The Obsolete Format of Media and Identity

Nick Gentry is part of a generation that grew up surrounded by obsolete media formats such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. Using these expired disk formats as the canvas for his portraits, Gentry helps the viewer identify with the consumable nature of culture, the recorded history of society and individuals, and at the very core, the impermanence of our identity.

New Masters

 

Subliminal Projects Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) is presenting New Masters, a group exhibition of works on the classical figure by contemporary artists Mary Jane Ansell, Sean Cheetham, Ron English, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Miles ‘Mac’ MacGregor, Ann Marshall, Stephen Wright, and Jonathan Yeo, on view May 7, through June 4, 2011.

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Ageless Achievements

 

Dave Hobrecht is a master artist creating original artwork with obsessive detail and accuracy. Using his trademark technique – black&white charcoal painting – Hobrecht renders every polished detail with hand-crafted precision.

Hobrecht is pushing the limits of contemporary high-definition paintings and elevating his craft above the production value of photography. In each Hobrecht, the subject includes a historic (sporting) achievement. Hobrecht’s paintings enhances the viewer’s perception of the ageless perfection contained in “the moment.”

Hobrecht is passionate about art and his charismatic demeanor heightens the showmanship of his work.

If life is a catwalk, run like a dog

Nowhere Near Here from Pahnl is a stop motion animation that uses projected light, graphic stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a fluorescent dog running around the city at night.

5 Of A Kind

Mother, Queen of Hearts, and Three Queens make this selection of Mark Sarmel’s work “5 Of A Kind.” His style, however, is one of a kind. Sarmel muses with portraits of futuristic women that quietly exude an ancestral lineage and are beautiful in every way and in every era. The Three Queens represent the queens from the three tribes of Azteca, but don headdresses with a technological design aesthetic. Beneath the surface beauty of the Three Queens is there an evil so deep that would allow the alleged human sacrifice, and cannibalism within the Aztec culture?

Sarmel values honesty, passion and a sense of humor and these virtues are evident in his work. Sarmel admits that he is a daydreamer, but stays up late and gets things done. His work has appeared in print and on-line in places such as Empty, Semi-Permanent, Faestehetic, and Society of Illustrators.

All images courtesy and copyrighted by  Mark Sarmel on Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dKcrCkbcDQ

Pink Procreation

Charlie White interprets the teenage female transformation of budding sexuality.

LOVE Backwards

“EVOL” is “LOVE” backwards, right? We’ve all heard this meme, but only a few of us have seen the street art created by the one who goes by EVOL. EVOL is a Berlin artist currently making work by pasting architectural photographs on banal urban surfaces. EVOL transforms electrical boxes, air conditioning units, planters, mailboxes and other geometric city forms into miniature buildings. EVOL often embellishes his structures with small characters peering out of the windows. EVOL’s work is now in different cities and he has been commissioned to do installations in galleries. EVOL has transformed entire blocks with miniature buildings and was featured in Berlin’s renowned ART magazine when it ran its first article on street art.

http://www.evoltaste.com/

About to forget

Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)

In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.

      “…Traditionally, Japanese designers looked to the West for innovative solutions. This is no longer the case. The winds are shifting toward an easterly direction. Shigeo Fukuda, Japan’s Houdini of Design, is a welcome part of the shifting breeze. His visual originality and deep dedication to worthwhile causes help keep the sun shining brightly over our ever changing, complex world.” — excerpt from biography by

The Art Directors Club

    (c. 1987)
    Shigeo Fukuda was a sculptor, designer and optical illusionist. He was also the first Japanese designer inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
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FromKeetra

FromKeetra (aka Keetra Dean Dixon) is a youthful, creative NYC designer and artist representing “the commercial” and “the pure.”

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Alphabattle and AAKKOSET

Inspired by the unique designs that the LetterCult’s “Alphabattles” contest is generating, I decided to make my initials using Doug Fuller’s representation of the letter “I” and “E.”

Patricia Piccinini

The experimental Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini creates a blend of science fiction and fine art giving us a look at a future (or alternate reality) with human and non-human cohabitation.