collage

The new face of collage

The new face of collage

Sometimes collage gets a bad rap. It can conjure up unfortunate images of old ladies scrap-booking and decoupaging to their heart’s content, but the art of cut and paste plays a much more significant role in the world than in the confines of the pages of family photo albums and shell-covered trinkets. Influenced by surrealism, constructivism and Dada, the technique was firmly established as an art form in the 1920s and 30s and continues to inspire a new generation of young artists and illustrators who are discovering the art form for themselves for the first time.

Chris Rubino for the Distrikt Hotel

Chris Rubino for the Distrikt Hotel

The word is getting out. Opening up a hip hotel in the city? Hire Chris Rubino. Last year the NY-based artist was commissioned to do a series of canvases for the recently opened Ace Hotel, a 12-story boutique hotel in a renovated historical building in Midtown Manhattan.

The Distrikt Hotel, Rubino’s latest venture, is also located in Midtown but has a distinctly different feel.

Crayon Portraits

Crayon Portraits

The artist Christian Faur has assembled more than one hundred thousand hand cast crayons to create dramatic and beautiful portraits and landscapes. But his art is not drawn with crayons, but rather made from them, standing point up, vertically. He states “My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can…

Superficiality and Superexcrescence

Superficiality and Superexcrescence

An excrescence is a prominent growth, like a goiter. I guess a superexcrescence is a really big one. Less interesting to me than the titles of group shows are the reasons curators cook up for choosing them. I’m sure each of the 13 LA-based artists in this show fit the title “Superficiality and Superexcrescence” in some obscure way, but more important is the fact that Elliott Hundley is one of them.

Made In China

Made In China

A provocative bit of photojournalism by independent filmmaker, Prajna Core, explores themes shockingly relevant to today’s tumultuous markets, political climate and the coming election. The global economy, fair trade, declining jobs, outsourcing and even the complexity of pollution and the environment are all touched upon in this simple and short film. They say a picture’s…