New York-based painter Casey Baugh works primarily with oils — both on panel and on canvas — to create an illusion of photorealism that breaks down when one approaches closer. Baugh has an instinct for light: Many of his paintings depict models traipsing about with silver, metallic fixtures, glowing TV screens and fluorescent beams. Painting the shadows and reflections caused by these devices allows Baugh to give his figures a sense of fullness and dimensionality, transmitting their presence as believably as a photograph. But upon close inspection, the brush work is actually muddled and impressionistic. While they looked like photographs from afar, the paintings are composed of strategically-placed, loose strokes that prompts our minds to form a complete picture.
Berlin-based artist Anke Eilergerhard makes sculptures from pigmented silicon that take the cake. She transforms Wayne Thiebaud’s Pop cakes into powerful generators of feminine identity (Scott Hove’s monstrous, fanged cakes also come to mind). Some pieces look like traditional wedding cakes. Others look like Meret Oppenheim and Leonora Carrington got together to design them. She examines the forms and, especially, the surfaces of these cakes and cake-like objects. The first impression of the work is quirky and idiosyncratic, lighter than air. Upon closer examination, though, some work looks dangerous. These cakes look fluffy and innocuous. In reality, they serve as a weapon to fight obsolete ideas of feminine identity based solely on beauty.
While wood is a common sculpting material, Patrick Dougherty uses it with a completely unconventional approach. For over 30 years, Dougherty has been been creating nest-like public art installations from tree saplings that keep the materials in their raw form instead of carving into them to create something new. As if woven by an enormous bird or squirrel, Dougherty’s installations mesh with their surroundings. The artist mostly works in outdoor settings, endowing parks and gardens with a spark of the surreal. His installations often join existing trees and architecture, adding a sculptural dimension to the surrounding flora. Take a look at some of his installations from 1990 to today after the jump.
British artist Phlegm recently took off on another world tour during which he will be creating some new murals around the globe. He started off with painting this mural in Perth, Australia for the Public mural festival. The festival took place from April 5-13, 2014 and included 45 artists from around the world painting 30 big walls around the city. The Sheffield-born artist was chosen to paint this large orange wall, just around the corner from Belgian artist Roa. With both artists using strictly black and white colors, their massive and super detailed murals looked impressive on these large walls.
The work of Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi has been compared to ethereal dreamscapes. He creates complex shapes with simple materials like dyed hot glue, clear plastic, and thread that inspire the imagination. Some see floating mountains, rain, and clouds, speaking to the broad scope of interpretation of his work. While Onishi’s flowing linear installations are site specific, they also celebrate the ‘happy accident’. Each piece begins with an organic object hung by fishing line, then connected to plastic sheets on which Onishi instinctively drizzles glue. Once the glue is dry, a cast of the object is revealed. Read more after the jump.
Japanese mythology and folktales are the inspiration behind Stephanie Inagaki’s upcoming debut solo show at Century Guild on April 26th. A southern California native, her work is a unique blend of personal history and strong sense of Japanese heritage. Inagaki’s intimate charcoal drawings of young women focus on themes of birth, growth, and emotional experience. For “Metamorphosis”, anthropomorphic female figures such as winged sirens and mermaids are mixed with colorful, traditional Japanese motifs.