These intriguingly textural mixed-media works are produced by David Bayus. Like Daniel Sparkes, my last post, the idea involves integrating drawing and painting into photographs to create an uncanny effect.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"In retaliation, my work takes this marketing of female sexual identity to what I perceive as its logical extremes. These are my interpretations - both sinister and humorous - of the eroticized chimeras to which some look for inspiration, and others look for titillation." - Sydney Hardin
First an apology for a lack of updates, dear readers. I had the plague.
Sydney Hardin produces these amazingly entertaining feminist works from her desire to explode what she sees as flimsy, shallow depictions of women in the media. To this end she uses actually flimsy, shallow blow-up-love-dolls. Palin is great, but my personal favourite is 'Inflatable Love Doll Descending a Staircase' (bottom) for a superbly matter-of-fact title.
She has also somehow snapped up the enviable domain giantvagina.com
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Todd Freeman plays with printmaking's credibility as a reproductive medium, using naturalist text-book prints as his sources. His work ridicules the sometimes outrageous inaccuracies found in early naturalist prints, where the artists were often working from second-hand descriptions or dessicated body-parts rather than actual animals.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Seriously, they remind me of those 1000 piece puzzles with the dolphins and the sea-horses. These are just photorealism, people! Not even very well done photorealism! Let me tell you, they look worse than that little picture up there as well, because in real life they're stupidly huge.They all have dorky names like 'Serenity' and 'Sapphire Tide' as well.
I wouldn't care so much, except every show of hers sells out (and I mean for tens of thousands of dollars) and I can be a bit of a jealous prick.
I think most Australian arty types have heard of Danie Mellor. A few people I know seem to hate him though, and I've never quite worked out why... the complaints given include: lack of skill (huh?), incomprehensibility, arty-fartiness yada yada.
Cynicism about art addressing Australia's horrific past is rare, and yet one of the few worthy artists working in that field seems to cop a lot of flack. Oh well.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Chris Aerfeldt is one of the best painters dealing with nostalgia today (and that's saying something!). By recombining photos, toys and her parents recollections of their native Estonia she creates these dream-scapes. I think a lot of children of migrants will look at these and feel an instant kinship. Throughout their childhoop their parents have projected the land of their birth into this fairytale place- a utopia hybridized from their best memories. Aerfeldt puts this down on canvas, and the result is sadly absurd, but the beautiful rendering stops you from feeling too bad about having had the fantasy.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I'm a fan of David Keeling's newer work (the ones above were done in 2005), but there's something so great about these garage-sale still lifes.
Keeling is primarily interested in the environment and conservation- most of his paintings extremely naturalist, delicate forests. Keep a particular eye out for tiny leaf-shaped landscapes suspended from the tips of gum branches.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
More illustration, this time by Sam Weber. Sometimes I think it's too easy to relegate the really good ideas that happen in illustrator's work to the 'just pretty pictures' basket. This is an attitude you bump into a lot around 'serious' artists- just illustration, too graphic, too detailed.
And to some extent I agree. Like that top one, a poster Weber did for a theater production.
The blossom things bother me. Why are they there? So do the PS filters and faux-scratching. But to ignore the good things happening is just ridiculous. It's only when a piece is nothing but prettiness that it should be designated a failure, I reckon.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I debated with myself whether BLU was obscure enough to warrant a post. After all, millions of people have probably seen MUTO, the incredible wall animation done in an abandoned building.
Still, why not, I guess.
BLU's walls are elastic and sprawling. They never seem constrained by a particular thematic direction (borfyou, Isoe etc.) and their messages are never embarrassingly obvious (Banksy :p). Maybe there are way more inspiring people further underground, but hey I don't really know that much about street stuff. I just likes what I likes. Sorry if that sounds disrespectful.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I saw an exhibition of work by Jan Senbergs awhile ago at the AGNSW and was amazed, then I promptly forgot his name. Today a great wrong was righted!
The man doesn't seem to believe in tones, or in colour either really. It's great. Most of his work uses screen-printing and collage.
Here's a bit of an idea, pretty-pretty watercolour painting of industrial junk. Thanks Rick Amor! Most of his work is o/c actually, but I find these more interesting. Maybe it's the fact that it's watercolour, traditionally the cheesiest of paints. The oils are still really good though.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Something a bit different today, the official Philip K. Dick website has this totally astounding collection of what seems to be every cover from every one of his books, including reprints and foreign language editions. This sample isn't even every cover in the list for Galactic Pot Healer. What this really is, is a time machine into the golden age of SF/F illustration. Y'know, back when these things were done with paint in the real world instead of Photoshop and being an illustrator was a viable career for a lot of people.
I don't know how they got so many, most of these are long out of print and a few of the photos are clearly of used books. I like to think of some fanatic scouring used-book stores for every last one. Disappointingly, the artists name isn't included for most of these.
(I think photoshop is a totally legit way of painting actually. But sometimes, it's just not the same.)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Will Cotton is apparently a big deal, so I guess I suck for not having heard of him until now.