PAINTINGS

Tetsuya Ishida – Sink (2010)

[ I ] Tetsuya Ishida - Sink (2010) by Cea.

Tetsuya Ishida is a Japanese artist known for his surreal imaginings of ordinary objects. Sink (2010) shows a boy’s face, similar to Ishada’s, morphed with the porcelain. He looks anxious and lonely but also immobile, unable to connect meaningfully with others. His tears fall into the sink, disconnected and forgotten. His form is functional yet the metamorphosis emotes a loss of purpose. He is both trapped and adrift, lost in a world of claustrophobic solitude, searching for identity.

See more of Ishida’s paintings here:

http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/11/07/incredible-paintings-by-tetsuya-ishida/

Phil Hansen – Seize the Limitations

Phil Hansen is an artist who has permanent nerve damage in his right arm. He dropped out of art school because he couldn’t draw a straight line. He still can’t draw a straight line but he uses this inability to create art on a grander scale. He started drawing scribble pictures. Then he worked on a larger scale with different materials. He started looking for limitations and found that this approach to art opens up a great potential for creativity. Through asking ‘what if I can only paint with karate chops?’ he created a large black and white mural of Bruce Lee. He’s created the Mona Lisa using burger grease. During a one year experimental art series calledGoodbye Art, Phil Hansen worked with the theme of destruction. By creating art and destroying art in the same moment, he shows that art doesn’t need to be serious, tangible or permanent. He builds an image of Jimmy Hendrix from matches and then lights it moments after. It is forever lost. The Goodbye Art series demonstrates that art can destroy itself. His drawings on banana skins are gone, forever blackened by rot.

You can watch a review of his project ‘Goodbye Art’ here:

http://www.philinthecircle.com/goodbyeart.html

Street Art

Every so often a painting on a bus stop or a drawing above a urinal makes me smile. My favourite of all time is one I saw in a Brighton pub. Someone scribbled “I FUCKED YOUR MUM” and underneath someone else replied “GO HOME DAD, YOU’RE DRUNK”. I struggled to keep the urine porcelain-bound.

Street art has great potential, primarily because it’s so accessible. You don’t need to pay an entrance fee or wait for some dawdling tourist to sidestep. It’s everywhere. Sometimes unwelcome, sometimes a joy to ponder while you’re waiting for a bus or marching to work. What’s important is that they give pleasure, wether it be Isaac Cordal’s diminutive sculptures or Robbie Rowland’s Street Signs, they provide a break from standardised, mass-produced objects. A beautiful blot on a built-up canvas.

Here are some links to walls and pavements which should be left untouched:

http://www.isaac.alg-a.org/

http://www.megx.de/#1

http://www.janvormann.com/testbild/dispatchwork/

PAINT RESPONSIBLY PEOPLE!

Alexa Meade

There’s hope. Alexa Meade is 25 and has never been to art school. Many artists use people as models but Alexa uses them as canvas. She plays with acrylic paint and broad brushstrokes to create a living, breathing oil painting. In a two-dimensional photograph they really do look lifeless and incorporeal but as one of her works of art saunters through the aisle of a subway train you have to concede…you have been deceived. Like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Meade’s bodies are works of art that age and interact and question your perception. She claims that what we experience should not always be interpreted at face value, seeing is not always believing.

For more visit:

http://alexameade.com/

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