“I make work about the desire to form connections with others and how difficult it can sometimes be to actually do that. For the ‘I Throw Myself at Men’ series I was thinking about romantic connections and how awkward, painful, and wonderful it can be to try and form an attachment to another person,” according to Lilly McElroy in an interview with the Huffington Post two years ago. The L.A. based artist first started the project with the use of Craigslist, but later learned that directly approaching men at bars was more efficient and enjoyable. In all of these pictures only the bartender, the photographer, and the man playing the human catcher were in on the project.
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From October 30 to November 2, the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-North will host the ninth version of the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam. The collections exhibited during this international renowned art fair consist of works from 65 national and international galleries with accessible purchase prices from €100 to a maximum of €6000. The diverse works, made by international emerging talents, cater to both experienced art buyers and art newbies. Under the theme ‘Take Art Home’ the Affordable Art Fair aims to speak to a new generation of art fanatics and inspire them to buy art in an informal atmosphere. Next to buying art, you can enjoy the LAB project space where young talent straight out of the art academy can present themselves in a creative space full of interactive installations and video art.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro transform the Fondation Cartier’s iconic glass building into a piece of art
Created specifically for the Fondation Cartier on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, design and architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro will transform the Foundation’s iconic glass building in Paris into a piece of art called ‘Musings on a Glass Box’. The work is a complex and immersive environment occupying the entire ground floor of Jean Nouvel’s building, challenging the existing architecture and raising questions about transparency, perception and space. An integrated acoustic component will be provided by American composer David Lang in collaboration with sound designer Jody Elff whose music works together with the structure to raise questions with regard to transparency and perception.
British artist Damien Hirst recently opened a new exhibition at the Paul Stolper Gallery, but the art critics are not feeling it. The Independent thinks that the “Wunderkid of the Brit-Art Nineties” is going backwards as he reaches his half century. Hirst is no stranger to working around the seductive allure of pharmaceuticals as it plays into a few of his favourite themes: mortality and death for one. In the past he has displayed entire walls of metal cabinets filled with pills and syringes, but those were only replicas. For ‘Schizophrenogenesis’ he provides us with scaled up, ‘sculptural’ editions of the same objects. Schizophrenogenesis is the technical name for an inception state of schizophrenia when a person first starts showing signs of the disease. Other art critics call his art watered down, aimed at ensuring the cash flow instead of being original. Decide for yourself after viewing the images below.
Painter Seth Armstrong was born and raised in L.A., studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and returned to his roots after spending a few years in Oakland. He is mainly known for his work for Mr Porter, through a travel and literary interactive guide he created for the journal. Edward Hopper springs to mind, but also 1950s Hollywood, thanks to the beaches and countryside moments, views of buildings, voyeurism and nudity he brings to the canvas.
Armstrong’s work goes deep, not just aesthetically with his rich tones and shading, but also in the narrative as we wonder how his characters arrived in the same place together and what will happen next.
English photographer Mads Perch teamed up with art director Gemma Fletcher to create portraits of a man and a woman featuring mappings he projects on their faces. The result is entitled ‘Projections’ and it’s a beautiful aesthetic which echoes his Abstract Mirrors project in which Merch deconstructs bodies and faces. Discover more images and a video showing the process below.
Artist Tapio Mömmö from Finland fuses bodies with tools that would increase our chances of survival in the wild. Humans are unable to spend too much time in the water, so Mömmö gives us a solution in the form of our head being replaced by a fishing boat. In another instance, another headless person in snow gear has been provided with a sled annexed to his body. Discover more superhuman inventions below.
New York-based designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman turn boring old junk into cool new junk with the use of spray paint and typography. The project is called ‘Quotes on Shit’ and features objects transformed by colourful new coats of paint and hand-lettering, combined with first-person sassy remarks such as a glass of wine saying ‘I’m cheaper than therapy’, a plastic duckling claiming ‘I’m not ugly’ or a cassette tape reminiscing ‘I used to matter’.
According to Argentinian photographer Romina Ressia everybody wears a mask. Masks are defense mechanisms that we use to not look weak in front of others. Our image is under constant surveillance and there are clear rules to abide to by in order to gain social acceptance. That makes it hard to distinguish between our real self and the constructed identities we adopt to please the others. The idea of beauty is a powerful influence from an early age on and that’s why Ressia’s Wonder Woman – who is shown as old and imperfect – reveals how values become undoubted facts in our collective memory: “As many other children, I have grown with the ideal of omnipotence, beauty, physical and supernatural powers. I have been told that evil never wins; that if I am in a dangerous situation, somebody else will save me, and that all stories have a happy ending… This project explores how we stand faced to the real world, as individuals, with the baggage we bring, which has been inculcated to us through cartoons, comics and fictional characters throughout our childhood. Explore how strongly those values and beliefs have been incorporated into the collective memory to the point that, to see these photographs, causes me opposed feelings. Even when I knew that the model was having fun at the time of shooting and the coffin was a simple prop made by me in Styrofoam”.
There’s also the passion for classic art, heavily influenced by Renaissance. Instead of being stereotypical, Ressia brings a fresh air to the style by mixing cubism and Renaissance postures & portraits, or adding brush strokes to cover the faces of her models.
Discover more of her award winning works below.
The non-profit Fondation Cartier in Paris, a center for the creation and exposition of contemporary art, celebrates its 30th anniversary this month with a new multisensory installation conceived by renowned Argentinian artist, Guillermo Kuitca. Opening this October, ‘The Inhabitants’ will immerse the viewer in Kuitca’s world of optical illusions, where works by American artist Vija Celmins will converse with paintings by David Lynch. Inspired by Lynch’s life-size living room from the exhibition ‘The Air is on Fire’ at the Foundation in 2007, this project will transform the entire lower level of the iconic building in Paris into Guillermo Kuitca’s universe.