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Timothy Hutto’s Manifesto

Timothy Hutto is an artist who mainly works with photography.

Through the study of sign processes, signification and communication Hutto touches overlapping themes of pragmatism and code through rubbish theory and composition. Reoccurring subject matter can be recognized, such as mass-produced objects and their relationship with popular culture and media, working with recontextualization, the process of play and the investigation of the process of interpretation.

His photos often refer to the meta narratives found in mass culture. Using color theory, common objects and ambiguous linguistic messages a world where icons rule and where those rules are subverted is created. By taking meretricious goods as subject matter he comments on the everyday aesthetic of American middle class values that generates diverse interpretation. Associations and meanings collide. Budget props become profound statements and image becomes commentary.

“I just want to make beautiful awe inspiring images” – Timothy Hutto

His works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere naiveté in which recognition of second order meaning surpasses the saturated presentation. By using theories such as post structural play, binary opposition and dissonance he often creates work using creative tactics, imposing specific compositional rules on himself but these are never rigid. Boundary is a serious matter: inside the frame different rules apply than in everyday life and everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

His works question the conditions of the everyday in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. Timothy Hutto currently lives and works in Savannah.

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2ALAS Debut Solo Exhibition “LOS CULPABLES” opens at Gregg Shienbaum Gallery


Each time I go to Wynwoood’s Art Walk Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art Gallery is a must see stop. I was excited to see Gregg’s latest show, the debut T-Model Engine Solo exhibition by artist 2alas entitled “LOS CULPABLES.” 2alas Is a collective by Andrew Antonaccio and Filio Galvez for the purpose of an art proposal. Defining geometrical tendency in a color simplicity always adding a binary image making the complete composition unique. “LOS CULPABLES” runs through Nov 2.

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The Sardonic Style of Greg Haberny



Utilizing the medium of installation, Greg Haberny integrates his multifaceted artistic vision with his knowledge of filmmaking and creates what might be considered film sets and like a storyboard, the strategic decisions and quiet psychologies steer the viewer to take notice of his intentions individually and, as a whole.







Mixing influences from Alfred Hitchcock to Terry Richardson, Haberny’s grasp, awareness and assimilation of cultural iconography remain true to themselves. His regeneration of vintage comics, pin-up girls of yesteryear and baby boomer advertising opens an inner dialogue which shifts our perceptions and creates stories with individual works which participate in a larger experience within the installation. He creates a makeshift, yet nearly cinematic representation turning the gallery into a movie, one to be inhabited, rather than passively viewed.

The unsuspecting viewer of a Greg Haberny installation is torn from the dullness of the everyday and shoved into a violent landscape where greed, lust and ignorance have generated political corruption, wartime propaganda, unemployment, doped-up celebrities, oil disasters and out-of-control industrial policy. Within this environment one is left to identify with the actors, or perhaps victims – from bunnies to boy scouts – who hover between helplessness and defiance. Caught in the midst of fairy tales gone painfully wrong, Haberny’s cast of characters struggle to exist in a crisis of cultural wreckage.









Through a heavily worked technique of cutting, scraping, affixing and the makeshift repair of painted and found elements, Haberny creates and recreates the evidence of damage. The resulting physicality of the work is akin to bodily injury. Like broken bones and bruises following an accident, Haberny’s works expose the shattered remains of our cultural anatomy, struck senseless by a media frenzy of com-modified fear. The constructed visual “pain” is spontaneous and immediate, causing bewilderment followed by a period of reflection. In the end, Haberny concludes that our contemporary wasteland leaves nothing to define. His response is to push forward through the trauma.

Despite the work’s fierce bravado, there remains a perceptible sense of hope for transformation, witnessed in the artist’s attention to detail and a focus on creating miniature stories within each piece. As one might tenderly sew up a rough wound, the artist discloses his methods of working through pain to arrive at healing. Each highly-crafted tableau serves dual function as document and warning, perhaps with the unspoken desire for a future beyond “nothing.”

I had the opportunity to view Greg’s latest exhibition “Burn All Crayons” at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City. Check out some images of his work below.






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The Sheep Station

“We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation.”
― Anthon St. Maarten

Sheep Station featuring the work of late artist François-Xavier Lalanne as the inaugural exhibition of Getty Station, a new public art program located at the former Getty filling station in West Chelsea. The installation showcases 25 of the iconic epoxy stone and bronze ‘Moutons,’ and mark the largest collection to ever be shown publicly in an outdoor presentation. Lalanne’s first iteration of the sculptures was his infamous ‘Moutons de Laine’ in 1965, gradually expanding this particular body of work to include additional variations of the sculpture in epoxy stone and bronze in 1977. Sheep Station will include works from his series ‘Les Nouveaux Moutons’ – made up of the Belier (1994), the Brebis (1994) the Agneau (1996), and Le Mouton Transhumant (1988). Also shown is an earlier series titled ‘Mouton de Pierre,’ executed between 1979 and 1984.

Set in a surrealist landscape amidst the existing industrial gas station architecture, the sheep symbolize Lalanne’s mission to demystify art and capture its joie de vivre. ‘Moutons’ have become Lalanne’s most iconic work, embodying his very approach to art while commenting on the nature of art itself. Sheep Station runs through October 20.





Fru Bugge on the looks that matter

Fru Bugge hearts pop art. It’s obvious based on one glance of her bright collage work. The Norweigan-based artist started out with photography several years ago, shown in shows and publications, but the inspiration she received from artists like Greg Gossel, Hush, Logan Hicks and Dolk got Fru to incorporate other techniques to achieve the impressions she wanted. Take a closer look at the work of Fru Bugge below.


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Tokio Aoyama’s latest exhibition “The Loop” opens Aug 1 at Cre8 Gallery

Japanese born painter Tokio Aoyama is back this summer with 2nd solo art exhibition entitled The Loop. “The Loop” will showcase Aoyama’s latest surreal psychedelic paintings from his 2013 art series “Dogu.” Through his paintings he creates a mystical landscape that explores music, color, birth, life, transformation, the spiritual world and ancient Japanese mythology. The exhibition is being presented by Cre8 Gallery and Earth Tone arts at London based Hoxton Gallery. The exhibition will open August 1, 2013 from 6-9pm. Come prepared to party and enjoy some mind blowing visual art.



Anthony Lister has the keys to the city

It would seem that Anthony Lister has the key to the city. If you haven’t noticed the bus shelter posters being resurrected into works of art by the this revolutionary artist, then you are paying as much attention to the ads as he wants you to. Recently voted no #1 world wide figurative muralist for is recent work in Beverly Hills LA by RJ Rushmore for Complex Magazine, Lister is well and truly in the deep end of setting the world on fire.

Next month Anthony Lister is excited to announce he will be having his first solo exhibition at the prestigious Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney. This show will see new large works on canvas, bronze sculptures, video work work and even his famous illegal bus shelters, all of which were build in his secret Sydney laboratory.

His illegal works and avant garde street practice have caused much controversy in recent years. From illegally taking bought advertising space to painting on brides on their wedding day, Anthony has only this to say “you know something has gone terribly wrong when disaster is dressed as entertainment. You also know something has gone terribly wrong when advertising locations are being culturally embraced without question. I believe in the freedom of visual speech’

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To coincide with this momentous occasion, Anthony has also celebrated a decade of sketch books, of which he will be releasing a compilation in the form of a hard cover book.

Anthony’s paintings are serous works and he is a serious artist that is at the fore front of contemporary art and that has proven himself internationally at being so. He says about his paintings ‘I see painting like the ocean, the more I wink at it, the more it smiles back’.

Anthony Lister The Beautiful Misery will be officially opening at Olsen Irwin Gallery August 7th – 25th.


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The Deepest thoughts of Indie 184


Fantasy rummages through landscape of being struck by platonic love, what can happen and what it may all mean. Revealing Indie’s current state of mind through her paintings. A smorgasbord of reflective works, in a number of moods: protective, determined, melancholic, desperate, idealistic, maternal, emotional, mystified, understanding and hopeful.

Since 2001, Dominican-American, New York native artist Indie 184 has been painting her graffiti moniker in the streets of New York and internationally. Indie’s graffiti was featured the record-breaking Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV video game. She has collaborated with the most prolific female street artists of our generation such as Aiko, Swoon and Fafi.The dreams and fantasy Indie has created in worlds that exist night and day. An ocean of filled with deep thoughts, characters and treasures. Escapisms painted through compositions of collages with raptures of color and textures fused with of her graffiti, imagery, and designs juxtaposed with messages. Indie expresses her energy through the use of mixed media work including spraypaint, acrylic, enamel, plaster, glitter, stencil and paper on canvas. Take a closer look at some of Indie’s work from her first solo exhibition in New York City at TT Gallery.
















becca and Philip Lumbang’s Awesome Teamup

New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles – it has been a whirlwind tour of big city writers’ conferences for me the past half year. Nothing like the dense urbanity of SF and NYC; nothing like the unfathomable vastness of LA. And nothing tops urban art.

Los Angeles was first up, where my best friend in the world has resided on or near the Wilshire Corridor for more than fifteen years. He has finally married and acted and restaurant hustled his way to the semi-fancy Hancock Park neighborhood. First night back in the city where I set the majority of my first book, while he worked, I wandered my old path of La Brea toward Wilshire. Was heading to see my American Indian pal, Wolf, still in the old apartment building.

I always enjoyed the area on previous trips but what struck me as uniquely changed was an influx of hot art, as example the street art gallery on La Brea known as Lab Art. “That didn’t take long,” I said to myself as I was immersed in the scene less than a half hour after hitting the streets. Of course, an opening was happening. Doors always open for me in California.

Free drinks and snacks and the overly fashioned nodding as the music was booming and the conversation flowing freely, the pretty people preening because this is LA.


becca is an all lowercase Austin artist with a big sense of feminine style, the ladies she paints so pretty it’s practically perfect. While her longtime collaborator Philip Lumbang, a former art assistant to the great Shepard Fairey, paints his signature Awesome Bears everywhere. His motto is, “Keep it simple.”

They initially met online, and their process is this: becca paints her sophisticated ladies, leaving room for the Los Angeles-based Lumbang to insert Awesome Bear, who appears as a fun interloper in the pieces.

Copro Gallery in Santa Monica has a current show of their collaborations, and Lumbang is fresh off a solo show in NYC. Their work together is, well, awesome.

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Where Violence and Style Intersect, You’ll Find Ian Francis’ Worldview

Working in mixed media on canvas, Ian Francis combines abstraction, figuration, and elements of both painting and drawing to create distinctly contemporary works. He draws his inspiration from cinema, pornography, street culture, and images sampled at random from the Internet, synthesizing these sources into a quasi-literal vision of the “mediated landscape.” Amid high-color washes and jagged brushwork, Francis depicts semi-clad figures who loll and mix in casual groupings—some scenes are intimate, others hedonistic. These figures are recognizable, the young and beautiful denizens of a particular media fantasy fueled by sex, death, and celebrity. Abstraction and figuration mutually support the artist’s suggestion of a worldview where violence and style intersect.


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From Tags to Riches

The man whose art changed the world, who created an army to de- stroy everything, who risked everything, and got what he deserved. This is the story of a small town troublemaker, with big city dreams, who went from tags to riches, from the streets of Aussie to the museums around the world, this is the story of our favorite brainwashed vandal ANTHONY LISTER.



Art Nouveau: How are you?
AL: On the brink. What’s up?
AN: Tell me about your latest show at New Image Art Gallery. Ballerinas have been a reoccuring figure in your work for a while. What is it about them that attracts you?

AL: I like drawing attention betwen the relationships between ballerinas and strippers. As much as I do with my public work, I’m trying to break down barriers between high- brow and low brow and destroy perceived value and judgement along the way.


AN: You’re known as much for your street work as gallery work. which do you feel benefits you more.

AL: Each are different and fufilling in their own way. I benifit most from not looking in the mirror or refecting on the past too often.
AN: You’ve traveled all over the world sharing your art. Out of all the Street Art scenes in the cities you’ve visited, which has been your favorite so far?

AL: It’s hard to make a clear decision so early in my reincarination. It’s probaly somewhere between New York, Sydney and Berlin.


AN: Do you listen to music while you work? What are you listening to now?

AL: My most productive audio vibrations come from bad white boy hip hop. It really pisses me off and it brings out the best in my
AN: What’s your guilty pleasure?
AL: My guilty pleasure is telling people exactly what I think.
AN: Tell me about your “LISTER” film. When will it be released?

AL: We had some complications with Madonna. It’s coming.
AN: From watching videos of you, I can tell your personality is as big as your work. How important is being yourself in marketing your work?
AL: I’ve never marketed anything in my life. If youre asking how important it is to be myself, well I’d rather forget what I am not who I am.
AN: What’s next for you?
AL: Miami in May, Sydney in August and launching my new secret project – Graffiti The Musical
AN: If you could tell yourself five years ago anything about your life today what would it be?

AL: You’re not working hard enough. Get busy cool boy.


Read the rest of this interview with Anthony Lister and more in the 10th issue of Art Nouveau Magazine. Click here to get your copy!

Vogue on a Shroom Trip

We all create our own realities. We chat about the occurrences in our day to friends, sometimes they listen, sometimes they just pretend to be listening, muttering “mhmm” at the end of your sentences. Sometimes we take notice and over-embellish our mundane stories with the occasional fib to create a more interesting “reality.” Were David Lynch recounting our lives on screen, said scenario would not be a problem. Viewers may not be entirely aware of what these realities may be but they sure as hell would be captivated.



Filipa Sottomayor creates her realities by embellishing her personal truths on canvas. The Lisborn native artist dedicates her life to creating striking collages narrating the episodes of her daily life in a highly imaginative form. Sottomayor’s mixed media collages verve beyond the realm of reality into her surreal subconscious, impossible to decode but irresistibly intriguing. She creates what she says she “feels in her soul.” Her mythical images are filled with parahuman figures, abstracted proportions, hidden meaning and female identity.

Images like “Ponta por onde se pegue” and “Lua Cheia,” all of her images in fact, are dominated by female figures, clear statements of Sottomayor’s personal identity. Her collages are distinct anecdotes of her life projected through a mishmash of clippings with a highly editorial feel— created by the presence of idealized, accessorized, female bodies, no doubt— but it is Sottomayor’s hallucinogen quality that separates her anecdotes from the typical editorial images her clippings originated from. The magazine pages with the hot gal wearing the hot shoes on a hot car with the hot man: most of the time not a reality, nevertheless, we imagine them to be, we alter those images in our minds, in our hallucinations.




Submerged Installations by Forlane 6 Studio

Forlane 6 Studio is composed by the artist duo of partners Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez. These nomadic artists are living on their old sailing boat in Crete and are completly dedicated to creating submerged works that help to raise awarness on issues such as marine pollution. They experiment with mass consumed domestic material and objects by transforming them in organic creatures that come to life beneath the seas. Check out some of their work below.

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Musings on the atmospheric work of Ryan Wallace

Ryan Wallace’s atmospheric works evoke meditative qualities that fluctuate between angst and serenity. Embracing ambiguity with a simultaneous sense of assembly and disintegration, his multi-faceted practice cultivates a sense of surface, texture and tone. Wallace’s works act as visual solutions to his own curiosities and meditations on systematic themes.

He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a recent recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foudation Grant. Wallace’s paintings, works on paper, installations and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions across North America and Europe. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, and Amagansett, New York.


Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Graphite 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, graphite, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Violet Gun Metal 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, graphite, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Violet 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Chrome12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, graphite, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Silver 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Gold Violet 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Gold 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Copper 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Locnar 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Consensus (Aluminum) / 2013
Aluminite resin, enamel, plexiglass, colored film, mdf / 40″ x 10″ x 10″

Jess & Keegan Master Dynamic Ideas in Static Form

Jess & Keegan are artists who work with the idea that collected effort, from its many parts, and a vast sum of time & energy, is what has built all levels of human interaction. Their work captures this dynamic idea in static form.




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Red Bull Curates San Francisco


Red Bull Curates kicked off a new season of Canvas Cooler Project exhibitions on January 31 in San Francisco. The exhibition drew nearly 1,300 visitors to Public Works in the city’s Mission District to view work by 20 Bay Area artists. The artists were given the assignment to interpret the clean surface of a Red Bull cooler according to the aesthetic of local San Francisco bars, lounges and restaurants. Two of the artists were awarded for their standout, interpretive coolers: Akira Beard andSlvster. Each won the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at the SCOPE Art Fair during 2013 Art Basel in Miami in December. For both artists, it will be their first time exhibiting at a major international art fair…



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Ch0d3r is never out of line

Aleem, also known as Chod3r has been drawing for about 3 years now. Keith Haring and Freebase are a big influence in the artwork he does. But at first he used to do a little tagging and sticker slapping.
At the time he was obsessed with patterns and making art out of just lines. The patterns and art of people and other pictures came from playing around.

“I had showed my friend the stuff I was fooling around with, and he actually liked then once that was done,” Chod3r explains. “I decided to do more then a lot of people actually started liking it. I’ve done recent ones for Kdia, Aleali May, and several others. I plan on taking this to the next level, and make my style stay out and be known.” We’re excited to see where it goes. Take a look at some of Chod3r’s new work below.


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