Denver-based artist Travis Hetman touches on themes of space, time, and an endless frolic between meaning and meaninglessness, through drawing, painting, and installation work. In his work, you’ll find a portal to a landscape and a seat constructed on a glimmer of infinite space. The blank space of the page is an invitation to sit, to think and to contemplate, but you can’t take it with you.
Opening this Friday in Copenhagen, Ari Marcopoulos’ Here and Now: Marcopoulosʼ practice these days is very much about what he sees on a daily basis. Composing and distributing work in the form of publications is a constant part of his public output, so the most recent work is always what is focused on. In Here and Now he wanted to just show his work from 2012, and most of the prints, as can be seen from the date stamp in the lower-right hand corners, are from March this year.
He still works on film, so there is some separation between the time the photo is taken and the time the result is seen. So much imagemaking now only exists on a held-hand device or only disseminated electronically. Marcopolous does not record and store imagery this way—he continues to look, feeling a constant slow change of where he stands. He no longer judges the work from an aesthetic point of view. Here and Now contains an image of Tyson Chandler, the center of the NY Knicks basketball team, on the court at Madison Square Garden. Marcopoulos has access to Chandler, but instead took a picture anyone could take at a public event. This image crystallizes the idea behind the show: everything is squarely photographed as is, without much consideration for emotion or compositional guidelines.
Here and Now is a selection of 23 recent color works. V1 Gallery is additionally showing a selection of older works, putting the new work in perspective and introducing a bit of history here, at Marcopoulosʼ first exhibition in Denmark. Among the older works are a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a self-portrait with the actor and skater Justin Pierce, a group of street photos, and a large collage of contact sheets from Marcopoulosʼ seminal ʼ90s New York skateboarding series.
Portuguese artist, Vhils, who is fast becoming one of the best public artist we see doing his time on the streets, has an exhibition through Magda Gallery in Shanghai on March 31, has been doing his chip-carving portraits throughout the Chinese metropolis. We like this piece in particular.
Just one of those Beatles songs, stuck between albums, experimental for the time, a Lennon masterpiece, backwards guitar loops, a monotone lyric, and something about “Rain.” It’s raining here, so this works.
With the Simpsons about to enter even more hallowed ground with their 500th episode, artist David Barton has taken the time and knowingly creating a web virus with the remastered Simpsons characters. Apu is Salvador Dalí, Homer gets Rembrandt, Groundskeeper Willie gets Van Gogh and Marge as The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. (via)
Even though Whitney Houston was off the radar on off her rocker for almost two decades at the time of her death yesterday, she left behind some of the great pop tunes of the 1980s and early 1990s. This one is a true pop tune, and it reminds us of being 4-years old. RIP.
Apparently, the French Navy “labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water,” which was also the during the time of the Billabong Pro waiting period. Needless to say, these waves were big. (via)
Banksy has unveiled a new sculpture, Cardinal Sin, in response to the Church’s ongoing, lasting, constant child abuse cases. It can now be seen at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. As Banksy noted in a statement, from the BBC, “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one. I love everything about the Walker Gallery – the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money it became my favourite gallery. The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.”
Opening this Friday, December 16, FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents Terri and Gary’s Elastic Reality: Neither God nor Master.
With a rainbow colored mass of second hand self help books, the conceptual consulting practices of T&G are once again infecting the global Art oeuvre. This time T&G are addressing the expanding definition of reality and how we choose to redefine its perimeters in our quest for never ending happiness. With countless self help books being published and distributed (preying upon the vast array of inflated insecurities that they themselves create), T&G felt it was time to hold up a mirror to this masturbatory loop. With the photos of the author’s calculatedly imploring faces, wallpapering the interior of gallery, the sheer mass of these quasi-psychological devices becomes a focal point with their latest installation/performance at Gallery FIFTY24SF. Viewers are encouraged to help themselves to any book they want from the installation, with only one requirement: they must be photographed with the book of their choice. T&G aim to reveal the only valid source of truth in ones life come groom within.
We also hear something about bacon wrapped hot dogs. Something to keep in mind.
Where men are men, and sort of women. When the slogan is “Get Handsome,” we are both excited and almost near the time where we need to remember most men dressed like crap before the Internet. And Mark McNairy was just a guy at a J Press, and that wasn’t that cool.