Anja Salonen – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, musician, and performer Anja Salonen. Centered around an exploration of consciousness, identity, and ecological interrelationships, Salonen’s ethereal paintings draw from queer eco-theories and new materialisms to construct a psycho-spirital commentary on our collective moment. “The work aims to create space for collective mourning, visions of embodied interdependence, a grammar of animacy, and the possibility of a quantum leap in ethical consciousness,” she explains. Taking cues from the visual language of collage, digital spaces, and historical fiction, she constructs what she describes as…

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Andrés Vargas – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of images by Guatemala City-based photographer Andrés Vargas. Drawn from various bodies of work made in different locations throughout the Guatemalan territory, his images often feature seemingly insignificant scenes from daily life, while exploring his interest in the sociopolitical landscape of the country. “I am interested in the ideas of progress and the effects of history and violence in these territories and how this leads to a physical and psychological bleakness, all this taking place in a scenario of great natural exuberance,” he explains. Taken over the course…

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No Dogs Allowed: More than 70 Artists Present a Show of Cat Art in L.A.

 Art Photography #cats #collage #humor #painting #paper #sculpture October 7, 2021 Grace Ebert Alexandra Dillon. All images courtesy of Cat Art Show, shared with permission More than 70 artists feature cats as their muse for a feline-centric group exhibition that scratches well beyond the tropes associated with the frisky creatures. Now in its fourth iteration, the Cat Art Show features sculptures, paintings, collages, and a variety of other works by artists from 16 countries—Ravi Zupa (previously), Lola Dupré (previously), and Aniela Sobieski (previously) are among them—that capture the feisty…

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‘Medicinal Flowers of Lebanon’ by Faith XLVII Sprout from the Damaged Streets of Beirut

 Art #flowers #Lebanon #medicine #murals #public art #street art October 7, 2021 Grace Ebert Rosa Canina. All images © Faith XLVII, shared with permission Rosehips, horned poppies, and an African carline thistle grow from the debris and ruined buildings in Beirut following a mural series by Faith XLVII. The South African artist (previously) traveled to the Lebanese city this September as part of Underline—the ongoing project is helmed by the art collective Persona in collaboration with the Hamra-based NGO Art of Change, which is focused on using public works…

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Aerial Net Sculptures Loom Over Public Squares in Janet Echelman’s ‘Earthtime’ Installations

 Art #earthquakes #fiber art #installation #sculpture #site-specific #time October 7, 2021 Grace Ebert “Earthtime 1.78” (2021), Vienna. All images © Janet Echelman, shared with permission Suspended in public squares and parks, the knotted sculptures that comprise Janet Echelman’s Earthtime series respond to the destructive, overpowering, and uncontrollable forces that impact life on the planet. The Boston-based artist (previously) braids nylon and polyurethane fibers into striped weavings that loom over passersby and glow with embedded lights after nightfall. With a single gust of air, the amorphous masses billow and contort…

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