"Louise Despont’s intensely intricate graphite illustrations are created on delicate sheets of antique ledger paper, similar to those that turn-of-the-century organizations used for their accounting. Despont takes these mundane parchments and draws mysterious, graphite designs onto them, similar to renderings of architectural plans or portraits of deities, with an Art Deco aesthetic. The overall muted pattern works by this Brooklyn based artist are meticulously meditative and alluring.”
“Although De Stijl was made up of many members, Van Doesburg was the ‘ambassador’ of the movement, promoting it across Europe. He moved to Weimar in 1922, deciding to make an impression on the Bauhaus principal, Walter Gropius, in order to spread the influence of the movement.
While Gropius accepted many of the precepts of contemporary art movements he did not feel that Doesburg should become a Bauhaus master. Doesburg then installed himself near to the Bauhaus buildings and started to attract school students interested in the new ideas of Constructivism. Dadaism, and De Stijl.”
“The series is an eclectic collection of re-imagined fruits and vegetables – from a hairy apple to a diamond-shaped beetroot, the pieces are meticulously hand-crafted for an often humorous outcome. Through the combined techniques of photography and sculpture, the work playfully transforms food into a truly visual feast.”
“I always have a hard time describing my work; I simply love making thread beams come out of people’s eyes!” Morimoto explains. “I like the idea of using both digital and analog tools in my work; it can be a vintage photo, an image that I found on Google or a profile picture that I stole from my friend’s Facebook. I used to embroider on colour images at first, but realized that the threads go better on a black and white image. The color compositions become more three dimensional and vivid.”
“Ongoing project, where I use light and colored background to make plastic bags look magical. Creating a landscape within the plastic bag.
Plastic bags are a huge contributor to the landfill waste, and are extremely harmful for our oceans and the creatures living there. Do not say yes to a plastic bag when shopping. These plastic bags were found in the street.”
"Bubblegum initially connotes innocent, cheeky pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptibility of the body, and the dreaded passage of time. Bubble gum is an insignificant, disposable material, and the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. The bubble is a vessel that holds our breath, for a brief moment, in a physical form. Seen as a group, the inflating/ deflating bubble imagery is a visual manifestation of breathing. They are decidedly anthropomorphic, and can appear abject, fragile, and as vulnerable as the human body."
"…his work has been characterized by his sarcastic interpretation of human attitudes and behavior, creating a unique and extravagant universe. With his grotesque vision of mankind, Miguel Leal explores an unreal and personal world.
True to its pursuit of beauty through cosmetic distorted, in his new exhibit, “The Rainbow is Gone,” Miguel Leal powerfully reinvents his way of expressing himself and show us a new obsession for minimalism. Explosions of color have been replaced by whites, raw emotions are now simplified concepts. His speech has become, in essence, a mutation, a surrealism and a distortion down to its minimum expression.”
Anne Bean - back cover of High Performance #25 (1984)
from a play titled “The Fall of Babylon 1932-1937.” photographed by Chris Bishop.
"The first performance of an unpublished play, written in1929 but set sometime in the present.
It concerns an evening in the lives of an accident prone fireman, a cab-driver and an unemployed strip club manager brought together by a series of chance events gradually becoming aware of the major themes of Contemporary Art.
These themes are represented by Feminism, Political Message, Collectivism, Minimalism, Structuralism, Drip-Painting, Technology, New Wave, Improvisation, Punk Art, Community Fringe Theatre and Performance Art
The evening ruthlessly dissects, analyses and exposes their complete inability to come to grips with these issues or with the tragedy of each others’ lives.” - annebean.net