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    Cleverly Collaged Portraits Layer Vintage Ads and Magazine Spreads into Dramatic Daydreams

    
    Art

    #collage
    #found photographs
    #humor
    #paper
    #vintage

    November 18, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    “Did You Ever Really Love Me.” All images © Shane Wheatcroft, shared with permission
    With a flair for spectacle and clandestine activities, the perfectly coiffed characters of Shane Wheatcroft’s collages face a deluge of intrigue and drama. The Kent-based artist snips vintage ads and editorial spreads that become the musings of professionally photographed subjects: a woman replays an excruciating party scene, a businessman envisions a wholesome family gathering, and quite a few protagonists imagine scenarios they likely keep covert.
    Having worked with the medium for the last five years, Wheatcroft boasts a body of work that includes a broad array of collages, from bold typographic sayings to cheeky compositions that use ad slogans and outmoded headlines to poke fun at social conventions. Surreal and witty, the new portraits feature imagery from periodicals published between 1945 and 1975. They’re spurred by “being a big fan of John Stezaker and buying old movie annuals that had stunning publicity shots of film stars on plain backgrounds. The recent series I’m making is really my attempt to reflect everyday dramas and scenarios through the medium of collage,” he says.  “They’re kind of like a hybrid of Dalí’s portrait of Mae West and Coronation Street.”
    The main portrait sets the tone for the piece, Wheatcroft tells Colossal, with the background image, furniture, and figures pasted on top. These additional elements compose an abstract representation of a face and generally feature a single eye peering through a television set or frame on the wall. “I’ll often have a song or personal experience in my head that’ll become the theme of the piece,” the artist says. “I can spend hours searching for an image of the right-sized chair or person that will fit. It’s a bit like making a jigsaw puzzle and hunting for the missing pieces.”
    Represented by Lilford Gallery in Canterbury, Wheatcroft has been sharing a variety of flat collages and 3D diorama-style pieces—see these layered works up close on Instagram—and he also has a few pieces available for purchase on Artfinder. (via Kottke)

    “Tough Room”
    Left: “Parents Outgrown.” Right: “The Merry Widow”
    “You Are My Sunshine”
    “RGB”
    Left: “Private Eye.” Right: “Notice Me”
    “The Gables”

    #collage
    #found photographs
    #humor
    #paper
    #vintage

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    No Dogs Allowed: More than 70 Artists Present a Show of Cat Art in L.A.

    
    Art
    Photography

    #cats
    #collage
    #humor
    #painting
    #paper
    #sculpture

    October 7, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    Alexandra Dillon. All images courtesy of Cat Art Show, shared with permission
    More than 70 artists feature cats as their muse for a feline-centric group exhibition that scratches well beyond the tropes associated with the frisky creatures. Now in its fourth iteration, the Cat Art Show features sculptures, paintings, collages, and a variety of other works by artists from 16 countries—Ravi Zupa (previously), Lola Dupré (previously), and Aniela Sobieski (previously) are among them—that capture the feisty antics, adorable wide-eyed stares, and stealthy adventures of both domestic and wild breeds. The exhibition is the project of curator and journalist Susan Michals, who also wrote the 2019 book compiling hundreds of photos by cat-enthusiast and photographer Walter Chandoha.
    If you’re in Los Angeles, stop by The Golden Pagoda between October 14 and 24 to see the quirky, spirited works in person, and check out the available pieces on Instagram. As with previous shows, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to cat care, with this year’s funds going to Kitt Crusaders, Faces of Castelar, and Milo’s Sanctuary.

    Vanessa Stockard
    Endre Penovac
    Anna Sokolova
    Lavar Munroe
    Angela Lizon
    Michael Caines
    Lola Dupré
    Holly Frean

    #cats
    #collage
    #humor
    #painting
    #paper
    #sculpture

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    Quippy Interventions by Michael Pederson Are Camouflaged as Legitimate Street Signs

    
    Art

    #humor
    #miniature
    #signs
    #urban intervention

    September 15, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    All images courtesy of Michael Pederson
    Working as Miguel Marquez Outside, artist Michael Pederson (previously) installs signage around urban areas that at first glance, might appear as an average city-issued nameplate or placard. His clever interventions mimic official warnings and notices in design and placement, disguising their witty messages and unusual purposes. In some of his more recent pieces, Pederson dubs a sagging bench the “Endless Waiting Area,” marks a grassy runway as a pigeon terminal, and installs a miniature wonderland down a drainage tube. Although the artist primarily works in Australia, you can find his unexpected projects in cities around the world, which you can see more of on Instagram.

    #humor
    #miniature
    #signs
    #urban intervention

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    Artist Thierry Mandon Lives in Suspended Domestic Scenes Within the Ghost Rooms of Severed Buildings

    
    Art

    #humor
    #performance art
    #public art
    #site-specific
    #video

    September 13, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    “Tableau vivant” (2007-2008). All images © Thierry Mandon, shared with permission
    Multidisciplinary artist Thierry Mandon casts himself as the subject of his satirical works as he reads in a bed hazardously suspended feet above the ground or sips a glass of wine at a halved dining table. The humorous and discomforting pieces, titled “Inside–Outside” and “Tableau vivant,” respectively, unveil a series of slow, solitary activities that, once outdoors, become a performative spectacle rather than a mundane moment. They speak to Mandon’s “search for harmony and for a stable unity between humans and their environment,” he says, as he literally slices and adheres domestic objects to a building’s facade.
    “Each video portrays a character that, as a kind of archetype of the individual, is confronted by his human condition, his limits, his power, and helplessness,” Mandon writes to Colossal. “These themes are rendered by works where two elements, two worlds are exposed in a precarious balance.”
    Mandon lives and works in Ardèche, France, and you can find a larger collection of his works on his site and Vimeo.

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    “Inside–Outside” (2015)
    “Tableau vivant” (2007-2008)
    “Inside–Outside” (2015)
    “Inside–Outside” (2015)
    

    #humor
    #performance art
    #public art
    #site-specific
    #video

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    ‘A Great British Spraycation’: New Works by Banksy Cheekily Interpret Summer Vacation

    
    Art

    #humor
    #murals
    #public art
    #street art

    August 16, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    All images courtesy of Banksy
    In what’s dubbed A Great British Spraycation, ten new artworks by Banksy (previously) recently popped up across coastal towns in England in witty interpretations of quintessential summertime fun. A short film posted to Instagram shows the anonymous artist driving around Norfolk and Suffolk in an aging camper as he paints his signature stenciled murals of children imagining an adventure at sea, the metal claw of an arcade game descending over a bench, and a couple dancing atop of a bus stop.
    A Great British Spraycation satirizes the idea of “staycations,” a necessary alternative to traditional holidays in the wake of COVID-19 and restrictions placed on international travel following Brexit. Coincidentally or perhaps intentionally, three of the cities the artist worked in—Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, and Lowestoft—are competing to become the next UK City of Culture in 2025.
    This glimpse into Banksy’s process follows a wave of similarly revealing footage from the artist, who’s increasingly documented his works-in-progress, like in  “Create Escape” or in another video of his trademark rats causing havoc on the London Underground.

    #humor
    #murals
    #public art
    #street art

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    Asparagus, Cucumbers, and Cabbage Leaves Take a Fresh Twist on the Iconic Hermès Birkin Bag

    
    Art
    Design
    Food

    #fashion
    #humor
    #vegetables

    June 8, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    All images © Ben Denzer, shared with permission
    Ben Denzer cultivates what could be the next trend in sustainable fashion with a green redesign of the classic Hermés Birkin bag. The artist and designer whipped up these vegetable versions of the iconic, high-end accessory by arranging asparagus stalks, cucumber slices, and cabbage leaves into a trio you’d be more likely to find in the produce aisle than a luxury shop.
    Denzer is known for his playful food pairings, including books bound with cheese slices and condiment packets and an entire account dedicated to matching his favorite reads with ice cream. Find more of his quirky designs on his site, and check out his Instagram for the apple and banana bags that didn’t make the cut. You also might enjoy Nicole McLaughlin’s edible attire. (via The Morning News)

    #fashion
    #humor
    #vegetables

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    David Shrigley Designs a Collection of Phone Cases and Tech Accessories with His Signature Witty Illustrations

    
    Art
    Design
    Illustration

    #humor
    #satire
    #technology

    May 14, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    All images courtesy of Casetify
    David Shrigley’s famously dry sense of humor and satirical quips grace a new collection of phone cases and other accessories. The British artist (previously) is collaborating with Casetify on a forthcoming line—it includes a dozen iPhone cases, plus Apple Watch bands, AirPods covers, stands, chargers, in addition to sleek laptop sleeves and bags—featuring his signature bold drawings alongside reminders to “be nice” and “work hard, play hard, eat a huge pizza.” One illustration, the pastel wolf, is even designed to howl a custom phrase.
    As part of the collaboration, 100 limited-edition black mirror cases printed with a multi-color “There are no rules” will be released through a lottery, which you can enter starting next week on Casetify’s site. The rest of the designs go on sale on May 25. (via It’s Nice That)

    #humor
    #satire
    #technology

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    Candid Murals by Street Artist Escif Cleverly Respond to Political Issues and Current Events

    
    Art

    #humor
    #murals
    #public art
    #site-specific
    #street art

    May 13, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    “Espoire” in Lozzi, France. All images © Escif, shared with permission
    Street artist Escif (previously) utilizes muted color palettes and straightforward motifs to convert walls around his home city of Valencia and other locations throughout Europe into perceptive ruminations on capitalism, politics, and society. He paints sparse scenes and objects with ties to their environment and current events, often relying on humor and wit to convey an underlying message. Although the Spanish artist has spent much of the last year in his studio working on drawings with his two-year-old son, some of his more recent artworks include a brick shattering an already damaged window, a military officer armed with a vaccine like a bazooka, and a touching tribute to the late street artist Hyuro, who died last November.
    Escif just completed a series in Corse and is headed to Lithuania and northern Italy in the next few months, which you can follow on Instagram. Shop available prints on his site.

    “Aguja” in Valencia
    A tribute to the late artist Hyuro in Valencia
    “Break” in Charleroi, Belgium
    Left: “Low Cost” in Valencia. Right: “Brote”
    “Underground” in Barcelona

    #humor
    #murals
    #public art
    #site-specific
    #street art

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