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New York City is sometimes affectionately (or disaffectionately) referred to as a “concrete jungle,” but for Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Grabelsky it’s more of a big cageless zoo. Using the New York City subway system as the setting for his work, Grabelsky paints surreal portraits of people who are seemingly normal from the neck down, but who have had their heads replaced by animals, both wild and domesticated.

Having grown up in New York and being fascinated by the imagery of Greek mythology as a kid, Grabelsky’s paintings are an exploration of human nature and of the way that animals represent various parts of the human subconscious. “The characters are symbolic of the kinds of thoughts that lie under the surface of people’s minds, and they reveal that the most extraordinary can exist in the most ordinary of everyday settings,” the artist told Prohbtd in an interview. “This theme is communicated through the juxtaposition of these ostensibly irrational images with otherwise completely mundane scenes. My idea is that my creatures are not original but are ultimately part of a much larger cultural continuum.”

Since graduating Cum Laude from Rice University in 2002 with a BA in Art and Art History (and a BS in Astrophysics), Matthew Grabelsky has shown in dozens of group exhibitions and solo shows around the world. In 2017 he was tapped by electronic musician Moby to paint an album cover featuring a father cow reading a book to his calf. To see more of Grabelsky’s work, follow him on Instagram.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/06/new-york-city-subway-matthew-grabelsky/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

Here's a look at highlights from the fair, which convenes nearly 300 exhibitors in Switzerland. Read More

The post It Begins: Highlights from Art Basel 2018 in 57 Photos appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/begins-highlights-art-basel-2018-57-photos/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international

He is also on the rosters of Shane Campbell Gallery and Massimo De Carlo Gallery. Read More

The post Blum & Poe Gallery Now Represents Tony Lewis appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/blum-poe-gallery-now-represents-tony-lewis/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international

Curated by Anita Dube, this year's edition opens in December and runs into March 2019. Read More

The post Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India Reveals Partial Artist List for 2018 Edition appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/kochi-muziris-biennale-reveals-partial-artist-list-2018-edition/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international

The exhibition of three beds and scores of animals is hosted by the Berlin gallery Sandy Brown. Read More

The post The Worm Has Turned: At Art Basel, Aude Pariset Sets Little Creatures Loose appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/worm-turned-art-basel-aude-pariset-sets-little-creatures-loose/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international

Ann Wood (previously) continues her transformation of plain paper into juicy-looking fruits and verdant vegetables. Using careful layers of paint, the artist captures the varied colors and textures of  fuzzy peaches, russeted apples, soil-topped beets, and shiny citrus. In a statement on her website, Wood describes her work as “mixed media portraits and theatrical tableaus of mysterious beauty and solace whose identity is grounded in the timeless aesthetic and ethic of rural America.” You can see more of Wood’s paper creations on Instagram.

 

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/06/fruits-and-vegetables-by-ann-wood/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

In an interview, the dealer discusses the past, present, and future of Nahmad Contemporary. Read More

The post ‘It Takes Time to Prove Yourself’: Joseph Nahmad on His New York Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/takes-time-prove-joseph-nahmad-new-york-gallerys-fifth-anniversary/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international

He joins the auction house following a 20-year period at Christie's. Read More

The post Phillips Taps Martin Wilson As Chief General Counsel appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/phillips-london-taps-martin-wilson-chief-general-counsel/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international


“72 Dancers” is a laser cut sheet of paper that functions as a sculptural phenakistoscope by means of stop motion capture. It was made for a series of multi-channel sound performances hosted by Dave and Gabe called "Spatialized,” which utilizes an immersive 40-channel speaker system. The idea for the piece was to take something that functions in a familiar way, a flat animation, and have it gain depth, which mirrors the audio for the “Spatialized” series and how it more than the standard, 2-channel sound experience and instead a much more dynamic 40-channel experience that surrounds the audience.

Tickets for Spatialized_01 available here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spatialized-01-multi-channel-sound-series-tickets-46899776494

http://traceloops.tumblr.com/post/174821909501

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: animation, rotoscoping, tracing

Here's what we're reading this morning. Read More

The post Morning Links: Soggy Socks Edition appeared first on ARTnews.

http://www.artnews.com/2018/06/12/morning-links-soggy-socks-edition/

MrKiff · Jun 12 · Tags: artnews international
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