Koki Tanaka is a Japanese artist living in Los Angeles whose work is about manipulating normal objects. He doesn’t warp them into giant sculptures or use a ton of little things like buttons to make mosaics. He instead allows little moments of normalcy, small or big gestures to stand on their own as some sort of art. As was done with his 2012 reflective Beholding Performer, Performing Beholder and booming 2008 Then, a whole bunch of basins crash down to the floor of the Museum of Modern Art, he uses common objects for big reactions.
Artist Laura Lancaster paints how she sees the world—but it isn’t necessarily realistic. Her point of view is full of movement and is emotionally volatile, colors and attitudes pooling in and out of each other in a way that suggests modern impressionism. She globs paint to turn scenery into abstract blurs present in the everyday—but they are anything but ordinary.
Don’t know why but I’ve recently taken to starting from the beginning and watching Sex & The City thanks to HBO GO. Aside from embarrassing hair and questionable habits, a big thing that has drawn me into the show is its use of technology. The girls are constantly calling their voicemails to see if anyone called them and Carrie’s laptop is an increasingly less bulky black proto-Macbook. It’s a funny moving time capsule.
Artist Jeffery Thompson has noticed this too—but in Law & Order. That show is one that has been on longer and has spanned into all sorts of spinoffs, covering everything from juries to special victims. What L&W has that S&TC doesn’t is a more urgent need to use technology, that they need these machines to help solve crimes and therefore must include them in more episodes. Thus, Thompson figured that he would study the over ten year tenure of the show as a better time capsule—and he’s logged every computer screen on the show.
Last week I wrote about the beautifully simple paintings of Guy Yanai and they reminded Frank Chimero of the work of Jonas Wood. I wasn’t familiar with Wood’s work so I checked it out and was happily surprised at see how great it was. Wood is a Boston-born painter currently living and working in LA and I love the vibrancy, bold patterns and expressive colors in his work.
Barcelona born, Berlin based Yago Hortal creates stunning paintings that literally jump off the canvas. Using thick layers of acrylic he stacks and smears vibrant swaths of paint, the layers of paint increasing and gaining depth, making these abstract pieces. I was lucky enough to see one of these in person and they’re exquisite. You can see more of his vibrant work down below.
I’m still enamored by mysterious Japanese painter xhxix who chooses not to reveal anything about themselves. The colorful portraits this individual creates is some of my favorite work out there currently, filled with raw emotion and fragmented nuances. There’s something so engaging about these pieces. Each boys lips and eyes are rosy and swollen and their skin is made up of numerous shades of color, almost giving them an iridescence.
You can see lots more of these paintings down below.
Emojis are bomb dot com. Who doesn’t like emojis? Show me that person and I will show them a light slap to the side of the head because emojis are the best. How else would I drunkenly text that I am enjoying drinking red wine without a yellow sunglass wearing face and a cartoonish glass of wine? Emojis, dudes and dudettes.
Artist Matthew Williamson must agree because he shares some crazy emoji artwork online. These aren’t just creations made in honor of emojis: these are off-the-wall, batshit crazy .gifs that collide emojis at each other in the funniest of ways. They are incredibly recognizable and are effortlessly cool: there is nothing to dislike about Williamson’s emoji .gifs.
Bold colors and simple shapes make up these large and impressive paintings by the Israel-born and US-raised artist Guy Yanai. Currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Yanai’s paintings are often still lifes with a strong graphical sensibility. For me, it’s his paintings of plants that I love the most. His brash use of color and his flat and direct approach to the subject matter works perfectly and his paintings are as playful as they are striking.