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In this painting, the painterly elements stand first and foremost for themselves, while the realistic physical bodies from the original photography fade off the screen. Abstraction offers new dimensions of meanings, functions as analogy to a feeling, expression or an idea. As described, Travis LeRoy Southworth shifts “away the boundary of the body to further blur lines between abstraction and figuration… to express the complexity of 21st-century identity, and the disconnect between the body and those around us.”
WintEagle’s basemesh 3D models stand out among this huge, confusing genre of art because of her excellent construction of an environment with rich yet surreal details that are in harmony with the main characters – 3D human figures in it. In her art, you see a world full of colors, stories, nature, beautiful weird objects, historic sites, surreal/disproportional spatial structures, light (reflection of light), abstract elements, and human bodies – all in an exotic, dreamlike harmony.
The entire intensity, radiance and spatiality of those patches of color in Fire Angel are capable of conveying strong, unfiltered emotional impacts to its viewers. Staring at this painting is like staring directly at fire or death in the face.
Waiting for the Fall is a delicate sweet contradiction in itself. It creates an ambivalent world where inside – you have the feeling of luxury, (sexual) sensuality, delicacy, and sweetness. It’s like the inside of a barbie house with decorative fragile objects placed right beside the window. Outside of the window, however, the fire is burning and the world is falling. Yet the stars shine in the most innocent optimistic cute way.
This is the most innocent, sexually charged art I’ve ever seen. Cody Seekins creates an artificial world set in the Teletubbies cosmology where you find forms of pleasure, sensory stimuli, colors, fantasies in this stirring universe. “Whereas the bunny is entranced, even possessed by his affection, his partner exists simultaneously in their physical play and an introspective dissociation into various psychological forms.” – this is the embrace of libido, of the abnormal, the wild products of imagination, of lust and fantasies, and the visual lavishness of psychology.
I really love K.A’s intense use of bright color dots to create high contrast color effect (see more examples: here). To me it resembles something in between of Jackson Pollock’s powerful drip-and-splash and Seurat’s cautious, pointillist approach to color. But of course unlike impressionism, the colors in K.A’s art are employed in an abstract, expressive even symbolistic way, to evoke the experience of the “New World,” new dimensions and new planes of existence for its viewers.
Best video art of the week. pirate_sheep often has a weird, unorthodox, unstoppable force in her art, which precisely captures the strong, dynamic power of life of her unfamiliar creatures (one of her main subjects.) In Perlin Dance, she portrays “hunger” of life in the most perfect way. You can see LIFE in its hunt, in its speed, movement, and crazy interaction with its environment.
The best collaboration of the week. The collaboration is so “lazy” that you have to admire its cleverness – the simplicity & effectiveness to combine two artists in the most vivid and non-compromising way. They construct a museum like environment, where Skygolpe’s facelessman is framed and hung as a very large portrait while Fede, a 3D artist’s sculpture, is installed exactly as a sculpture in the right side of the gallery space. And it’s not only a combination of art from two artists, but also a combination two artists themselves. For I believe the red sculpture is an abstract self portrait of Fede (see Portrait), and the black & white facelessman is a self portrait of Skygolpe (is that traditionally looking painting actually an animated GIF?).
Thato’s work of 3D geometry is the best IMHO. By far he has only used the most basic shapes – spheres, cylinders, cones, cube, cuboid, etc. and the most basic colors – to 1) build infinite combo variations, 2) symbolize/represent deep, complex or sophisticated ideas, 3) while keep his most unique, signature style, that when you see cubes and cylinders, you can always tell they are Thato’s cubes and cylinders. This is simplicity at its best. In Lisa, Thato reduces Mona Lisa into golden spheres, dark & silver cylinders, with a dark background. Whether or not you can recognize Mona Lisa here, he surely captures timelessness of Mona Lisa’s calm, solemn, and mysterious aura.
I identify with her so much that I’m afraid my interpretation of Faded would turn out to be a self-analysis. If we say good art is what people can see themselves in, then to me Faded is a piece of perfection.