Peekaboo Gallery, an effort dedicated to displaying relics and collectible memorabilia from the 20th century, opened this year. In this Q&A we talked to gallery director Matt Kennedy (also of Gallery 30 South) about the reasons behind starting the spot and what’s ahead.
The inaugural exhibition at Star Gallery in New York City, “American Monsters,” explores the insidious icons of U.S. pop culture. With a list of artists that includes Armando Veve, Thomas Fluharty, Anthony Freda, Devin Clark, Ellen Weinstein, David Miller, David Flaherty, David Goldin, Epyon5, Zhang Yiqing, Nich Chiechi, Marissa Mahabir and several others.
If you played with your food when you were a kid, then you might enjoy this set of wacky photographs by Benoit Jammes. The Paris based artist does just that in his playful series entitled “Skitchen” that explains “what’s going on in your kitchen when you turn your back- the secret sporting life of our friends the fruits and vegetables.”
Brooklyn based artist Tara McPherson, first featured in our Collected 3 Edition, is constantly visiting and exploring new themes and iconography in her art. Though her playful and evocative characters first recalled issues from McPherson’s childhood and adult life experience, they have since grown beyond that to incorporate themes from science and nature.
Based in Santa Catarina, Brazil, collage artist Marcelo Monreal’s work is going viral for his different take on inner beauty. His latest works cut open the portraits of celebrities in Photoshop, super models and other faces of pop culture that are otherwise stagnant, to reveal beautiful blooms underneath. Monreal’s use of floral motifs stems (no pun intended) from his first job as an artist, developing embroidery for a label factory. His imagery is in a similar vein to that of the spliced vintage photographs of Matthieu Bourel, covered here, and Rocío Montoya’s manipulated, experimental photos. While his subjects are uniquely contemporary, Monreal shares the same sense of bizarre humor that combines the morbid with abstracted glamour.