April 14, 2014

Alexa Meade

human paintings by alexa meade and sheila vand 6[3]





Alexa Meade (born 1986) is an American artist best known for her portraits painted on the human body. She takes a classical concept – trompe l’oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional—and works in an opposite direction. Her aim is to do the opposite, to collapse depth and make her living models into flat pictures.The result is walking, talking optical illusions, 3D paintings that confuse how the eye processes objects in space.


Meade applies acrylic paint to the surfaces of people, objects, and walls in a style that mimics the appearance of brushwork in a traditional painting. The three dimensional scene may be approached from multiple angles and still appear to be a flat painting through the lens of the camera, without the guise of Photoshop or digital effects. Saatchi Gallery exhibition curator Christian Furr described Meade’s work as “taking it one step further than trompe l’oeil.” The effect of the optical illusion is striking. “Many of the images make it nearly impossible to find visual evidence of the secret their construction”.

Watch her on TED here

April 14, 2014

Liu Bolin












Liu Bolin is an artist born in China’s Shandong province in 1973, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world. Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005.

Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

Since his first solo shows in Beijing in 1998, Liu Bolin’s work has received international recognition. Among other international venues, his distinctive photographs and sculptures have been shown at the major contemporary photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles and he had solo shows at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing (2007), Galerie Bertin-Toublanc in Paris (2007), Eli Klein Fine Art in New York (2008), Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris and Brussels (2013), Boxart Gallery in Verona (2008), Forma Foundation for Photography in Milan (2010)

March 17, 2014

Mustafa Hulusi

Mustafa Hulusi

Mustafa Hulusi

Mustafa Hulusi







Mustafa Hulusi mines his hybrid identity—he was born in London to Turkish Cypriot parents—to create his evocative paintings, installations, films, and photographs. By combining diverse artistic styles and references to pop culture, advertising, and Middle Eastern and Western history in his works, Hulusi investigates how different visual “languages” shape our perception.

March 13, 2014

Harvey Lynch on Fancy


March 13, 2014

Claudio Parmiggiani









Claudio Parmiggiani produced his first “Delocazioni” in 1970, using powder, smoke, fire, soot, and ash to make imprints on paper and boards, a technique he has continued to mine for recent works on panel that depict veil-like forms of light, shade, and movement. In his collage, sculpture, installation, and photography, Parmiggiani explores ways of creating and manipulating images and objects, showing the influence of Giorgio Morandi, whose studio he frequented in the late 1950s, as well as Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni.  Parmiggiani is an iconoclast, an ‘image-breaker’, a dissenter, a non-conformist.

Claudio Parmiggiani was born in Italy in 1943. His first major exhibition was held at Liberia Feltrinelli, Bologna in 1965. He has exhibited widely internationally and has made five appearances at the Biennale de Venezia (1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1995). A retrospective of his practice between 1960 and 1995 was shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (1995). Whilst in recent years he has had several solo exhibitions at Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna (2003) Galerie Pascal Retelet, Brussels (2004), The Grand Palais, Paris (2005) and Galerie Cent8., Paris (2008).

February 9, 2014

Sterling Ruby









Sterling Ruby / frac champagne-ardenne

Sterling Ruby was born in Bitburg, Germany to a Dutch mother and an American father. While living in Pennsylvania, he attended the then three year NASAD accredited art school, The Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. From Pennsylvania, the artist relocated to Illinois where in 2001 he received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the MFA program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While at Art Center he studied with artist Richard Hawkins, and theorists Sylvère Lotringer and Laurence Rickels. While attending graduate school at Art Center he was the teaching assistant for artist Mike Kelley. Sterling Ruby currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered. Proclaimed as one of the most interesting artists to emerge in the twentieth century by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, Ruby’s work examines the psychological space where individual expression confronts social constraint.

Ruby has exhibited at institutions including the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Saatchi Gallery, London; MACRO, Rome; and Baibokov Projects, Moscow.

In addition to his solo exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (“SUPERMAX 2008″), Ruby has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; La Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Riems, France and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ruby’s work is in international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; and Tate Collection, London. 

January 7, 2014

ADA – analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works as a freelance artist in Munich and Berlin in Germany. She studied painting and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany. She works as an intermedia artist with analog and digital media. She produces and collaborates on projects ranging from interactive and mixed reality art in form of installations, objects, in-situ&online-art-projects, art interventions and multimedia physical theater performances, to digital and traditional painting, analog interactive installations or kinetic sculptures. Since 2013 she is member of The Dream Team of artists, architects and designers by the DiBari Innovation Design Associates & Partners Studio. She is also an lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg (Germany).

Her works has been shown in 36 countries on 5 continents at festivals, galleries and museums internationally, including GARAGE Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (Russia), ZERO1 Biennial in Silicon Valley (US), FILE Electronic Language International Festival in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), FACT in Liverpool (UK), Busan Biennale (South Korea), GAK – Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen (Germany), Bangkok University Gallery (Thailand).

Her collaborative performances has been shown at the Festival Montpellier (France), Festival in Ramallah (Palestine), Grand Théâtre (Luxembourg), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon (Portugal), Festival in Kabul (Afghanistan), GoDown Art Center Nairobi (Kenya), National School of Drama in Delhi (India), Festival Caracas (Venezuela), Fadjr-Festival in Tehran (Iran), Art Festival (South Korea), Haus der Kunst in Munich (Germany), Teatro Sesc in São Paulo (Brazil), Biennale de la danse in Paris (Frankreich), Berliner Festspiele (Germany) and Biennale di Venezia – Arsenale, Venice (Italy).

January 7, 2014

Metalmorphosis Sculpture by David Cerny

metalmorphosis’ by czech sculptor David černý is a 7.6 m tall sculpture located in front of
the whitehall corporate center in charlotte, north carolina, USA. the artist’s first permanent
public installation in the united states, the piece consists of multiple plates that rotate
intermittently to create a three-dimensional human head that dispenses water from its mouth
into a large fountain base. the construction of the sculpture utilized approximately 14 tons
of stainless steel and features a custom-written program that controls the embedded motors
within the structure.

continuously changing in its orientation, the layers that make up the head are controlled via
the internet by černý. a theme which the artist has been exploring with his work, the piece
incorporates mechanical engineering and computers into the holistic make up of the design.

January 2, 2014

Richard Long



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Richard Long CBE (born 2 June 1945) is an English sculptor, photographer and painter, one of the best known British land artists.

Long is the only artist to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize four times, and he is reputed to have refused the prize in 1984. He was nominated in 1984, 1987, 1988 and he then won the award in 1989 for White Water Line. He currently lives and works in Bristol.

December 22, 2013

Steven Laxton

Circo El

Circo El Salvador






Steven Laxton is an Australian-born artist whose work has been published in a wide range of news and lifestyle media, arrived in New York via London in 2002. By 2008, he was named one of the 15 Rising Stars of International Photography by American Photo Magazine and in 2009 Communication Arts recognized him as a “Fresh” artist.   ‘Human & Urban Forms,’ turns the classic nude portrait on its head, usually literally. Laxton’s subjects, professional dancers, assume a series of intertwined and contorted shapes, turning flesh into form. The dancers’ heads are always obscured and the shade of skin and the sinuous muscle become the material of what Laxton calls “human sculpture.”

In addition to the Arnold Newman prize, Laxton’s El Circo project was awarded in the 2012 POYi (Picture of the Year International) Feature Story category and was included in the prestigious 2012 PDN photo Annual. In September, El Salvador’s national Museum of Art will feature a major solo exhibit of Steven’s Circo project, which will then tour nationally.  Steven Laxton’s portrait and urban landscape work can be viewed at www.stevenlaxton.com.


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