TOP 10 KEHINDE WILEY # 3

25 Nov

KEHINDE MUSETHE WORLD STAGE GOT FLIPPED. FOR CENTURIES A PORTRAIT WAS A PRIVILEGE OF STATUS.  TODAY THE PORTRAIT OF THE OTHER HAS TAKEN CENTER STAGE.  KEHINDE WILEYS WORLD STAGE SERIES HAS STOPPED IN NUMBEROUS NATIONS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2008.KEHINDE HANDSSTREET CASTING OCCUR IN INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, RANDERSON ROMUALDO CORDEIRO IS CATAPULTED FROM UNKNOWN YOUTH TO ARTISTS MUSE RE-PRESENTED.  REMOVED FROM THE GRITTY STREETS, THE GLOW OF FRESH THREADS & RECAST IN OILKEHINDE GROUND

TOP 10 RAQIB SHAW AT 4 X

21 Nov

RAQIB SHAW TOWEREMPIRES RISE AND FALL, YET THE WILD LIFE REMAINS.  THE WORLD OF RAQIB SHAW IN ONE OF OPULENCE, AS HE MASTERFULLY CRAFTS ART HISTORY WITH LUSH PERSONAL MYTHOLOGIES  TO CREATE ORNATELY GUILDED WORKS OF ART.  NO ONE DANCES THE LINE BETWEEN DESTRUCTION & DECADENCE BETTER THAN SHAW. ARRIVING @#4.RAQIB SHAW WASPCAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE RAQIB SHAW WORK?”  “ITS $40,000.”   THE WHITE CUBE ATTACHE RESPONDED INSTINCTIVELY.  THIS WAS OPENING NIGHT AFTER ALL, GET THAT MONEY HONEY.  THIS WAS IN 2010 FOR THE 4″ X 6″ WORK ON PAPER ABOVE, EXTRAPOLATE, THAT WITH THE SCALE AND DETAIL OF HIS SUCCESSIVE WORKS, AND YOU ONLY IMAGINE.  LOOKING BACK THE EXPERIENCE WAS QUITE JARRING, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SPEAKING TO AN ENGLISHMAN WHO WAS SO BRAZEN & STRAIGHT TO THE BOTTOM LINE, WELCOME TO BASEL.RAQIB SHAW DETAILIMAGES DO NOT CAPTURE THE SENSUOUS UNDERTONES PERMEATING FROM THE WORKS LIKE PHEROMONES, LURING YOU IN LONG BEFORE YOU REALIZE IT IS TOO LATE! CAPTURED BY THE WESTERNIZED AESTHETICS OF BLING! BLING! & EXCESSIVE DISPLAYS OF WEALTH.    WALKING THE LINE BETWEEN VULGARITY & PURE HEDONISM UNASHAMED,  HIS ANTHROPOMORPHIC CREATURES DANCE BETWEEN ART HISTORY MUSES & KAMA SUTRA YOGIS.  THIS INTERPLAY BETWEEN MATERIALISM & MYSTICISM CREATES THIS DYNAMIC & ROMANTIC DANCE, A FLIRTATION WITH THE IDEALIZED FORMS FOUND IN PARADISE & HARBINGERS OF SOMETHING MUCH MORE OMINOUS.RAQIB SHAW EDEN

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG 5

19 Nov

 

RAUSCHENBERG ERASEDROBERT RAUSCHENBERG ENTERS THE LIST AT NUMBER FIVE PRESENTING AN INTERESTING MIDPOINT. HIS PRESENCE ON THE LIST ATTESTS TO HIS ARTISTIC LEGACY, & UNDENIABLE INFLUENCE TODAY.  THE MORE YOU LOOK AT THE CONTEMPORARY ART LANDSCAPE, SO MANY ARTISTS ARE STILL RE-HASHING IDEAS HE PROPAGATED OVER 50 YEARS AGO!  FROM COMBINES TO ASSEMBLAGE, TO APPROPRIATION, & THE INCORPORATION OF COMMERCIAL PROCESSES IN FINE ART MAKING, HE WAS YEARS AHEAD OF HIS TIME NOT JUST CREATIVELY, BUT HIS SENSE OF CONSTANT EXPLORATION MAKE IT CLEAR WHY HE IS STILL HELD IN SUCH HIGH REGARD TODAY. ROB BY HOPPER“I USUALLY WORK IN A DIRECTION UNTIL I KNOW HOW TO DO IT, THEN I STOP.  AT THE TIME THAT I AM BORED OR UNDERSTAND- I USE THOSE WORDS INTERCHANGEABLY – ANOTHER APPETITE HAS FORMED.  A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO THINK UP IDEAS.  I’M NOT ONE.  I’D RATHER ACCEPT THE IRRESISTIBLE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT I CAN’T IGNORE” x XRAUSCHENBERG GOLD A LOT ABOUT INNOVATION IS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE SOMETHING THAT ISN’T CURRENTLY THERE, SOMETIMES BY COMBINING DISPARATE IDEAS, FROM DIVINE INSPIRATION, OR MAYBE FROM A CHEROKEE BIRTHRIGHT?  IT IS NO SECRET THAT SOME PEOPLE ACCESS NEW PARADIGMS GENERATIONS BEFORE THEY BECOME ZEITGEIST, IT IS THEIR JOB TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO, OFTEN WITH BACKLASH, BUT THIS FRICTION IS INEVITABLE WHEN PRESENTING FORMS PEOPLE ARE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO, & THEIR TASTES HAVE YET TO PROCESS.  RAUSCHENBERG IS A TRAILBLAZER & TRUE AMERICAN MASTER #ROBRAUSCHENBERG COLA

TOP 10 ANSELM REYLE AT 6

17 Nov

ANSELM REYLEANSELM REYLE CREATES WORK ABOUT NOTHING. DOES THIS ABSENCE OF CONTENT ALLOWS FOR INFINITE POSSIBILITIES & EXPLORATION?  IN THE WORLD OF SUPER FLAT, IT WASN’T LONG UNTIL REYLES WORK GAINED THE ATTENTION OF TAKESHI MURAKAMI.  WHAT ENSUED IS A FRANK AND INSIGHTFUL DIALOGUE INTO THE VOID I II III. CULMINATING IN AN EXHIBITION OF THE SAME NAME.ANSELM REYLE ART

TOP 10 STEVEN SHEARER 7

15 Nov

STEVEN SHEARER 2014STEVEN SHEARER HAS BEEN MAKING WORK SINCE THE EARLY 90S, BUT HIS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY WORK FOCUSES ON A TIME NOT SO LONG BEFORE THE 90S.  HIS UNCANNY USE OF ARCHIVAL AND FOUND IMAGERY OPENS A WINDOW INTO TEENAGE SUBCULTURES PAST AND THEIR CONSUMPTION OF MUSIC, FREEDOM, YOUTH & REBELLION. STEVEN SHEARER RAFTSHEARER BREAKS DOWN THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA & REFORMS IT AS YOUTH PERFORMANCE, RIVAL TEAMS PRESENT IN FORMATION.  THE DISPLAY FORCES VIEWERS TO STOP  & MARVEL AT THE SPECTACLE.  REVEALING AN AGGRESSIVE ENERGY LURKING JUST BELOW THE SURFACE OF PRESENTATION & PAGEANTRY, & FRIENDLY RIVALRIES.WALL OF SHEARERBEING THE SUBJECT OF TEENAGE OBSESSION MUST BE JUST AS OVERWHELMING, BUT SHEARER EXPLORES THE DARKER SIDE OF CHILD CELEBRITY, & WITH IT THE DOWNFALL, IN MUSE LEIF GARRETT, A RECURRING FIGURE IN SHEARERS WORK. THE IMAGES CAPTURE A YOUTH COERCED BY HOLLYWOOD, THE EXHIBIT WALL BECOMES A RAREFIED VERSION OF A TEENAGERS BEDROOM SANCTUARY WHERE POSTERS ARE REPLACED WITH NEON SCREEN PRINTS. THE POSTER SUCH A POWERFUL SYMBOL OF ESCAPE FOR A TEENAGER, LONG BEFORE THE LURES OF VICE BECOME REALITIES, FOR SOME THAT IS.STEVEN SHEARER CHILD

TOP 10 MATU CRONEY AT 8

13 Nov

SPRING BREAK 2014BREAKING UP THE LIST AT NUMBER 8 IS NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST MATU CRONEY.  IS IT EASY FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER TO STAY BEHIND A CAMERA?  “GROWING UP MY GRANDFATHER HAD A PHOTOGRAPHIC DARKROOM.  BOTH MY GRANDFATHER, & FATHER WERE VERY SECRETIVE ABOUT THEIR STUDIO WORK.  I SUPPOSE THAT SENSE OF MYSTERY PROPELLED MY OWN FASCINATION WITH THE MEDIUM.”LIGHTBOX 2014IN PHOTOGRAPHY GENDER CAN ALSO BE SHOWN AS PERFORMATIVE WHEN MECHANISMS OF MASCULINITY APPEAR AS OVERDETERMINED.  IF A MAN ACTS EXCESSIVELY MASCULINE OR PERFORMS TOO MUCH OR TOO WELL, IT CAN BECOME CLEAR TO THE VIEWER OR TO HIMSELF THAT HE IS PERFORMING HIS GENDER.  FOR IN ORDER TO HIDE MASCULINITY’S PERFORMATIVITY, A MAN MAY HAVE TO LIMIT HIS PERFORMANCE AND CONTAIN IT AS NON-EXCESSIVE.  A MAN WHO ACTS TOO OFTEN IN A WAY PERCEIVED AS HYPER-MASCULINE CALLS ATTENTION TO HIS MASCULINITY AS SOMETHING PERFORMED.BLACK IN FIVEMALE NUDE IN ART HISTORY (C.600 BCE – PRESENT) GREEK ART / ROMAN ART / BYZANTINE ART / MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN ART / RENAISSANCE ART / BAROQUE ART / NEOCLASSICAL ART / 19TH CENTURY ART / 20TH CENTURY ART / CONTEMPORARY ART    “WHAT SPIRIT IS SO EMPTY AND BLIND, THAT IT CANNOT RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THE FOOT IS MORE NOBLE THAN THE SHOE, AND SKIN MORE BEAUTIFUL THAT THE GARMENT WITH WHICH IT IS CLOTHED?DARKROOM 2014

TOP 10 DEBO EILERS AT 9 X

11 Nov

DEBO EILERS APPDEBO EILERS IS MAKING ART FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.  OUT WITH THE OLD, & IN WITH THE NEW.  WHEN WE SAW HIS WORK AT NADA IN 2010 ALL  WE SAW WAS BEST IN SHOW.  SO WE ARE SUPER EXCITED TO SEE JEREMY, ELMO,  KAYA & CO. ON THE TOP TEN LIST AT NUMBER 9 XDEBO EILERS DOLLYWHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTIST RELINQUISHES CONTROL OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS?  DEBO EILERS ONGOING COLLABORATION WITH KAYA EXPLORES THAT VERY NOTION, STARTING AT 12 YEARS OLD, WHEN THE ARTIST ALLOWED HIS CONSPIRATOR TO PURCHASE WHATEVER SHE WANTED IN THE STORE, HER TASTES AND CHOICES DIRECTLY IMPACTING THE WORK, WITH THAT GESTURE EILERS OPENS A CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUE UNHINDERED BY ACADEMIA OR ART HISTORY, FOSTERING THIS SPACE, & COMING TO TRUST THE INSTINCTS OF HIS COLLABORATOR.  A DANCE BETWEEN STUDENT & TEACHER, THE EXCHANGE OF PROTEGE & MASTER THAT TAKES PLACE, WHERE THE STUDENT BECOMES THE MUSE.  IN THE AGE OF TEENAGE SUPERSTARS KAYA IS REACHING THE ATTENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ART WORLD, YEARS BEFORE SHE HAS EVEN STARTED AT A HIGH SCHOOL.DEBO EILERS KAYAELEMENTS OF THE PERFORMANCES MAKE THEIR WAY BACK INTO THE WORKS, LEFT OVER MASKS, BEATS, SCREEN GRABS, AND DISCARDED CLOTHING, GET RE-PROCESSED, CONSUMERISM & THE CONSUMPTION PROCESS UNABASHEDLY ON DISPLAY, ALMOST TO A OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE FEVER PITCH.  WHERE LITTLEST PET SHOP MEETS PAUL MCCARTHY EPIC, WITH BOB ROSS  GIVING YOU A TRIP REPORT IT’S AN OVERWHELMING VISION OF THE ART ACADEMIES  OF THE FUTURE.DEBO EILERS PARTY