Last week, Okuda San Miguel aka “Okuda” teamed up with fellow artist Yoh Nagao (featured here) in Berlin, Germany to create two vibrant new murals. The first is curated by international art project Urban Nation, which can be found at their gallery location, and is Okuda’s abstract reinterpretation of the city’s symbol, “Berolina.” The Madrid based artist found inspiration in the statue that once stood in Alexanderplatz in honor of the victorious troops of the Franco-Prussian War. Originally, she wore a crown of oak leaves which Okuda has replaced with the famous Berlin Wall. This mural was followed by the duo’s second piece, “From Goya to Nagoya,” a private commission.
On Saturday night, Tokyo based artist Yosuke Ueno celebrated his fourth solo exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles with “Beautiful Noise.” Over his career, Ueno has built a fantastic, vibrant universe inhabited by characters like “Hapiko” and “Efil” (“Life”), inspired by Japanese spirits. Here, they find themselves joined by those familiar to Western audiences such as Charlie Brown and Mickey Mouse, decorated with elements of contemporary culture including glittery, graffiti motifs, and Pop iconography. Take a look at our photos from opening night after the jump.
German artist Pierre Schmidt, also known as “Drømsjel” (previously covered here), creates mind-bending imagery that combines illustration and collage techniques. His works are partly inspired by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who challenged ideas about individuality and the meaning of our existence. Other influences have included digital artists such as Lauren Albert, Christophe Remy, and Melissa Murillo. In his latest works, Drømsjel challenges Nietzsche’s concepts through his manipulation of the form, which drips and doubles beyond recognition.
Finish photographer Christoffer Relander (previously covered here) explores our relationship to nature in his ongoing series of multiple-exposed photographs. Primarily portraits, his dreamy pieces portray subjects physically merging with their natural surroundings. Relander has been working on a new series, “We Are Nature” since 2010, which was revealed on Friday night at Galerie GEO.
Boston based artist Janet Echelmen (previously featured here) has created one of her most dramatic works yet, but you won’t find it in any gallery. Her latest aerial sculpture hangs half an acre above Boston’s Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway. Titled “As If It Were Already Here”, the piece weighs a whopping 2,000 lbs, made of 542,000 knots which Echelmen wove together into a colorful, graceful mesh. Take a look at more photos after the jump!
Tomorrow night, Chet Zar’s “The Demon Show” and Jasmine Worth’s “Dark Night of the Soul” side by side solo shows are opening at Last Rites Gallery in NYC. Both shows will be on view May 23rd through July 3rd, 2015. In “Dark Night of the Soul”, Worth explores the act of transformation through suffering. Inspired by both the occult and female experience, the artist utilizes meticulous layering techniques to craft scenes from fairytales gone awry, swirling seamlessly between the sweet and the morbid. With “The Demon Show,” Zar’s subject matter is surreal and darkly humorous yet genuine in its existence, often revealing humankind at its barest form.