Go and check out our good friend @akaJimmyC ‘s show entitled ATOMISED at Lollipop Gallery (58 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, London). The show runs from September 10 – October 10th. This show is a MUST SEE!!!
Renowned street artist Jimmy C opens his long awaited solo exhibition at London’s Lollipop Gallery this September. Titled ‘Atomised’, the exhibition will include new paintings by the artist painted in his signature aerosol pointillist style, exploring notions of how the human subject is connected to the world on an atomic and macrocosmic level through the motif of the sphere. The show will also feature an interactive real time self-generating portrait, where visitors to the show can see themselves transformed into a Jimmy C style painting.
The real time portraits are being created in collaboration with digital software artist Stuart Cupit, who has developed a custom application, which uses a Kinect2 sensor to capture the shape and colours of the subject’s face. In real-time the software uses a complex algorithm to calculates where to place thousands of spray paint pixels, reproducing Jimmy’s painting style in a fluid, interactive and engaging new piece of work.
Jimmy. C is a PROLIFIC London-based street artist who has worked all over the world, and is known for his aerosol pointillist signature style as well as pioneering an anaglyphic 3D painting technique. His East London portrait of Usain Bolt became one of the key images in the London Olympics news coverage, whilst the portrait of David Bowie on a wall in Brixton was the cause of recent controversy when a commercial company covered it up with advertising, sparking a community uproar and an immediate retraction of the campaign. Last year he collaborated with iconic London store, Liberty, to create a limited edition Cosmic Heart fabric print that was launched during London Fashion Week.
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Museums usually tend to be places of deep contemplation. Rarely does humour and comedy come to mind when referring to such an institution. However, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of BRUSSELS has invited contemporary artist Jan Fabre to display 36 bronze and wax busts in his exhibition called Chapters I-XVIII Waxes & Bronze. Amongst the FAMOUS Flemish OLD MASTERS, such as Rubens and Breugel, one can fund these chucklesome busts (with faces that mirror those similar to Damien Hirst’s outlandish poses – or so some of them appear to be). These 36 busts are all self-portraits of the artist, mimicking art historical references, yet bringing them into the contemporary in a comical way. Fabre’s self-portraits are made of clean shiny bronze diverging from the usual dark dreary bronze that were used during the 19th century – very Koons-esque. The seriousness of these sculptures are also obliterated by poses of the artist laughing, smiling, and sticking out his tongue with sunglasses, unicorn horns, deer horns, and various other mythical creature features.
For me at least, these busts bring a light humour to a very stern environment. It relaxes us from the strict setting of the Museum and allows us (or for me at least) to not be as serious and remind us to enjoy the beauty of the art surrounding us. Fabre describes that he, through making these portraits “…laugh[s] with myself. You see the obstinate Jan Fabre, the coarse Jan Fabre, the diabolic Jan Fabre, and the foolish Jan Fabre. There is a kind of irony in it, of course.” This of course is not to discredit his work altogether as foolishness. Fabre is also cleverly studying and contemplating the medium of historical self-portraiture, the human body, and more importantly how we situate and are aware of our own existence within the world we live in. However, he does this in a playful way, which is refreshing.
If you have a chance to come visit Brussels, then I highly recommend you come visit The Museum of Fine Arts of Brussels. Kill two birds with one stone – get your fix of the Old Masters with a Contemporary TWIST.
PEACE OUT, K
So we have come across this AMAZING non-for-profit foundation in the dear city of Roma, Fondazione Giuliani (Via Gustavo Bianchi 1, Rome, Italy 00153). The foundation is dedicated to the research, advocacy, and exhibition of contemporary art. Their newest show is from the artist Guido van der Werve entitled “Nummer Veertien, Home.” The show began yesterday and runs until the 23rd of March. Below we have inserted a description of the film. We encourage all art enthusiasts to go and check it out! Screenings are held Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 P.M., 5:00 P.M., and 6:30 P.M.
“For twenty days and a distance of over 1700 km, Guido van der Werve embarked on an extreme pilgrimage from Poland to France, swimming, cycling and running from Warsaw to the tomb of Frédéric Chopin in Paris. The Polish composer’s dying wish, who was to be buried in the Parisian cemetery of Père Lachaise, was that his heart be returned to Poland to the church of Santa Croce in Warsaw, where the film Nummer veertien, home begins. A requiem composed by van der Werve accompanies three intersecting narratives: his own nostalgic journey at the pace of a triathlon, a surreal return to his native Holland, and a documentary on Alexander the Great who, like Chopin, died far from home. A key element of the film and characteristic of van der Werve’s practice, is the calibrated use of subtle deadpan humour that loosens the gloomy and melancholic atmosphere of his works and make his arduous performances almost surreal. The search for a balance between contradicting states of mind and emotions acts as metaphor of an intimate interior conflict that through the various films is extrapolated, played down, made more sustainable.”
So if you’re in Rome, don’t only go to the Pantheon and the Coliseum (typical tourist traps, fascinating though and we do find them intriguing), but check out Fondazione Giuliani, a true Italian masterpiece.
Inez Hollander (self portrait above on the left), a lifetime Miami resident, created a series that obeys recognition. Her subjects include a lawyer, a real estate agent, a construction worker, a hairdresser, a mother of three trying to become a singer, a dance teacher working with blind students and a retired civil service worker known as the “King of the Nude Beach.” Hollander realized that this distinctive group represented a cross-section of Miami. And thus began the inspiration for Miami Mosaic, a portrait series.
With vibrant, primary colors and bold, unrelenting brushstrokes, Hollander’s portraits in her Miami Mosaic series (of which more than 200 portraits have been created to date) capture the emotions of her subjects in almost a Bacon-ess psychological portrayal kind of way with Fauve-esque flare. The viewer sees individual faces but together these individuals make up Miami as a whole. In creating the series and documenting the various people around her, Ms. Hollander has assumed a role that Jewish people have historically occupied: that of chronicler and storyteller in the Diaspora – in the multicultural melting pot land known as Miami. Hollander felt that many of the city’s best qualities were ignored by the media, which grossly misrepresented her hometown as a city of gangsters and drug lords, a portrayal made popular by such television shows as Miami Vice and The Real Housewives of Miami. Hollander’s response to this unfair portrayal was to capture a snapshot of Miami from her perspective, that of an artist, a mother, a wife, and a Jew, living in one of the world’s most multi-cultural environments.
You can check out her exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Florida from 12 February – 05 May 2013.
Nancy Holt is no stranger to the contemporary art world – she’s been holding it down for Land Art ever since the early 1970s and continues to do so today. Arriving at Whitechapel Gallery (in East London) to hear her speak as a part of the To Make a Tree series I was no less than ecstatic to see the woman in the flesh, as energetic and excited as ever to share her body of work. As she flashed slide after slide on the screen she shared her personal history, processes, and small but excruciating details that went into creating her pieces – including seminal works like Sun Tunnels (above) and Dark Star Park. She drew the audiences attention to her interests in ruins, the beginnings of her buried poems and other works like Hydra’s Head and Rock Rings. Located here, there and everywhere in between (and by this we mean obscured and isolated locations in the most remote areas of the USA), Holt has created mass, intricate works of art that are, “sights that draw the world in.” You might not of heard it here first, but Nancy Holt is no less than EXTRAORDINARY and her works are a reflection of her intimate understanding of the earth, sky and stars above, which she so generously shares with us. If ever you are so lucky to witness her geniusness, you will then understand how truly magical her works are. She is a Goddess, a force to be reckoned with.