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February 13, 2012

Human combustion and other topics.

Mark Whalen has been a topic on this blog before—but his latest exhibit at FecalFace (Works by Jay Howell & Mark Whalen) prompted me to repost.

As often, I prefer letting the artist tell his story:

As complex as the cosmos or the workings of the human mind, Whalen’s pieces resemble elaborate puzzles or labyrinths, set up by the artist to challenge ones understanding of their own place in life. From his beginnings in Sydney, Australia, Mark Whalen has evolved into an artist whose meticulously crafted paintings and sculptures examine the human experience by exploring communication, emotion, sexuality, invention, interaction, and ritual – all with an undercurrent of quiet absurdity. Whalen’s line precision and glowing color palette is enhanced by the introduction of colors of light, caution and arousal, making the interaction of his subjects more accentuated and accessible. Thick, seductive layers of clear glossy resin create a post-modern plane for the artist to explore spatial possibilities and relativity within the narrative.

Whalen has evolved into an artist whose meticulously executed paintings now have a prominent place in galleries around the world. He was also included in 2009′s Apocalypse Wow! Exhibition at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy, and 2010′s SPACE INVADERS Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. His work has also appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Modart Europe, Lodown, Arkitip, Art Ltd., Anthem, and Monster Children. He currently lives and paints in Los Angeles California.

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December 20, 2010

City of Salt.


Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations.

The work featured on their site takes time to absorb—it’s incredibly rich and fascinating, they truly are masters of narration. I’m featuring just one novella here—City of Salt— but bookmark the site and check out the whole body of amazing work. City of Salt reminds me of Burning Man meets Matthew Barney meets 1001 Arabic Nights meets Hemingway. If that makes any sense.
This is the first sentence of the storyline:

What lies beneath the city, beyond its ornate façade? Are not all cities the same, the transient crowd forever in motion, the bustling railway terminus or the airport desk, a place that is not a place, where there is no “there” or “here.”

Enjoy.
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