Gallery Nucleus presents "Anna Chambers' Club House"
Artist Anna Chambers is well known for her lovable kawaii plushies. Possessing a never-ending imagination to render most anything cute to the tenth degree, Chambers has single-handedly plush personified bugs, fruit, even poo! She has also designed several popular plush lines including Doolie Boxes, Suzy and Sam, Lucy Owl and most recently Fresh Fruits.
Club House finds the artist interpreting woodsy characters from leaves to insects, and more. Each handmade character sprouting with personality and one-of-a-kind uniqueness. On Saturday, August 8, join us in our new upstairs Atrium gallery to meet this endearing green-friendly gang of new friends.
The documentary film by Gary Hustwit, about the visionaries and the designers behind some of the products that we see today comes back to Los Angeles for a screening and a talk after. It is a complex discourse between designer, manufacturer and consumer in a sentimental, thought-provoking and often times humorous way. If you have not had a chance to see 'Objectified' I strongly recommend you do! And if you have not had a chance to see the other films by Gary Hustwits pick up his other documentary called 'Helvetica'.
There is a new U2 video for the song "Ill Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" by two of my favorite artists/animators, David ORielly and our good friend Jon Klassen. Its an interesting fusion of the two styles. Jon's color and 2-D sense coupled with David's graphic 3-D sense.
Within the last few years, public/private universities have sought new ways to highlight their facilities, prestigious faculty and academic programs over the internet. For this reason we have seen a spike in schools using methods such as blogging to more recently, implementing the video and audio outlets like YouTube or Podcasts.
Nowadays, universities display their lectures and demonstrations on these new platforms presenting the nature of their education-- publicly. Sure, this is all fine on a university level, but what about the arts? Well, as innovative and free thinking as art school can be, it's a slow start for some private and specialty schools to market their institutions and the quality of their education in this way. However, it seems that Otis College of Art and Design have been increasing their credibility through the development of videos illuminating student work and lectures conducted by professors. It's a brilliant strategy to attract students, show them visually what they can be expecting when they attend the college, because as we all know that it's not about where you going for art school but why.
Check out lessons and lectures uploaded frequently on the Otis Channel
David Sossella made these impressively well-rendered drawings titled, "Krilenko" of a futuristic Cold-War Communist era or at least, an example of a kind of Orwellian existence. An artist from Treviso, Italy, Sosella's works have been mainly illustrative. But I find that his strengths and individuality come out most in these graphic novel pages. The treatment of his graphite and his line work is intricate and well considered, attempting to mimic engravings or traditional print making. His character design are also highly stylize and assist in the literary and emotional read of his narrative as this series does not contain any dialogue. I didn't post all of his pages, but you can look at them in their entirety here.
I had the opportunity of stopping by the Hammer Museum today. Although I was there for a screening of Aïda Ruilova most recent video, I also had the pleasure of seeing Swiss-born artist, Nic Hess's installation in the Main Lobby. His work really made me do a double-take for his medium I find very intriguing. Hess creates wall works nearly entirely out of masking tape! Applying layer by layer using bought materials for his compositions. A key feature to the display at The Hammer is Hess's interplay of fine art, commercial and pop with tape and wallpaper. His influence from graphic design is made clear with this color balancing and surface textures, yet his work is simply much more than just images of everyday commodities. They are intrusions of space with the fervor of graffiti art and the aesthetic of contemporary design.
Art rockers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have frequently been associated with the avant-garde. Their music often goes hand and hand with the artistic movements and punk generation of the late 70s and 80s. Yet although their music reflects this era, "SNAKESWEAT" looks like an art film of much earlier precedent. The choppy editing, the low production, looping and unsynced audio are distinctly influenced by works Surrealists works such as "Un chien andalou" or more notably Dadaist. In the film, each band member portrays distorted versions of themselves and their personalities: lead singer, Karen O plays 'The Black Wi
dow'; guitarist, Nick Zimmer plays 'The Scientist'; and drummer, Brian Chase is 'The Philosopher'. Their representation of these personal characteristic echoes a kind of exposition from avant-garde film of the self and the artist; essentially, a objecthood of identity. These band members are taking up a mantle that a generation spent more than a decade exploring. It is very interesting that the band is now creating videos of this nature in the early 2000s. Are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs attempting tribute to or revive this era of modern art? Watch "SNAKESWEAT" and you be the judge.
Oh, and if you haven't already check out their new release, It's Blitz! which I think is fantastic.
Thanks everyone who made it out to the Beautiful/Decay "Supernaturalism" signing on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. I hope that you enjoyed the exhibit and signing. Special thanks to the artists, especially Kyle Thomas who really busted out the custom drawings on the books. You can still get copies available at our store; check out the variety of covers and some great artwork in the book.
An interesting image of an environmental installation by Tara Donovan was posted by Ken Johnson on Thursday. Tara Donovan's sculpture which can be seen at The Lever House Lobby consists of 2500 lbs. of carefully folded plastic sheets fixed in a rectangular free standing wall.
"Untitled" is an incredibly heart-stopping, display of the beauty of form and I'm sure these images don't the work enough justice.
In addition, Ken Johnson, the author of the article, gives a critical examination of the presence and largess of outdoor sculpture in New York districts. I find that many of the New York installations and sculptures are quite inspiring. In Los Angeles, we have a lot of freestanding sculpture in busy districts in the metropolitan city center. Unfortunately, it appears that the public arts are slowing down
with our waning economy, state-budgets and less than enthusiastic patrons. Only with time, will we be able to see
more ground-breaking and ambitious public works. These works are essential in transforming our objective space and for bringing the arts into the facade of commerce.
Yuta Onoda is an artist originally from Japan who holds a Bachelors in Applied Arts in Illustration from Sheridan College in Canada. His illustration work is largely mixed media and digital. Much of Onoda's art bares similarities to his peers such as Tessar Lo and James Jean; yet while comparisons can be drawn, Onoda's focuses on more psychedelic and surreal themes. I enjoy also Onoda's conventional skill as a graphic designer for his color palette feels to be highly selective. Further differences between other illustrators in the field and Onoda appear in that Onoda's subjects which feel less narrative and a bit more contemplative. Many of his paintings are very impressively realized, at times even more carefully rendered and complexly layered than his digital work. Yuta Onoda will certainly be an up and coming illustrator and I look forward to seeing more of his work surface in the next few years.
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Senjukannon, Yuta Onoda, Mixed media on wood, 24 x 24"
Hope Leaves, Yuta Onoda, Mixed media and digital, 8 x 8"
John Clang is a genius in his respective field. Sculptor, interventionist, photographer and commercial artist, Clang has exhibited some of the most intriguing bodies of work I've seen from any artist his age. Born in Singapore, Clang entertained the idea of going to school for fine art photography at Lasalle College of the Arts, but ultimately left to assist renowned photographer, Chua Soo Bin. Within the few years that Clang has been exhibiting his work in galleries internationally, and has gathered a large following. The reception of his work has been vastly positive and some of his personal art is now a part of the permanent collection at the Singapore Museum. Clang's subjects typify a view of South East Asian metropolitan cities not seen through conventional digital photography. Following his instinctual aesthetics, Clang creates art that is both natural and sensitive.
Silhoette-urban intervention (black tape), John Clang
It's been over a year since we've had the Nature of Water Show exhibiting works related to Bruce Lee, but we still think about it in passing. In Hong Kong, a new museum is going to be dedicated to the icon. The Associated Press reports that they will be holding architecture design competition for the new building. Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, a panel of architects and city planners will be judging the design as well. We over here at Nucleus are happy that the career, life and philosophies of Lee will finally find a home. Perhaps we'll see a few works from the Nature of Water show at the museum.
I'm a big fan of Jonathan Weiner's work. His paintings are a kind of window to a dismal New England coast life, but offer an interesting slice of contemporaneity. Overcast weather and falling leaves seems to be a running motif in a lot of work and setting the tone for situations like out of a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Frankly, his neutral palette seems all too familiar with a lot of work I've seen in this genre but a lot of times I am struck but elements that break commonality amongst his peers. From unusual costumes, bizarre gestures to the incorporation of modern technology Weiner paintings have a lot to offer the careful observer.
'Brent Booth, 21 years old, Des Moines, Iowa $30' 1990-92 C-type print
Yale graduate and professor, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia
is an expert on photographic lighting. With the use of mixed lighting effects, golden-hour shooting, gels and filters, DiCorcia imbues images with sentimentality and an eerie conception of space. One of my favorite projects of his was a series of photographs shot in Hollywood in an area of Santa Monica boulevard, loosely named, "The Hustlers". Dicorcia shot images of various male prostitutes on the street, paying them the same rate that they would for their regular 'services'. Each photo is titled with the sitter's name, place of birth, and their price.
'Ike Cole, 38 years old, Los Angeles, CA, $25' 1990-92 C-type print
'Mike Miller, 24 years, Allentown, PA, $25' 1990-92 C-type print
Today marks the birth of one of modern performance and video artist's greatest minds Nam Juin Paik. Paik is regarded as one of the most influential Asian-American artists but that is a title that often misinterprets his true genius in the world of modern art. He was truly one of the first video artists, at least those in which who regarded themselves as such. Testing the limitations of the medium, Paik distinguished the variable differences between art video and cinema. Paik passed away in 2006 but his mark on video will always resonate.
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography was a historic show that exhibited photographers who did not label themselves as such, rather, as 'artists'. The event focused on around 20 years of photography and was one of the most influential markers of art photography in the West. The show contained approximately 150 works which documented their artistic pursuits from performance pieces, assemblage, staged self-portraits, sculpture or film. The exhibition was also the first to acknowledge. in their entirety, the simultaneous Modern art movements of Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Arte Povera and many others.
Ina Kyung Lim has never created art for the faint hearted. From abstract expression to figurative her work is always stark and bold. Her subject these days is the nude Asian female. Tones are oft severe, darks against light flesh, representing a freedom/restraint dynamic.
Ina is a graduate of The School of Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, where she focused on painting and drawing. She is also a graphic designer, illustrator and dancer residing in Los Angeles.Ina Kyung Lim's The Shibari, arope bondageseries, has recently been showcased and installed into the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. The Shibari, which consisted of charcoal drawings, was also recently published in the 4th edition of Grafuck.
There's a moment when one practices anything of great effort and skill where the laws of time and gravity stand still, where one is unburdened of the things that weigh us down and ground us. These moments are sometimes ecstatic, but always fleeting. Yet the practice alone can lead to freedom, possibility, and empowerment. The subject is weightlessness. The model, an ex-lawyer turned dancer, embodies the fierceness, dedication, power and possibility for embarking on a journey to freedom. Her leaps are aspiration. Like objects of art used in meditation, these paintings remind the viewer of a moment of enlightenment where one finds themselves unburdened and weightless.
Although Veronique Meignaud describes herself as a freelance concept illustrator with extensive work in character and environment design for the video game industry, looking at her collection of work it is apparent that she is not limited to just one genre. On exhibit, we have examples of her peculiar, illustrated sketchbook drawings. These works are streams of her subconsciousness onto the page. Creatures, humans and their environment distort, and morph together becoming abstract yet insinuate a terrifying and bizarre world.
Salzwedel's delicate and subtle landscapes reflect the friction between urban development and nature. Even his medium of choice is a statement of this clash, despite being a natural product (resin is the hydrocarbon secretion from plant), the actual hand layering process is considered very toxic and even dangerous to inhale or touch. With this painstaking rocess, Salzwedel is able to accomplish incredibly ethereal artworks with overwhelming depth.
The contradictions and paradoxes of Lo's personality and past are what allow him to create his works that deal often with human concepts, dreams, and relationships. On one hand he is an Indonesian-born artist that produces "Asian aesthetic" works. On the other, he is a North American artist raised and taught in Canada and inspired by Gauguin. Better yet, on another level, he is considered one of the gallery circuit's new "It" boys with already more than 30 shows attributed to him, three of them: solo. Still yet again, on the other side of that same level, he is still a very young artist who not that long ago was just an art student at Sheridan's School of Animation, Art, and Design. Continuously evolving as an artist, it's the lack of clarity and the unknown that excites him. Metaphorically and literally, this mystery appears in paintings with haunting figures floating against empty space.
Chigi's intricate drawings, accomplished with only a red ballpoint pen, demonstrates her inherent ability of connecting different elements with pattern and flow. Nymph-like beings entwine with organic elements and they become untied, get twisted round then become one again - as it is with cycle of the natural world. Drawing for her is a meditation, and in its' process she can find answers to the millions of things going through her mind. We are ultimately inspired that such a simple and humble tool can create such a delicate and striking aesthetic.
Tiffany Bozic has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Blending her external observations with the internal world has led her to refine a distinct style in which richly pigmented acrylic paint reference real anatomies against solid maple wood panels. Though inspired by John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel, her work dives more deeply into the imaginary and darker aspects of the natural world. Bozic views the making of art as a kind of therapeutic process - a way to make sense of the world, of her relationship to life as it unfolds, of its power over us, and perhaps most importantly, of our power over it.
The Munsell Hue Test attempts to survey how good your color vision is. The lower the score, the better your vision. The analysis afterwards, will show where your hue discrimination lies, a useful design tool. You can also compare your results to age demographics at the end! Ironically, concentrating on such an exam for a prolonged period of time on a computer screen feels rather detrimental to your vision. Oh well, I scored a 15, compare your results! Post them in the comments.
In the spirit of Kevin Dart's "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7" exhibition, I thought I'd post this music video by Towa Tei. This video came out in 2008, but it's still one of my favorite Shibuya-kei songs. Featuring Lina Ohta, the cinematography is almost reminiscent of something out of a Wong Kar-Wai film. Towa Tei is a DJ based in Japan who works primarily in the genres of bossa-nova, lounge, jazz and dance music. Tei's music is best described as a tasty combination of the seductive and the sophisticated.
Jen-Hui Liao is a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in England. At their annual graduate student exhibition, Liao unveiled his brilliant project: a drawing machine that takes the users physical hands to produce a self-portrait. To explain it in rudimentary terms, the computer analyzes the image of the user from a camera and directs their hands to specific directions--the end result being an image of the user's likeness. It is rather difficult to translate exactly what this drawing machine does in its entirety so please watch the video clip of it below. I must say, the product of these drawings are rather stunning. Works of this nature bring about interesting questions of self-fabrication and of identity and autonomy in art making.
At first I thought this was some clever photoshop work, but paddy field art does exist and it is awesome! The process behind the field art is fairly straightforward (grow different colored rice plants on a planned grid), but it's the scale that makes it so impressive. The village of Inakadate in Aomori Prefacture boasts some of the most detailed of the country's crop art, a tradition that dates back to ancient times of...1993.
There's a great article over at The Japan Times Online with a detailed history behind the tradition http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20070826x1.html/
One last link, to the folks over at weburbanist.com who've compiled a list of crop/aerial art http://weburbanist.com/2009/02/02/aerial-art-crop-circles/