These Aren’t Drugs. It’s My Medication. mixed media. gatorade, coca cola, paper, flowers, chalk, coffee, latex paint, ink, ashes, shoe goo, found imagery, glue & chili powder, by Christopher Lusher
American pop artist, most famous for his erotic brightly colored paintings, Tom Wessellmann’s iconic works are on view at the Galerie Pascal Lansberg in Paris until June 30.
The Random Transparent is the perfect title for our collective personal destinies; and if you don’t believe destiny, than the course of our lives in the 21st century. It is also the perfect title for Christopher Lusher’s upcoming show which illustrates those same destinies. Using found imagery and a myriad of other materials, Lusher highlights the seemingly random chaos and violence that fells us and serves us, like existential gasoline. On view this Friday at Blank Gallery in West Virginia, Lusher serves as sort of Virgil to the Dante’s Inferno of our own eternal purgatory with blown out images of suicides, glimpses of horror in American history, splatters of paint in Rorschach patterns, and more. Lusher’s The Random Transparent is a mirror to a zeitgeist of war and commerce in an American igloo of beauty, confusion and false ideals. See interview and more images from the show after the jump. [SEE MORE...]
Gregory Aune is a photographer and collagist based in New York whose images are both dreamy and classical. There is also a unique confidence in Aune’s vision throughout his ouvra making his photographs seem both effortless and light as air. I caught up with Aune to ask him a few questions about his technique and inspiration behind his work. See more photos and interview after the jump. [SEE MORE....]
Tracey Emin’s first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary, entitled She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, is conceived specially for Margate, where Emin grew up and which has provided inspiration for many of her most famous art works. The exhibition explores the themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in Emin’s oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works including drawings, monoprints, sculptures and neons. The exhibition’s central themes continue in a display of paintings, sketches and watercolours of erotic subjects by Tracey Emin as well as JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, whose iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show at Turner Contemporary until 2 September 2012. Tracey Emin: She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea will be on view from May 26 to September 23 at the Turner Contemporary
The Fondation Beyeler is presenting the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons. This extensive presentation focuses on three central series of works – The New,Banality and Celebration – which represent crucial stages in Koons’s development and lead to the nucleus of his thinking and creative activity. Koons’s equally spectacular and subtle works are repeatedly concerned with themes such as innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness. These reflect his conception of an art that is accessible to every viewer. Koons will be on view at The Foundation Beyeler until September 2, 2012.
“All Fantasies Cum True,” Blood, ink, tabloid. Artwork by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
With his Los Angeles debut, Moscow born New York based artist Kon Trubkovich reveals his most personal work to date. A new series of paintings, works on paper, and a sound piece translate psychological underpinnings through elegantly complex methods. The television static, weak transmissions, and tenuous connections he depicts suggest that somewhere behind all the noise and disruption there is a broadcast confirming our existence and interconnection. Prominent in the exhibition are a group of large-scale portraits of the artist’s mother, culled from just one second of home video, which documented the final party she threw in the U.S.S.R before the family immigrated to the U.S. Defining a transitional moment of flux, these works illuminate the difficultly of tracing the past and express our elusive connection to the concept of origin. Through oil on linen, Trubkovich visually describes the sensation of relating to a person or physical location that no longer exists, or at least not as remembered, and aims to parse latent recall into a tangible codex. Leap Second is on view at OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles, with an opening reception tonight and will be open until June 23, 937 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Emmanuel Perrotin has just opened a new gallery in Hong Kong and presents its inaugural exhibition with the artist Kaws, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, entitled The Nature of Need, which is on view until June 30, 2012.
Artist Galen Pehrson’s animated short, entitled El Gato, an erotic reinterpretation of Rebel Without a Cause, voiced by the likes of James Franco, Jena Malone, and Devendra Banhart is on view now as part of James Franco’s Rebel.