Archive for ‘Mixed Media’

October 29, 2010

Dave Murray’s Art is Viciously Fantastical

by Matt Forcey

Dave Murray is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and digital media. Falling, Jumping, Mirrors, Office Plant, Shark, Cans, Skies, Stars, Frisbees, Bats, Ghosts, Boxes, Boulder, Rocks, Legs, Cones, Balloons, Mandalas, Skull, Cheerleaders, Sports, Politics, and much more. – via http://www.davidamurray.net/

I stumbled upon Dave, well not so much Dave, but his wickedly funny “Self Portrait as a Dinosaur with Dog”, on display at the School of the Art Institute’s Boomerang exhibition space on Wabash, between Madison and Monroe, in Chicago. 

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October 15, 2010

Scratching the Surface with Portuguese Street Artist “Vhils”

by Matt Forcey

Only 23 years young, contemporary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, chips away at established notions with his destructive approach to street art.  Reverse graffiti, architectural sculpture, creative vandalism?  Whatever you chose to call it, the images he scratches into building facades with jackhammer and pick are downright mesmerizing, haunting even.  Weather-worn faces gazing out from alleyways, lonely apparitions consigned to oblivion.

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October 4, 2010

Nikki Farquharson’s Mixed Media Girls

by Matt Forcey

Be sucked into a psychedelic whirlwind of colors and patterns in Nikki Farquharson’s “Mixed Media Girls” series.

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September 20, 2010

America, The Gift Shop

by Matt Forcey

If American foreign policy had a gift shop, what would it sell?

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September 15, 2010

High-Flying Robots Illuminate Dubai Sky

by Matt Forcey

Soaring like robotic birds, these energy generating flying devices were conceived by Carlos Campos Yamila Zynda Aiub Architects for the skies of Dubai. Called Wings, the curious “creatures” use solar cells to store energy, which they then use to illuminate the land below them at night in a flutter of constellation-like formations.

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September 15, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Matt Forcey

By Michael Kurcfeld

Today we take it for granted when seeing graffiti art in a posh gallery, but arguably the first artist to channel the urban street frequencies of his time and get it onto the “white walls with white people with white wine” was Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In 1988 this singularly gifted artist, who had leapt to fame in Warhol’s New York, died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Filmmaker Tamra Davis took all of the footage she had shot of her good friend, including a never-seen interview and B-roll of him working in his studio, and put it in away in a drawer. 20 years later, she decided it was not hers to hide anymore and made it the core of a superb documentary, Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

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September 10, 2010

Ghost in the Machine: Portraits Channel Rock’s Finest Using Cassette Tape

by Matt Forcey

Erika Iris Simmons’ one-year foray into cassette-tape portraiture happened after noting how similar the coiled, stringy reels of old cassettes resembled Jimi Hendrix’ hair. Since then the 26-year old self-taught artist has added similar likenesses of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, and other legendary musicians and icons to her impressive body of work.

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