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A Personal Look at the Smile! Photo Exhibit

I recently visited SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII on behalf of GBlog. After traveling through a couple of under-construction corridors, I found the exhibit underneath Winter Garden’s palm trees. There, VII’s display contended that the smile is considered a low-brow taboo in the world of art photography, and that, through collecting photojournalistic shots, they hope to challenge this view. SMILE! represents people from around the world and of various ...

“Inside Out” by Alexandra Bircken

German artist Alexandra Bircken’s “Inside Out” explores images of the human body and the racing bike in various stages of deconstruction. The exhibition includes colorful sportswear crushed and stacked like a spine, a bike sawed in half, a flayed racing suit, disembodied parts, latex anatomy, and metal bodies without heads, hands, or feet. Altogether, the pieces evoke of gender, violence, and sport in an imaginative, nonlinear way. via Contemporary Art ...

Yayoi Kusama’s Dreams in Technicolor

This psychedelic garden is part of A Dream I Dreamed, a touring exhibition of work by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A white room with a breakout of rainbow polka dots, the installation features two stainless steel sculptures of giant potted flowers. Despite their enormity, the blooms are difficult to see from a distance, as they are painted in the same pattern as the walls, creating an optical illusion. Find ...

“Psychogeographies” by Dustin Yellin

“Psychogeographies” is a term for intuitively exploring cities and, now, a series of 3D collages by Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin. The collages layer magazine clippings and acrylic paint on several sheets of glass, forming a 3D and life-sized abstraction of the human form. Standing six feet tall, the finished blocks of glass look like tanks for fictional science experiments. The human figures seem trapped inside, and one presses its hands ...

Little Manhattan

Presented last week at the Park Avenue Armory art fair, Little Manhattan is artist Yutaka Sone’s marble rendering of the city. Sone was born in Shizuoka, Japan and is now based in Los Angeles. Although trained in architecture, he specializes in sculpture and works across disciplines in painting, drawing, photography, video, and performance. His marble vision of New York City began to take shape in the late 1990s. The artist ...

Street Eraser

Street Eraser, a project by London-based creatives Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier, superimposes digital symbols onto graffiti, signs, posters, and nearly any other ubiquitous surface in the city. The street art mimics the Photoshop erase function and cursor with a gray and white checker pattern in round and squiggly shapes and a circle pixelated in black. Kinda meta and rather fun to look at, the project blurs the line ...

Photo Film Screenprint Series by Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO Design

Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO Design is the architect and designer behind these golf course and airport runway serigraphs. More recently, his Photo Film Screenprint Series was successfully funded on Kickstarter, where the campaign is still live for those who want to buy in early. The new project revisits film history and reimagines the packaging for iconic photo films as wall art. Celebrating analog film and International Style graphic design, the ...

SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII

SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII will be on exhibit in New York City from April 4th – May 1st of this year. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, the photo project will show at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street. The anthology includes more than eighty photographs “celebrating one of life’s most basic yet complex reactions,” the smile. Global in scope and universal in appeal, the representative project shows people ...

Moss Paintings by Jennifer Ilett

“Hello/Goodbye” is a moss graffiti diptych collaboratively made by Sprout Guerrilla and Toronto-based illustrator Jennifer Ilett. The two felt panels each feature a human face alongside text and abstract symbols. In the first panel, a girl holds up a peace sign and says hello in a speech box. In the second, a woman with her eyes closed says “No” and “Goodbye.” As a pair, the images blur the conventional distinctions ...

Le Cercle Fermé by Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil

Created by Luxembourg-based artists Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, “Le Cercle Fermé” (“The Closed Circle”) is an otherworldly museum installation of warped interiors. Echoing Jacques Derrida’s post-modernist idea of pushing past the limits of place, the alternate interior space distorts classical images of grandeur. Its hallway ripples as if water-damaged. Its drawers and cabinet doors bend and no longer fit in their slots. There’s an Alice in Wonderland quality to ...