June 15, 2014

Tattoos, The Permanent Art

It seems that no matter how far we advance into the digital age, our bodies remain a place where we want to express ourselves. This episode of OFF BOOK profiles the diverse talents and philosophies of three modern tattoo artists of vastly differing styles: Vinny Romanelli, Kiku, and Stephanie Tamez.

By kornhaberbrown.com via the amazing PBS.org

June 1, 2014

Henrique Oliveira

 

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Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP – Incredible!!!!!  Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973. He received a BFA in painting in 2004 and a masters in visual poetics in 2007 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He lives and works in São Paulo. Oliveira uses salvaged wood collected from the streets of São Paulo to create massive scale, site-specific installations with dense layers that twist, curve, bend, and split. Oliveira uses tapumes — which in Portugese can mean fencing, boarding, or enclosure — as a title for many of his large-scale installations. The term makes reference to the temporary wooden construction fences seen throughout the city of São Paulo where Oliveira lives.

Henrique’s breakthrough occurred when he was a student at the University of São Paulo, where for two years the view from his studio window was a wooden construction fence. Over time Oliveira began to see the deterioration of the wood and its separation into multiple layers and colors. One week before the final student show opened, the construction was finished and the worn out plywood fence was discarded. Oliveira collected the wood and used it in his first installation.

May 19, 2014

Nanimarquina

“Art forms part of what hasn’t been done yet, what you still don’t believe in. It’s something that is apart from you, in front of you; something you have to look for.”
Eduardo Chillida
http://www.nanimarquina.com

May 15, 2014

If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday…

Professional skateboarder Chris Martin rides through Christie’s, giving a behind-the-scenes look at highlights from our If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday Contemporary Art Evening Sale, with a soundtrack by AWOLNATION.

April 14, 2014

Alexa Meade

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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

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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

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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

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March 13, 2014

Claudio Parmiggiani

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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

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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. 

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