Artist Shaina Craft created these visually unsettling paintings. She explains her process succinctly saying, “I paint my subjects’ faces after they have been altered, layered, and printed digitally.” The series seems to highlight the way we ‘read’ faces by making them nearly unintelligible. The frustration of settling on a pair of eyes or singling out a face underscores how differently we look at people’s faces compared to inanimate objects. Each painting forces the viewer’s eye to wander without allowing it a place to land. Craft’s style of painting turns these facial forms into something entirely unfamiliar, inviting viewers to revisit the idea of portrait painting. See more of Shaina Craft’s paintings after the jump.
A departure from the formal affair of the Basel Week art fairs, Brooklyn-based duo Faile debuted an interactive installation last night in Miami Beach titled “Deluxx Fluxx.” A hallucinatory arcade designed by the artists contained a hodge podge of posters wheatpasted floor-to-ceiling — a barrage of imagery that evoked propaganda art, fairy tales and punk rock posters. The artwork on the walls of the first room was all strictly monochromatic, but Faile designed colorful video games and pinball machines (even the games themselves were part of the art) that illuminated the room with a digital glow. In the second room of “Deluxx Fluxx,” neon posters shone under the backlight, wheatpasted floor-to-ceiling like in the previous room. The sensory overload of visual and tactile stimuli allowed viewers to break away from the traditional gallery format and lose themselves as they took in the artwork or competed in psychedelic foosball matches. See more photos after the jump.
Alan Sailer, a microwave engineer and photographer, creates remarkable photographs that capture, with incredible precision, the explosion of several objects as he shoots them with a pellet rifle. Sailer takes all of his photographs at home in his garage using a micro-second guided spark flash, which he builds himself using information he has reaserched througout his career as an engineer. Alan uses a Nikon D90 for most of his shots; the flash unit cost him about $300 to build. Sailer’s “Moment of Impact” includes toys and processed foods, amogst other mundane objects. The impressive and colorful images are rather surreal in their composition. Although exciting to look at, the series of images evokes a sense of doubt and concern as to what these objects are truly made of.
Inspired by the cultural legacy of Ancient Rome, Kris Kuksi recently presented a new body of work for his solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, “Revival.” The title of the show alludes to the aspects of Roman society that persist in contemporary Western civilization. Kuksi’s work is exquisitely ornate, presenting a conglomeration of deified characters that resemble enlivened statues in an altar. Often ominous, the new works glorify chaos as their baroque construction unravels into depictions of conflict. Kuksi revealed in his show statement that many of the works stemmed from his disillusionment with the Christian church when he began to view it as a vehicle for discrimination. “Revival” is on view through January 18. Take a look at some of the work in the show after the jump.
Artist Greta Kotz works in a variety of media: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, even digital illustration. It is interesting to note the way in which different materials convey differing atmospheres and moods. While the watercolor form of a man may feel ethereal, the acrylic portrait of a woman suggests a physicality. Regardless of what tools she uses to create her art, though, her style is consistent. Kotz’ compositions swirl between abstraction and realistic depictions of the human form. They are also continually centered on the subject of each work, as well as the subtle psychology in their gestures and body language. See more of her work after the jump.
“I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” is an apt title for Yayoi Kusama’s current exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery, consisting of immersive installations and new paintings that span the gallery’s three neighboring locations in New York. The 84 year old artist — whose extensive oeuvre includes paintings, novels, sculptures and multimedia installations with avant-garde underpinnings — created a series of “infinity rooms” that allow viewers to lose themselves in their endless, celestial reflections of pattern and color. Read more after the jump.