tagged: figurative

Art World Irreverence Meets Cultural Politics in AVAF’s Self-Appropriating “Re-Transpective”

by Neil Vazquez
Eli Sudbrack isn’t your typical art world denizen. One half of the collective assume vivid astro focus (or AVAF for short), the Brazilian-born Sudbrack currently splits his time between New York and his adopted hometown of São Paulo, where he crafts work at the intersection of pop culture, queer, and net aesthetics, all with an anti-establishment sensibility. Art world punk rockers, assume vivid astro focus have collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons,... [more]
Posted by Neil Vazquez on 6/9

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

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

Under the Radar: Shweta Sharma | Lindsay Ellary | Caroline Haydon

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Shweta Sharma – Mumbai Lindsay Ellary – Dallas Caroline Haydon – Los... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/5

Simon Birch’s 14th Factory Mirrors the Decline of Globalization

by Joel Kuennen
As the European Union signals its distancing from a seven-decade transatlantic alliance, as the United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only other nations to demure from the Paris Climate Agreement, as a realignment of global hegemonies occurs before our eyes, there is no better time to reflect on the narrative of globalization. , a warehouse-sized installation currently open in Los Angeles, is the culmination of a life’s work for Simon Birch. A Brit, transplanted to Hong Kong for the... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 5/31

Christa Pratt Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Christa Pratt.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’m interested in staying spiritually, politically, and emotionally in-tune with myself and my existence through sculpting blackness in intimate and sensual ways, centering blackness and femininity. Decentering whiteness and patriarchy has been an important part of my self-love journey and my journey as an artist. At its core, with my work I want to communicate that we as living things have continuous access to the... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 5/22

Under the Radar: Caroline Augusta | Nancy Marcum | Almudena Blanco

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Caroline Augusta – Sonora, CA Nancy Marcum – Oneida, TN & Atlanta, GA Almudena Blanco –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 5/6

Amanda Joy Calobrisi Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? The first language that I learned to read was body language. Being a cautious but curious child, cursed by shyness, it was (and still is) my primary language. Observing the adults was preferable to playing with the kids. I gathered expressions, gestures, and stances into a sort of dictionary of my mind and tried to figure out how they connected to verbal language. The body more often than not seemed to defy the words, undo them and... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 5/7

Girl on Girl: The New Book Exploring the Female Gaze in Photography

by The Artslant Team
What does it mean for a woman to pick up a camera and point it at herself, or at another woman? Is there something unique to be found behind the lens, in the gaze of the female photographer? is an ambitious new book that sets out, if not to resolve this question, then to open it up, to unfold it through the exercise of prolonged looking. Over a year and a half, arts journalist Charlotte Jansen (who is, full disclosure, a former editor of this publication) interviewed 40 female artists from... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 4/13

Sarp Kerem Yavuz Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? For the past three, maybe four years, I have been trying to find a way to criticize political Islam, particularly as it is employed by the Turkish government. I use traditional Islamic and Ottoman patterns to challenge the government's neo-Ottoman rhetoric and address some the oppression, injustice, and violence people are experiencing in the region. However, the broader issue I have been attempting to discuss for as long as I... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 4/10