02 September 2011
Sadly, the exhibition is over if you find yourself in Berlin; however, you can still enjoy the photos.
[PRESS RELEASE via Skalitzers]Skalitzers Contemporary Art is proud to present the first solo show in Berlin by internationally acclaimed artist ROA.
A modern-day naturalist, ROA moves between cities, observing and documenting the creatures that inhabit the fringes of human society. Famous for his large-scale depictions of animals on city walls around the world, ROA exposes the natural beauty in the cycle of life and death.
Transit focuses on the movement in this cycle - processes of decay, discovery, re-invention, and life born out of death. Employing the same concept with his materials as with the life he depicts, ROA's latest body of works are the culmination of a 10 day passage in Berlin, exposing the neglected creatures of his recent travels against the discarded materials and energy of abandoned Berlin.
Skalitzers Contemporary Art
Skalitzer Straße 43, 1. Etage
10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg
U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof
Opening Hours: Wed - Sat, 13 – 19HR
The grace, romance and effortless style of iconic American women who fascinated the English aristocracy during the 1930's: Viscountess Thelma Furness, Lady Emerald Cunard, The Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson ... all embodied a classic American spirit informed by British style at its most glamorous.
01 September 2011
José ParláOHWOW Gallery
September 9 - October 22, 2011
937 N. La Cienega / Los Angeles / CA / 90069
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 6 – 9 PM
[PRESS RELEASE] Character Gestures is a solo reveal of José Parlá’s latest body of work. Comprised of paintings, mono-transfers and installations, this exhibition builds on the artist’s earlier work that dealt with the concept of psychogeography and depicted distressed architectural surfaces layered with calligraphic text. While he continues to broach the idea of how we experience urban landscapes and the visual language of mark making, the shift within Character Gestures stems from a deeper engagement with process and abstraction.
The notion of “character” is as much about text, integrity, and specific traits, as it is a literal nod to Parlá’s performance, wherein he assumes the role of hypothetical pedestrians who interact with marred city walls, as he creates the work. “Gesture,” encompasses the ideas of movement, communication, and demonstration, and is mutually respectful of the artist’s accidental and calculated actions when applying medium to surface.
With Parlá’s new paintings, as seen in No Return, Here Again, 2011, marks mix with textures, bright colors, and media, yet the process is as involved and significant as the visual outcome. In a collection of work on paper, which Parlá refers to as “mono-transfers,” he experiments with a form of frottage, documenting his new paintings via the impressions they leave on paper.
Character Gestures exemplifies Parlá’s deftness at technical execution; the complexity of layering, combined with erasure, still manages a translucent effect. His fluency in visual communication is mindful of the fact that any emotion or memory that attempts physicality can only serve, in reality, as an abbreviation of its original essence. He mitigates this condition through his poetic and individualized form of aesthetic dialogue, while navigating the art historic doctrine of Abstraction.
via Arrested Motion
31 August 2011
The mural was developed by Ron English for the LA Freewalls Project, over a period of 5 days, used 60 gallons of paste over 3,000 sq. ft. of wall and now exists as one of the largest Contemporary Art murals in the world. 120′ x 30′. The mural resides at 830 Traction Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90012.
30 August 2011
Sawiris is known among less corporate circles as a prominent art collector, having made a series of high-profile deals including offering a $175,000 for the return of Van Gogh's "Poppies" to Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum in August of last year.
The Sawiris' Orascom Group recently sponsored the renovation of North Korea's striking Ryugyong hotel, and has maintained close relations with the Hermit Kingdom, from their involvement in the country's mobile telephony infrastructure to personal visits with dictator Kim Jong Il.
According to Forbes, "as Egypt wavers between an Islamist and a democratic future, billionaire telecom scion and art patron Naguib Sawiris wants to be his country’s next leader – and he’s founded a political party – the Free Egyptian Party — as he prepares to do just that."
It's playing at several theatres in NYC, but many suggested seeing it at Nitehawk in Brooklyn. Nitehawk is a new cinema that offers an experience like no other in New York. They have a street-level neighborhood cafe where you can enjoy cocktails or gourmet concessions anytime. In addition, they feature table-side food service inside our three theaters for each film.
Regardless where you go, it is a must see.
28 August 2011
Interactive Robotic Painting Machine
computers, robotics, camera, microphone, mixer, speakers, projector, oil paint, canvas
This machine uses artificial intelligence to paint its own body of work and to make its own decisions. While doing so, it listens to its environment and considers what it hears as input into the painting process. In the absence of someone or something else making sound in its presence, the machine, like many artists, listens to itself.
found via Arrested Motion