A T O M I S E D by Jimmy C – AN EXHIBITION YOU CANNOT MISS!

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HEY LONDON!
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!!!

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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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Kanye West: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Goes Haute Couture…

 

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This may be old news, BUT we are still not over it. If you have not heard, American artist George Condo painted a 40K BIRKIN (Hermes, DUH) for Kim Kardashian. The purse was a gift from her ever so loving BABY DADDY / fiancé Kanye West who is friends with the reknowned artist. What a statement.

While we love Condo, this atypical canvas is surely a first. This is not the West’s first collab with Condo. If anyone can recall back to 2010, the year after West’s drunken rampage at the VMA’s over Taylor Swift, Condo illustrated West’s cover of his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” And while the bag is untitled, it kind of recalls a similar scenario, although it appears nothing like the album cover itself.

What do you think?? Beautiful? Dark? Twisted? Fantasy?

XX, CHC (Follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

Canadian Kris Knight goes Botticielli-esque in His Series “Tragic Kingdom”

The romantic notion of art can be perfectly encapsulated in the Canadian based artist Kris Knight. His whimsical portraits not only portray elegantly painted human figures, but they are saturated with mysticism and romanticism. Yet, what is even more intriguing is how he is playing with sexual identities, voyeurism, psychotropic alterations, and the human gaze. Knight is unlike any other portraiture artist that I have come across so far – his paintings leave you with a sense of mystery and a desire to enter and discover the world that his figures are set in.

My first real interaction with this artist was when I was interning at Katharine Mulheim Contemporary Art Projects. Mr. Knight was to be our next upcoming artist for his exhibition – Tragic Kingdom, 2011. The curator had begun to describe the artist and his works. The show was to display Knight’s imaginary world where the shamed, bullied, and the tragic were to be the subjects of beauty. This secret society revolved around the so-called outcasts of society  – l’etranger (as Camus, ze French philosopher would put it) translated to “the others.” These subjects would live amongst this world in order to “transcend the tedium of small town life for the protection of the enchanted forest, banding together an exclusive and rustic regality.” However, this so called Utopia of misfits would take a tragic turn like the exhibition title expresses. Hierarchies ultimately arise and corruption soon follows. This exhibition not only displays the artist’s beautifully artistic hand, but paints us a fairy tale story rapidly turned sinister and corrupt.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I was to see the next day. Yes – Katharine Mulheim had explained the exhibition, but as the saying goes: a painting sometimes speaks louder than words. I was in AWE to open up the parcels of art. Most striking to me, and still haunts me to this day (in a good way) is his painting Fête (pictured above and to the left). The romanticism and mysticism is painted in the dark background as three young men walk quietly, lurkingthrough the dark mysterious woods. I had this unsettling feeling as if I was watching something I was not supposed to look at. I was voyeur preying on these young boys, but I could not look away. Fête had a very Bottecelli-esque feel- it was the contemporary painting of Bottecelli’s Primavera, 1482 (pictured below).  This unsettling feeling permeated my he(ART) and still haunts me to this day.


This artist is a must see, he does not solely paint portraits, but elaborates stories with his brush.

Peace Out, K

Matthew Barney – Fantasy Freakshow?

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Matthew Barney – shocked? confused? repulsed? What is there to say about this Yale University graduate? What isn’t there to say? This Houdini ancestor (or so the story goes), husband of Bjork, and back in the day a fashion model, creates art that without a doubt creates a unique reaction. Unique. I don’t know any other word (or for that case words) to describe his work. Whether he’s dressed up in drag or climbing the walls of the Guggenheim for his Cremaster series (enter if you dare), this artist is testing the limits of the body. At what point can it go no further? At what point does his work become grotesque? Is it grotesque? Is it appealing? It for sure is fantasy-like… but is there a market for that in today’s society? What is your he(ART) telling you?

xx, DP