Holton Rower Pour Paintings Book

Pour Paintings limited edition art catalog by Holton Rower

Holton Rower's pour paintings are something that needs to be witnessed live prior to appreciating the final artworks.

This limited edition art book features the entire exhibition of Rower's work at the Hole. The art book highlights gallery installs, studio photos and texts by David Carrino and Kathy Grayson.

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Matthew Stone - Handmade Artist Book

Anteism is pleased to announce a limited edition artist book which features Matthew Stone's work from Optimism as Cultural Rebellion.

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This handmade book is available in the Anteism Shop

Matthew Stone - Optimism as Cultural Rebellion - Exhibition tour from Matthew Stone on Vimeo.

The Hole is pleased to announce the first comprehensive gallery exhibition in the United States by British artist Matthew Stone.

The exhibition will focus on the intersections between the ideas, photography and sculptures that define Matthew’s work. Alongside his sculptural installations of photography, he will also be presenting a performance at the gallery titled “Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds” (November 3rd at 9pm) as part of the visual art performance biennial PERFORMA 11.

Two large wooden planes bisect the gallery walls and provide a rhythm for the navigation of the space. Photographic nudes printed directly onto birch panels are cut, hinged and folded along the walls and across the floor, in what uber-curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist has described as “a-perspective constellations”. In one work titled “Forever Rules” a large photographic nude is cut into hundreds of squares and attached to fabric that passes through an oak dodecahedron and cube, draping down onto the floor. Whilst Plato’s divine geometry is honored in part, it is simultaneously corrupted by the poetic complexity and beauty of the human body in action, flowing through and against the rigid logic of its geometric counterparts.

The title of the exhibition “Optimism as Cultural Rebellion” should be considered a one-line manifesto, perhaps a “mini-festo”. Since 2004 Matthew has developed a personal philosophy of Optimism, defining it as “the vital force that entangles itself with and then shapes the future.” This timely position permeates all of his activities. Matthew Stone operates as an artist in a total sense: his very being, his community, his lifestyle and its expression dictate the creation of his interconnected works. As well as creating photography and sculpture he works in multiple worlds as curator, philosopher, performer, musician, facilitator and cultural provocateur.

Matthew was born in 1982 and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London with honors in painting. After leaving college he masterminded the art-collective-cum-scene !WOWOW! in squatted South-London buildings. Their group shows and parties in empty buildings attracted audiences of over 1500 people and a performance event at the Tate saw a record 4000 people in attendance. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at V1 Gallery, Denmark; Galerie Paul Freches, Paris; Boyschool, London; Gea Politi, Milan, and Union Gallery, London. I first came across Matthew’s work when Terence Koh presented Tianhuang Dadi at Asia Song Society on Canal Street in 2007.

Recent photographic projects include a collaboration with Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci for the cover of the 20th anniversary issue of Dazed & Confused magazine and a fold-out sculptural cover for the current Flaunt Magazine. He composes original music for close friend and collaborator, fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s shows and has directed music videos for acclaimed British bands These New Puritans, S.C.U.M and for New York lo-fi band No Bra.

More about Matthew Stone:

Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman. These two interconnected roles are defined by his activities as photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, Optimist and cultural provocateur. Stone’s work and thinking goes far beyond the remit of his art, and his power of existence is recreating the role of the artist in the 21st century. Recognising this, The Sunday Times recently placed him at number one in the arts section of their “Power players under 30” list.

After Graduating from Camberwell Art School in 2004, with a first-class degree in Painting, Stone spearheaded South London’s !WOWOW! art collective, organizing guerrilla art exhibitions and throwing London’s most notorious and decadent squat parties. Dazed and Confused magazine featured the collective, claiming the children of !WOWOW! “would live on in legend for years to come.” and i-D Magazine described Matthew, saying “He gave birth to a happening, and all of a sudden, in his wake, London was exciting again.”  In 2008 — !WOWOW! took over Tate Britain — attracting a record 4,000 people, who came to witness one of his performances.

Stone’s whole being is geared toward a life lived as art. His personalised definition of Optimism as a method for avant-garde thought and art practice, inverts the nihilistic cultural dialogues of the late twentieth century to create a necessary space for vibrant new ways of being. Saatchi Online said that Stone’s work “definitely points to the art of tomorrow, I think, an immaterial quality equal parts idealist belief and cynicism, working as an alternative, very palpable reality running along the rest of society.” Esteemed curator and ex-head of the Royal Academy; Norman Rosenthal said simply “he has invented a new ‘ism’—Optimism.”

Stone has provided the soundtrack to each of close friend, designer Gareth Pugh’s fashion shows and films, and was a resident DJ at London’s legendary nightclub Boombox.

Though perhaps most known for his painfully beautiful photographic nudes, most exciting is Stone’s recent move into video. He has begun to direct his own video-based artworks as well as a rapturous, celebrated and daring directorial debut in the form of a music video for cult heroes These New Puritans. Following the video’s release, NME instantly placed Matthew at number 14 in their list of the “50 Most Fearless People In Music”.

Churning bodies dissect rhythmic windows that open onto varied states of concentrated being. A collage of  limbs and interconnected consciousness, involving and depicting transcendental states, meditations and ecstatic dance, spin into contemporary motion. The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.

Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain. - Biography written by Karley Sciortino.

A Day in the Life: Matthew Stone by KARLEYSLUTEVER

IMYGRATE Artist Profile: J.Shea

Todays IMYGRATE artist profile is a sculptor like yesterdays profile artist Scott Radke. Check back daily to see the artists that are exhibiting at the upcoming IMYGRATE Exhibition.

J.Shea

After refining his skills at the art institute in the late 80’s… shea’s creative career has spanned over 20 years…. working in various forms as a poster artist….animator….. sneaker designer…. puppet fabricator..… muralist… and installation artist.

J. Shea - Sculpture

j.shea was born and raised in boston, ma…. influenced at an early age by the art found in comic books… animation… and classic sci-fi film…. luckily the streets of his fair city were littered with punk rock posters and hand bills that covered telephone poles and recordshop walls…. a constant reminder of the local music scene of the 80’s & early 90’s proved to be very inspirational as well……………

after living in many cities on the east and west coasts, ingesting an array of influences along the way...… shea has been focusing on his personal art….. the work is always handmade in mixed media….. with a recycled twist….. combining influences of folk art, assemblage art , and all forms of street art……

shea exhibits his work in galleries and installation spaces across the country and just had his first international exhibition in sydney, australia….. he can be found working in his studio & riding his bike in portland, or………….

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IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Scott Radke

For the next twenty five days leading up to the IMYGRATE Exhibition we will be adding a mini profile showcasing the artists involved in the exhibition. The first artist is:

Scott Radke

Scott Radke creates beautiful sculptures that are intricately textured and coloured.

These characters are often human faces within animal bodies. The characters often blur the line between youthful children and haggard elderly. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Scott's sculptures are an epic novel. Visit Scott's Portfolio

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If I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes...

If I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes,

I would (shoot laser beams out of my eyes) A group art show at Space 1026 featuring  James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie and Jon Bocksel.

Space 1026 is excited to present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie and Jon Bocksel. While breaking traditional storytelling techniques, the exhibited works retain motifs of narrative picture-making, challenging the viewer to interpret their own version of truth. United by shared interests in printed ephemera, comic-inspired motifs and graphic compositions, these artists bring three unique visions rich in vibrant color and sophisticated humor to Space 1026 from January 8th through the 29th with an opening reception Friday, January 8th from 7 to 10pm.

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James Kirkpatrick resides in London, Ontario where he makes a lot of things to look at and to listen to. His paintings, sculpture, installation and sound pieces are inspired by the world around him, underground comics, hobo train art, good food, nice and bad people. Although James likes London, Ontario, he enjoys being away from there even more, sharing his art and music wherever he goes. Check out Jame's work in the following books Brain Trust, Canadian Haircut Cut and A Dog Named Dracula.

Sound installation by Kirkpatrick

Matt Furie was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1979. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 2001. Matt is a leo, he enjoys long walks in the park, bubble baths, and an occasional glass of wine. He currently lives in San Francisco. His comic series "Boy's Club" is published by Buenaventura Press.

Jon Bocksel paints words, phrases, bricks, crumbling facades, pyramid schemes, and other mundane places.  Using type specimens from letterpress catalogs, sign painting books, collected ephemera, and daily observances, Jon paints images on paper to crack jokes and act as topical vantage point.  For his work he often picks common words from our vocabulary and embellishes, exaggerates, or at times redefines their meaning, thus creating an examination into our greater surroundings and colloquial digressions.

Space 1026 was founded over a decade ago by a handful of artists and tricksters who organize rowdy public events and outrageous installations at their building and at other institutions. At the heart of Space 1026 is a communal screen-printing workshop and gallery space for monthly exhibitions by local and international artists. +++++

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James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie, Jon Bocksel January 8th - 29th, 2010 Opening Reception: Friday, January 8th, 7 - 10pm Space 1026 1026 Arch St. 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA www.space1026.com

Cubecraft - Easing your toy addiction.

It would be hard to have a toy addiction these days. I can act like an elitist "I kicked the habit".  It was hard but I feel much better now.  Cool little plastic designer toys cost a fortune. Cubecraft can help ease your fix and get you through these economic hardships. Not only do you get a wicked free toy, you get something to do with your time since you've been layed off. All your favourite pop culture icons can be downloaded, printed on your inkjet, cut out, folded and glued. Hey with all your new found spare time you could make an epic stop motion movie!

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Banksy: The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

Banksy (the only "superstar" artist that I know that has continued to live up to the hype) has recently designed a pet shop that includes fish sticks swimming in a fish tank, a chimpanzee watching chimp porn, sleeping leopard that turns out to be a fur coat, chicken McNuggets sipping barbeque sauce and hot dog hamsters. The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill is less than 300 square feet and can't hold more than 20 people at any one time. The inspiration for the show came when Banksy witnessed a chihuahua with a diamond collar being walked passed a homeless person. He wanted to bring forth the question why do we spoil some animals and murder others.

More images from Banksy's Village Petstore show.

Banksy recently put up three giant billboards in the Big Apple. All depicting the NYC mascot, one rat sports an "I heart New York" shirt at the corner of Grand and Wooster, another is found whitewashing the wall at Houston and Macdougal and the last rat at Howard and Broadway is holding a briefcase full of money accompanied with text that reads "Let them eat crack." In a statement Bansky comments, "I wanted to play the corporations at their own game, at the same scale and in the same locations. The advantage of billboard companies is that they'll let you write anything for money, even if what you write is questioning the ethics of letting someone write anything because they have money."

Roman Singer - Seeing in slow motion.

Signer’s works have acquired the label ‘time-sculpture’. They share traditional sculpture’s concern with the crafting of physical materials in three dimensions, but they extend that concern into what may or may not be characterised as the fourth dimension: the dimension of time. Time-sculpture investigates the transformation of materials through time, focusing the viewer’s attention on the experience of the event, the changes wrought, and the forces involved. Variously combining three-dimensional objects, live action, still photography and moving-image documentation, Signer’s time-sculptures frame episodes of the containment and release of energy − always with ingenuity, often with captivating, epigrammatic swiftness and irresistible humour. In Cap with Rocket (Mütze mit Rakete 1983), for example, a length of string connects a firework and a knitted hat that Signer has pulled over his head. The firework is ignited; it shoots into the air and whisks the hat away, revealing the artist’s face. In Stool − Kurhaus Weissbad (Hocker − Kurhaus Weissbad 1992) a small explosion triggers the catapulting of a four-legged stool out of a window; the stool sails through the air and crashes to earth. In Kamor (Kamor 1986) a gunpowder explosion at the summit of a small mountain in the Swiss canton of Appenzell produces a burst of flame and a plume of smoke and momentarily lends the summit the appearance of a live volcano. In Attaché Case (Aktenkoffer 1989/2001) a concrete-filled briefcase is taken on a short ride in a fast machine − a helicopter, to be precise. At a height of about a hundred metres it is dropped. Like a meteorite, it plummets into a grassy field and gouges a deep crater in the turf.

Simple! And in some ways, the step from sculpture to time-sculpture is indeed beautifully simple: elementary, to borrow a word the artist himself has often associated with his work. In the face of the striking immediacy and poetic plasticity of Signer’s pieces, critical commentaries can sometimes seem frankly redundant − like a dull-witted, pedantic glossing of a perfectly-timed, beautifully-judged joke. The critic is dogged by the suspicion that (to co-opt a phrase from Simon Critchley) a time-sculpture ‘explained’ might be a time-sculpture misunderstood. From a seemingly restricted palette of processes and materials, Signer generates a poetics whose tones range from the melancholy to the thrilling, from the charming to the violent, from the grave to the frankly, irresistibly silly, and many points north, south, east and west of these affective co-ordinates.

© Rachel Withers 2007, Excerpt from: Withers, Rachel, 'Collector’s Choice. Roman Signer (engl.). Volume 07', Cologne: Dumont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, 2007

Ron Mueck - Larger & Real'er Than Life.

Ron Mueck is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne,Australia, to parents who were toy makers, he labored on children's television shows for 15 years before working in special effects for such films as Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie. Eventually Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical presence of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990's, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick. Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff's nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

His work is lifelike but not life size, and being face to face with the tiny, gossiping Two Women (2005) or the monumental woman In Bed (2005) is an unforgettable experience.

Taylor McKimens - Paper Sculpture

The "Sorry" truck paper sculpture by Taylor McKimens messed with my eyes and my brain. Looking at the photo it seems like a cartoon that has been drawn into a photograph. Waking life kinda thing. It also had some kind of familiarity. I realized that Keith Jones had done a similar installation in the past. Below is a picture of an installation done by Keith in 2004 call Nobody Land. It's cool to see the comparison between the two artists styles. I think a car/art show would be awesome! Have it out in a field somewhere, BBQ's, get your photo taken with cars and all the other stuff you do at car shows....

"Sorry Truck" ©Taylor Mckimens

"Sorry Truck" ©Taylor Mckimens

" Taylor McKimens combines hand-drawn paper cutouts with various support materials to create drawings that exist in three-dimensional space. These hybrid sculptures depict objects from daily life and people engaged in common activities. McKimens is attracted to "everyday things that are loaded somehow" - not by indicating anything particularly symbolic, but by drawing attention to how meaningful everyday objects are in their own respect. A hotdog with a trail of mustard on a slice of Wonder Bread, an oozing packet of fast-food catsup, and a broken down truck on cinderblocks are all emblematic of American life. By recreating these items out of paper and relocating them from their natural habitat to the gallery, the artist makes it easier to acknowledge them as a part of a common narrative we share.

McKimens' works are more recognizable as icons than as naturalistically depicted renderings. His early inspiration was comic-book art, particularly the cartoons of Jim Davis who created Garfield; however he was interested in moving outside the limitations of the printed book. His paper sculptures stylistically share the look of cartoon art, but instead of being confined to a comic-book cell, McKimens' subjects exist in a world that provides an actual and figurative dimension. Far from amounting to sleek advertising images, these objects are shown in use or after being discarded oozing, dripping and dirty. There is something at once appealing and repulsive about them."

-Tracy L. Adler Curator "Off The Wall" at the Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Art Gallery,Hunter College NYC, September - October 2005

Charlotte Cynthia Walton - Givers

Art show by Charlotte Cynthia Walton If your in Vancouver you definitely have to check out "Givers" an art show displaying the work of Charlotte Cynthia Walton. The show runs from July 26 through till Sept 01, 2008 at El Kartel on Robson Street in Vancouver.

This show is all about the givers in my life the ones who have kept me strong and sentimental, the people who give constantly and don't ask for anything in return, bless your hearts this is a celebration for you!  Each of us brings inspiration and guidance to this beautiful world. We are all brilliant as brilliant as we want to shine. Much love has gone into making this for you, and I hope much love will continue to inspire others to do just things in this life. The more you practice your ideals the easier it will be for you to become them. For me it is being sincere, creative, and taking care to give more than I take from this earth.

Charlotte setting up the show.

Panorama photo from the end of the night.

Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan was born in Anyang, Henan, China. He began his work as part of a small artists’ collective known as the "Beijing East Village" located in a rural outpost of the city. The group of friends from art school pioneered this particular brand of performance in China and Zhang was often reprimanded by officials for the perceived inappropriateness of his actions. Zhang’s performances always involve his body in one way or another, usually naked, occasionally involving masochistic actions; he cites the body as a primary method of communication, describing it as the only means by which people experience the world and vice versa. By using quasi-religious ritual, he seeks to discover the point at which the spiritual can manifest via the corporeal. He uses simple repetitive gestures, usually regarded as meaningless work-for-work’s-sake chores. Buddhism, with its temple music, sculptures and philsophy are a prevalent theme in Zhang Huan’s work.

Zhang Huan

Three years in making, Donkey was completed in 2006 and was the very first mechanical installation Zhang Huan made after he transferred part of his artistic production from New York back to Shanghai. The artist was both overwhelmed and dismayed by the overbearing and standardized presence of high-rises in the city. He challenged the notion of development and questioned the homogeny of urban transformation by staging this absurd and provocative scene, in which a stuffed donkey is fucking a tilted Jin Mao tower, the foremost landmark in Shanghai and currently the tallest building in China. Known for its extra-sized sexual organ in Chinese culture, the donkey entered the toy-like Jin Mao with an enlarged and stretched steel phallus that moves in and out with a shrill jarring sound when the installation is switched on.

Gregory Euclide Profile

Anteism contributing artist Gregory Euclide has been profiled by YouWorkForThem.(Check out all the other awesome profiles.) Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. His attraction to the landscape originates from his experience of growing up in the rural landscapes of Wisconsin. Free to roam from farm field to forest edge, he developed an appreciation for authentic experience within the natural landscape. The complexity and interconnectedness of the environment had a profound impact on him as a child and would become the content and conceptual framework for his future work.

After teaching high school art for three years in southern Minnesota, he took a teaching job in the Twin Cities. In 2001 Gregory was awarded a summer residency at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This time allowed him the opportunity to explore a number of materials and techniques important to the development of later works. In the past few years Gregory has shown his work at over one hundred events and locations in the Twin Cities. He has been awarded a a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. Currently he is teaching high school art and attending graduate school at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design on a Trustee Scholarship.