October 02, 2015
federico solmi at postmasters
In his latest output, Federico Solmi scans hand-painted imagery and applies it to digital three-dimensional models of world leaders. He then imports each into a video-game platform and records their movements as if they were on a movie set. Titled “The Brotherhood” 2015, this series includes “video-paintings” of mostly infamous leaders with works that indict the viewer and society as much as the leaders themselves, as they flamboyantly posture like shallow celebrities. more
September 18, 2015
EXPO CHICAGO RETURNS, WITH BIG AMBITIONS, AND SOME EXHIBITOR TURNOVER
...Robyn Siegel, a Dallas–based art advisor, said that the smaller galleries at the fair reported slow sales on Thursday, but that many dealers presold half of their booths’ inventory as a safe bet for the weekend. Works that would sell quickly in New York, Siegel ventured, remained available—a rare opportunity to acquire pieces usually in high demand. Los Angeles dealer Luis De Jesus said that most of the pieces he brought were either sold or on hold by the end of the first day. more
August 12, 2015
"HA HA! BUSINESS!" GROUP SHOW TRIES TO MAKE SENSE OF THE HYPER CONNECTED DIGITIAL WORLD WITH HUMOR @ LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES
The art world is now a global business, of course, as is just about everything else. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype have become our new living room, our church, our megaphone—and, some would argue, our toilet, too. And, it seems everyone wants to sit on the throne and be heard. Life is now "all news, all the time" and humor is the unifying force that allows us to look in the mirror, if for no other reason than to get a quick reality check and, hopefully, a little truth. [ READ MORE ]
July 31, 2015
zackary drucker featured: 'I Am A Camera' opens lens on LGBTQ lives
The timing for FotoFest's "I Am A Camera: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within" couldn't be better. This rainbow-infused summer has seen same-sex couples celebrate their newly won right to marry anywhere in the U.S. and Caitlyn Jenner navigate her new transgender life on the reality show "I Am Cait." But the exhibition reminds us that such freedoms aren't universal.
Steven Evans, FotoFest's executive director, spent 18 months curating the show, which features more than 200 aesthetically masterful works. more
July 27, 2015
review: HA HA! BUSINESS! at Luis De Jesus
Novelist Don DeLillo once quipped, “California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of lifestyle. This alone warrants their doom.” This concept is the curatorial mission behind HA HA! BUSINESS!, currently on view at Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles. HA HA! BUSINESS! reprimands what it sees as a jingoistic and self-centered lifestyle—a world filled with social-media fiends who are willing to cut down the next person, or the world around them, for their own gain. [ READ MORE ]
June 25, 2015
'Transparent' Is “Built With Trans People Participating”, Says Associate Producer Zackary Drucker
Before Transparent, says Zackary Drucker, the transgender community was reflected in cinema through stereotypes—victims or villains on cop procedurals, disturbed serial killers in the likes of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. From the outset, Transparent creator Jill Soloway sought a different approach. more
Drucker and her partner, Rhys Ernst, have been advocating for the trans community as artists and filmmakers for years, producing work that examines both sides of transgender experience—Drucker has transitioned from male to female and Ernst from female to male. It was Ernst who first met Soloway at the Sundance Film Festival, when they both presented shorts in the same program. [ READ MORE ]
June 23, 2015
artnet Asks: Josh Reames on Instagram, Astrophysics, and Kanye West
Four large canvases and a six-pack of Heinnieweisse provide a modest setting inside the Bushwick studio of Dallas-raised, Brooklyn-based painter Josh Reames.
The buzzworthy artist has upcoming shows in Milan, London, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His works consciously employ commonly used artistic techniques, such as trompe-l'oeil, action painting, graphic design, screenprinting, and rudimentary drawing, all existing on one plane. [ READ MORE ]
June 20, 2015
paris photo agenda: Ha ha! business!
The art world is now a global business, of course, as is just about everything else. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype have become our new living room, our church, our megaphone--and, some would argue, our toilet, too. And, it seems everyone wants to sit on the throne and be heard. Life is now "all news, all the time" and humor is the unifying force that allows us to look in the mirror, if for no other reason than to get a quick reality check and, hopefully, a little truth. HA HA! BUSINESS! continues my quixotic interest in making sense of it all. [ READ MORE ]
June 15, 2015
BORDERLINE - Tijuana-born artist contrasts dejection and optimism in powerful Los Angeles exhibition…
Everything in the exhibition shares that interest in the fragmentary and the broken contrasted with the optimistic and the organic. Figures of myth, legend and pop-culture loom beside, across or behind the main figures...
Hugo Crosthwaite is no respecter of boundaries. more