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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim

by Christian Petersen
Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim is a Belgrade-based gif artist and “digital surrealist” who creates wonderfully mind-bending visual puzzles. Behind Rajkovic’s visual wit is a subversive sense of humor that he puts to work tackling diverse socio-political topics like corporate culture, religion, and our dependence on technology. His meticulously constructed tableaux are often created from manipulated vintage found footage giving them an uncanny quality that defies time and space. Welcome to the... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 6/21/17
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Heather Rasmussen Offers a Contemporary Feminine Take on Early Surrealist Tropes

by Sola Agustsson
Heather Rasmussen’s began with her recreating three iconic pieces by surrealists Hans Breder, Rene Magritte, and Ujj Zsuzsi. In these “recitations,” Rasmussen arranged her own body among objects and possessions familiar to these surrealists to create studies in the form of three Polaroids. The “choreography” of these three studies opened up new modes of working for Rasmussen, who is also a dancer. In the process of remaking these artworks, Rasmussen was able to imagine the new series of... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 6/5/17
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A Body in Crisis: Can the Aesthetics of Horror Embody Fear?

by Stephanie Cristello
The affliction of horror is an experience both embodied and detached. White washes over your face, the blood rushes from your cheeks toward more essential functions. Capillaries constrict, drawing what they can spare. Your body hollows. Fear is rooted in uncertainty, but its sensation is a bodily affliction as much as a mental one. Entire markets have been built on its replication, assimilation, and distribution. To feel horror is unbearable, but to experience its aesthetized and familiar... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 6/6/17
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Under the Radar: Viet Ha Tran | Alexandra Gallagher | Nadia Rapti

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Viet Ha Tran – Madrid Alexandra Gallagher – Manchester Nadia Rapti –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/26/17
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Pipilotti Rist Unleashes the Comforts and Terrors of the Technological Sublime

by Olivia B. Murphy
Entering the three-floor exhibition currently on view at the New Museum, everything immediately slows down. The lights are dim, colorful projections hitting almost every wall and surface, illuminating people and subsequently turning them into shadows. Some visitors sit, splayed out on a plush carpet to watch the wall-to-wall two-channel video projections, while others drift through flowing gauzy curtains, a soft warbling tune flooding the air. This digital playground is Pipilotti Rist’s the... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 11/18/16
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Olga Fedorova

by Christian Petersen
Olga Mikh Fedorova is a Belgium-based multimedia artist who is currently focusing on digital 3D—that is, three-dimensional digital art—as her primary medium. Despite only recently starting to work in this way, she has quickly become one of the talents to watch in digital art. Fedorova’s work explores contemporary obsessions with clinical modernism and sterile technology, which she uneasily couples with a unique blend of untamed nature and raw sexuality. Her strange tableaux feels like single... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/2/16
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The Puerto Banús Strip Is Decadent and Depraved

by Philippa Snow
They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto Banús is a gorgeously populated... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 7/29/15
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Breaking Camp: A Conversation with Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
A while back during Berlin’s Indian summer, when the weather was more hospitable to a trio of tropics-born expats, I met up with the Doha-based artist duo Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir at a sleepy café in Prenzlauer Berg. Sanz, from Puerto Rico, and Weir of South Africa, have made waves lately with their vibrant and somewhat in-your-face surreal photographs that weigh in on power structures of culture in locations like their current home Qatar. Their artwork is almost camp, employing... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 12/21/14
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Texture Trip: Surreal Substances in Art

by Char Jansen
Paint, in its ancient origins, was made from available materials: egg yolks to bind, sand, soil, plants, and so on for pigment. The whole process of manufacturing materials to make art has been steadily removed from the artistic process over time, but some artists still introduce the physical messiness of making art, by remolding everyday materials to provoke uncanny, humorous—and often, revolting—reactions to substance in the viewer. They might arouse strong responses, but they also open our... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 12/7/14
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Post-Capitalist Hip Hop Videos: Our Absurd, Dystopian World

by Char Jansen
Hip Hop and capitalism could be said to share the same ideals. American Hip Hop and the American Dream promote the same goal of self-made material success through carefree consumerism. Money—and spending it—saturates songs and artist monikers (Curren$y, Rich Gang, 50 Cent, All$tar, etc.). Hip Hop’s aesthetic identity has traditionally communicated just as much about consumerist society as its songs. But as confidence in capitalism is waning, with the mass disillusionment following global... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/20/14
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