Jefe aka Johnny Chiba provides lowbrow highlights of all that is cool and
all that is great at the annual Miami South Beach event ART BASEL 2012
and assorted satellite fairs
our journey began at the Miami Convention Center, a sprawling arena of international galleries in geometrical
mazes of columns and corners. this year our favorites were a variety of artists we've seen before, working in new
mediums, or being represented by more than one gallery. please click thumbnails for links to galleries, artist websites and larger pictures
UNITED ENEMIES: A PLAY IN TEN SCENES, 1994
Single print from a suite of ten color offset lithographs, signed, numbered, and dated
Schütte's work is comprised of a diverse use of media as well as many of the ironies and criticisms of humanity
he explores, including historical recollection, achievement, loss of power, and finally mortality.
Sculptures and photographs, all unanimously entitled United Enemies. The group of sculptures, which correspond to the photographs, consists of two small figures tied together on a piece of PVC pipe adorned with colorful cloth all protected by a glass dome. The counterpart to this series, the photographs, of which all ten are displayed, highlight the faces and emotive nature of the sculptures.
Mr. Schütte was also represented by the gallery of Carolina Nitsch, who also showed the lithe lithographs of
"Penetrators" - photo-collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel
Fred Tomaselli continues to astound, with his shocking and awesome work, his large paintings-cum
-collages made with resins and meticulous cutouts go beyond the art norm. the snakes within the snake,
the bird's eyes within the bird, all within a universe of colors and shapes that only Fred Tom can conjur.
Fred Tom also paints over The New York Times front pages, creating artful commentary juxtaposed
with the serious nature of the political reporting
the devastating use of resin and acrylic paint resulting in lifelike homages
to nightmarish creatures, disgusting yet interesting... art
Jon Kessler c/o Salon 94
one of the more interesting booths at Art Basel belonged to Salon 94, displaying
artist Jon Kessler's various mediums using video and moving sculptures.
"Live in Your Head"
Included were a kaleidoscopic camera in a tub, a twirling camera in a water bottle,
the kinetic "Lost Boys" sculptures, and the head on laptop, whose screen showed
a youngster running about wearing a superhero costume.
the entire booth was enjoyed by gangs of roving schoolkids and curious adults alike,
whose interaction was necessary to complete the art piece
space-age video installation located in the heart of the
convention center provided a needed respite
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - On the Raft (after Mark Twain)
In 1984, Tim Rollins launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in the Bronx
together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival).
the group’s 20-year career continues with prestigious exhibitions worldwide
a number of separated pieces seemingly placed according to artist's whim,
but what about that hidden piece? what is it and why is it hidden?
Señor Reyes' artwork in the past combines therapy with hypotheses,
prospective and retrospective. these pieces are identifying yet mystifying. pedroreyes.net
twin brothers as collaborative duo of visual artists, whose work centres
on their Romanian heritage, myth and legend, incorporating
contemporary graphic design, camp horror films and abstract art
the Brothers Tobias were also well-represented by the fine Galerie
of SABINE KNUST, whose wall of Tobias was impeccably hung.
the reproductions at Galerie Maximilian Verlag website are far better
than the photos below, click galerie link above
the artist, pictured next to his arte, esta muy interesante!
the stock market is actually composed of thousands of words via multi-colored
typeset, all politically-charged commentary on the market itself. genius!
we've come across Mr. Gorlizki's fine work in the past, and would once again
run into a wall of his art in the near future, but it was nice to see an artist taken
to the next level by a gallery of such prestige as the Berggruen.
Gorlizki's works on paper originate from an obsession with Indian Miniature paintings - a tradition that he has subverted and applied to his own particular visual language. In the mid 1990's he opened a studio in Jaipur, India with Riyaz Uddin, a master painter with a perfect command of technique that goes back over 600 years. Gorlizki draws out wonderfully odd subjects, patterns and compositions that Uddin then paints with jewel-coloured pigments, stone colours and gold leaf with a single hair-tipped brush to create works of breathtaking intricacy. When not working together in the studio, drawings get sent back and forth to be modified and adapted between New York and Jaipur, often over a period of years.
Berggruen also reps the magnanimous mural magnificence of:
three gladiator busts: Ruby Red Shining, Lollipop Racer Arrow, Glitter Thunder Belly,
each opening to reveal the artist's skull replica molded in bone, blood, sweat and tears.
the aqua hotel provides the gallery-within-a-room motif, where we window-shop
the art before deciding whether to enter the room/gallery. I always make sure to
check out the bathroom for sh*tty art... pun intended.
Nigerian-born artist whose work is rooted in African art and nsibidi aesthetic philosophy,
where sign systems are used to convey ideas; Ekpuk re-imagines graphic symbols from
diverse cultures to form a personal style evoking the human condition explained through
universal and specific themes: family, gender, politics, culture and Identity.
a.k.a. Blue Face Killer, Jeannette L Herrera is an acrylic/oil painter, whose
subject matter includes day of the dead and religious iconography, mixed with
a colorful sense of humor; a certified picture framer whose handmade frames
correlate to the textures and subject matter of her work.
Joe Brubaker's wooden carved figures echo Spanish colonial Santos, Egyptian tomb figures
and Buddhist stone carvings, crossing cultures from indigenous peoples all over the world.
Scraps of metal and found materials are incorporated to create a cast of puppet-like characters
each with its own personality. "I almost imagine myself as channeling some soul that's out there
and wants to come back", he says. "It's really an eerie...Geppetto moment".
indelibly drawn futuristic designs over classical paintings, Laura Lima is represented
by Hardcore Art, yet her own website is not to be found! these fine pieces below were
discovered via google searches as was this interesting video piece on the well-versed artist
Carlos Gámez de Francisco appropriates the opulent and decadent atmosphere of the days
of the last French monarchs to create a parable of absolute power. Black humor serves as the narrative thread linking pictorial
scenes in which the bloody and the absurd converge with ostentatious fashion.
Soody Sharifii is an Iranian/American artist based in Houston. Her work deals with the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in living between two cultures, exploring the notion of Muslem youth identity
and what it means to participate in two cultures from both an outsiders and insiders perspective.
Asser Series - steel wool figures represent individuals imprisoned in their own selves
each figure is boxed in, unable to explore and survive, to transform internal fears and external plight
into a flight to freedom. below they are animated (c/o Johnny Chiba) to further their caged endeavor.
known for her works on paper, Fay Ku assembled a small army of adorable origami beasts,
representing the artist's Chinese zodiac symbol (born in the year of the tiger), Chinese cultural history
and the funerary ritual of burning Joss paper (paper money). Paper Tiger Army is also influenced by
First Emperor Shihuangdi’s terracotta army necropolis.
the remarkably quirky, sinister drawings of Hungarian-born Balint Zsako emanate a strange
combination of innocence, perversity and cruelty. Nudity, body fluids and sex are construed
wonderfully macabre balance of surrealistic life and death and pop culture.
Twisted architecture, warped buildings and skyscrapers concocted out of context,
the Cuban-born Arrechea's work reveals a profound interest in the exploration
of both public and domestic spaces, including an upcoming solo exhibition,
the Park Avenue Mall Project in NYC in 2013. muy interesante!
A sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, van der Ende specializes in wall mounted
bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized
to form a gripping and realistic mosaic, further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief.
CHINESE DEMOCRACY AND THE LAST DAY ON EARTH (TYRANT)
brilliant animated movies resembling video games of a futuristic military-ruled earth,
with America the final battlefield. Humoresque and grotesque, bloody and bold,
signore Solmi's short animated films are nightmares of a foreboding future.
Federico was also repped by JEROME ZODO Gallery from his home country of Italy
a huge horizontal piece with enclosed animations of a seemingly endless military line and American takeover
click for video nugget - 3 heads of state with animations built in
Using countless fragments of actual currency, Mark Wagner creates collages that speak to the cultural, social, political and symbolic roles that money plays in our society. Working exclusively with the monochrome of the
U.S Dollar, Wagner has proved that the single dollar bill is a truly ripe material.
I could barely make out the full dollar bill until I saw it in the camera lens. A bees-eye-view of the dollar
as honeycomb, all elements created out of the bills themselves. One of the most creative pieces of the week!
something about Casablanca and Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall, with geometrial patterns
blanketing the stars, seems highly out of place, but I could not stop looking at it and thinking about it.
and isn't that the purpose of art?
a trio of casablanca circles animated by Johnny Chiba made a tad more sense
Iraqi-born to Iranian parents, Sadegh Tirafkan's photo-collages seek to bring together
disparate classes of people from his countries' division of men/women and religions;
seeing the pieces up close reveal throngs of folks, from afar they form a focal unity.A
Art = Peace
a kinetic sculpture of perceptual illusion, inspired by Op Art from the 1950s and 60s.
Breaking the picture plane into a black field and twenty-one motorized vertical strips, the sculpture produces rhythmic waves of movement. The animated pattern shifts in arc and frequency, as the two motors on each strip continually rotate in and out of phase. Using an approach visually analogous to the tape loop structures found in minimal music and phase music, new shapes constantly flow through the composition, which are perceived by the eye as a singular picture in motion.
New York-based artist Daniel Rozin creates interactive installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer. In most of his pieces the viewer takes part, actively and creatively, in the performance of his art. Known for his longstanding investigation of image creation – be it in response to woven fabric, stone mosaics or today’s pixel – Rozin studies the very nature of modern structure.
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