Israeli artist Ronit Baranga’s (previously featured here) sculptures are based on contrast and duality in meaning, unexpected and viewer experience, using the metaphor of the body to transfer unsettling yet powerfully expressive human gestures and emotions to everyday objects, which lose their functionality to become instead active, alive, capable of feeling, of interacting with each other and deciding their own path. Her education in psychology and literature resonates through her intimate and connective works on human nature, that blur the lines between living and still life.
Lui Ferreyra has been working with a signature fragmented style. The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.
Colombian illustrator Juan Osorno’s surreal astro-anatomical illustrations are not only an expression of the imagination but of the very experience of drawing. Faces that cave into landscapes and galaxies, anatomically precise studies of a hand that spill into a cascade of blood vein-like roots.
Osorno’s work is imbued with the scientific precision of botanical drawings and an almost mathematical examination of perspective and space within the two-dimensional paper palette. The combination of beautiful natural elements like geometric shapes, constellations and the human body make very interesting images, showing a deeper, more emotional, layer than the images you find in anatomical books.
Milan based Alessandro Boezio’s sculptures take on a strange life form all of their own. His work is somewhere between a cross of beautiful, anatomic sculptures and a science experiment gone wrong. Created from clay and fiberglass, the mutated anatomy includes hands with misplaced digits, spidery entities with fingers used for legs, and limbs with mismatched body parts.
The artist has an amazing talent in sculpture as his hands and feet, which he mainly focuses on, are incredibly life-like. At first glance, you may not see the odd mutation of the individual hand. However, the uncanny feeling soon forces you to reckon with its disturbing deformation.
The Mattson 2 play very pleasing, surfy jazz tunes. When we discovered they had released a new album Feeling Hands, we were very excited to have some fresh music from these talented twin brothers. When we heard they were doing a West Coast tour, we got even more excited. The Mattson twins were quite good when we saw them live at the UCSD Prebys Music Center, so we encourage you catch what ever show you can that’s left on this tour.
Everyone has a little time on their hands these days: “I couldn’t find a record for the most complex dot-to-dot drawing, so I decided to set one myself. I created an A0 poster with dots numbered from 1 to 6,329 and took a time lapse video of myself linking them all up over 9 hours. The full project is online at behance.net/thomaspavitte.”
Dirty Hands chronicles the life and career of David Choe from 2000 to 2007 as documented by his close friend and director, Harry Kim. The documentary reveals the highs and lows involved in the upwards trajectory of David’s career using the same “no holds barred” style that makes his artwork so unique and sought-after. Ultimately, the film unveils a explicit yet personal story of the trials of a succeeding talent, inspirational to any artist.
Originally, the “Dirty Hands” documentary premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival to multiple sold-out screenings and went on to win the Best Documentary award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was also featured as the closing film at the MoMA’s “All the Wrong Art: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film” documentary series. It is now available on DVD for the first time ever through Upper Playground.
This almost looks like Raymond Brown. This is what security cameras caught when the dude who stole the Picasso drawing from an SF Gallery yesterday. A man casually strolling down the busiest section of San Francisco with a Picasso in his hands, looking very well-dressed and J.Crew’d out. Don’t panic. Don’t hesitate. Just get a cab.