Rogan Brown (previously featured here) has been working on one of his largest pieces. “Cell Cloud Variation” is composed of almost 1000 separate laser cut elements painstakingly mounted by hand using long entomological pins so that everything floats.
He also worked on a new piece inspired by the structure of bone, cells and neurons in the human body.
Michael Mapes creates, or sometimes re-creates, portraits of people by putting together pieces of photos and other objects, all placed in cases reminiscent of the cabinets used by entomologists for their insect collections. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece.
Mapes’ portraits are like swarms of smaller portraits of the person they depict: tiny versions of the original portrait or dissected parts of it are pinned on the board, or are sometimes set inside small transparent vials and behind magnifying lenses just like scientific samples.
This is an awesome short questioning censorship made for a film festival in Maryland in 2007. The clips are from old movies that were cut out for being to racy at the time they were viewed. All of the pieces stitched together were found in an old theater somewhere in Pennsylvania.
Escif just passed a message out about a few of his pieces being buffed in his hometown of Valencia, Spain. Not the whole piece, you see, just the text. With local elections nearing in Spain, and Escif creating a few political pieces in conjunction, the work is almost just a powerful in its image. As Escif says, “Beautiful drawings can remain, but strange words must been buffed.”
Stay tuned for Escif’s show with SAN at FIFTY24SF Gallery this Summer 2011
Every year the National Recording Registry picks 50 important audio recordings to preserve. One of the pieces chosen last year was the 1938 NBC broadcast of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The piece is somber and emotional which reflects much of what was going on in the world at that time. This All Things Considered article gives an in depth look at Toscanini’s personal connection to the piece and how it has become an iconic sound of American history.
Every time we get an email about a new Herbert Baglione canvas, we get a bit excited, and these new works are no exceptions. We really like the colors that Herbert has been adding to his pieces this year. The blues are amazing.
So last Thursday I was able to celebrate shipping my pieces for my next show to New York by painting this wall with Dabs, Myla and Rime at Static Medium in silverlake. Nothing beats the sun, some paint and hanging out with friends. It was a good time guys. Thanks for inviting me to paint. here are some pics: