Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Sokari Douglas Camp was born in Nigeria and she now works out of her studio in London. Using her powerful and expressive steel sculptures, Camp depicts the lives of African immigrants. Her work is both an aesthetic, historical and socio-political statement, including cultural and social matters, colonialism, slavery as well as toxic and waste management.
Her attention to detail is shown through her usage of acrylic paint colors, manipulation of shapes, and detailed cutouts of patterns. Every fold and cuts is appropriately placed to highlight the rich and dynamic culture of Africa. Each of her figures correlates to a certain historical or contemporary reference, which is in fact what makes her work incredibly powerful.
Artist: Sokari Douglas Camp
Monday, January 5, 2015
Beirut artist Huguette El Khoury Caland is one of my favorite female artists. Her series, Undercover (2012) shown above are quite stunning. The daughter of the first president of Lebanon (Bechara El Khoury) first discovered and honed her skills under the mentorship of Manetti in 1947. Throughout the 60s and 70s she produced a line of work that falls under the erotic art category, which mainly focused on abstract art and body landscapes.
Nevertheless, her work has undoubtedly continued to evolve in time; however, her fascination and appreciation for sensuality still remain through the organic contours used in her paintings and sculptures.
Her work is included in the collections of both private and public institutions across United States, Middle East and Europe.
Artist: Huguette Caland | Represented by: Lombard Fried Gallery
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Now that we are entering 2015, I am getting excited and anxious to see the documentary on Maurizio Cattelan and his work. Director Maura Axelrod has been documenting his peculiar work for the past couple of years and will be presenting it sometime this year. The feature length documentary will encompass the artist's pre and post-career adventures.
Film: Maurizio Cattelan
Film: Maurizio Cattelan
Sunday, December 21, 2014
There is something about taxidermy that I continue to find a little bothersome. Yet, Polly Morgan continues to create charming and exotic work of art that adds on to the list of collectibles for niche group of individuals.
Artist: Polly Morgan
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Miami-born conceptual artist, Teresita Fernández is celebrated for her prominent sculptures and unconventional use of material. Being a strong observer, she is fascinated by the psychology behind seeing and the phenomenon of space. Most of her work are large-scale and site-specific, making it hard for us not to notice. Fernández currently lives and works in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.
I have posted about her before back in 2009, but she is still killing it! There is an interview video from when she produced an installation at Mass MoCa this past summer 2014.
Artist: Teresita Fernández | Represented by: Lehmann Maupin
Friday, December 19, 2014
Louis Vuitton works with artist Olafur Eliasson to produce an exhibition entitled Contact. It brings us to the second day at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Massaging all your existing senses and putting them to work simultaneously, the show promotes itself as a multi-faceted exploration connecting the self, space and universe.
If you are interested, Vogue recently published an article and video tour on their website.
Sounds like a nice approach to understanding phenomenology doesn't it? Eliasson once again shows his intellectual exploration.
Artist: Olafur Eliasson | Exhibiting at Fondation Louis Vuitton
Despite the swarming comments coming from genuine fans, the art world, social-media-savvy and newly-street-art-crazed individuals, I respect the decision that BLU has done to eliminate his work from the Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin. Props to him for making a solid statement.
As the gentrification continues and news broke out that developers plan to build condos next to the huge multi-building in which BLU's work once resided, he took it to his own hands to simply paint it over. The artist was reportedly appalled by the clearing of an adjacent tent city--and of course during the entire process, he did not fail to leave a witty, temporary gift for the stakeholders involved.
I could not help but return from a long pause to give him my salutations.
Artist: BLU | Source: Web Urbanist
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