Rudy Gyselings is a Belgium born artist who, over the years, has evolved from abstract to figurative and back to abstract. His current body of work shows a kinetic vitality of color and energetic brush strokes. His work was recently exhibited in a group show at the Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Judith Supine is a New York based street artist whose beautiful, disturbing and political wheatpaste collages enhances downtown Manhattan. While more prolific in the mid-2000's, you can occasionally see some of his work today in DUMBO, Brooklyn (as of last week) and in Chelsea, Manhattan.
His work is very distinctive. Here are some examples:
He is a man of mystery and talent.
Check out a video of his artistic process on this street art blog.
The art work of Fernando Carpaneda reminds me of street art in a sculptural form. He is an artist born in Brasília, Brazil who works in clay to depict the human form with all of its frailties and strengths. The human condition is at the center of his powerful sculptural forms.
His main theme is always the human being. He watches people in the streets, bars, concerts, and places where people sell their bodies. Fernando makes portraits of rent boys, punks, junkies, thieves and outcasts. Instead of attaching himself to muses, he focuses on male nudes to compose his art pieces, having the human being, the masculine, as the main goal in his work.
All his portraits are like a relic, a holy place, a moment caught in time. He uses objects that have a connection to the portrayed person to composing his work, such as cigarette butts, condoms, beer cans, underwear, semen, empty toothpaste boxes. In other words, things that are part of these people's real world, and his own. He uses such objects and remains as a beginning for his portraits.
Clay is used as technique. He uses it the same way it was used in the 17th Century (for painting baroque saint images). He even dresses his sculptures with cloth from his own clothes. He creates and sews all the clothing that is used in the pieces. He also includes human hair to some of the pieces, his own hair (this was very often done in the 17th Century), and a current relic that has its value in time, as to maintain a time, ordinary people who lived it.
Fernando writes about his pieces using street language as a background, another urban element often used. His connection to the artwork is important to any creative process. He believes that the artist himself is a piece of art. He has been going to places where the portrayed people used to go for the past 25 years. Remembrances are part of his work. Every little thing is part of him: his lovers, his disappointments, his experiences with drugs, his life in the streets, and so forth. Fernando depends on all of this to create art; he does not exist without these people.
View more of his amazing work on his website A arte de Fernando Carpaneda.
I am drawn to the art of Xavier Prou whose large Rats adorn many NYC building walls recently. He had a recent show at The Jonathan LeVine Gallery on 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District of NYC.
Prou's work is highlighted in Creativity Magazine here.
His work is very distinctive and powerful. View his art at LeVine ... or on the street!
Who says that ceramics is merely a craft and not an art? I disagree and use as an example the inventive pottery of Adams Puryear, whose fabulous ceramic vessels were on display at New York City's Greenwich House Pottery.
His work has a great "low-brow art" look that is reminiscent of the vibrant creativity we see in graffiti and street art. His work stands out from standard utilitarian pots and bowls. See for yourself on his website.
Michael Toenges is a Cologne, Germany based artist whose paintings make great use of color and light. As he explained at his solo exhibition at the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston, MA a couple of weeks ago, he paints in twilight type of darkness. And indeed, when the gallery lights were lowered, the paintings glowed. Michael said that he grew up in Germany where there is "northern light" as opposed to Italy where there is brighter "southern light". Although in Italy the light is diffused in a warm and sort of foggy way. Michael's show is up until May 19, 2009 so if you are in Boston, stop by the Howard Yezerski Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave in the new Sowa arts district.