SINGLE CLOUD COLLECTION BY LEANDRO ERLICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich’s “Single Cloud Collection” gives us a surreal taste of what capturing a cloud in glass would look like. Using the artistic method of layering, Erlich’s sculptural pieces are given a three-dimensionality. Each “captured cloud” is the illusionary result of numerous panes of glass that are individually embellished with acrylics.

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Erlich plays with an audience’s visual senses. The artist forces viewers to rethink the way they see things. Like a true magician, he leaves one to question the impossibility of something. What appears to be a three-dimensional anomaly seems to be true based on sensory observation, but, ultimately, is just an illusion.

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PORTAL MURALS BY 1010

by Ariadna Zierold

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German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. While at first glance it looks like he’s layering colored paper, upon closer inspection you realize that you’re actually looking at paint on a wall.

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After much artistic experimentation, he finally found his true calling in 2010 when he began developing his concept of abstract holes on the walls. 1010 made a practice out of creating three-dimensional damage-like shapes on walls, producing amazing pieces that trick the viewers into believing that there’s an actual hole set before them.

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DYNAMIC GEOMETRIES BY KATE MATTHEWS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kate Matthews‘ practice explores the limits of geometric and optical painting through the use of color, repetition, sequence and distortion. She creates 3D art with a striking optical effect. In each piece of art, a 2D painting is transformed through sculpture, architecture, and geometry.

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Matthews breaks down the rules of established, modernist, two-dimensional abstraction. Obscuring the rules of fixed, consecutive arrangements, her work generates a sense of unease by creating broken and fragmented shapes whilst in a uniform composition. As the viewer moves around the work, the forms, shapes and shadows alter, creating a sense of disorientation and surprise.

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SWIRLING-PATTERN MURALS BY ASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. The self-taught artist brings a different perspective to his public murals that turn flat surfaces into portals that appear to take us into another dimension.

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His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.

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Astro’s newest work is a massive and arresting mural on a residential building in Loures, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. Created on behalf of urban art project Loures Art Publica, the mind-bending masterpiece uses electric blue tones to create the semblance of shadows, and incorporates the artist’s trademark technique of warped perspective.

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Alma Haser’s Cosmic Surgery

Using models’ faces to reshape an origami out of the original portraits, artist Alma Haser creates the following images.

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These cubist-like images are created by printing multiple copies of her subject’s face, making them into origami, and then shooting the original photograph with the origami placed on top.

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 ” There is something quite alien about the manipulated faces, as if they belong to some futuristic next generation.” – Alma Haser

For more info and photos visit www.haser.org/Cosmic-Surgery

BNE Water

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This is kind of an incredible project from BNE, who for a time was one of the most relentless sticker artists we could think of, and a staple in the San Francisco graffiti scene. Now, he is doing a fantastic new project, one of major social conscious and progressive politics; helping secure clean water for areas of the world where this was not prior possible… BNEwater.org.

Here is his essay:

Hello. My name is BNE. I am a graffiti writer. I started writing my name in the streets when I was a teenager in the 90’s. I covered the city with my tag and then worked my way across the country. As the years passed I traveled the world and covered a large part of the earth with my logo, learning different languages and cultures along the way.

Before long, I had created a globally recognized brand that offered no product or service. To me this is art. My work has also amounted to what is basically a multi-million dollar international ad campaign. The campaign has reached millions of people and has awed some of the world’s largest ad agencies. Continue reading

Suzanne Song’s new show opens tomorrow night at Sabina Lee Gallery

Posted from The Citrus Report

The Suspension of Belief
By j.frede

We generally place a certain amount of faith in what we see, especially when it comes to tactile objects in the real world. Suzanne Song forces us to reconsider, even if for just a moment, if this faith is unwarranted. Using the trompe l’oeil technique in a minimalist fashion Song’s paintings and installations achieve space and depth in such a successful manner that even when you view her paintings closely you still have to convince your mind that its merely perspective and not tactile.

Suzanne Song is showing 8 new works at Los Angeles’ Sabina Lee Gallery as part of a two person show along side Amanda Gordon Dunn. These new works were inspired by site-specific installations Song created in recent years.

“In these works, I render shadows along the walls and floors so that, from a specific viewpoint, the shadows converge and delineate an illusory plane that appears to lift off and levitate in space. As the viewer moves around the installations, the illusion deconstructs into flatness. These current paintings present a series of spatial configurations illustrate this deconstruction in two-dimensional space. Whether the spaces invert, reflect, divide, or fold, their relationships between each other instigate optical illusions that alter our sense of depth and create surface tension. Albeit reduced and simple in their appearance, they are configurations that dislocate and multiply our visual perception.” Song explains.

Her work comes purely from an artistic point of view and is not related to math or sciences as one might assume; “People have asked whether my work is mathematical in nature or by influence. There are some mathematical attributes, such as geometry, repetition, multiplication, angles and planes. But most of it is simply a byproduct of my investigation of spatial construction and perception. I use no rules or equations in creating pieces, though I strive for precision and accuracy in my lines and angles. Unlike math, my paintings don’t prove or answer anything, although they can tend to confuse and cause doubt. My work is probably motivated by doubt.”

Space and depth have always played a roll in the paintings and installations of Suzanne Song; “If I look back, it all happened with wanting to visualize the idea of duality. When you deal with comparing or contrasting – it’s really about the “in-between” and so the best way for me to visualize or conceptualize duality was to create a space in limbo, a space that was defined not by their differences but how the opposites are interdependent and coexist.”

The work on show in Los Angeles’ Sabina Lee Gallery was inspired by and seem to reference her installation work, which incidentally grew out of her spatial paintings and templates. Song plans to combine the two practices in a solo show later this year at Doosan Art Center in NYC, Song writes “I plan to show both installations and paintings in relation to each other, which I have never done before. My paintings and installations have always been shown separately. I’m excited to see how that will work.”

She also mentioned an interest in taking the installations outside of the confines of pristine galleries into the outside world. Who knows maybe you will stumble upon a beautiful spatial painting from Suzanne Song on the streets of NYC or LA in the near future, Keep your eyes out.

Amanda Gordon Dunn & Suzanne Song
January 8 – February 12, 2011

Opening Reception, Saturday January 8, 6-9 PM

Sabina Lee Gallery
971 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-9404

info@sabinaleegallery.com
www.sabinaleegallery.com

www.suzannesong.com

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