Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical, the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.
Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.
Anthony Bourdain’s new show, ‘Parts Unknown’ premieres tonight and will soon feature an episode with David Choe and Estevan Oriol roaming through neighborhoods true Los Angelenos know how to appreciate. Their episode will air Sunday, April 21st 9PM EST/PST. Bourdain portrait by David Choe:
Michael Miller, who is showing at FIFTY24SF Gallery this weekend, starting on Friday, April 27, was the subject of a short film directed by Estevan Oriol, where Miller talks about his origins in hip-hop photography and his unique position of chronicling a culture.
So wrong, so right, so good. Lush, who likes to keep people feeling disgusted and laughing all at the same time, and is really good doing it, just sent out this little gem, “What If Stevie Wonder Did Graffiti?”. And yes, there is a blind reference. Very clever down under. (Lush showed with us in the late summer, 2011).
ARYZ is one of the leading talents in the mural world at the moment, making mind-bending details stories tall. His newest wall, in Saint-Denis, Réunion, an island near Madagascar is other worldly. Monkey, smoking, hyper-color, one of our favorites of the year.