ART HISTORY IN CONTEMPORARY LIFE BY ALEXEY KONDAKOV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ukranian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov merges figures from classical oil paintings with photographic scenes of modern Naples. The figures effortless merge with their present day surroundings, two women looking perfectly bored flipping through comic books in the back of a dusty book store, while a different woman takes a nap beside a latte and half-eaten sandwich. See more amusing juxtapositions from “Art History in Contemporary Life” here.

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MODERN PAINTINGS BY STEVE KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oxford, Mississippi based artist and illustrator Steve Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and he immigrated to the United States at the age of two. All of his artworks were painted in different sizes on canvas. With his art, Steve skillfully blends figurative with abstract styles.

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He received his undergraduate degree from Art Center College of Design in 2006 and his masters from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. He has shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Korea, Italy, London, Amsterdam, and Krakow and clients include The Outline, FRAMƎ, Matter/Medium, Adobe, Hohe Luft, The New Republic, Arc/New Scientist, and The Verge.

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TECHNICOLOR COLLAGES BY DANA FORTUNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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The technicolor work of Miami-based digital collage artist Dana Fortune combines futuristic environments with vintage models to suggest continuity between the past and future. Rainbows are featured prominently in each of her collages, bringing levity and optimism, or perhaps just a veneer of optimism, to each piece. Her backgrounds are scenic: galaxies, seascapes, and canyons provide the settings for suburban children, suited gentlemen, and beautiful women.

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PLAYFUL PORTRAITS BY MARIO SORIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mario Soria, a Barcelona based artist, creates portraits that tell a different story up close. From a distance, his paintings of icons like appeared realistic, but upon closer inspection, revealed characters interacting with them in bizarre scenes, tagging their clothing with graffiti or enjoying a musical jubilee on top of their heads.

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Adding to the surreal quality of his work was his incorporation of found objects like smashed soda cans and legos, which he describes as a combination of still life and traditional painting. Soria replaces the seriousness and formality of the original portrait with playfulness and fantasy.

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Ryan McGinness @ Pace Primitive, NYC

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Something to do on March 30, 2012. If you live in the NYC area, that is. If you don’t know what it means to have a show at Pace Primitive and have the name Ryan McGinness, this is what its about: “In constructive solid geometry, primitives are simple geometric shapes such as the cube, cylinder, sphere, cone, pyramid, and torus. The schematic reduction of the human figure historically found in African art profoundly influenced Modern art. Rather than a naturalistic approach to sculpture, African art has emphasized simplified volumetric form and line. “Geometric Primitives” is also a term used in computer graphics to refer to the smallest and irreducible geometric elements that the system can handle. In vector graphics, geometric primitives are lines, circles, curves, and polygons. In this exhibition, Ryan McGinness takes the geometric primitives of African art objects and creates two-dimensional geometric primitives which are then used to create this new body of work. The results are a series of paintings, works on paper, cyanotypes, and prints which take the modernist approach into the 21st Century.”

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Russell Crotty @ Left Coast Books

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From Left Coast Books in Goleta, California: Russell Crotty’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, New York Public Library, and others.

Crotty’s “Fragments from the West Coast: A Peculiar Surf Vernacular” will be on display through December 24, 2011.

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Richard Serra @ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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We do feel it rare to be able to see a traveling exhibition at two consecutive venues. This past summer, we visited Richard Serra’s Drawing at the MET in NYC, but the buzz in the building had been for the Alexander McQueen exhibition, which was gaining momentum and a labyrinth of lines throughout the building. Our experience with Serra was quiet, but dramatic. The work, of course, was strong, and in its simple construction and arrangement, had a unique language all to its own. But we felt it wasn’t given the proper space to breath.

The move to the SFMoMA proves to be the right conditions for which to see Serra’s work. The natural light, the higher ceilings, and bigger rooms allow for Serra’s drawings and sculptures to exist as they should. We always imagined Serra’s sculptures existing in old industrial warehouses, in large, open spaces that put scale and materials in focus. His drawings, some sketches, some full thoughts, some just examinations of the human’s ability to connect with shapes, angles, and simple construction need their own rooms to thrive.

If you have a chance to stop by Serra’s retrospective, we recommend going in the afternoon during the week, with few people interrupting the experience. Its solitary, and its own universe. Just enjoy it. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

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Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof tonight at the SFMOMA

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BAND, New York-based artist Adam Pendleton’s touring collaboration with San Francisco band Deerhoof, playing this evening at the city’s Museum of Modern Art. BAND is an “unfolding artwork that re-imagines Jean-Luc Godard’s film Sympathy for the Devil”.

Source: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/events/1959#ixzz1Y2j4JmUl

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Aliens in the Wild, Wild West… in a time before Cowboys and Aliens

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Sorry, but we would much rather see the 1999 film, Aliens in the Wild Wild West as opposed to the new graphic novel turned Harrison Ford starring Cowboys and Aliens film.

Here is the full rundown of the epic low budget 1999 film:

Aliens in the Wild, Wild West takes place in a mid-19th century western town which had been traveled to by two modern day siblings through the means of time travel. The younger sibling, Tom Johnson (Locke), was an annoyance to his older sister Sara (Pope). They fought all the time, which is what got them put into the town. While back in time, Tom finds an alien spaceship in the forest. He soon finds out that oxygen is poisonous to the cute and fuzzy aliens, and they only breath sulfur. The cute and fuzzy aliens resemble a cross between E.T. and a hairy Yoda. The voice of the youngest alien highly resembles Elmo. When the townsmen find the aliens, they try to sell them to a representative of P.T. Barnum. Tom and Sara see that this is immoral and try to save the alien by getting it back to the ship. The moral shift appears to be out of character for Sara since we were first introduced to her after she was caught joy riding in a stolen car with her punk rocker convict boyfriend. After the two siblings are successful in their moral crusade, they are transported back into the modern day ghost town from whence they came. Tom and Sara’s sour relationship heals as they drive back to their suburban home.

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