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Kevin Bauman

I love urban photography - the deevolution of the landscape and the decay and decompostion that brings with it a sense of stoic beauty.

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Kevin bauman 2 Photographer Kevin Bauman embarked on an ambitious project. He began photographing Detroit's abandoned and deteriorating houses back in the late 1990s. His intention was to create a record of a Detroit past - a time of splendid homes and great architecture. He wanted to preserve these images before all was torn down. Many of these hosues are still standing, thanks to a recession that stopped redevelopment in that city.

The series is called 100AbandonedHouses and you can see them all on his website KevinBauman.

There are many interesting art books that capture the essence of old and decaying architecture. This one is particularly interesting:

Will Lemon

Will Lemon uses a variety of forms to express his art from block prints to collage assemblage to  drawing to tapestry. His most interesting work presents conceptual modern mysticism through icons, symbols and objects. Lemon treats art as an alchemical device with interesting and profound effect.

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Kimiko Yoshida

Just like Cindy Sherman, Kimijo Yoshida is her own photographic subject. But the similiarity stops there. Kimiko is into fashion and politics - both in the most liberal sense.

With a recent series on brides, Maude Michali wrote -

Through a series of self-portraits taken during the last seven years, the Japanese photographer Kimiko Yoshida embodies the brides of the world. Rejecting the stereotypes of communautarism and segregation, she challenges the search of narcissism : she wants to erase the origins. She crossbreeds, she hybrids, she metamorphoses. The face melts into the unit of color and the tribal object she borrowed, a treasure from the past that is now preserved in a museum, is revealed.

The artist hopes to approach the concept of the woman instead of the female ideal. Contrary to her contemporaries, she does not look for appealing to pathos. Changing mask infinitely, without geographical or temporal consideration, she oscillates between figuration and abstraction, showing the plurality of being as much aesthetic as philosophical. I am not the one I show. I have to take the risk to stand aside. This purification which worries Kimiko Yoshida turns meaningful when she entrusts “all that’s not me, that’s what interest me”.

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Neke Carson

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Neke Carson is an art world phenomena with scads of famous and infamous friends. Carson has embarked on an intriguing, creative approach to photography. This is the best description of Neke Carson's unusual and fascinating closet photography series. Credit goes to Artbeat:

For some time now the artist Neke Carson has been dropping by on friends and leaving his camera on the floor of their clothes closets where it takes a timed photograph once the door has been shut. The resulting images present a perplexing angle of view and a picture that is not immediately readable. The viewer is reminded of something resembling submarine plant life, geological mineral strata, gaseous astronomical phenomena. Looming from the closeted darkness these swirling eruptions of color and shape, so surprising in form, seem in turn surprised in some clandestine nocturnal exchange. Dumb, stationary, what is normally hidden from thought or view is captured in the camera’s flash and the noisome imagery belies the pedestrian notion and tranquility of a simple closet interior.

Cynthia Vesser

Cynthia Vesser is a New York City based street photographer who started out in her artistic journey just snapping photos on the streets to capture the essence of time and space without regard to actual landmarks or people. Some of her work is abstract like a series of a table top of bottle circles. Some are fashion show portraits. All have a great sensibility. Of course my favorites of hers are her street art and graffiti related photographs.

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Kelvin Halloran

UK artist Kelvin Halloran is inspired by the connection of thoughts and emotions. He has an instinctive approach to creating shapes, patterns and combinations. Paint’s materiality and texture enables him to respond to the surface of the works with a degree of gestural freedom – creating abstraction through a sequence of impulses, references and emotional codes. Complex arrangements of shapes and colours intertwine and dialogue within a space – representing not only a precise attention to composition but also maintaining a freedom in his approach and style. The creation of this personal visual language exists and morphs alongside the artist’s experiences and personal background.

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Basil Wolverton

Ever hear of Basil Wolverton? Although I know his artwork and am a great fan, I never knew his name. Wolverton was one of the immensely talented artists whose "low brow" artwork graced the pages of Mad Magazine. Wolverton and the other "usual gang of idiots" illustrated the seminal MAD Magazine starting in the 1950s. His art is now just being recognized for the high quality (of low art....) that it is. Basil wolverton MAD Magazine There is a gallery show of his work in NYC at the Gladstone Gallery as we speak.

What I find most interesting is that, just like comic book artist R. Crumb, Basil Wovlerton has illustrated the Bible which is appropriately called The Wolverton Bible

Perhaps if more contempory artists illustrated the Bible it would herald another Renaissance period where artists were commissioned for a range of religion inspired art works.

Valerie Meotti

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Valerie Meotti talks about her art:

Painting and creating visual art has been my passion for most of my life. My motives are not to send a message but to be felt. What one takes from my imagery is yours alone. I have a difficult time explaining why I create but I can tell you how. I have never felt I was a catalyst trying to reveal a profound message. I am not a singular artist in that I can not settle on one technique of expression. I enjoy having the versatility and knowledge to explore and experiment.  Watercolors are my base of operations, the one thing I rely on most. My unique digital transfer technique utilizes my graphic capability but lets me develop it freely like a painting, using both my major influences.  With this I cross over into collage components developing most of my mixed media works. Oil painting, I am new to but I love the color and luminescence that can be achieved.  I will continue my learning. Ceramics are mainly for the quirky characters I developed called Pistachio People and I still illustrate the little guys. I believe they can be in a successful mass market someday.  Someday I will achieve the independence to sustain my art. Just looking for some glimpse of encouragement.

James Ensor

James ensor I have always loved James Ensor's macabre paintings of skulled or masked people all dressed to kill. His work is being shocased at the Musueum of Modern Art. closing in September 21, 2009.

James Ensor (1860–1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth. In both respects he has influenced generations of later artists. This exhibition presents approximately 120 works, examining Ensor's contribution to modernity, his innovative and allegorical use of light, his prominent use of satire, his deep interest in carnival and performance, and his own self-fashioning and use of masking, travesty, and role-playing. Examples of Ensor's paintings, prints, and drawings are installed in an overlapping network of themes and images to produce a complete picture of this daring, experiential body of work. Ultimately, this exhibition presents James Ensor as a socially engaged and self-critical artist involved with the issues of his times and with contemporary debates on the very nature of modernism.

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