailed nightmare-like surreal quality really caught my attention. I feel these paintings really tell bizarre full stories.

David Altmejd

David Altmejd's work made of mirrors, plastic flowers and and faux jewelery, to create sculptural systems loaded with what he calls “symbolic potential” and open ended narratives. He was shown at the Venice Biennale 2007. I haven't really decided weather I like him or not... some of the details in his peices get my attention but then at times are lost in the background within all the junk he puts around them.

V RAW: Exclusive Bumblebeez track "MISFIT"

cool video...

Volkswagen piano stairs

Great public art idea...

Art:21 | Allora & Calzadilla

Successful public art creates a dialogue between the community. I love that the police arrested the sculpture at the end -too funny.

Robin Rhode and Leif Ove Andsnes

Interesting collaboration between South African-born, Berlin-based visual artist Robin Rhode and multiple Grammy Award-winning Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes — will collaborate on Mussorgsky’s epic piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. Leif Ove will be performing the piano recital, while Rhode has made a series of films that are to be are projected on screens behind the piano in an attempt to recreate the experience of looking at paintings while listening to Mussorgsky’s epic piano suite.


COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop) from blu on Vimeo.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

I love Blu's work - he always manages to bring public art to a totally new and creative level.
so good.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

BLU and JR in Berlin

I have posted about JR's public art before. I love to see these two talents collaborating-awesomeness.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rub Kandy

Rub Kandy creates amazing perspective with just some white paint in an urban setting.

Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen's photography "opens us up to those uncertain, shocking and frighteningly banal aspects of the waking dream, twitching between animal and human, the clean and the unclean, the animate and the inanimate, the lived and the imagined, the natural and the performed." His work is is like hard to forget bizarre nightmare.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Asger Carlsen

Asger Carlsen has won a cult following for his off-beat approach to photography. "I like the idea of creating a universe of confusion," he explains. "But in a real world.” He really has a sense of humor in his work- check out more of his work on his site.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Boycott Arizona

I should have posted this sooner but...

I have been so angry and frustrated by the article in the Huffing Post today about my home town Chicago, as well as past articles about Arizona concerning immigration laws. This is getting out of control and I'm glad some cities are fighting against this.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Feels like Summer

This little clip from the Brazilian Black Orpheus makes me smile- love this movie.

Henrique Oliveira

Henrique Oliveira was a student in São Paulo, Brazil when the plywood fence outside his window began to peel and fade into different layers and colors. The wood, called tapumes in Portuguese is ubiquitous in the Brazilian city, serving as enclosures and barriers for various sites. When the fence was dismantled, Oliveira harvested the remains and used them as materials for his senior show. The result propelled him into his current work: undulating, swirling, bulging peels of wood layered onto hallways and walls in daunting forms. His most recent show will be called, fittingly, Tapumes.

Peripetics by ZITGUISED

Peripetics by ZEITGUISED from NotForPaper on Vimeo.

Zeitguised motion graphics are completely stunning. I can watch this video over and over and find new little details every time. Check out more of their work here.

Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins has been creating visually stunning sculptures out of salvaged industrial and consumer goods including mattresses, trailers, hot water heaters, airplanes and small appliances since the late 1970s. In her hands, such everyday objects become unfamiliar and astonishing, as they are trussed and finessed into heroic forms that defy both gravity and our expectations for how these things should behave.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sarah Sze

Sze's studio

Sarah Sze's work pulls me right into her little worlds with every instillation I've seen. Sze uses ordinary objects to create strikingly original sculptures and site-specific installations. I remember when I went to hear her lecture at the Chicago MCA, the curator who introduced her explained that the success of Sze's work is that when anyone inside or outside the art world witness her work they are amazed by it's process and beauty.