Artist Federico Pietrella is perhaps best known for his peculiar acrylic paintings. For this work Pietrella foregoes a traditional brush for a rubber date stamp. Thousands of carefully placed stamps come together to form a highly realistic scene, like Pointillism, becoming clearer as you back away from the piece. While creating his work Pietrella uses the current date to stamp his painting into creation. These pieces can often take several months to create. Thus, the painting not only is a depiction of his chosen subject but also a documentation of the time that elapsed in its creation
Andrew Hem and Mel Kadel currently have solo exhibitions on view side-by-side at LA’s Merry Karnowsky Gallery, with an opening reception slated for the evening of March 8. Hem’s “Dream but Don’t Sleep” presents a series of new paintings filled with cool-hued shadows and prismatic shapes. Though focused on figuration, Hem paints with an expressionistic looseness. His figures reveal his brushstrokes and nuanced color palettes without much blending. Yet, his work retains a sense of precision, lending it an illustrative quality that complements his Impressionist-influenced painting style.
Mel Kadel’s “Tied Up” includes a series of ink drawings on hand-stained paper. The artist primarily focuses on female characters in her work, though they depart greatly from those depicted by many of her contemporaries. Slightly androgynous, Kadel’s multitudinous characters are an industrious and persevering bunch, rowing and climbing their way through a terrain of abstract shapes that appear to represent the inner workings of the mind. The identical characters evoke homunculi carrying out the dreams and thoughts inside the imagination of a larger being.
Mel Kadel and Andrew Hem exhibit at Merry Karnowsky Gallery March 1 through March 22.
Located near the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt, Desert Breath is an impossibly immense land art installation dug into the sands of the Sahara desert by the D.A.ST. Arteam back in 1997. The artwork was a collaborative effort spanning two years between installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides, and was meant as an exploration of infinity against the backdrop of the largest African desert. Covering an area of about 1 million square feet (100,000 square meters) the piece involved the displacement of 280,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of sand and the creation of a large central pool of water.
Bruno Catalano’s “Disappearing” Sculpturesby Danny OldaPosted on February 27, 2014
Artist Bruno Catalano‘s rather large series of life size bronze sculptures is poetically titled Travelers. The group of sculptures depict very different people but each walking with suitcase or bag in hand, a few sitting on their luggage. However, large swath’s of each person’s body is missing as if disappearing or torn away, the sculpture somehow still able to stand. While the subjects are clearly literal travelers, they also to appear be traveling in some symbolic sense. The sheer number of sculptures almost resemble a human migration, a sort of shared journey. It may be that Catalano’s Travelers search for a personal fulfillment illustrated by a literal emptiness.
Reidsville, North Carolina-based artist Brad Spencer works with bricks to produce eye-catching, figurative sculptures. Each piece of work in the sculptor's growing collection is an intriguing look at a common medium used in an unconventional way.
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Talk about a "sweet" piece of art! Award winning food artist Michelle Wibowo of Michelle Sugar Art recently recreated one of Michelangelo's finest masterpieces, The Creation of Adam, out of cake decorations, or more specifically 10,000 marshmallows...
Yu Cheng Hong is a digital artist from Taiwan. In this article we have some of his amazing card game illustrations. I hope you will enjoy them, and as always you can find more about the artist and his work at his Behance portfolio!
Through simple means artist Mark Powell tells a story that, in a way, unfolds over decades. Often wielding only a basic ball point pen, Powell draws extremely detailed portraits, attempting to capture what his statement calls “a certain beauty that is a step away from the image of beauty fed to society.” His subjects are frequently older men and women, pensive, hinting at a long life story. Appropriately, Powell’s portraits are executed on vintage maps, old documents and other ephemera of a time long past. Together, they suggest the unfolding story that led to the present moment, a context perhaps easily taken for granted.
Installation view of Nick Cave at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Photo by John Kennard. Though Nick Cave’s Sound Suits appear whimsical with their mishmash of colorful, festive-looking materials, the unconventional, wearable sculptures have a less joyful origin story. Cave, who began his career as a dancer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, created his first suit in 1992 in reaction to the infamous Rodney King beating. The suit represented a sort of armor to the artist. In his interview in Hi-Fructose Vol. 20, Cave discussed the unexpected psychological transformations that occur when performers don the ornate outfits. The weighty Sound Suits change the wearer’s relationship to gravity, he explained, and alter one’s physical interactions with the world. The Chicago-based artist currently has an exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The exhibition will be on view through May 4.
The artwork of Valerie Hegarty almost seems to hover between two worlds: those of art and real life. Much of Hegarty's work appears to begin with a classically styled piece of "fine art": a still life painting, or presidential portrait for example.
Ralph Horsley is an internationally recognised fantasy illustrator from Leeds, United Kingdom, whose work can be seen in many games products, including Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and World of Warcraft.
AfrikaBurn is an annual event held in the deserts of the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa that invites artists to display their work and then eventually light it up in a blaze of glory, in true Burning Man fashion.