In his current series “Lace Zoo,” painter Marc Le Rest creates a surreal world of majestic animals covered in frills and lace. Le Rest’s colorful and imaginative oil paintings feature animals you would normally find at the zoo, like lions, giraffes and alligators, only instead of being locked in cages, they appear to be enclosed in colorful structures of soft fabric and accented with vibrantly colored butterflies. Le Rest’s bright use of color in the lace creates a deep contrast to the earthy tones of the animal’s fur, feathers and scales. The sizes of the paintings vary, with larger ones that include unlikely pairings of animals such as a gorilla and a crane, or several smaller ones that feature small birds. “Lace Zoo” will be on display through April 5 at Galerie Albane in Nantes, France.
Sitting at the cross-section of painting, sculpture and installation, Alison Blickle’s work (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 28) simultaneously floats loftily into an imaginary realm while grounding itself in the real world. Her current solo show at Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York, “History of Magic, Part II… Initiation,” is a series of rich, detailed oil paintings that function as snapshots into Blickle’s myth-like narrative of a mystical woman. In last year’s solo show at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, “History of Magic, Part I… The Hermitage,” Blickle told the story of a woman determined to create an object that would change the world. Her current exhibition at Kravets Wehby functions as the second chapter to her tale, where sorceresses prepare our protagonist to travel the world with the magical vessel she has made.
“Reflection of illusion“, a project from the designer Qi HU and his studio HU Design, created for Printemps in Paris. Some abstract and angular creations entirely made of paper, inspired by the art of origami as well as fantastic creatures of Chinese mythology…
sing the flower petals of carnations, daisies, mums and other wildflowers Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein (previously) creates temporary mandalas in outdoor locations near her home. She calls the pieces danmalas (‘the giver of garlands’ in Sanskrit), and each piece is photographed and then left to be discovered by others.
Inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka and the work of artists HR Giger and Pierre Matter, Gaby Wormann is an artist who deals with the themes of individual ethics and humanity’s uninhibited intervention in complex biological systems. The need to help individuals to achieve rebirth in the world of art through implantation and modification has become her key artistic focus. Gaby demonstrates the ability to reinterpret fragile and biomechanical contexts in her work on a mechanical and technical basis.
Preview: Naoto Hattori at Dorothy Circus Galleryby James ScarboroughPosted on April 7, 2014
Expression-wise, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the eyes in Japanese artist Naoto Hattori’s recent portraits of young women. Sometimes they’re as large, all seeing, and innocent as anything you’d find in Japanese anime. Sometimes they’re sinister, black pinprick holes that mask or otherwise portend malicious intent. What are extraordinary are the heads and faces. They combine elements of Odilon Redon, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Day of the Dead iconography. The single eye that covers a cat’s face; faces constructed from unexpected organic shapes; a Cheshire Cat that emerges grinning from the top of an exploded head; and a skull. Even the ones that look normal either have henna-like markings on the scalp or else look like death portraits.
El Greco born Doménikos Theotokópoulos, (1541 – 7 April 1614) was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his ethnic Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), often adding the word Κρής (Krēs, "Cretan").
The work you are seeing is by a Miami-based artist named Jen Stark who uses colored paper to make eye-popping, mind-bending artwork that blurs the line between painting and sculpture. I should no longer be surprised when I come across someone creating in a way that I had not considered as these are the innovators, the pioneers who inspire the rest of us to consider new ways of do things (and as always, the best art inspires us personally/socially as well as artistically). More important than Ms. Stark’s trailblazing spirit however is that the artwork she creates is visually beautiful, conceptually compelling, and difficult to pull yourself away from. I have not seen any of her work in person yet but I doubt it will be long before I have a chance to.
THE STACKED HOUSE HOTEL IN ZAANDAM Photograph by Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam Seen here is the funky façade of Inntel Hotel, located directly outside the train station in Zaandam, a town in the Netherlands located about 12 minutes from...
Wonderful three-dimensional drawings on multiple sheets of white paper by talented Dutch artist Ramon Bruin. Unique pencil drawings photographed from a specific angle interact with real world objects and look three-dimensional.
Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.