Dark Silence In Suburbia

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rene Almanza

Autorretrato (self-portrait), 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m.

Tetractis, 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m.

Ruido 2, 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m.

Hombre Universo, 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m.

Escalador, 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m.

Caminante, 2007. Ink on paper, 19 x 19 cm.

En Dos Planos, 2007. Ink on paper, 19 x 19 cm.

Untitled, 2007. Ink on paper, 19 x 19 cm.

Perro 3, 2008.

Flotante, 2008. Inks, 30.5 x 45.5 cm.

Marcel Duchamp, 2004. Litograph, 57 x 38 cm.  Ed. 18 cop.

Cansancio. Ink and watercolor, 35 x 25 cm.

Lateral. Ink, 38 x 28 cm.

Franquicia. Ink, 38 x 28 cm.

Grito en Diagrama, 2004. Litograph, 38 x 57 cm.

Fake / Falso, 2004. Oil on canvas, 1.20 x 1 m.

Masa. Serigrafia, 35 x 25 cm.

M1 - 17. Ink on paper, 76 x 106 cm.

Sobre el Petate, 2004. Litograph, 38 x 57 cm.

Mascara de Perro, 2005. Oil on canvas, 1.50 x 1.20 m.

Perdida de la Inocencia del Inconciente Colectivo, 2005. Oil on canvas, 1.20 x 1.80 m.

La Converzación de los Tres Caminantes, 2007. Oil on canvas, 1 x 1.40 m.

Ruido. Ink, 26 x 36 cm.

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León in 1979. Graduated from the School of Visual Arts at the UANL. He began his work in the visual arts as a teenager, first in the comics, fanzines and newspapers undergrownd Monterrey. Later in print making posters, mainly. In 2000, joining the group Reform (newspaper El Norte Mty. Reforma Mexico City, Mural in Guadalajara and Saltillo Word) in the department of illustration of the area of publishing, illustrating various news articles. Was responsible for the illustrations of the cultural sections of the newspaper El Norte for two years, where, for his work, received 6 awards in editorial illustration provided by the SND (Society for the news paper design) based in New York, which is responsible for awarding each year the most prominent internationally in the areas of design, photography and editorial illustration. After three years with the reform group, he joined the publishing project “Shinseken” in Tokyo, Japan, who collected folk stories from around the world to be condensed in a collection of illustrated books that was published in 5 languages. After the project he moved to Oaxaca.
Founding member of the Crocodile Art Gallery, and the graphic arts workshop Pata de Perro, independent spaces dedicated to the dissemination of emerging visual arts in this town. Currently working on another project with the publishing house Editorial Sirpus (Barcelona Spain), along with linguists from the College of Mexico, a bilingual picture book series of stories of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca.His work is in numerous private collections in Mexico, U.S., Argentina, Chile, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Holland, Morocco, Australia, Japan, Bangladesh, China and Vietnam. (from artist website)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marina Bychkova

Costumed Dolls

Princess and the Pea, 2011.

Princess and the Pea, 2011.

Weight of Light, 2011.

Stepmother, 2011.

Surviving, 2011.

Surviving, 2011.

A porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters and the choices they face.
In the growing awareness of Breast Cancer, a disease which appears to be the inevitable side-effect of womanhood (though males can also develop it, but a lot less frequently), this doll was my attempt at working through my own personal fear of it, and facing up to the possibility that one day I could be amongst hundreds of thousands of women who develop it. I can only hope to be brave, like so many other women.

Beauty and the Beast, or the Stockholm Syndrome in Fairy Tales, 2010.

Beauty and the Beat, or the Stockholm Syndrome in Fairy Tales, 2010.

The Silk Road, 2010.

Stages of Grief, 2010.

Captain Nemo's Daughter, 2010

State Property, 2009.

Lavanya, 2009.

Cinderella, 2009.

Bride of Frakenstein, 2008.

Costumed Butterfly,.

Porcelain Nudes

Firebird, 2010.




Doll Compositions

Marina Bychkova is a Russian-Canadian figurative artist and a founder of Enchanted Doll™- a luxury toy label of exquisite, porcelain dolls.
More than mere playthings, Enchanted Dolls are elegantly sculpted and articulated works of art. Strikingly nude, engraved or adorned in opulent sculptural costumes of precious metals, gemstones, and rare found objects, each doll intricately conveys an aspect of our humanity. Unique and delicate, their forms evoke a strong emotional response, haunting us with their vulnerability. All at once innocent and sexual, Enchanted Dolls depict highly stylized images of femininity, while at the same time reflecting on life’s playful naiveté.
“The reason I love making dolls is because it’s such a multidisciplinary art form. I’m not content working in just one medium such as painting or sculpture, and dolls offer me a very diverse and satisfying tactile experience. To create a doll I get to do it all: sculpture, industrial design, painting, engraving, mold-making, drawing, metalwork, fashion and jewelry design. I want it all, or nothing!”
- Marina Bychkova