Sasha Phyars-Burgess – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of photographs by Chicago, Illinois-based photographer Sasha Phyars-Burgess. Drawn from two separate series, these images will be included in her upcoming book with Capricious publishing (2021). “UNTITLED OR AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN” is an exploration of dance spaces as sites where black people—both straight and queer—are free to experience the fullness of their being. “UNTITLED PART II & III (WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE COMPROMISES),” shot in the U.S., Canada, and England, is about Phyars-Burgess’ interest in being able to look at people, making portraits,…

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Christopher Hartmann – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of paintings depicting ambiguous interpersonal relationships by London-based artist Christopher Hartmann. Set in a non-place where a seemingly tender touch speaks more of distance and rejection than intimacy, Hartmann’s work plays with themes of emotional attachment/detachment. While drawing inspiration from romantic motifs, subjects are often depicted turning inward as they struggle to share their vulnerability with an ‘other’ that is not accessible. See more images below. Source link

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Bold, Striking Portraits by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Render Expressive Subjects in Shades of Gray

 Art #oil painting #painting #portraits January 13, 2021 Grace Ebert “Red Bandana on Green Suit” (2020), oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. All images © Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe courtesy of Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, shared with permission Set against bold, impasto backdrops, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s portraits emphasize the subjects’ spirits, their emotional states and idiosyncracies conveyed through facial expression, gesture, and garments—striped suits, wide-brimmed hats, and bright red bandanas tied around their necks. He renders figures in shades of gray, painting distinctive artworks that embrace the…

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A Technicolor Flower Bed Sprouts From a 70-Foot-Tall Water Tower in Arkansas

 Art #flowers #murals #public art #site-specific January 13, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Justkids, shared with permission A drab water tower in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, is overrun with a 70-foot-tall garden of technicolor flowers and vines thanks to artists Darren and Emmelene Mate, aka DabsMyla. The Australian wife and husband are known for their hand-painted psychedelic dreamscapes, which envelop the otherwise utilitarian tank with oversized flora. Titled “Magical Unity,” the circular mural features plants native to the region, along with a fuzzy bumblebee mid-pollination, all rendered in the…

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A Los Angeles Nonprofit Is Supporting Prison Abolition Through a Community Ceramics Practice

 Craft #ceramics #Los Angeles #pottery #prisons January 13, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of People’s Pottery Project, shared with permission People’s Pottery Project (PPP) has a simple mission: “to empower formerly incarcerated women, trans, and nonbinary individuals and their communities through the arts.” The value of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, though, reaches far beyond the ceramics studio where its members carefully sculpt and glaze dinnerware to sell from its warehouse. At the heart of PPP is mutual aid, a form of community support and solidarity that rapidly expanded…

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