Two really fast sketches on scraps of found acetate for a one of several books I plan on working on this summer.
- Jostein Gaarder - Sophie’s World (via quotablebookquotes)
This Saturday, May 18, Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City will debut three solo shows: Andy Kehoe‘s “Luminous Reverie,” Marco Mazzoni‘s (HF Vol. 27) “Animanera” andSouther Salazar‘s “Souvenirs.” Known for his multi-layered painting technique, Andy Kehoe creates mysterious fantasy worlds with convincing depth by aggregating layers of resin painted with oil and acrylic. In his latest body of work, Kehoe offers glimpses into nocturnal storybook scenes that delve into mysticism and ritual. Kehoe experimented with sculptural elements in this series of resin boxes, submerging small polymer clay sculptures in the resin to further cultivate an illusion of space despite the works’ flat, illustrative style.
Marco Mazzoni (featured in a special sketchbook insert in our current issue) continues his exploration of the traditional relationship between women and nature in pagan cultures with his color pencil drawings. Paying tribute to midwifes and female healers persecuted for their knowledge of herbal medicine in early Christian times, Mazzoni also connects his latest body of work to contemporary themes. The title, “Animanera,” translates from Italian to “Black Soul” and is an allusion to the troubled political and economic situation in his home country of Italy.
Stay tuned for coverage of Souther Salazar’s “Souvenirs” and see all three shows May 18 through June 15.
Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was a schizophrenic artist whose images of cats changed as his mental health deteriorated
Kevin Bauman - 100 Abandoned Houses
“100 seemed like a lot, although the number of abandoned houses in Detroit is more like 12,000. Encompassing an area of over 138 square miles, Detroit has enough room to hold the land mass of San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan Island, yet the population has fallen from close to 2 million citizens, to most likely less than 800,000. With such a dramatic decline, the abandoned house problem is not likely to go away any time soon.”
I swear to all things holy whenever ruin porn and the glamorous urban blight of Detroit comes across my dash I want to break things. The city is not a playground for outsiders to take pictures of and make a name from. Detroit is more than abandoned houses, there are still people here even though the national conversation and perception doesn’t want to acknowledge it. Detroit is not vacant and Detroit is not destroyed because of city dwellers needing to leave (maybe look at the reasons for that instead of an old house). People live in this city and others want to come into their home and make it out like THEIR artistic vision of THOSE PEOPLE’S LIVES. No one is coming in and taking pictures of the lots and houses neighborhoods watch and guard.
And framing it just as ~people who aren’t there anymore, people abandoning the area and making this huge problem of abandoned buildings and don’t care for the land~ is a load of bullshit.
This is not cute, stop it.