Tipp No. 8: Amazing 3D Organic Forms In Biomorphic Shapes by the Artist Sui Park (South Korea, now: USA)

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ABOUT THE ARTIST SUI PARK

Sui Park _ 박수이

Sui Park is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary. 

She is currently holding a solo exhibition, Floating Imagery at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York. She also had a solo exhibition, Playing with Perception at the Denise Bibro Fine Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Garden of Humans at the Kingsborough Community College, CUNY in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. She participated in over 80 exhibitions, including an ongoing exhibition, The 5th Textile Art of Today at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovak republic where she received the Excellent Award in September 2018. Park’s artwork has been acquired by numerous places including Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in United States.

Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Sui Park also has MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

THE ARTISTS STATEMENT

“My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions, and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular, Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.

I often find these moments from nature. I think nature allows us to pause and find things that have been overlooked and are inspiring. Nature provides me with rooms to find breakthroughs and answers, and gives me time to ponder into thoughts. Through my work, I want to bring to our attention the moments that nature allows us to find and look back. I present nature in abstract porous ways so that they can be filled with our moments.” (cit. Sui Park)

For more details and further impressions of her arts, please have look at her website: http://www.suipark.com …if you share my enthusiasm.

Sui Park is also represented on Instagram and Pinterest with her organic installation arts.

Her contact details according to her website:

suiparkart@gmail.com
artist.suipark@gmail.com

Tipp No. 154: “Operation Supermarket” – contemporary arts by Shirin Aliabadi and Farhad Moshiri (Iran)

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OPERATION SUPERMARKET: Rebranded products and packaging talking to us…

The series operation supermarket is “mixing detergents with poetry”, Aliabadi & Moshiri explain.

The emphasis seem to be on the commodification of mainstream media traits – not only in the Middle East – but also on a wry parody of mythical hopes still pinned on the commodity itself as capitalistic change agent.

The eye-catching series points out how people are identifying themselves with the product – or even more precise – the packaging, they are purchasing. In my view, it is in particular exciting to utilize all-day products to transport messages with a dash of irony.

The approach to “mix detergents with poetry” might be a reference to the Persian culture to paint emotional pictures with words instead of using figurative arts to express themselves (possibly, also due to islamic restrictions?). Persians seem to have an obsession with poetry and the art of calligraphy.

Isn`t it strange that we are expressing our feelings and needs by consumption instead of addressing them in real life?

How do you want to assert your interests, satisfy your emotional needs, demand for change, effectively take a position and develop a personality by buying detergents, chocolate, fashion or other commodities?!

Actually, I think of a similar supermarket series for some time – triggered by the offering of tea and shower gel in particular. Admittedly, I am very disappointed and discouraged that somebody else had the same idea much earlier…

Aliabadi & Mashiri utilize the vehicle of advertisement to get our attention and talk to us…Just listen to them.

Families, As Why
We are all Americans – Soft Power to numb people
Shoot friends, make friends later – a globally spreading paranoia
Tolerating Intolerance, 2006
Killing People – daily media headlines
You are the fearless rose that grows amidst the freezing wind

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Shirin Aliabadi

Shirin Aliabadi (10 March 1973 – 1 October 2018) was an Iranian contemporary multidisciplinary visual artist whose work focused on women’s issues, gender representation, and the beauty industry. She’s best known for depiction of rebellious Iranian women in her Girls in Cars and Miss Hybrid series of photographs.

Aliabadi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1973 to Maymanat and Iraj Aliabadi. Her mother, Maymanat is an artist and taught at Tehran University. Her father, Iraj was a poet who worked for an insurance company. She was also mentored by older brother who coached her on art, music, and pop culture. Aliabadi grew up surrounded by artists and intellectuals, and the standard of living for the family was high until the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Her parents lost their jobs, but were still able to send her to study in Paris. Aliabadi studied art history at the University of Paris, where she also earned a masters degree in art history.[5]
Aliabadi married Farhad Moshiri, another artist in 1993. She commuted between Paris and Tehran for most of her career, but was primarily based in Tehran where she was represented by The Third Line gallery in Dubai for more than ten years.

Her work has appeared in solo exhibitions in Dubai, Tehran, London, Switzerland and Denmark and in group exhibitions at the Institut des cultures d’Islam in Paris, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, at Frieze New York, at the Chelsea Art Museum, in Monaco, in Rio de Janeiro, in Copenhagen, in Italy, in Norway, in Estonia, in Germany, in Switzerland and in Spain.

Her work is held in the collections of Deutsche Bank AG in Germany, the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and the Farjam Collection in Dubai.

Shirin Aliabadi died on 1 October 2018 in Tehran, Iran after a battle with cancer. RIP.

Tipp No. 151: “Sweet Dreams” – pop-art paintings by Wayne Thiebaud (USA)

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Weirdly Calorie Bombs that are tempting only at first sight and from a distance.
On the second sight and looking at Wayne Thiebauds pies, ice cream, juice and other sweets, an uncomfortable feeling involuntarily creeps in.

The pastel colors (50s like, economic boom time with the promise that consumption will make us happy), the creamy color application that provides almost a 3D-effect and the delicious motifs and the beauty of the cakes, pies and ice cream rise your appetite…and then suddenly, you start thinking that some thing is terribly wrong.

Is it the degree of abstraction that let the pies & sweets look “lifeless” and like cloned with calculated deviations to pretend that the food is hand-/home-made?
Is it the arrangement of the food? It reminds on serial production and the showcases look like incubators in my view.
Is it the fetish-like, somehow aggressive (pushy) and clean presentation of the cakes, juice & ice cream?
The “cold, clinical light” creating amazing colorful shadows that provides a kind of “artificial touch” and lead to an association of food laboratory and industrialized, unhealthy fake food?
The motif seems to uncover the broken promises of advertisement.
The lack of a background?
Or details like the colored contour lines?

Somehow the bakery & candy looks dangerous not only because of the high sugar, fat and artificial flavoring substances contents but also because of its persuasiveness to makes us believe that we want it despite of the suspicion that it is not good for us.
These sweetened, sugar-coated products won`t nourish us. It won`t satisfy our hunger – neither the physical one nor the emotional one.
Consuming fluffy, creamy gateau – you can easily eat in binge eat – won`t fill the void in our lifes….in us.
These master pieces of product development are surrogats /substitutes for something you cannot buy.

No…These “Sweet Dreams” are – on the quiet – toxic.
Enjoy!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American
commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings.

Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists.

Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

You can find his stunning work in many famous collections.

On October 14, 1994, Thiebaud was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art from the American Academy of Design in 2001. 
Thiebaud was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010 at the California Museum, Sacramento, 
and in 2013, he was honored with the California Art Award in recognition of his part in raising the prominence of California art around the world.

Tipp No. 28: Cit.”Superflat” Paintings by the Japanese Artist Takashi Murakami

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Takashi Murakami (村上 隆 Murakami Takashi, born February 1, 1962) is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term “superflat”, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society, and is also used for Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.
Murakami is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages several younger artists. He was the founder and organizer of the biannual art fair Geisai.

Tipp No. 152: “Creating A New Reality” – City-/Landscape Paintings by Wayne Thiebaud (USA)

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As you might remember, I`ve introduced Wayne Thiebaud and his cake, pie and candy paintings recently (post Tipp No.151: “Sweet Dreams”).

Today, I`d like to share a few of Thiebauds amazing landscape paintings. In 1963, Thiebaud namely turned increasingly to figure and landscape painting.

Beginning in the 1970s, he began painting San Francisco cityscapes, wildly distorted views of the city’s streets and hillsides that are reminiscent not only of Richard Diebenkorn’s cityscapes from the mid-sixties but also the Precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Georgia O’Keefe (for his cityscapes see my next post).

His most recent landscapes dating from the mid-1990s share many of the same spatial and planar distortions seen in the cityscapes but utilise hotter colour and flattened planes to create the imagery.

The way he divides the world into forms and patterns veers toward abstraction, but holds fast to the image. In a revealing interview Thiebaud did with USD gallery director Derrick R. Cartwright for the catalog that accompanies “By Hand,” he said, “Any good painting is essentially cubist.”

I like the melancholic, almost surrealistic mountains / cliffs with clouds in particular.

Wayne Thiebaud`s art is amazingly versatile and you can see that he is experimenting a lot, as the examples I`ve selected show. Bending cityscapes and geometric resolution of landscapes to create a new (?) reality…

River and Slough, 1969
San Francisco Freeway
Appartment Hill, 1980
Morning Freeway, 2012-2013
Ranch Valley
Blue Hill
White Mountain, 1995
Mountain Clouds, 1964 – 1986 (!)
The Yosemite Valley Ridge, 1975

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wayne Thiebaud was born Mesa, Arizona in 1920, and his family soon moved to Los Angeles in 1921.

In high school he became interested in stage design and lighting, and worked part-time at a movie theater where he made posters for lobby displays, 1935-1938. During this time he also worked as a summer apprentice program in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios, 1936.

From 1942 to 1945, Thiebaud served in the Air Force, assigned to the Special Services Department as an artist and cartoonist, and eventually transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by Ronald Reagan.

It is not difficult to detect the influence that this commercial experience had on his later paintings attributed to Pop Art; Thiebaud’s characteristic work displays consumer objects such as pies and cakes (pls., see prev. post Tipp No. 151 “Sweet Dreams”) as they are seen in drug store windows.

Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units but appear varied using seemingly minimal means.

From 1949 to 1950, Thiebaud studied at the San Jose State University and from 1950 to 1953 at the California State University in Sacramento.

He had his first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, and between the years of 1954 and 1957, he produced eleven educational films for which he was awarded the Scholastic Art Prize in 1961.

Thiebaud lectured at the Art Department of the Sacramento City College until 1959, when he became a professor at the University of California in Davis.

Today, Wayne Thiebaud lives and works in California.

Shared No. 128: “Patricia Piccinini – Magical & Bizarre” — By J. Walters (Blog: Canadian Art Junkie)

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I`d like to invite to visit J. Walter`s rich blog: “Canadian Art Junkie”.
One of recent posts deal with the very special art of Patricia Piccinini.

Considering the fact that I felt quite uncomfortable watching her work at the very fist sight, I am not sure if this impressive example of J. Walters inspiring posts is a suitable teaser. But I particularly appreciate the diversity of the artists he is introducing as well as the fact that they know how to transport a strong message, a thought or to trigger emotions.

For more sculptures and details about Patricia Piccinini, click here:

Tipp No. 28: “TEXTILE INSTALLATIONS” (meeting today`s “Fast Fashion” Trend) by the Finish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen

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ABOUT KAARINA KAIKKONEN

Born in Iisalmi, Finland 1952 | Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of our most internationally recognized sculptors and artists, is known for shaping urban landscapes and emphasizing community through her installations. In her works, one can find references to current themes of humanity’s place in their own time, and of basic needs that always exist regardless of environment or culture. Old clothes contain the former user’s presence, which wraps around Kaikkonen’s story and places the viewer before something new and unknown, but at the same time exceedingly familiar and intimate.

The impressive installations made out of mens’ jackets and shirts are well known both in Finland and globally such as in the US, Cuba, Canada, Japan and Great Britain. Her first installation was on display in Helsinki in 1988. In Finland, one of her most famous works is the ‘Way’ -installation, which she built on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral in 2000. Her pieces can be found in several collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum, and Espoo Museum of Modern Art of EMMA.

Kaikkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts School and was awarded the National Visual Arts Prize in 1989, the Finland Prize of Art in 2001, and in 2013 the Order of the Lion of Finland awarded her Knight, First Class. Kaikkonen has also received international awards such as Public Prize in Den Haag Sculptuur in the Netherlands in 2004 and Honorable Mention at the Cairo 11th Biennale in Egypt in 2009.

Galerie Forsblom has been representing Kaarina Kaikkonen since 2008.

web: http://www.galerieforsblom.com/

Tipp No. 140: “Realism with a Twist – Mind-bending Illustrations” by Guy Billout (France)

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French surrealist Guy Billout has created some of the most awesomely mind-bending illustrations that will hopefully make you chuckle too. The key to his works is that they don’t just shout “surrealism”, but usually feature settings that look totally realistic until one detail turns everything around.

Guy Billout is a true grandmaster of irritation – often at 2nd glance… Simply Enjoy!

The Great Firewall
Solution
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Shortcuts
Friends
Midnight
Quadrature

ABOUT THE ARTIST

A Poet of the Absurd
“Guy Billout is the Buster Keaton of the illustration world: like the king of the deadpan gags of the silent era, Billout is a stunt man. His illustrations represent acrobatic feats of mental agility in which events challenge the law of physics and logic: inverted perspectives, gravity-defying structures, upside-down skies, rivers owing uphill, large objects sinking into shallow puddles. His art work is funny in the same way Keaton’s stunts are funny: his characters retain a sense of composure no matter what. Impending doom doesn’t unnerve them. However, under the dark humor, an odd sense of optimism prevails. For Billout, people are clueless, and that’s the good news.” (cit. Véronique Vienne)

Guy Billout grew up in Nevers, a quiet town in the center of France, he received a conventional education. In the 1950s, he studied advertising in the Ecole des Arts Appliqués of Beaune, in the Burgundy region. In the 1960s, he moved to Paris and worked as a designer in advertising. He spent a few years in Paris before coming to New York City in 1969. That’s where his career really took off after a successful publication in the New York Magazine. He published his ironic illustrations in various media, such as….

Magazines:

Time, Life, Fortune, New York Magazine, Reader`s Digest, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Vogue, Glamour, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde.

Annual Reports, Corporate Brochures, Advertising: 

JP Morgan, Salomon Brothers, Schlumberger, Metropolitan Life, San Francisco Airport, National Westminster Bank, Northern Telecom, Comcast, The Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, Mobil, Boco.

Written/Illustrated: 7 Children`s Books.

Tipp No. 21: “Interlinked Despite of Socio-cultural Barriers” – Contemporary Art by Reena Saini Kallat (India)

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Echoes (saline notations; poem quotation)
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‘Hyphenated Lives’, Installation View
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Globalisation + Networking + Migration + Boundaries + Connections…About finding poetry in politics.

The Artist

Reena Saini Kallat’s (b. 1973, Delhi, India) practice spanning drawing, photography, sculpture and video engages diverse materials, imbued with conceptual underpinnings. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but how we think of the past.

Using the motif of the rubberstamp both as object and imprint, signifying the Bureau-cratic apparatus, Kallat has worked with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics.

In her works made with electrical cables, wires usually serving as conduits of contact that transmit ideas and information, become painstakingly woven entanglements that morph into barbed wires like barriers.

Her ongoing series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence.

Please, feel free to visit her website for any further information: http://reenakallat.com/

Tipp No. 27: “Amazing Dynamic Pixelated Wood Sculptures” by the Taiwanese Artist Hsu Tung Han

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Another case of LOVE of First Sight….(see above)! …and no budget available to get hold of one of his masterpieces…

Please, find more photos of Hsu Tung Han`s (born 1947, living in Taipei) work on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hsutunghan/

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About Hsu Tung Han`s Art

Entitling his artworks ‘Pixelations’, the artist interprets his carved figures of men and women as puzzles, and plans each piece through a series of drawings and clay models. Han produces his final sculptures from segments of walnut, teak, or African wax wood, carving cubed pieces from the art object to give the illusion of suspended levitation or a paused transformation.

The wooden sculptures of Hsu Tung Han are dynamically manufactured pieces of fine art. Using positive and negative space to great effect, the wooden blocks either push or pull. This gives his figures a dynamism that seems to set them in motion. Whether appearing to move forward or remaining in a calm position, each sculpture presents a masterclass in how the artist can manipulate a medium.