Category Archives: Art

Art, Illustration

Sewn Drawings

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Tennessee-based trained illustrator Jessica Wohl works in the areas of painting, drawing, installation, collage and performance. She focuses on the concept of home and its residents, aiming to prove that not everything is what it seems by drawing and sewing on family photos. This process questions the representation of domestic perfection and happiness.

The series ‘Sewn Drawing’ uses embroidery to mask the characters on found photography and Wohl sews on them to embody the metaphor of the human need to “keep it together” and prevent life from “ripping apart at the seams”.

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Art, Video

ITSU & MSAK: ‘Transcendence’

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‘Transcendence’ is a realtime audiovisual performance by duo ITSU & MISAK, originating from Moscow, Russia.

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Marina Abramopug: ‘The Artist Is Present’

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Meet Marina Abramopug, the pug version of Marina Abramovic we never thought we needed. Recreating ‘The Artist Is Present’ from Abramovic’s piece at the 2012 MoMA retrospective, this pug first appeared at the Serpentine Gallery in London (or rather in Hyde Park, outside the gallery) in July. Just like its human counterpart, this ‘pugformance’ artist sits in a chair and stares into the eyes of visitors, all of whom were deeply moved in an undefinable but truly spiritual manner due to Abramopug’s mere presence.

Comedian and performance artist Hannah Ballou is the pug’s partner-in-crime and says that the idea came from the pug herself.

Art, Culture, Media, Photography

Paul Kwiatkowski’s longread ‘Eat Prey Drug’

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Publishing company Black Balloon sent ‘And Every Day Was Overcast’ (read our review here) author-photographer Paul Kwiatkowski to Mount Shasta, CA to investigate the volcano that some claim to be the site of Telos, a hidden city inhabited by advanced beings called Lemurians. In part one of the (NSFW) series, days of “quake fever” and morphine consumption send Paul down the rabbit hole into a civilization that believes the earth is hollow. ‘Eat Prey Drug’ is an e-original serialized essay told in a mix of photographs and prose. Keep an eye on his diary for part two of his mixed-media investigation into perceptions of consciousness, set for release on Thursday, August 28th.

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Art, Food, Nature, Photography

Rene Mesman

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Dutch photographer Rene Mesman creates images borrowing the style of still life paintings: a pineapple fish, a peach-nut, a long-haired owl, and a pink artichoke. More wacky associations after the break.

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Shark Guns Sculptures

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Artist Christopher Schulz decided to combine two lethal objects in one: firearms and sharks, one of the largest predators. His chrome sculptures are equally impressive as surrealist and go by the name of (what else?) Shark Guns.

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Will Cooke

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Will Cooke (b. 1989) is a Sydney based artist who uses abstraction and humour to understand memory and the way in which it develops nostalgia. He finished a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts in 2011.

Cooke explores his own personal mythologies and memories, and through minimal abstraction attempts to make these internal thoughts and experiences, external. He makes paintings as a form of self inflicted visual therapy, transforming his personal experiences into a physical object, each geometric form representing a different memory.

The results are illusion based abstract paintings that deal with nostalgia, remembrance and intimacy.

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James Ostrer: Wotsit All About

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British artist James Ostrer became addicted to junk food when his parents divorced during his childhood. Whenever he switched from his mother’s home to his father’s, they’d stop at McDonald’s. Those golden arches soon became a gateway to refuge and eating fastfood became Ostrer’s way of dealing with things. His series ‘Wotsit All About’ translates his greasy habit into art, taking the age old adage ‘you are what you eat’ very literally. Head over to London’s Gazelli Art Gallery to see the result of Ostrer turning himself and his friends into human sculptures made of food. Read More »

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Thrift Store Sculptures by Sayaka Ganz

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Using thrift store plastics, artist Sayaka Ganz creates works that have been influenced by her Japanese roots and the Japanese Shinto belief that “all objects and organisms have spirits.” For her, art should arise “from the passion for fitting odd shapes together and a sympathy toward discarded objects.”

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Anthony McCall: Solid Light Films and Other Works

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Photograph by Jason Wyche

Solid Light Films and Other Works (1971 – 2014) is the first solo exhibition for British artist Anthony McCall in the Netherlands and will hit EYE Amsterdam from September 28th until November 30th. Since the 70s, McCall has developed a remarkable amount of work, comprised of drawings, performances, and – the essential part of this exhibition  – large installations that he calls ‘solid light films’. These sculptural light projections are equally minimalist in form, magic in effect, theoretic in essence, and physical in experience. The moving light sculptures constantly change form and cannot be categorized in the usual domains of art, such as ‘sculpture’ or ‘film’.

His work is a consistent refusal to conform to art historical categories and constantly circumvents cinematic conventions and expectations.

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