by Noah Berlatsky
Anna Khachatryan's welcoming pop surreal
Anna Khachatryan's work encapsulates a blend of fine art, pop culture, and fashion. Though she hails from Armenia, her photographs and videos are set mostly in globalized, iconic, commodified spaces, as if she's engaged in off-kilter, broken branding exercises. Her photographic series "People Toys," designed by Khachatryan herself and photographed by her regular collaborator Sona Mongol Mkrtchyan, features three individuals in dark clothes and Mickey Mouse masks. They clamber around on playground equipment with an alley in the background. In one scene, garbage cans overflow in the distance as one Mickey stands on a jungle gym and the two others flank her, holding on, everyone's mask smiling with adisturbing, unholy cheer.>>READ MORE
by Jack Raplee
When one thinks of New York City photography, the mind typically envisions depictions of Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building etc. While such imagery is fine for tourist brochures and websites, it hardly captures the vast dynamic of the five borough metropolis that makes the Big Apple unique among American cities. As with any cultural experience, New York is best understood by the people who live here. This is the true spirit of Joe Raskin's photography.>>READ MORE
by Jack Raplee
Banksy is so "yesterday's news." Alec Monopoly brings street art to a new level as the recently-named, "Art Provocateur" for TAG Heuer. The street artist, who has assumed the persona of the suave banker character from the popular board game, Monopoly, has been bringing his unique blend of NYC-inspired "graffiti" to the west coast since 2008, coinciding with the global economic downturn from which recovery has been slow.
Recognizing Monopoly's talent, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, brought him on as Art Provocateur for his signature style and millennial appeal. Monopoly's first installation in this new role was a 50 foot mural at the Mondrian Hotel in Miami unveiled at Art Basil in November to widespread local and celebrity acclaim. This unique installation will be on full display until November 2017, and if Alec Monopoly's "tag" works as planned, additional praise for his work should follow along with renewed and broadened recognition of the TAG Heuer brand.
by Simon Constable
New York-based artist David Kramer says he’s always felt like an outsider. “That’s partly to do with being dyslexic, and not doing well at school,” he says. It didn’t stop him though. He’s exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and you’ll find his work in private collections around the world. While Andy Warhol’s Elvis and Marilyn held a mirror up to America’s obsession with celebrity, Kramer’s looks at the disconnect between the advertising industry’s promises of the fabulous-life versus the reality. READ MORE>>
by David Grasso
Already a star with a significant social following in China, the cartoonist known by the moniker Tango is now showcasing his talents all over the world. His simplistic, but thought provoking drawings are often humorous, and capture the oddities of modern life. A self-described visual storyteller, his work is intended to make stress-out salaried folk see the primitive beauty of our existence. READ MORE>>
by Simon Constable
French Canadian artist Marlene Luce Tremblay didn’t always work with bright colors. She started off taking black and white photos. “That was back in the 1980s using film to make portraits,” she says.
That's not so much the case lately. If black and white pictures can be simple and sometimes stark, then she’s gone to the other end of the spectrum producing works that are nothing if not bright and filled with vibrant color. Neither are they small. Canvases typically span 37 by 52 inches, she says and adds that they are nice for taking on the art show circuit.
Her “painterly photography captures the light in harmony with nature, architecture and humankind,” according to her website. http://marleneluce-tremblay.squarespace.com
She dubs this combination of photos and paint on canvas, "Pintography." “I really love playing with the colors,” she says. “It's easier to put it on canvas than on photo paper.”
In 2004 she was invited to do work for the Egyptian government. That seems to have been a major turning point in terms of her approach to composition, and maybe a love affair with the region.
“What I show is mostly from my travels – it’s whatever brings intensity and the light on objects,” she says. “In nature it might be that a simple leaf brings inspiration.”
But perhaps more important than that, is that the techniques she employs fit with the subject matter. “The techniques of pintography itself allows me to replicate a key characteristic of Arab civilizations: their unique combination of great antiquity and thriving modernity,” she states on her website.
Her work has been exhibited in Montreal, London, Cairo, Tunis, Toronto and New York, as well as other places.
When she’s not creating art she’s employed at the United Nations press office of the Secretary General. It’s a position she’s held since 2009 when she moved to New York.
Fine art and fashion photographer, TOMAAS explores our culture’s over-consumption of prescription drugs and our bodies’ dependency on these medications, with "Modern Addictions" READ MORE>>
There is almost a haunting optimism in the art of Rene Romero Schuler. Shadowy, non‐descript figures pervade her paintings, yet the take‐away is anything but negative, frightening or eerie. For Schuler, the underlying beauty of the human experience, amidst hardships, pain, suffering and various imperfections is wonderfully communicated in her work. READ MORE>>