Art Venti

31 08 2012

Tissues are as humble and fragile as human lives, and living those lives crumples each into a unique form. Through death and tragedy, people clutch at tissues in a futile attempt to hold back a river of tears. Working as an artist is my strongest defense of our fragile existence. As I endeavor to leave my mark in the world around me, I am reminded that mortality is a powerful adversary to be counteracted with beauty.

So says artist Art Venti. Of course it is not just tears that tissues are used for. Venti may be the first artist to have his work referred to as ‘snot art’. Bad puns aside I am quite taken with the photographs of his tissues. It looks like science fiction. Multi-dimensional.

I used to be obsessed with patterns when I was younger. I think it has something to do with pattern recognition. Or maybe bi-polarism. I used to drop drops of ink on a paper and then blow them around using a straw. After they’d dried I would look for faces. You wouldn’t (or you would) believe how many comic facial features arise. Great if you’re a cartoonist.

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Andrei Varga

30 08 2012

Andrei Varga. These particular pieces are part of a series of paintings that Andrei has done. A series called Unsaved memory. They are portrait paintings that both seem to hide behind the paints and emerge out of the paint. A kind of tease. I immediately wanted to put a date on them. I don’t know why. But they do not look like faces from say the middle ages, the 19th century, or the 20 century. Are they faces from the future? Have they yet to fully emerge? Are we on the brink of seeing them? Like faces out of a crowd. That is my experience.

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Ettore Aldo Del Vigo

29 08 2012

Ettore Aldo Del Vigo. Like Dali his images have that plastic melting chocolate look of dreams. (My dreams don’t melt.) It is a fecundity of life. Like multiple universes. Leaking out of every orifice, new life snakes its way across the canvas and in its journey becomes something else.

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Roa

29 08 2012

Roa. Another street artist. And this artist(s) is all over the world.

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Roa’s Big Bird on Hanbury Street, Brick Lane, London from Shafiur Rahman on Vimeo.





Peter Lippmann

28 08 2012

 Peter Lippman. His photos are staged. Arrangement is a collage affect. And they are arresting. Always done in groups. Or a series. I must not have much pop culture awareness because I don’t get all of his references.

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The Wolf of Velvet Fortune from Greg Kousidis on Vimeo.





Daniel Cohen

27 08 2012

Daniel Cohen. He has a great eye for comedy. And you can never get too many laughs. Unless you’re around my friend, Victor Genoa, who is right out of control in the laugh department.

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Chad Wys

27 08 2012

I hate some of his work. I think it pretentious. Or I don’t get it. On the other hand some of his pieces are quite amusing. And interesting. Especially his collages. So I guess its a bit of hit and miss for me.

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Multi-Channel Chanel from Chad Wys on Vimeo.