“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.
The Illest Dictators across the globe… according to Artist & Designer Pete Kirill
Miami based Neo-Pop artist Pete Kirill recently shared these images with me of his latest installation located in Downtown Hollywood Florida. In turn I’m sharing them with you. No sense in being an art hoarder. The installation entitled The Dictator Hall of Fame was commissioned by the Hollywood Mega Mural project and features five dictators including Big Daddy Hussein, MC Arafats, Kim jong-Rodman, MC Chavez and Flavor Fidel. Complete with a portrait of each dictator and one piece of fake memorabilia from each portrait. For example, the portrait titled, Flavor Fidel depicts the Cuban dictator holding a microphone, so under his painting on the shelf is a microphone. MC Arafats has sunglasses on his shelf like the one’s portrayed in the painting.
According to Pete, “The Dictator Hall of Fame series focuses on famous dictators worldwide. A strong connective tissue joins dictator worship and celebrity idolization, as these these leaders increasingly resemble American Pop icons versus heads of state.
“Love and Luck” is Hugh Leeman’s newest 15′ x 22′ oil painting and participatory installation at SOMArts in San Francisco. The piece is a meditation on relationships, and according to the artist a meditation on his relationship with my father, and his friend, homeless street musician Blue.
“UNTITLED (BROWN CAGE)” Steel, Found Object, TFT,LCD, video, various electronics, SD memory
I came across these awesome installations by Miami based artist Troy Abbot at The Robert Fontaine Gallery this past Wynwood Art Walk. Now I know why the caged bird tweets.
Digital technology has its origins in the fabric of contemporary art practices since the late 1970’s, with the advent of VHS recording systems and active, multi-screen television installations showing archival and original film footage. The relentless progression, and subsequent scale shrinkage, of digital technology has allowed the artist to render their technological commentaries more and more invisible to the viewer’s naked eye. The remarkable achievement of technological trompe l’oeil has manifested in the works of Miami-based artist Troy Abbott. Blurring the boundary between the tangible ‘real’ world and the algorithms, software and energy which invisibly powers it, Abbott recreates seemingly pristine, unaltered natural objects. Upon closer observation, these delicate creatures are not at all organically composed. Rather, they are exquisitely constructed illusions made from coldly engineered industrial elements; the metaphoric antithesis of the natural world they display.
“UNTITLED (BLUE CAGE)” Steel, Found Object, TFT,LCD, video, various electronics, SD memory
Home is where the art is. Greek artist Dimitris Polychroniadis‘ latest installation “Home Sweet Home” is an ode to his birthplace of Thessaloniki, Greece. The installation is comprised of two parts: Mixed media diorama sculpture 50cm X 50cm X 65cm (h) and a life-size sign comprized of a steel and timber structure, plywood, acrylic colour and spotlights with dimensions 655cm X 600cm X 770cm (h).
The instillation is a part of “Action Field Kodra,” an annual contemporary art show that takes place in the derelict site of the Kodra ex military barracks. The piece was exhibited as part of a section named ‘Stopover’, themed around the ideas of homeland with references to the history of Thessaloniki, curated by N. Mykoniatis. The sculpture attempts to reconcile imagery from war-zone bombed residential buildings (e.g. Syria, Lybia, Lebanon), with early 20th century Modernist Utopias and a sense of carelessness or defiance of lurking danger. The title comes from a hit song, written in 1823 by Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne. Being part of American popular culture for more than 150 years, it has been heavily used as a title for books, films e.t.c. It has become an almost iconic slogan, also embedded in numerous door-mats around the globe. Take a look at more images shot by Michalis Dalanikas and Dimitris himself below.
Philip Sportel created this awesome text based installation recently at Community 54 in Tornoto, Canada. The filmed footage became the visual accompanyment to Colin Munroe’s latest song “Invincible” featuring RZA & Memoryhouse.
WYSIWYG, is a site specific installation in Weimar, Germany created by visual artist Anthony Antonellis. In his previous Shapeshifters, the public paintings were slipped between the wall and the graffiti, in WYSIWYG the painting is slipped between the reflection and the reflected.
I’ve been telling you guys to pay attention to your surroundings for a while now. It’s not as expensive as those Yeezy’s you’ve been fawning over and it just may save your life. Case in point, I walked past this installation on Nelson Street in the Castleberry Hills Art District in Atlanta almost everyday as I went to work on my mural for this year’s Art, Beats & Lyrics urban art showcase.
Ah, yet another reason I need to pack all my shit up and head straight to New York City, Brooklyn or Chelsea to be exact. Our good friends at Curbs & Stoops will open their Active Space on Norte Maar’s infamous Beat Nite. A collaboration between Wel, the project is a progressive cultural center and this Friday the art collective will open the first 6,000 square feet of the space.
Inspired by folklore tales, mystical imagery, myths and faity lates, Mandy Greer is a NorthWest artist, who will be featured at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle to exhibit her Honey and Lightning solo show. The show will feature small sculptures, photographs and a series of headdresses. Honey and Lightning will open Friday January 14th from 6-9pm and will run through February 5th 2011.Mandy Greer’s enchanting works make you feel as if you’re in a fairy tale, and are simply to intricate and elaborate to describe with simple words. It’s as if the closing scene of the film Pan’s Labyrinth had a baby with Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days are Over” music video.
Artist Richard Colmanopened his solo show “Something Better” at the Guerrero Gallery this past weekend. The show boasted two interactive installation pieces that filled the showroom comfortably. Richard has been exploring geometrical patterns and the work shows. The installation may be the attention grabber but the standalone pieces are really the kickers. Richard Colman is Art Nouveau’s Artist of the Week. Take a closer look at his work from “Something Better” below. The show is on view until Nov 6.
Bay Area artist Jesse Hazelip recently created this installation for SFMOMA Garage’s Street-level Windows, in Conjunction with “Wonderous Strange” at SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The work for this installation involves large scale mixed media pieces on wooden panels, each commenting on contemporary sociopolitical issues in a cause and effect statement. Hazelip’s installation will be up from July 10 – November 13, 2010 and can be seen from the street 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Check out images of the installation below.
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Atlanta based collage artist John Morse sent us this awesome video of his latest installation “Here It Comes, There It Goes,” at a law firm in the warehouse district near downtown Los Angeles. John must have expensive taste. The installation is made of dollar bills suspended in a shape of a tornado complete with a never-ending spin. The spiraling installation is massive and connects from the floor to roof of the building.
John’s work will be in shown in the upcoming “Super Pop!” group show at Wm Turner Gallery. The show opens Aug 5, with a reception at the gallery from 7 pm – 10pm. Wine and refreshments will be served. Click here more information.
Now this is sick! The guys at Wooster Collective recently introduced us to this animated installation by Jon Stommel and Travis Czekalski, collectively known as Rather Severe. The installation is inside the Stonewall Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio and took two weeks to complete, from concept to finish. The video also features music by Flying Lotus off his new album Cosmogramma. Watch the video below.
Atlanta based collage artist John Morse recently sent us this awesome clip from his latest installation “Flat Out” at Wm Turner Gallery. The clip features music by Ford Rodgers and details the work in the show. John Morse’s “Flat Out” is on view until June 19. An Artist’s reception and champagne reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 6-9 PM.