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Imagined as a tribute to the pervasive influence of Hollywood and celebrity culture, Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’s latest series of acrylic paintings for his upcoming show at La Luz de Jesus, “DisHollywood,” puts a satirical spin on the vices and taboos that preoccupy society. Between Alice in Wonderland snorting cocaine and Pinocchio and Peter Pan coming out as lovers, it’s easy to imagine the tabloid scandals that would ensue if these classic Disney characters were in fact public figures. For “DisHollywood,” Loaiza Ontiveros goes heavy on the pop culture references, inserting allusions to the infamous Britney-Madonna kiss at the VMAs, horror films and punk culture. “DisHollywood” opens August 2 at La Luz de Jesus and is on view through September 1. Take a look at our sneak peek of the show below.
Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave — known for his wearable sculptures called “soundsuits” featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 20 — recently opened his solo exhibition, “Sojourn,” at theDenver Art Museum. The exhibition’s title is perhaps a nod to the transformative powers of the soundsuit, which is said to psychologically transport its wearer to a realm of fantasy beyond the limitations of the human body. While Cave’s previous work has been vibrantly textured and colorful, for part of “Sojourn,” he opts for a galactic theme, presenting metallic and bejeweled soundsuits reminiscent of disco balls and sci-fi space shuttles. The colorful and furry suits are also present, adorned with floral patterns and even tree branch structures built up around the sculptures.
In conjunction with “Sojourn,” Nick Cave and Bob Faust collaboratively designed an interactive exhibition titled “Second Skin.” The family-friendly counterpart of “Sojourn,” “Second Skin” invites viewers to decorate their own soundsuits with felt ornaments. Take a look at some photos from “Sojourn” and “Second Skin,” images courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. The exhibitions will be on view through September 22.
Chadwick & Spector’s Museum Art Painted on Human Anatomy
Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray from Houston, Texas also known as Chadwick & Spector have been collaborating for the past 18 years on an incredibly ambitious project entitled Museum Anatomy of museum artwork painted on human anatomy. This project that encompases museum paintings, body art, and photography, is inspired by a unique love of art history. Their primary focus is on paintings from the 19th century including works that have been stolen. Chadwick & Spector start out by finding historical paintings in storage facilities from museums around the world. Spector paints these famous works of art onto Chadwick’s body. His painted figure is immersed into a saturated black background and then documented with photography. The resulting photographs obscure much of Chadwick’s body. This technique sometimes disguises his human form and adds a contemporary twist to the age old craft of body art.
Belgium artists Aline Bouvy and John Gillis are contemporary artists who worked together to produce an unorthodox body of work entitled The anus, in relation to the penis, the hand, the face. These disturbing and bizarre drawings are a collage of body parts that reference the anus and other private areas of the body. The artists have been working together since 1999 practicing video, painting, collage, and sculpture. This solo show was at Art Brussels, 2013 with Nosbaum and Reding Gallery. Please note that this article may be inappropriate for children and some users. See more after the jump!
Canadian artist and illustrator Jessica Fortner creates color-saturated artworks that pulse with venomous hues of magenta, neon green and purple. Switching seamlessly between traditional and digital media, Fortner gives her work intensity and momentum, placing her characters in environments that burst with color. Filled with scaly textures, much of Fortner’s illustrations incorporate reptilian imagery as well as elements of traditional Asian textiles. Take a look at some of Fortner’s works below.
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Artist Steven Quinn is known for his street photography and collage work. Quinn was born in Belfast and is currently living and working in London. The skull collages featured here, which were recently spotted at Laughing Squid, are comprised of old photographs and other magazine images. The many vintage images of stars add deep and dazzling perspectives to these kaleidoscopic collages. See more here:
Known for her hyperrealist sculptures of fleshy, humanoid creatures, Patricia Piccininirecently created an enormous fantastical character in the form of a hot air balloon titledThe Sky Whale. Commissioned by the Centenary of Canberra, the majestic Sky Whale recently took flight over the Australian countryside for the first time. Driven by the desire to spark a sense of wonder in her viewers, Piccinini designed the otherworldly creature as a disruption of the mundane. Take a look at videos by Blueboat of the Sky Whale’s first flight and Piccinini’s studio, as well as some photos of the Sky Whale below courtesy ofTolarno Galleries.