If you give a person the Internet, he or she or whatever it is will want to share a selfie. The 2013 Word Of The Year is the main subject of Internet art lampooners Museum Of Internet‘s work. The online creatives are at the intersection of conceptual art, Post-Modern humor, and Internet follies: they take memes and misuses of technology and contextualize them in a way that reveals how sad and hilarious humans are.
New year, new New York City Ballet Art Series. Following the success of last year’s offering (featuring FAILE), NYCB has enlisted the talents of renowned artist and self-proclaimed “photograffeur,” JR. An annual offering that aims at introducing a new generation to the entertainment of ballet, the Art Series has established itself as one of the cities’ must-see attractions and offers a new way to experience a night at the ballet. Other than that, why else should you be interested in attending? Every audience member receives a take-away specially created by the artist.
The internet really is a wonderful place. If you look in the right places you’re bound to find some real treasures. Take for example the work of Carol Marine. Since October 2006 Carol has been creating one small painting nearly every day and she shares this work through her blog. It’s a simple idea and one which I’ve seen a number of times before, but it’s wonderful to see someone produce such great work of quality and consistency. Caroline has real skill as a painter and her daily still lives are a constant treat.
Chicago based designer and artist Cody Hudson updated his portfolio yesterday, showcasing how damn talented he is in about every field possible. There’s two sections of his site: Struggle Inc., which is the name he works under on more design-centric projects, while Cody Hudson, which is the fine art side. Both are important to fully understand Cody, so be sure to give both a thorough visit.
Created in 2010 by the French artist Théo Mercier, Le Solitaire (aka The Loner) is a strange sculpture of a monster made completely of Spaghetti. Standing nearly 10-foot-tall, this mysterious beast is a surreal sight but there’s a great sadness to it too. It’s odd how Mercier can evoke such sympathy from such a strange figure yet behind its simple form there’s an odd sadness and empathy to it too.
One of my favourite showcases of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was that of NYC based artist, Sebastian Errazuriz, titled 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. Utilizing 3D printing, Errazuriz went about fashioning a series of wildly imaginative shoes, inspired by the failed romantic relationships of his past. The passions of the heart have given way to timeless creativity, and Errazuriz has managed to hone his heartbreak to follow suit. There’s something for everyone in this offering—whether it be the fashion, the design, the tech, the writing, or the photography. If none of that, Errazuriz manages to at least captivate with something we can all relate to: love and heartbreak.
Zurich based painter Andy Denzler sees the world differently from you and I. His paintings resemble old, distorted memories, like uncovered video tapes from your childhood. It would be fantastic to see Andy’s process, smearing and fragmenting the piece as he goes. You can see more of his pieces below.
There’s a softness in this work by Canadian illustrator Katty Maurey that I just find utterly enchanting. It’s hard to put into words, but her images have a tenderness and a sense of contemplation about them that I’m just totally drawn to. Her soft pastel colors seem to create imagined scenes of simple moments, but in their simplicity there is a really beauty.
In 2011, artist Heidi Voet created this fantastic carpet, titled Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine / I’m about to lose the pieces I find, made out of 4,000 digital wristwatches, weaving them into a beautiful and elaborate pattern. Incredibly, all of the watches were also set to the same time and same alarm, meaning they’d all go off at the very same time… for a while.
Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine/ I’m about to lose the pieces I find is an elaborate carpet woven together from over four thousand, multicolored watches all set to the exact time. (…) at intervals throughout the day, the watch alarms simultaneously ring in a symphony of digital chimes. Over the course of the exhibition, the watches will inevitably malfunction, losing their synchronicity and eventually sounding like an out of rhythm and out of tune orchestra. Thus, as the title of the work implies, the march of time is subtle yet unceasing and its cumulative effect results ultimately in dissolution and increased chaos.
Graphic designer extraordinaire, Noma Bar, has recently unveiled his latest project, Cut the Conflict. In a global ‘crowd-sourced’ effort, Bar has collected materials from warring countries and die-cut them, creating images that bear his trademark style. It’s art, packed with a powerful message; the best kind. Masterfully executed with a gripping social commentary, Cut the Conflict takes Bar’s visionary art a step forward: from the page, to three dimensions, and into the minds of the politically concerned.