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Amazing sculptures by Art Center College of Design grad, Ching Ching Cheng.

The artist’s bio:

“I always put myself in situations that will make the subject matter more personal for me, so my work gives an intimate and personal account of my own experiences while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to recall their own. My work is symbolic and conceptual. I present subject matter outside the self from this psychological position. I am constantly trying to replace the figures in my paintings with images that represent the idea of the figure, an object or an animal that takes on the persona of what the figure represents. This intimate gesture allows for a personal connection to be forged by the viewer with the work.

“Ultimately, there is no definitive subject, but only a meditation on personal experience and emotion. The subject matter that influences and inspires my work the most comes from psychology and nature. The ways people deal with situations are very different from one another, and I find this very special and interesting. I challenge myself through drawing, solving problems and difficult ideas. Most of my work is mixed media, using ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. I work digitally and traditionally as well as three dimensionally, and I like to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The color of my work is very subtle, and quiet.”

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I don’t know much about Vincent Fichard, AKA Vincent Who, but I believe in the work he’s doing. From what I gather from his bio, he is thoughtful and heartfelt – two qualities that are indispensable to an artist who makes it his mission to enlighten through narrative and inspire with strong ideas. Vincent is a traveler. He’s lived in places that I can only dream of visiting – South Africa and the Middle East – and now lives and works in Paris, France. Where he’s lived is important to note because, unlike the average globetrotter who’s passport stamps and dusty collection of souvenirs are the only record of said travels, Vincent created bodies of work that reflect upon his experience and time spent in the places he visited. In 2007, he created the lovely short film “Go Around Twice if You’re Happy”, which has received over 1 Million hits on Youtube and is one of the most discussed short films on the site. Check it out:

Vincent Who’s latest project is this Street Safari series, inspired by his experience in Dubai. Rather than glorifying the superficiality of wealth and mega-tropolis trappings that Dubai embodies, Vincent reflects on the wasteful exuberance of a culture that is not considering its impact. These days, it’s difficult to make a political statement without scaring people away. I believe Vincent Who manages to hold his audience’s attention through clever story-telling and a non-judgemental depiction of the subject matter at hand. I really enjoyed this body of work and hope you do too. Continue reading for more images and info on the work in the artist’s own words. (more…)

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Ron van der Ende, Ørnen (De Adelaar / The Eagle) 2007 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 120x170x16cm (company collection Barendrecht NL)

I love discovering a new artist whose work is different, and a little fun. Ron van der Ende is a Rotterdam, NL-based sculptor who specializes in wall-mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. Bas-relief is your A&O word-of-the-day and it means a sculpture in which forms extend only slightly from the background. Ron van der Ende’s collection of work includes sculptures of various vessels – mechanical and sea-faring – as well as structures: houses, factories, buildings, and that sort. I love how the background factors into the entire experience. I also enjoy how the photographs add another layer of viewership to these works. By that I mean that, in person, they probably appear more as definite relief sculptures, but over a computer screen, they look to be a 2-dimensional creation – a painting, or a staged photograph. Adding to the painterly aspect is the mosaic of color and texture that looks as though it was applied to the image with a brush. I’d love to see these in person. Viewing them on the computer screen will just have to do for now. Enjoy!

on van der Ende: Schooner (S.S. Roosevelt) 2007 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 215 x 155 x 12cm (West Collection, Oaks, PA, USA)

Ron van der Ende: 727 2008 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers (West Collection, PA, USA)

Ron van der Ende: NASCAR Charger 2009 bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, three parts, total dim. 305 x 96 x 10cm.

Ron van der Ende: Peekskill 2008 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 150x125x14 + 20x15x15 for the ‘meteorite’

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"Psychopomps" exhibition on view: 7/21 - 09/25/10

Our favorite artist/taxidermist, Polly Morgan is currently showing with Haunch of Venison, London.  Her new show Psychopomps features four suspended taxidermy sculptures, each poised between metamorphosis and flight. The pieces are so extravagant and beautiful, no one would be able to mistake the pieces for roadkill (note to Courtney Love’s assistant).

Just because....two older pieces that are not in the exhibition, "Dead Ringer" and "Receiver"


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Cristina Velazquez's piece titled "Zigzag Catalog World"

Mad World: Messages to the Future, an exhibition featuring work by fourteen artists that imagine the future in 40 years through a fictional history of objects. In considering work for the exhibition, the artists were asked to ponder the statement, ‘If you’re interested in the future, invent it.” Responses range from both the artistic representation of objects 40 years from now, to witty and thoughtful statements about our cultural evolution. Through works such as future almanac entries, nomad friendly furniture and functional objects made from discarded material, the exhibition will display a unique imagining of what’s to come.

Artists presenting work: Jose Arenas, Carlos Castro, Emael, Chris Granillo, Hector Dio Mendoza, Johanna Poethig, Lady Reni, Joshua Short, Jose Antonio Suarez, Robert Trujillo, Christina Velazquez, Rio Yanez, and Marilyn Yu.

Opening Reception: May 08 at 7:30. Galería de la Raza is located at 2857 24th Street, San Francisco

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"Night Hunters" Marw an Sahmarani, 2005

Lebanon’s civil war lasted 15 years, from 1975 to 1990, and claimed over a quarter-million casualties and lives. “Convergence: New Art From Lebanon” includes the work of 29 Lebanese artists, recounting the painful memories of the civil war while looking to the future for hope and healing. The exhibition is currently on display at American University in Washington, D.C. through May 16, 2010.

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Ohne Titel 1966 Black ink with wash and pencil on paper 29.8 x 22.9 cm > 11 3/4 x 9 inch via evahesse.com

Eva Hesse was one of the artists who led the Postminimalist movement. She was a brilliant sculptor and painter who took such cold and unfriendly materials as latex, fiberglass, and plastic and imbued them with warmth and the pulse of a beating heart. She died before her time but not before leaving behind a prolific collection of work that can only make one wonder how much more she could have contributed had she been gifted with not just pure talent, but length of days.

Untitled, 1966. Brown ink wash and pencil, 13-3/4 x 10-3/4 in. via walkerart.org

Ohne Titel 1966 Ink wash on rag board 14.1 x 17.7 cm > 5 1/2 x 7 inch via evahesse.com

Look for the Eva Hesse traveling exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2011.

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Caleb Larsen "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter"

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Caleb Larsen’s “A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter” since I first learned of it via C-Monster. Initially, I dismissed the piece as the poster child for all that’s wrong with modern art. It’s just another black box in a white room, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. This particular black box is wired to the Internet and programmed to put itself up for sale on eBay every ten minutes. So, it can never really be owned, pointing to issues of the changing marketplace and the expectation of art to “belong” and be permanent. For me, the piece begs the questions of “what is ownership?” and, “can anything really be bought, sold, or owned?”

“A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter” was purchased in January for the first time, only to put itself up for bid again. It’s current owner, Terence Spies, was recently interviewed for The Stranger and shared his obsession with a sentiment that’s easy to relate to, “I have this thing, and I really want to keep it, but the reason I want to keep it is that it might leave.” When asked if he would bid against anyone trying to purchase the piece in the next eBay auction Spies said, “I own it, but I’m the only person in the world who can’t buy it.” Call me crazy, but this concept just gets to me…in a good way. It’s that whole human dilemma of unrequited love – wanting the one thing we can’t have.

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Observer (sitting), 2009, Paduak, 24 x 12 x 9 inches

Observer (sitting), 2009, Paduak, 24 x 12 x 9 inches

When I first began purchasing art a little over five years ago, Brendan Monroe was one of the first artist’s whose work caught my attention. His work continues to inspire, reaching new levels of craft and concept. If you’re in the LA area, be sure to go by the Richard Heller Gallery for the opening of Brendan’s latest solo show, “Places Between Here and Here”, a title almost surely influenced by the artist’s recent move to Stockholm. The show opens on October 17th from 5-7pm.

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Artist Kevin Cyr has just launched a project on Kickstarter that you should definitely consider donating a pledge to. If you don’t know about Kevin Cyr, or the projects on Kickstarter, definitely check out the link to his project posted above. As a painter, Cyr is known for his tightly rendered paintings of graffiti bombed delivery vehicles. With his Camper Kart project, Cyr explores habitats and ecology through the intersection of form and function, sculpture and innovation. Check out the incentives at each tier of donating. For instance, a $20 donation will get you a silkscreen print of the camper kart. Keep an eye out for an upcoming show I’m curating with Kevin Cyr and another talented East Coast artist.

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