Steve Powers aka “Espo” just opened a new solo show on May 18, 2013, entitled “Visual Blues” at Alice Gallery in Brussels. In Powers’s own words, “I’m in awe of the power and the reach of music. To compete with the majesty of music, I make paintings that are visual blues. I distill my everyday experience into paintings I call Daily Metaltations. They are painted very fast, fresh from the epiphanies that inspired them. The larger paintings draw from those metaltations and go to a deeper understanding of the transactions we make everyday to live our lives.”
TrA holds the essence of a planetarium and a mandala. This fall, Jose Di Gregorio took his young children to the planetarium at the Lawrence Hall Of Science in Berkeley, CA. While constellations may seem like nothing more than memory aids to distinguish particular stars, they also remind us how small we are in the universe and that this is part of what makes us important to each other. One constellation in particular caught DiGregorio’s attention, the small Triangulum Australe (TrA) in the southern sky. To create a mandala with the constellation, TrA uses the principles of the Net of Indra. It stretches out infinitely in all directions and is associated with the motionless timeless center of the universe. To illustrate theses concepts of emptiness, as well as interpenetration, ten circles that form a density in its design. TrA serves as the equilateral triangle increasingly obscured within the circles.
One of our favourite artists, Ben Frost, uses everything he can get his hands on to create fantastic works of art. Here, he uses recycled McDonald’s french fry containers for pop culture icon paintings.
Christian Rex van Minnen is a multi-disciplinary artist born in 1980 in Providence Rhode Island. Van Minnen received his BA from Regis University, Denver, Colorado in 2002. His works are beautiful and surreal and created with such technical skill. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
EVOL is a multidisciplinary artist who works in all aspects of the arts. From graffiti to photography his work is innovative and tends to be heavily influenced by the urban landscape. In this particular body of work, EVOL works by beautifully rendering city buildings onto pieces of recycled cardboard.
David Altmejd is a Montreal-born artist currently living and working in New York City. Altmejd’s work is bizarre and beautiful. Large-scale sculpture installations that tend to use unconventional materials and though abstract, the work maintains a very anthropomorphic quality.
Gabriel Dishaw is a sculptor who uses old machinery and various other junk to create absolutely unbelievable works of art. Dishaw’s “Star Wars” series has got a bunch of Darth Vader busts and a C3PO one as well. Definitely really taking “junk art” to another level.