Helsinki-based illustrator Milena Huhta creates worlds filled with conflicted and melancholy characters. Huhta draws girls and guys, but the girls take center stage in her recent work. Huhta instills in her subject matter a shameless self-awareness that she learned from characters like Sailor Moon.
Huhta loves sci-fi themed manga: Ghost in the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Aeon Flux. She’s also a fan of Fifth Element and the Alien films. The colors she uses in her illustrations take her work to the next level. The addition of color is an instinctual process and the powdered colors paired with a few neons make it feel so right.
Under the pseudonym Auf Wiedersehen, Jacqueline Smith hails from Melbourne, Australia. She draws and watercolors shy girls for us to comfort and sculpts tiny landscapes for us to explore, toeing the border between reality and the secret worlds of our imagination.
Auf Wiedersehen — translating not to goodbye but to ‘until we see each other again’ – stands for beauty behind impermanence, and helps us to feel that not all that is gone is lost or forgotten. We are the land and the land is us, and Auf Wiedersehenwants to invite others into her thoughts and share what’s in there.
Colombian artist Herikita’s images and imagery are undoubtedly strange, but in a way that’s relatable. Many of the interior scenes are like a dialogue verbalized, describing her soft, illustrative work perfectly.
Aside from being wonderfully strange, her illustrations are rendered with a tender and delicate attention to detail. Herikita conjures a world of candy-colored awkwardness. She often depicts girls and animals, celebrating imperfections, unconventional friendships and feelings of estrangement. Her characters seem self-reflective and thoughtful, floating between reality and hyperbolic daydreams.
Sul-Jee Scully was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including works in shows at the Painting Center in New York, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, and the Grunwald Gallery in Bloomington. Sul-Jee currently lives in Bloomington with her dog, Ramona.
Scully invents narratives in which the intensity of human emotion of teenage years are examined concurrently with unplaceable feelings of disengagement. The artists who have influenced her include such figurative painters as Eric Fischl, Lucien Freud and, especially, Balthus, the reclusive Polish-French artist known for his poetic yet oddly disorienting images of young women and girls.
Japanese artist Kazuhiro Hori combines soft, cuddly and adorable with depressing and morbid. His primary subject, highschool age girls, appear dejected and even mutilated by some unseen force behind this candy-filled facade.
Slight and anonymous, they are almost helpless in this abnormal environment. It’s a strange juxtaposition because in Japan the image of the schoolgirl has become synonymous with innocence and purity, and adheres to the Japanese obsession with ‘cute’, something firmly rooted in local culture.
Zoe Hawk’s oil and gauche paintings reflect her interest in the relation of feminine identity to institutions. The uniforms and group activities presented here are a metaphor for the mechanisms of gendered socialization.
Her paintings explore the simultaneous longing for and resistance of femininity of young girls. While dressed in matching uniform and apparently constrained by institutions, these girls flock and flee, exclude and embrace, quarrel and ally—mischief, communion leading ultimately to rebellion is present in each image.
We wanted to make a list, a top-21 list, but we think order doesn’t really matter to us anymore. It just about impact, and we aren’t talking about the impact that these songs had on the world-at-large, but the songs that we cherished, remembered, spent time with, and really felt defined our lives in 2011. Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Girls, Radiohead, Noel Gallagher, Dirty Beaches, Beach Fossils, Real Estate, and Woods all called our stereo home, while Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, and the Beastie Boys all had their major moments with us on various drives/road trips/moments in the city this year. So without further ado, here are 25 songs that we feel entered our canon of favorites this year. Enjoy, and welcome to 2012. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report staff
Working with volunteer models, bikes (INSA’s current preferred icon of commodified culture), and large scale painted walls INSA creates momentary installations in public spaces.
In this set of photographic works INSA orchestrates a conflicting dialogue between all the elements and explicitly subordinates the value of his own street art to both the possessed object of the bike and the overtly sexualized female presence. Thus questioning our individual perceptions of ownership of public space, of sexuality and of belonging(s).
According to NME, “A member of a top Japanese pop group was not actually a real human being, it has been revealed. Eguchi Aimi was supposed to be the newest member of all-girl group AKB48, but she was actually a composite of six of her bandmates. A video has been released showing how the girls’ features were blended together for the rather convincing publicity stunt.” We’re not quite sure how computer generating a pop star is any different than KE$HA.
Meanwhile, the sixth member of Matchbox 20 is nowhere to be found.