A Little More Time

Montreal native of three years, painter, writer, and malt liquor connoisseur; I am here to indulge myself.

fanciest-world-ever:

Choi Xoo Ang’s Disturbing Sculptures

Choi Xoo Ang, the Seoul born artist and dark master of the imagination, has created sculptures at once hyperrealistic and completely nightmarish, making you feel as if your real life has bled into an inescapable, bad dream.Twisted tongues, stitched backs and floating heads appear throughout Choi’s polymer clay figures, which display remarkable realism despite their fabulous content. Many of the pieces give metaphorical shape to real issues in modern day Korea, including human rights and abuse.

(Source: fancy-and-stuff, via sailorkarem)

tedx:

The faces of modern slavery: photographer Lisa Kristine documents the lives of people who are enslaved around the globe

Over 27 million people live in slavery today — a reality that is hard to believe and invisible to many.
After an encounter with an NGO dedicated to eradicating modern day slavery — Free The Slaves — TEDxMaui speaker Lisa Kristine dedicated her life to photographing people whose freedom is not their own.

In her talk, "Photos that bear witness to modern slavery," Lisa shares what she’s learned from over two decades photographing modern-day slavery.

Above, some of Lisa’s haunting photos from brick kilns in India and Nepal.

nycartscene:

opens Nov 7:

America’s Sweetheart
 Kelly Reemtsen

De Buck Gallery, 545 W23rd St., NYC

Kelly Reemtsen’s beautiful, texture-filled paintings are characterized by headless and thereby anonymous female figures, clothed in vintage dresses, against vacuums of white… The titles of these pieces, “Forget Me Not,” “Here Comes Trouble,” and “On a Short Leash” among them, add to the ambiguity between violence and domesticity in these works, though at the same time many of her figures are nothing but ebullient. - thru Dec 21

devidsketchbook:

BODIES & SKULLS

The New Cruelty is a unique creative production agency based in New York. - “A series of still-life images featuring preserved human skulls, bodies and various internal organs.”

(via sailorkarem)

tedx:

Your “Oh, wow!” for the day: Janet Echelman’s glorious suspended sculptures float over cities across the globe. Janet’s sculptures are woven — much like fishing net — and their light, mesh material allows them to move fluidly in the sky, morphing and billowing in the wind like some sort of strange, beautiful, grandma-knitted Northern Lights.

These sculptures were birthed out of a trip to India during which Janet (then a painter) lost her paints in transit:

This fishing village was famous for sculpture,” she says in her talk from TED2011,"I went for a walk on the beach, watching the fishermen bundle their nets into mounds on the sand. I’d seen it every day, but this time I saw it differently…

Their soft surfaces revealed every ripple of wind in constantly changing patterns. I was mesmerized … I wanted to make them larger — to shift from being an object you look at to something you could get lost in.”

And her sculptures are certainly something to get lost in. Above, some examples of Janet’s work in Phoenix, Denver, and Amsterdam.

This is just one of the cool things popping up on our friends at TED’s new Instagram! Follow TED here.

(Photos: Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman)

this makes my heart flutter with excitement

Jenny Saville, born in Cambridge England in 1970, she is a contemporary British painter and has long been associated with the Young British Artists group. She is known for her large-scale painted depictions of naked women.

As an artist myself I can tell you that Jenny Saville is one of the most talented painters that I’ve ever come across and her painting style is a huge inspiration for me in my own portrait work. Her work is unique because her subject matter is not aesthetically beautiful in the majority of her works. She choses mostly overweight women to model for her to create a narrative about a topic she speaks heavily about in her work: plastic surgery and the human need to be ‘better’. 

 As a young painter in Britain she was awarded a 6 month scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where she began to notice how women in America were much heavier than those overseas. She states to an interviewer that there were “lot’s of big women. Big white flesh in shorts and t-shirts. It was good to see because they had the physicality that I was interested in.” She partially credits her interest in the flesh to Picasso, who she felt painted figures and objects that were solidly there within the painting, not fleeting or washed away.

One of the reasons that I find her work completely alluring is the physicality of it. When I first saw her work in person three years ago, I was thrown back, completely flabbergasted at the intricate detail in the work. These paintings are huge, and there is not a space present within them that isn’t painted to perfection. The feeling I had when standing in front of these paintings is indescribable. You honestly want to reach out and touch the figures because their flesh and presence to the viewer is so… real. Her blending of paint, matched with her colour palette and subject matter is divine, and each part of these paintings come together to create this symphony of skin, fat, and contemporary subject matter.

She is perfection, and she has discovered for herself a way to access and use portraiture in a new way, which is very difficult in this day and age due to the fact that painting as a medium of expression is considered ‘dead’.  

Pieces:

-Branded (1992). Oil painting on a 7’ × 6’ canvas: In this painting, Saville painted her own face onto an obese female body. The size of the breasts and midsection is very exaggerated. The figure in the painting is holding folds of her skin which she is seemingly showing off

Plan (1993). Oil painting on a 9’ × 7’ canvas.:This painting depicts a nude female figure with contour lines marked on her body, much like that of a topographical map. Saville said of this work: “The lines on her body are the marks they make before you have liposuction done. They draw these things that look like targets. I like this idea of mapping of the body, not necessarily areas to be cut away, but like geographical contours on a map. I didn’t draw on to the body. I wanted the idea of cutting into the paint. Like you would cut into the body. It evokes the idea of surgery. It has lots of connotations.”

Fulcrum (1999). Oil painting on an 8 1/2’ × 16’ canvas: In this painting, three obese women are piled on a medical trolley. Thin vertical strips of tape have been painted over and then pulled off the canvas, thus creating a sense of geometric measure at odds with the mountainous flesh.

Ruben’s Flap (1998–1999). Oil painting on a 10’ × 8’ canvas: This painting depicts Saville herself; she multiplies her body, letting it fill the canvas space as it does in other works, but what is interesting is the fragmentation. Decisive lines divide the body into square planes, and it appears that she is trying to hide the nakedness with the different planes. Saville seems to be struggling to convince herself that the parts of her body are beautiful.

Passage 2004  Oil on canvas  336 x 290 cm

Willkommen My Darlings

None of you know who I am in truth, but that is the purpose of this blog. A way to share myself with the vast population who dedicate their time and energy to Tumblr’s majorly interesting and diverse fans. I’m not here to spout nonsense at you. If you come to my blog it is because you are looking for something. My posts will be about music, artists, films, and general things that I find beautiful and enjoy within the confines of my own life and experiences. My goal is to hopefully inspire others to discover beauty within the world that they weren’t previously aware of. Through my writing and images I hope to open the eyes of my followers, in anyway that I can. If I can change one persons perspective on something, then I will have completed my goal. I hope you all enjoy my posts, and if you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to write to me, as I am open to all suggestions and debates brought forth from the subject matter I post about. 

This first post of mine might be meaningless, because one can never tell if anyone will be reading this, nor can I tell if I will be able to keep the blog going, based on my tendency to become discouraged and quit things that make me uncomfortable. And that’s what this is about, making myself uncomfortable and stepping out of the bubble I’ve erected around myself. I am a private person, very private, and though this blog is going to be dedicated to it’s readers, it is also going to work as a character building experiment for myself. A way for myself to let go of my inhibitions, to not fear judgement, to express myself how I want without having to look into the eyes of the people analyzing me. This blog is about freedom, my own and hopefully my readers as well. Yes, you guys. Whoever you are, you will be helping me just as much as I hope to help you, and I think that’s something special and powerful.

Without further-ado hello, welcome, enjoy and experience me in the most intimate detail, I will hold nothing back and neither should you.