Arrested Motion http://arrestedmotion.com "the aim of every artist is to arrest motion..." -Faulkner Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:38:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Previews: Os Gemeos @ Museu Casa do Pontal http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-os-gemeos-museu-casa-do-pontal/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-os-gemeos-museu-casa-do-pontal/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:37:40 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269626 top

On Saturday, the 31st of January, Museu Casa do Pontal will be inaugurating new work by Brazilian artists Os Gemeos. Created exclusively for this institution, the twins' first permanent installation will be entitled The Bunker. The activities will begin in the afternoon at the Municipal Theatre, in Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, with an open conversation with artists Gustavo & Otavio Pandolfo, mediated by curators Paul Portela and Angela Mascelani, followed by the installation reveal and a live concert by Siba. The work created for the museum is focused on honoring Brazilian folk art and the duo chose the symbolism of a bunker because it "preserves, guards, protects and serves as a temple to reflections." The institution wanted to show "the transformative role of art, its ability to change ways of seeing and to anticipate issues" with this installation, and the work by Os Gemeos will be a perfect example of folk art translating to urban settings and the other way around. Discuss Os Gemeos here.]]>
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On Saturday, the 31st of January, Museu Casa do Pontal will be inaugurating new work by Brazilian artists Os Gemeos. Created exclusively for this institution, the twins' first permanent installation will be entitled The Bunker. The activities will begin in the afternoon at the Municipal Theatre, in Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, with an open conversation with artists Gustavo & Otavio Pandolfo, mediated by curators Paul Portela and Angela Mascelani, followed by the installation reveal and a live concert by Siba. The work created for the museum is focused on honoring Brazilian folk art and the duo chose the symbolism of a bunker because it "preserves, guards, protects and serves as a temple to reflections." The institution wanted to show "the transformative role of art, its ability to change ways of seeing and to anticipate issues" with this installation, and the work by Os Gemeos will be a perfect example of folk art translating to urban settings and the other way around. Discuss Os Gemeos here.]]>
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Previews: Dave Kinsey – “Ashes To Ashes” @ Die Kunstagentin http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-dave-kinsey-ashes-to-ashes-die-kunstagentin/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-dave-kinsey-ashes-to-ashes-die-kunstagentin/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:34:09 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269591 dave_kinsey3

Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany will be opening a solo by Dave Kinsey on the 5th of February.. Titled Ashes To Ashes, the exhibition continues the body of work which was recently presented at the Cushion of Memory show (covered) in Detroit and expresses "the personal impacts of his surroundings and his examination of the relationship between human and nature." With his new paintings, the former designer artist is taking an abstract direction, while still preferring figurative works. Living in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains obviously influenced his work that is now looking like it's created of natural elements. Staying true to his signature colors and earth tones with turquoise, red and brown dominating, the new pieces feature totem-like creatures built out of what looks like found wood, rocks, and branches. Painted using acrylic, spray paint, and collage, the new works feel liberated of strict forms, which results in some of his most exceptional and personal work ever created. Discuss Dave Kinsey here.]]>
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Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany will be opening a solo by Dave Kinsey on the 5th of February.. Titled Ashes To Ashes, the exhibition continues the body of work which was recently presented at the Cushion of Memory show (covered) in Detroit and expresses "the personal impacts of his surroundings and his examination of the relationship between human and nature." With his new paintings, the former designer artist is taking an abstract direction, while still preferring figurative works. Living in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains obviously influenced his work that is now looking like it's created of natural elements. Staying true to his signature colors and earth tones with turquoise, red and brown dominating, the new pieces feature totem-like creatures built out of what looks like found wood, rocks, and branches. Painted using acrylic, spray paint, and collage, the new works feel liberated of strict forms, which results in some of his most exceptional and personal work ever created. Discuss Dave Kinsey here.]]>
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Previews: Ekundayo – “Collective Reflections” @ Thinkspace Gallery http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-ekundayo-collective-reflections-thinkspace-gallery/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/previews-ekundayo-collective-reflections-thinkspace-gallery/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:40:29 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269604 from-embers_18x24_mixed-media-on-panel-1

This Saturday night, January 31st, Ekundayo (interviewed) returns to Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles for another showing (see 2008, 2010, 2013). Entitled Collective Reflections, the new work body of work draws from his Hawaiian roots and features the beautifully grotesque imagery that he is known for. He explains the new work thusly - "The theme of the show deals with the connections that people have with each-other, the world we live in and our quest for understanding who we are. The central inspiration for this latest series of work comes from the concept of "Mana" which the ancient Hawaiians believed was an extraordinary universal power that radiates though all living things for man to harness for his own use. The aspect of this idea that fascinates me most is that the ancients believed our thoughts can contain transformative powers in our lives when we choose to connect to this higher power that is all around us. There are moments in creating when time seems to disappear. I feel like I'm lost in another world, and this unexplainable feeling is what I believe to be that higher source the ancient Hawaiians meant when they spoke of Mana. This exhibition is my gift to that feeling I know we all connect to when reaching deep within ourselves." More preview images below... Discuss Ekundayo here. Discuss this show here.]]>
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This Saturday night, January 31st, Ekundayo (interviewed) returns to Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles for another showing (see 2008, 2010, 2013). Entitled Collective Reflections, the new work body of work draws from his Hawaiian roots and features the beautifully grotesque imagery that he is known for. He explains the new work thusly - "The theme of the show deals with the connections that people have with each-other, the world we live in and our quest for understanding who we are. The central inspiration for this latest series of work comes from the concept of "Mana" which the ancient Hawaiians believed was an extraordinary universal power that radiates though all living things for man to harness for his own use. The aspect of this idea that fascinates me most is that the ancients believed our thoughts can contain transformative powers in our lives when we choose to connect to this higher power that is all around us. There are moments in creating when time seems to disappear. I feel like I'm lost in another world, and this unexplainable feeling is what I believe to be that higher source the ancient Hawaiians meant when they spoke of Mana. This exhibition is my gift to that feeling I know we all connect to when reaching deep within ourselves." More preview images below... Discuss Ekundayo here. Discuss this show here.]]>
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Openings: Todd James – “Pump Pump” @ Alice Gallery http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/openings-todd-james-pump-pump-alice-gallery/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/openings-todd-james-pump-pump-alice-gallery/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:52:41 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269530 Todd-James-Pump-Pump11

Almost exactly four years since his last solo at the Alice Gallery in Brussels, Todd James aka Reas, is back with his second show titled Pump Pump. Focused on his twisted vision of American hedonistic life style and values, the body of work includes large canvas pieces as well as series of smaller pieces on paper. While exploring the theme of American stereotypes, shown through the lives of curvy nude blondes, the NY-based artist mixes leisurely scenes with video game elements and heavy metal iconography. This unusual intermingling results in bizarre scenes with fantasy and mythical creatures posing around blonde pinups relaxing with their feline friends. By mixing aggression, weapons and blood with curvy female subjects, comfy armchairs, poolsides and coffee breaks, James creates a unique visual language that balances between relaxing and almost disturbing. The show opened on the 22nd of January and will stay on view until the 28th of February. Photo credit: Emporium's. Discuss Todd James here.]]>
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Almost exactly four years since his last solo at the Alice Gallery in Brussels, Todd James aka Reas, is back with his second show titled Pump Pump. Focused on his twisted vision of American hedonistic life style and values, the body of work includes large canvas pieces as well as series of smaller pieces on paper. While exploring the theme of American stereotypes, shown through the lives of curvy nude blondes, the NY-based artist mixes leisurely scenes with video game elements and heavy metal iconography. This unusual intermingling results in bizarre scenes with fantasy and mythical creatures posing around blonde pinups relaxing with their feline friends. By mixing aggression, weapons and blood with curvy female subjects, comfy armchairs, poolsides and coffee breaks, James creates a unique visual language that balances between relaxing and almost disturbing. The show opened on the 22nd of January and will stay on view until the 28th of February. Photo credit: Emporium's. Discuss Todd James here.]]>
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Dan May New Paintings And Prints http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/dan-may-new-paintings-and-prints/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/dan-may-new-paintings-and-prints/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:56:15 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269582 10948276_407877179390674_485264822_n

Today at noon (Eastern time), Dan May (interviewed) will be releasing some new prints online on his webstore. The limited editions are priced affordably, but for those interested, you can also email him - danmayinfo (at) gmail.com - about buying the original paintings that the images are taken from. As usual, the new work features his whimsical creatures, rendered beautifully utilizing a vivid palette. Discuss Dan May here.]]>
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Today at noon (Eastern time), Dan May (interviewed) will be releasing some new prints online on his webstore. The limited editions are priced affordably, but for those interested, you can also email him - danmayinfo (at) gmail.com - about buying the original paintings that the images are taken from. As usual, the new work features his whimsical creatures, rendered beautifully utilizing a vivid palette. Discuss Dan May here.]]>
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Streets: Paul Wackers (New York) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/streets-paul-wackers-new-york/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/streets-paul-wackers-new-york/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:52:09 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269564 16187836660_efa4cfb516_k

For those passing through SoHo in New York, a pretty sweet wall at the James Hotel from Paul Wackers may make it worth your while to stop for a look. Featuring the locally-based artist's modern take on still life imagery, the wall on the hotel's Sixth Avenue facade is the first new phase of their #jamespublicart initiative. Wackers further explains - "I wanted to work with the shape of the wall to create a narrative within the piece itself—the same way I would over many pieces within a solo show of my paintings. I was able to create a story with this piece by using compositional elements and recurring motifs: a cabinet with familiar but intangible objects, plants, pots and vaguely historical imagery. It incorporates many of the objects and shapes which I see as characters that can interact in different ways through use of color, line and juxtaposition. This installation depicts the version of a passage of time. The first object has a sense of potential energy and growth. As you make your way through the mural, you see a human manipulation of this energy in conflict and in conjunction with the natural, and end with the hopeful balance of the two." Photo credit: Colossal Media. Discuss Paul Wackers here.]]>
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For those passing through SoHo in New York, a pretty sweet wall at the James Hotel from Paul Wackers may make it worth your while to stop for a look. Featuring the locally-based artist's modern take on still life imagery, the wall on the hotel's Sixth Avenue facade is the first new phase of their #jamespublicart initiative. Wackers further explains - "I wanted to work with the shape of the wall to create a narrative within the piece itself—the same way I would over many pieces within a solo show of my paintings. I was able to create a story with this piece by using compositional elements and recurring motifs: a cabinet with familiar but intangible objects, plants, pots and vaguely historical imagery. It incorporates many of the objects and shapes which I see as characters that can interact in different ways through use of color, line and juxtaposition. This installation depicts the version of a passage of time. The first object has a sense of potential energy and growth. As you make your way through the mural, you see a human manipulation of this energy in conflict and in conjunction with the natural, and end with the hopeful balance of the two." Photo credit: Colossal Media. Discuss Paul Wackers here.]]>
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Videos: Gary Baseman x Coach http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/videos-gary-baseman-x-coach/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/videos-gary-baseman-x-coach/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:17:27 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269463 Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 9.13.12 PM

If you remember, we shared with you a look back in September at Gary Baseman's (interviewed) exciting new collaboration from Coach featuring his distinctive imagery. Along with news of his Secret Society showing at Collette (through the 31st), with a special window and imagery dedicated to the new line with Coach, the spring campaign video has also been released. Take a look below... Discuss Gary Baseman here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbEQ_JBTQXk]]>
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If you remember, we shared with you a look back in September at Gary Baseman's (interviewed) exciting new collaboration from Coach featuring his distinctive imagery. Along with news of his Secret Society showing at Collette (through the 31st), with a special window and imagery dedicated to the new line with Coach, the spring campaign video has also been released. Take a look below... Discuss Gary Baseman here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbEQ_JBTQXk]]>
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Showing: Jeff Koons Retrospective @ Centre Pompidou (Paris) http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/showing-jeff-koons-retrospective-centre-pompidou-paris/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/showing-jeff-koons-retrospective-centre-pompidou-paris/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:55:04 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269483 05

In collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris is currently presenting the first exhaustive retrospective devoted to Jeff Koons in Europe until the 27th of April. Through a chronological itinerary, the retrospective features around 100 sculptures and paintings sourced from all over the world, including all the landmark pieces in the artist’s career spanning the past 35 years. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp “readymade’ objects, Jeff Koons started his first series Inflatables, by displaying coloured inflatable toys on mirrors. He then turned his attention to household appliances like the vacuum cleaner for his New series (1981), set in display cases illuminated by fluorescent light. They represent the American society aspiring to pragmatism and personal success through technology. Continuing to pursue his topic of the American Dream with the desire for upward mobility, the American artist used the notion of sports as a way for the underpriviledged to climb the social ladder, and created the Equilibrium series (1985), where basketballs float in aquarium-like glass tanks.  In parallel, he also challenged the notion of light objects by creating identical bronze casts (snorkel, aqualung, life boat). With Statuary, Koons replicated to the perfection familiar figurative decorative objects in stainless steel in order to appeal to the widest public possible. Rabbit (1986) is a perfect example. Next, using skilled artisans, he worked with porcelain and wood with his large scale works from the Banality series which included Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988). Having married adult film star and Italian parliamentarian Ilona Staller, alias Cicciolina, he then decided to feature himself in explicit photographs set in dream-like landscapes or sculptures for Made in Heaven (1989-1991). Based on the original photographs Koons was asked to produce for a calendar, Celebration features large scale paintings and monumental sculptures from hearts, beribboned eggs, party balloons and toys using cutting edge technology and craftspeople. The hugely ambitious technical and financial demands of Celebration  resulted in a delayed public launch. So Jeff Koons responded with Easyfun, a series of playful mirror sculptures linked to childhood, illustrating animal shapes and cartoon aesthetics. Popeye and Hulk Elvis epitomise the American mass culture that the New York-based artist so values. Inspired by inflatable toys caught in unlikely situations, the sculptural objects are perfect replicas of the original models cast in aluminium and then painted over to create an illusion. The end result is so good that audience members and children are automatically fooled and attracted to touch the sculptures raising the alarm. A green Hulk appears to be screaming with his piano keyboard. For the Antiquity series, Koons revisits the landmarks of the history of art. His canvases include a juxtaposition of photographs of inflatable objects and reproduction of statues of Aphrodite. The background, which evokes an abstract painting, may also conjure up the sea foam from which the goddess first emerged. In the foreground, Koons’s marker drawing of a sailboat makes a highly stylised allusion to Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World. The famous Palaeolithic Venus of Willendorf is transformed into Ballon Venus and so on. Gazing Ball is his most recent series, featuring replicas of infamous masterpieces of classical sculpture. Created out of white plaster, they are adorned by a bright blue glass globe, a nod to his father’s furniture and decorative shop ornaments. Despite all the surrounding controversy and blatant narcissism, there is no denying that Jeff Koons ' artworks have gained perfection in their technique and end result. Photo credit: Butterfly.]]>
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In collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris is currently presenting the first exhaustive retrospective devoted to Jeff Koons in Europe until the 27th of April. Through a chronological itinerary, the retrospective features around 100 sculptures and paintings sourced from all over the world, including all the landmark pieces in the artist’s career spanning the past 35 years. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp “readymade’ objects, Jeff Koons started his first series Inflatables, by displaying coloured inflatable toys on mirrors. He then turned his attention to household appliances like the vacuum cleaner for his New series (1981), set in display cases illuminated by fluorescent light. They represent the American society aspiring to pragmatism and personal success through technology. Continuing to pursue his topic of the American Dream with the desire for upward mobility, the American artist used the notion of sports as a way for the underpriviledged to climb the social ladder, and created the Equilibrium series (1985), where basketballs float in aquarium-like glass tanks.  In parallel, he also challenged the notion of light objects by creating identical bronze casts (snorkel, aqualung, life boat). With Statuary, Koons replicated to the perfection familiar figurative decorative objects in stainless steel in order to appeal to the widest public possible. Rabbit (1986) is a perfect example. Next, using skilled artisans, he worked with porcelain and wood with his large scale works from the Banality series which included Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988). Having married adult film star and Italian parliamentarian Ilona Staller, alias Cicciolina, he then decided to feature himself in explicit photographs set in dream-like landscapes or sculptures for Made in Heaven (1989-1991). Based on the original photographs Koons was asked to produce for a calendar, Celebration features large scale paintings and monumental sculptures from hearts, beribboned eggs, party balloons and toys using cutting edge technology and craftspeople. The hugely ambitious technical and financial demands of Celebration  resulted in a delayed public launch. So Jeff Koons responded with Easyfun, a series of playful mirror sculptures linked to childhood, illustrating animal shapes and cartoon aesthetics. Popeye and Hulk Elvis epitomise the American mass culture that the New York-based artist so values. Inspired by inflatable toys caught in unlikely situations, the sculptural objects are perfect replicas of the original models cast in aluminium and then painted over to create an illusion. The end result is so good that audience members and children are automatically fooled and attracted to touch the sculptures raising the alarm. A green Hulk appears to be screaming with his piano keyboard. For the Antiquity series, Koons revisits the landmarks of the history of art. His canvases include a juxtaposition of photographs of inflatable objects and reproduction of statues of Aphrodite. The background, which evokes an abstract painting, may also conjure up the sea foam from which the goddess first emerged. In the foreground, Koons’s marker drawing of a sailboat makes a highly stylised allusion to Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World. The famous Palaeolithic Venus of Willendorf is transformed into Ballon Venus and so on. Gazing Ball is his most recent series, featuring replicas of infamous masterpieces of classical sculpture. Created out of white plaster, they are adorned by a bright blue glass globe, a nod to his father’s furniture and decorative shop ornaments. Despite all the surrounding controversy and blatant narcissism, there is no denying that Jeff Koons ' artworks have gained perfection in their technique and end result. Photo credit: Butterfly.]]>
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Preview: “Brink” @ Antler Gallery http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/preview-brink-antler-gallery/ http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/preview-brink-antler-gallery/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:53:45 +0000 http://arrestedmotion.com/?p=269509 Zebraduiker-JonMacNair

The master curators at Antler Gallery have brought together 18 artists to not only raise money for the Audubon Society of Portland, but also put on a hell of an art show. One of things that makes Antler such a good gallery is their ability to bring together an exceptional roster of artists, but maintain a very tight, dialed in feel such that each show looks complete and the art looks great together. A contribution of 20% of each piece sold will go to the Audubon Society, as well as 100% of all sales of several original drawings from Vanessa Foley.  The opening reception will be this Thursday January January 29th, and will include art from Chie Yoshii, Kevin Earl Taylor, Brin Levinson, Jennifer Parks, Keith Carter, Jillian Dickson, Vanessa Foley, Susannah Kelly, Jon MacNair, Erich J. Moffitt, Caitlin McCormack, Jen Lobo, David Rice, Lindsey Carr, Neil M. PerryHeidi Elise Wirz, Rachel Sabin, and Morgaine Faye.        ]]>
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The master curators at Antler Gallery have brought together 18 artists to not only raise money for the Audubon Society of Portland, but also put on a hell of an art show. One of things that makes Antler such a good gallery is their ability to bring together an exceptional roster of artists, but maintain a very tight, dialed in feel such that each show looks complete and the art looks great together. A contribution of 20% of each piece sold will go to the Audubon Society, as well as 100% of all sales of several original drawings from Vanessa Foley.  The opening reception will be this Thursday January January 29th, and will include art from Chie Yoshii, Kevin Earl Taylor, Brin Levinson, Jennifer Parks, Keith Carter, Jillian Dickson, Vanessa Foley, Susannah Kelly, Jon MacNair, Erich J. Moffitt, Caitlin McCormack, Jen Lobo, David Rice, Lindsey Carr, Neil M. PerryHeidi Elise Wirz, Rachel Sabin, and Morgaine Faye.        ]]>
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