Artist, illustrator and designer Gabriel Moreno has a style that is easy to spot. His signature mix of drawing painting, graphic design, even tattoo and fashion culture sets his work apart as distinctly his. Moreno creates his work with an eye toward detail using sharp and confident lines. The complex line work of his compositions are then often contrasted against brightly painted colors and their seemingly haphazard staining on the paper. Each contrast’s resulting effect is a pleasant balance between several of each work of art’s aspects. See more of his work after the jump.
The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami is the street art nexus during Basel Week. The urban art event The Wynwood Walls transforms the area into a huge canvas for some of today’s most well-known street artists. While there is an officially sanctioned courtyard that houses the work of Miss Van, Kenny Scharf, Olek, Shepard Fairy, Ron English, Vhils and others, a copious amount of murals pop up on the surrounding blocks. We spotted Nychos’s dissected creatures, rainbow-hued photorealist portraits by Kobra, a huge piece by Herakut, the monochromatic, mischievous characters of The London Police and much more. Take a look at some street art highlights after the jump.
Ville Andersson’s drawings are marked by a harsh texture — like the angry scratches of a poltergeist. The Finnish artist creates brooding, graphic work inspired by 17th-century portraiture. The subjects of the work are made frightening through the simple act of shading. Pupils are darkened, silhouettes appear like strange shadows in a deserted house. In addition to drawing, the artist has a photography portfolio with a similar focus on solitary, sullen protagonists in the midst of a supernatural presence. Take a look at some of Andersson’s work after the jump.
The massive works by Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, are meant for the city. Known for his portraits chiseled directly onto the walls of buildings throughout the world, Portuguese artist Vhils recently experimented with the medium of cork, creating a gigantic, almost frieze-like scene of faces, words and patterns, entitled Contraste. Elements of the piece vary in depth, making it undulate as the gaze moves across, like parts of it are reaching out to the viewer. Faces are rendered in splotchy, almost pixelated densities, appearing clearly at some angles and completely disappearing in others. Contraste is big, complex, noisy and varies whichever way you look at it — true to Vhils’ forum of the city. The piece is currently on view in Covilhã, Portugal, at Portugal Telecom’s data center.
Gabriel Dawe‘s site specific installations are at once large yet delicate. Myriads of multicolored threads shoot across open spaces like rays of light. An intriguing balance between the installation’s ephemeral atmosphere and the concreteness of the thread seems to transform something about the space it inhabits. At the same time his installations’ resemblance to a loom (albeit, a giant technicolor loom) can not be escaped. Indeed, in his statement Dawe explains that his installations “explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms.” With this in mind, each of his Plexus installations, as they are titled, evoke ideas of clothing as well as shelter and inside space.
Yesterday, Art Basel Miami Beach opened with an early preview, inviting VIP viewers to experience the overwhelming amount of artwork in the innumerable booths at the fair. While much of the fair focused on Modernism and high brow art, Hi-Fructose scoped out New Contemporary art gems. One of Nick Cave’s sound suits, a wearable sculpture ornamented with silver buttons and artificial flowers, stood beside the masterful, surreal, wood sculptures of Gehard Demetz at Jack Shainman Gallery’s booth. Kehinde Wiley displayed a mural-scale painting that reimagined the Baroque with Sean Kelly Gallery, as well as a detailed tapestry. A large-scale Mark Ryden painting with a richly-detailed, wooden frame was on view at Michael Kohn Gallery’s booth, along with work by Retna, Kaws and Ryan McGinness. Take a look at our photos to see more highlights and stay tuned for updates from the other Miami art fairs for the remainder of the week.