Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb (previously) just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. McNabb shares via email:
I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.
Spanish street artist Pejac (previously) just stopped by Istanbul where he painted three new trompe-l’œil pieces in the district of Uskudar titled Lock, Poster and Shutters. Painted with brushes, acrylic paint, pencils and sandpaper the works are located very close together are intended to represent the “perception and illusion of freedom.” He mentions the literal translation of Trompe l’oeil from French as “eye trap,” and says “in the case of these three windows, the trap works in both directions: from outside to inside and from inside to outside.”
German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts.
Lang took several hours to get the right shots, often from directly above. Lang is known for his aerial photography and has shot other locations in Germany such as industrial sites, residential areas and coal mines.
Separated by nearly a century of time and half a world apart, Australian artist Jane Long has re-imagined the vintage portraits of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte in a highly fantastic fashion. A war photographer and pilot during the First World War, Acsinte opened a studio in Slobozia where he created thousands of glass plate photographs. Those images are now being digitized and added to the Flickr Commons, where Long found them and gave them new life.
Long’s work is highly creative, imagining entirely new scenarios for the people in each portrait. Colorful vistas take the place of Acsinte’s simple studio backdrop, and magical touches abound. Who were these people and what was their life story? That mystery only adds to the mystique of each image.
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. MacLean’s photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and are found in private, public and university collections. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 CORINE International Book Award, the American Academy of Rome’s Prix de Rome in Landscape Architecture for 2003-2004, and grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Graham Foundation. MacLean is the author of eleven books including, Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces (2012), Las Vegas | Venice (2010), Chroniques Aeriennes: L’art d’Alex MacLean (2010), Alex MacLean: Given a Free Hand (2010), OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (2008), Visualizing Density (2007), The Playbook (2006), Designs on the Land: Exploring America from the Air (2003), Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (1996), Look at the Land; Aerial Reflections of America (1993) and Above and Beyond; Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas (2002). MacLean maintains a studio and lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
At 100 year-old, McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, who is credited as one of the “original Mad Men”, will have his own solo exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.
Titled ‘Mac Conner: A New York Life’, the exhibition will feature original artworks by Conner for clients like United Airlines, General Motors and Greyhound Lines.
Other than his illustrations, visitors can also expect an exclusive preview of Conner’s work process through behind-the-scene photographs and draft sketches.
Despite being famous during his days, curator of the museum Terrence Brown said that “the influences (of Conner’s work) are brief and in most cases fleeting” but “the lasting effect is nil” because “that has always been the nature of illustration, it reflects its day and moves on”.
The exhibition will be on display at the museum from now till 19 September 2015.
Here is today a new selection of creations by artist Ben Frost, in which he hijacks and plays with packaging of Viagra, antidepressants and other medications with twisted illustrations, including some famous characters from pop culture, such as Disney or Simpsons… Ben Frost has just finished his solo exhibition entitled “Know Your Product” at the Soze Gallery (Los Angeles).