Greg Ito – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

In his latest exhibition, “Apparition,” currently on view at Anat Ebgi gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Greg Ito explores themes of new life, metamorphosis, and the ghosts we live with—personal history, generational trauma, and the invisible weight of being alive. As a new father, the juxtaposition of these themes rose to the surface for Ito this year—exposing the terror and hatred of the times we are living in, in contrast with the love and joy that he wants to surround his daughter with. “It’s this balancing act between the two that…

Read More

“Portraits” by Photographer Joachim Mueller-Ruchholtz

Photographer Joachim Mueller-Ruchholtz photographs off duty male models in his “Portraits” series. Published as a photobook by Palm* Studios in 2018, the project takes us out of the fashion world and into the homes, hotels, and everyday lives of his subjects. Taken between 2016 and 2018, Mueller-Ruchholtz’s portraits feature models cast from Eva Gödel’s agency, Tomorrow Is Another Day. In an excerpt from the book, writer Lucy Kumara Moore asks: “Are they boys or are they men? They’re caught between worlds – between adolescence and adulthood, the ordinary and the…

Read More

Alina Grasmann – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Alina Grasmann is a painter based in Munich, Germany. Working mostly in large-scale oil paintings on canvas, she is interested in the architecture of North America, which she likens to a stage set: “Many places there seem familiar, as if we had already seen them a thousand times before, and yet they always remain, from my European point of view, a little alien as well.” Devoid of people, her interior and exterior landscapes blur the line between fact and fiction, exploiting oil painting’s capacity to simultaneously construct and dissolve illusions.…

Read More

Marred with Dark Hole Punches, Monochromatic Drawings and Paintings Evoke Depression-Era Negatives

 Art #charcoal #drawing #graphite #oil painting #painting #portraits October 8, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary, shared with permission Nearly a century since it began, the Great Depression is still largely associated with the iconic imagery that’s come to define the era. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and Walker Evans’s portrait of the distinctly tight-lipped Allie Mae Burroughs are two foundational shots that establish the period’s visual record, and they accompany the approximately 175,000 photographs also commissioned by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during those years. While…

Read More

Unearthly Anatomical Works Sculpted in Crystal and Glass by Debra Baxter Explore Grief and Loss

 Art #anatomy #crystals #glass #metal #sculpture October 8, 2021 Grace Ebert “Catch your Breath” (2021), alabaster, bronze, and druzy snow chalcedony, 10 x 10 x 5 inches. All images courtesy of form & concept, shared with permission Artist and jewelry designer Debra Baxter (previously) explores the endurance of grief, mortality, and human bonds in Love Tears. Comprised of anatomical and figurative sculptures, the multifaceted series blend alabaster, quartz, and wood with delicate glass or metal to create forms that contrast the fragility of the body and natural world with…

Read More

Artificial Neon Lights Illuminate the Idyllic Environments Painted by Artist Gig Chen

 Art #acrylic #birds #nature #neon #painting October 8, 2021 Grace Ebert “A Good Foundation” (2021), acrylic on wood, 20 x 20 inches. All images © Gigi Chen, shared with permission In her vibrant, neon-lit paintings, artist Gigi Chen intertwines ornate jewelry, graffiti, and glowing signs emblematic of urban life with foliage, feathers, and wide expanses of sky. Her acrylic pieces center on birds and other small animals in their natural environments with surreal, manufactured additions: a heron cradles a bright pink house on its back, two rabbits peer over…

Read More