Malcolm Island, Canada.
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Malcolm Island, Canada.
February 28, 2017 at 01:19PM
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Now on view, “Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn” presents…
Now on view, “Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn” presents abstract paintings from the artist’s “Water” series inspired by his experience of being lost on the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Monica. In 1983, Ahn was aboard a small fishing boat when he was caught in a fog so dense that he could not see his hands in front of his face; suddenly, the fog cleared, revealing sunlight on the water all around him. In each “Water” painting Ahn attempts to interpret the infinite ways in which light, water, and fog interact on the ocean. From a distance, the paintings appear static, each canvas a flat surface rendered in a single vibrant color. Up close, however, the paintings appear to be shimmering and mosaic-like. “Unexpected Light” will be on view through October 1. #lacma #YoungIlAhn #unexpectedlight #waterseries #detail [Young-Il Ahn, Water BLBP 16 (detail), 2016, Courtesy of the Artist and Susan Baik/ Baik Art, © Young-Il Ahn, photo by Michael Underwood] http://ift.tt/2lm0NKj
February 28, 2017 at 04:30PM
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Happy Accidents in Amaranth Erenhalt’s NY Studio with Erika Astrid
By Erin Rose Belair
Many an artist will attest to the fact there are no mistakes, only happy accidents, moments and strokes that turn whatever you thought you were creating into something else entirely. When the process starts making its own decision and the muse in the corner gets a say we often end up with the kind of work that defines a career, or at the very least, makes one hell of an afternoon.
On a recent shooting trip in New York, photographer and painter Erika Astrid, was open to the whims of chance. She had little plan in place, and was struck with the dreary kind of weather that feels so New York. With nowhere to shoot the stylist offered up a place across town. A thirty-minute ride into east Harlem from Greenwich, found herself shooting in the studio of artist, Amaranth Ehrenhalt.
It is the kind of location that feels akin to church when it comes to art. Where so much creative energy flows, and so many hours have been spent practicing mastering and messing up, there is an undeniable force in the walls. A painter herself, Astrid fell in love with the stacks of watercolors and oil paintings covering, and the mystique and bones of the old building. The afternoon and the images that followed are the sort of happy accident one can only hope for.
“Joan Mitchell once asked me, in Paris, why I want to paint. I do not know if I want to paint” or do not “want to paint. It is just something that I do- like breathing and moving, walking and talking. I cannot imagine my life without it.”
– Amaranth Ehrenhalt
February 28, 2017 at 03:34PM
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This Anonymous Escort’s Story Will Change The Way You View Sex Work
By Live Fast Mag
All too often sex workers are vilified for their profession. Between damaging stereotypes and legalities binding what they can disclose about their work, this particular sect of individuals are seldom given the platform to share their experiences with their clients, their loved ones, and themselves. Michael Donovan, a mixed media artist, recently invited a 23 year-old sex worker to share her story on his self-titled podcast. The result is a poignant, stream-of-consciousness narrative that explores the curves and turns of a young sex worker’s mind. From how she keeps her occupation under wraps by alternating between telling some that she works as an art archivist and others that she is a professional dominatrix to her addictions, fetishes, and dreams, all is revealed in this episode. Listen below.
February 28, 2017 at 12:00PM
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Andrés Gallardo Albajar Capturing La Muralla Roja Is An Architecture Lover’s Dream
By Julia Childs
Architecture pulled from last night’s dream. Bold, powerful, completely otherworldly. La Muralla Roja, The Red Wall, is a Spanish building designed by Ricardo Bofill. With a design that is somewhere in-between a strong fortress and a playful hideaway, La Muralla Roja is said to evoke a new emotion upon each visit. Andrés Gallardo Albajar, an Estonia-based photographer, took to Calpe, Spain to photograph the building. Contrasted against the Balearic Sea, the building is delightfully unexpected, evoking a childlike sense of wonder and amazement. See for yourself below…
February 28, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Guys, it’s prob time for a life update…
I’ve been so caught up in styling cuties for CoolPretty.Cool I’ve been neglecting my own outfits. That teamed with the fact that I’m completely clearing out my Sydney apartment, moving out next week and getting on a plane to London.
So enjoy this bright summery outfit… it might be the most colour you see on me for a few months as I layer up and head to colder climates!
February 27, 2017 at 08:54PM
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The beautiful, nature inspired home of a ceramicist
By firstname.lastname@example.org (My Scandinavian Home)
Photography: Pia Ulin – shared with kind permission.
What a cosy space?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fireplace right in front of the stairs before, have you? I love how the disused space under the stairs doubles up as log storage too – very clever. If I had a wood burning stove I’d have it going right now beside me while I sip coffee and tap away at my laptop, how about you?
I also love how the magnificent barn door made from recycled wood which can be pulled across to slip in light or closed to separate the home office from the living space.
Is there anything that stands out to you?
Get the look: many of the beautiful ceramics (including the incredible geometric backsplash!) are by Kelli Cain. Herman Miller saucer pendant light, Carl Hansen CH25 easy chair, natural weave basket (love this!).
You can see a full write up and more pictures over at Martha Stewart.
The space reminds me very much of another home in Upstate New York which I featured in my book Modern Pastoral – both of which truly embrace the idea of bringing the tranquility of nature indoors. So inspiring!
Have a lovely day!
February 28, 2017 at 01:38AM
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The Future You: A Collaboration Between Nada Alic and Andrea Nakhla
By Brittany Brooks
There is a certain magic that transpires when two artists bring together their minds, allowing their individual creative light to mix and grow into grander proportions. Nada Alic and Andrea Nakhla have come together on several projects with great success, thus bringing them to engage on their newest collaboration titled Future You No. 2. This piece is a compilation of short stories written by Nada, coupled with illustrations by Andrea. The release marks the girls’ third book release, with their other collaborations including Future You and I Saw It In You.
The badass lady-duo are Eastside dwellers and longtime friends. Both finding much of their inspiration for creating from the intersection of art and relationship, they have discovered a firm common ground upon which to come together and create these stories. Andrea’s ability to artistically compliment the sentiment that Nada eloquently conveys through words allows their audience the opportunity to fully engage with these stories. Not only does one find it hard not to relate to the characters Nada has created, but also nearly impossible not to bellow out a good laugh when least expected. Nada has beautifully translated the subtle neurosis we are most all guilty of possessing with a refreshing sense of comic relief. Purchase your copy of Future You No. 2 here and take a sneak peek at some of the illustrations below!
February 27, 2017 at 05:14PM
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This Art Series Will Make You Feel Instantaneous Joy
By Julia Childs
When playing the piano one day, Picci began visualizing how music notes would look if they took physical shape. His imagination imagined the sound of music to be light as air, cast in the most beautiful hues of pink. Playing upon the infinite quality of the imagination, “Filling Spaces” is nothing short of absolute magic.
February 27, 2017 at 02:18PM
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The Men of ‘Moonlight’ Take On a New Role For Calvin Klein
By Julia Childs
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ beautiful story of a gay black man navigating life in a timeless Miami, has been one of the most celebrated films of the year. Winning an Oscar for Best Picture last night (the first film with an LGBTQ story as the focal point to do so), the film cast solely black actors and told a tender story of the gay black experience. Revolutionary not only for its content, but its style as well – think Hype Williams color palettes fused in Miami and Atlanta – the film’s cast was full of beautiful men and women playing complex roles.
Four of the film’s actors – Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert – are now the faces of Calvin Klein. Drifting from their roles as Chiron at different stages in his life, they are now Gods amongst mortals, men celebrated for their craft and their style, and a symbol of black joy. View the full campaign here.
February 27, 2017 at 01:17PM
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A Tender Embrace of the Strange: Remembering the Bold Magic of Ren Hang’s Photography
By Alison Green
Photography is a rare breed of magic: distilling larger-than-life feelings into a single image, freeze-framing the vivid pain and triumphant beauty of our world, simultaneously widening our worldview and making us feel intimately seen. A single photograph, at the hands of the right photographer, has the power to equally celebrate and challenge our existence, to break down boundaries and transform our way of thinking.
When the news broke on Friday that the radical and phenomenally talented Chinese photographer Ren Hang had passed away at the heartbreakingly young age of 29, it was a stunning, devastating loss. Not just because Hang was a bright and leading light in the contemporary photography world, an inspiration who won continuous acclaim for his unique, provocative work, but because his otherworldly nude portraits crackled and surged with a youthful and undeniably electric energy. This loss hangs with such an unbearably heavy weight because his photos felt so fearlessly free of inhibitions and intoxicatingly full of life.
Ren Hang’s photography is stark and exhilarating, his boundless creativity thrilling to witness – some of his photos literally made me gasp the first time I saw them – and he used the naked human body in unprecedented ways, as a surreal and transformable instrument, imbuing disjointed milky limbs, headless torsos, and fleshy sex organs with a strange and elegant beauty.
His visceral, discombobulated portraits were likely to make you squirm, yet they seared into your mind and remained there, strikingly simple and oddly magnetic, haunting you with the feeling that there is more to the story just below the surface.
Hang, a self-taught photographer and poet, began using a point and shoot camera to take nude portraits of his friends and roommates in college. Though his subjects are almost always nude, he continually strips his subjects’ nakedness of objectification and sexuality, instead embracing a raw vulnerability that is rooted in intimacy and playfulness. His work is erotic without being overtly sexual, capturing the strange and often indelicate nuances of the human body with a kind and mischievous eye.
There is little distinction among genders, with bodies flowing freely into one another, tangled into abstract and expressive sculptures, stripped of context and blasted with color. There is so much beauty in the way he leaned into the uncomfortable, the unconventional, the weird, and found the moments of honesty and joy, both physically and emotionally.
Hang’s evocative, ambiguous portraits seem to have tapped into something larger than life: a landscape of isolation and longing, capturing youth and nature as a metaphor for the wilderness of our natural instincts and naked desire. He artfully blends the stark musculature of the naked body with the lush, ethereal beauty of plants, animals, and water, merging them in a way that accentuates their living, breathing connectedness.
His raven-haired models cling to lily-pads and lay strewn on craggy cliffs, seemingly plucked from some Garden of Eden, some fantastical utopia where the rules of this world do not apply. Often, his work is lighthearted, disconcerting, with tongue firmly in cheek (an octopus clinging wetly to a model’s head, a man licking his own armpit, a tulip erupting from a bush of pubic hair), yet all of his photos carry a quiet and trembling power and a boundary-breaking fearlessness.
Though he repeatedly claimed that his work wasn’t political, Hang had a turbulent relationship with his native country, despite international recognition and success. In China, his work is staunchly censored, and he was arrested and jailed multiple times for explicit imagery. It is almost difficult not to see his erotic work as a middle finger to China’s extreme repression, yet Hang has always maintained that his inspiration stems from an apolitical mindset: “I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.”
Despite backlash and public defacing of his work, his photos never felt edited or diluted – he remained true to his artistic vision, dedicated to creating work that has freed itself from the shackles of convention and comfort, work that, when witnessed, felt like coming up for air when you didn’t even know you were underwater.
I could go on forever, about the powerful and nurturing importance of seeing the world differently, about the way his subjects’ nakedness always struck the perfect balance between tenderness and irreverence, about how his work reads like luminous visual poetry, mysterious and bold with so much brewing beneath the surface.
I will always be inspired by Ren Hang’s bravery, curiosity, and rare breed of magic. His work was rooted in love and open-minded acceptance, in the desire to subvert society’s norms, and transform and transcend the way we view our bodies and the world around us.
I could continue on about how staggeringly honest his work is, how unafraid he was to pour himself into his art, but what I really mean to say is: thank you for sharing your extraordinary magic. The brightest light has gone out far too soon, but your breathtaking work will live on forever. Rest in peace.
“Life is indeed a
But I often feel
It seems to send the wrong man.” – Ren Hang, 1987-2017
February 27, 2017 at 11:56AM
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Reminiscing on Rock ‘n’ Roll with Cleobella’s Spring ’17 Collection
By Julia Childs
When you crave a bit of wildness, there’s always Paris. Winding streets and crocheted dresses, your partner-in-crime and a little apartment to call home. There’s something about the way cotton drapes over collarbones and the warm sun traces your back that indicates you are exactly where you need to be. “All Down The Line,” Cleobella‘s Spring 2017 collection, takes us to Paris to indulge in a rock ‘n’ roll state of mind: At ease and stylish with a lust for life.
Handmade entirely in Bali, lending the collection its bohemian-chic influence, each piece is chic, sexy, and a touch rebellious. The concept behind the latest collection was born during hot nights in Havana spent listening to The Rolling Stones and reminiscing on the romance of classic rock ‘n’ roll. Photographed and styled by Live FAST favorites Asher and Melodi Moss, the lookbook feels reminiscent of Europe in the summer of 1968.
There’s something for every occasion – a sequined slip for a night out, a crocheted two piece set for strolls to the market, and feminine dresses made for those afternoons spent reading Shakespeare on the balcony. Beauties Louise Follain and Charlotte Goussin dance from frame to frame, jumping on beds and taking swigs of champagne, serving as a reminder of how damn fun a season of youthful rebellion can be. Shop your favorite looks here!
February 24, 2017 at 03:33PM
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This Edo period porcelain dog was acquired through LACMA’s…
This Edo period porcelain dog was acquired through LACMA’s Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) in 2013. Come see this and other treasures in our ongoing exhibition celebrating ten years of JAAG. (“Seated Dog”, Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), late 17th century, gift of Robert and Mary M. Looker) #lacma #JAAG #japaneseart #puppiesofinstagram http://ift.tt/2leQgRN
February 23, 2017 at 04:22PM
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Preview: Paperwork NYC’s “Borrowed Time” Fearlessly Faces The Uncertainty of Life
By Alison Green
This past year, more than any in recent history, has forced us to confront a simple, yet admittedly hard to swallow, truth: life is uncertain. Whether we witness this in the form of NASA discovering new and potentially habitable planets or thousands of men, women, and children across the country taking to the streets to fight for their rights in a historic show of solidarity, both the mystifying beauty and paralyzing weight of our existence can be traced back to its’ utter unpredictability.
There is no rulebook, no recipe for success, no fixed outcomes, no guarantees: we remain at the mercy of the unexpected, of life’s mood swings and often volatile disposition. Try as we might to control the things around us, our lives are intrinsically governed by the laws of uncertainty, and there is a strange comfort in acknowledging that. The acceptance of our unpredictable mortality is a splash of cold water to the face, a wake up call to look beyond the initial pinprick of fear, reminding us that life is uncertain, nothing is guaranteed, and no moment should be wasted.
“Borrowed Time,” the latest exhibit from legendary New York publication company Paperwork NYC, fearlessly faces the volatility of our existence head on, exploring it from the diverse creative perspectives of four renowned artists and photographers: Brad Phillips, Erik Brunetti, Heron Preston, and Nate Walton.
The week-long exhibit, curated by Paperwork NYC founder Michael Krim and on display at 3125c The Void in DTLA in conjunction with the L.A. Art Book Fair this weekend, utilizes the intimate lens of creativity to examine the inevitable and the uncertain. Each of the four artists featured acknowledge the unsettling unpredictability of life in a unique and personal way, through different mediums and varying levels of abstraction, yet all stare unflinchingly down the throat of this truth, reminding us that both pain and beauty are results of life’s uncertainty.
Each artist examines a facet of the theme from a fresh and unusual angle, tapping into a deep feeling of connectedness. While their mediums are vastly different, their messages are the same: this uncertainty is something that we all feel, tiptoeing around the back of our subconscious when we can’t fall asleep at night. Exploring the volatile nature of our existence is to acknowledge that we don’t have all (or any) of the answers, and it is the role of the artist to make sense of the senseless, to find meaning in the madness, to pull us irreverently out of the ephemeral lull of everyday life and force us to remember that life is strange and wildly unpredictable, that each moment that arrives deserves to be embraced fully.
Hosted by ANP Quarterly Magazine, a creative platform of RVCA’s Artist Network Program, the show’s opening reception takes place at the celebrated 3125c Gallery on Saturday, February 25th from 7-10 PM. Don’t miss it!
Paperwork NYC will also be hosting a pop-up this weekend featuring a variety of LA and New York creatives such as Pleasures, Ignored Prayers, Clot, Julia Fox, Niki Takesh, Secret Society babe Natalie Krim, and many others. The pop-up will be serving up fresh zines, clothing, and other unique items, all weekend long.
February 23, 2017 at 12:58PM
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Coinciding with the Protestant Reformation’s 500th…
Coinciding with the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary, ”Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach” brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. Visit the continuing exhibition—comprising over 100 pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, arms and armors, as well as decorative arts—through March 26. #lacma #renaissance #reformation http://ift.tt/2l1veVX
February 22, 2017 at 05:04PM
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