Not having come from a formal fine arts background, Sydney based Marc Etherington (previously featured here) is a self-taught artist with a practice that is driven by an inner compulsion to make art. Etherington’s works make very obvious nods to popular culture. Referencing contemporary icons like the Kardashian’s, McDonald’s and Justin Bieber, he also gives a slow and deliberate wink to pop culture of the past.
Brooklyn based Amy Cutler draws from the media, popular culture, fairytales, and her own experiences to convey the complexities of womanhood. At once autobiographical and universal, Cutler’s works are sweet and dark—delicately rendered, whimsical parables illustrating the deleterious effects of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on women.
She received her BFA degree from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York, in 1997. Since her graduation she has rapidly risen to critical acclaim, and her work has been featured in major surveys of contemporary art, importantly the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
Sure, we are happy that Raymond Pettibon has another show at Regen Projects in LA, but really we just think this piece of art is fantastic. Here is some press on it:
“Entitled Desire in Pursuyt of the Whole, this is the artist’s ninth solo exhibition at the gallery. The show’s title refers to Baron Corvo’s complex novel of three interlocking plots where the author is thinly disguised as the protagonist. Pettibon’s work often combines his own writing with quotes lifted from a myriad of sources ranging from quotidian to classical literature. His upcoming exhibition will feature new works in which the subject matter is a continuation of the artist’s oeuvre: the landscape of war, politics, popular culture, art, literature, sports, religion, and sexuality. Pettibon will also exhibit his signature depictions of heroic surfers dropping into epic waves. Working in both large-scale color works and collage, the layering of images and text produces a multiplicity of elements that shift constantly in style, tense, and structure. “
Hey, you may hate on Kanye West, you may say to yourself, dear God, this man’s ego is the size of Jupiter, and his music is shit (which it isn’t, but whatever). But, you have to hand it to him. This guy has ambition rarely seen in popular culture and music, and in a time when so many are just doing the Twitter thing, Kanye is still trying his damn hardest to make art, music, and progressive projects stand at the forefront.
Sure, “Runaway” is a tad odd, but its still a beautiful visual, and interesting that this is how he chose to push his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Nice job by Vanessa Beecroft on the art direction.