LUSH PAINTINGS BY GIOVANNI FORLINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Giovanni Forlino obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett’s studio manager for the past ten years, Giovanni has immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. Forlino’s work has made its way into numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Getty Museum and the Guggenheim.

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HARD-EDGE GEOMETRY BY CLARK GOOLSBY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based Clark Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions. His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.

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TAPESTRY IMAGERY BY ERIN M. RILEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erin M. Riley is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work focuses on women and women’s issues primarily in hand-woven tapestries. Riley received her BFA in 2007 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, in 2009.

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Erin has been weaving imagery culled from the Internet, and more recently photographs she has taken of herself using hand-dyed wool on a floor loom. Based on social media images as well as autobiographical experiences that focus on objects and fleeting moments, Riley’s work offers visual dialogue that aims to reevaluate and reconsider the values of contemporary women, their social spheres and stratification, as well as their attitudes towards sex and sexuality through keyhole-like glimpses into their lives.

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She can finish a medium sized piece in 80-90 hours. When she is working on an upcoming exhibition, she spends about 12-14 hours a day weaving and can finish one piece in a week. Her most recent huge piece took her a month.

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SHIFTING SENTIMENTS BY JULES DE BALINCOURT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Jules de Balincourt paints the social, political and economic landscape of the United States, where the Paris-born artist has lived since childhood, is subject to satirical analysis and exuberant reimagining. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.

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Working from the position of an outsider, the artist questions structures of power and influence, laying bare injustices and hypocrisies while maintaining an amused attachment to the myths through which identity – individual and national – is constructed.

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BRIGHTLY COLORED FOLK-ART BY KRISTEN LIU-WONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kristen Liu-Wong is an artist, living in Brooklyn. Her body of work is significant and spans a series of mediums – oil & resined paintings, illustrations, silkscreens, self-published zines, embroidery, glassware and videos. Her themes often reflect a blend of brightly colored folk art, bizarre narratives, sex and violence.

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Her work blends everyday occurrences from her life in Brooklyn with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is  highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.

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Iggy Pop Bares All for Art | JEREMY DELLER

Haven’t seen enough nudes on social media this year? How about male nudes? Seen any good ones? Probably not….. until now.

One of the greatest rockstars of all time, Iggy Pop, will have his royal jewels on display Fall of 2016 at the Brooklyn Museum courtesy of conceptual artist, Jeremy Deller. Pop posed nude for a life drawing class at the New York Academy of Art organized by the museum. Deller stated, “The life class is a special place in which to scrutinize the human form. As the bedrock of art education and art history, it is still the best way to understand the body. For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”

Deller is known for creating visual art that stimulates the mind along with challenging the cultural, societal and political norms.

In other related news, Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age front man, Josh Homme, have a new album collaboration that was released in March of 2016 called Post Pop Depression.

Make sure to check out these musical and artistic goodies if you need a hand in brushing up on American culture. 

One of the greatest rockstars of all time, Iggy Pop, will have his royal jewels on display later this year at the Brooklyn Museum courtesy of conceptual artist, Jeremy Deller. Pop posed nude for a life drawing class at the New York Academy of Art organized by the museum. Deller stated, "The life class is a special place in which to scrutinize the human form. As the bedrock of art education and art history, it is still the best way to understand the body. For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.” Deller is known for creating visual art that stimulates the mind along with challenging the cultural, societal and political norms people have adopted as their own. Via news.upperplayground.com

Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age front man, Josh Homme, have a new album collaboration released in March of 2016 called Post Pop Depression. Via news.upperplayground.com

 

 

Sculpting in the Dark | RUSSELL CAMERON

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron’s grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. “Russell’s main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer.”

The realism and surrealism of Cameron’s beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us.

Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project “Flesh and Bone” to a gallery near you.

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)
 

 

HANDMADE COLLAGES BY MICHAEL DESUTTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael DeSutter is a mixed media artist and graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Art Studies with a concentration in Photography, from Purdue University.

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“My collage work is a result of an effort to understand the world of my grandfather. The tactile process of analog collage allows me to intimately explore another place and time. I deconstruct imagery from the past, much as a mechanic disassembles an engine, to understand how it functions. By reassembling these pieces in new ways, I make the world of my grandfather my own, a new visual world, one that exists between his past and my present.”

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