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RUDE BOY & IT-GIRL

We are young Ukrainian Artists from Kiev. Our inspiration is based on everything that goes against conventional morality We are fond of unusual characters who don’t fear to live by their own rules. – GORSAD IT-GIRL “Yura is Ukrainian 9-year old bully from village. We met him smoking near the country computer club and immediately fell in love with this character. Small boy who behaved like real badass. Yura told us that he is mad gamer and that he escaped from orphanage to play counter strike.” – GORSAD photography by Gorsad, interview by Juliana Bojorquez  VAGA: Tell me about your collaboration. How did the three of you begin GORSAD?  We are Gorsad, Kiev based artists. Our group is a collaboration between two guys and a girl: Victor, Julian, and Maria. We met at each other at university where the three of us studied at the Faculty of Arts. Originally we were separate artists, but while working in a joint workshop we realized that collaboration is exactly what we needed. So we successfully work together now. …

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A Quiet Confidence – Master photographer: John Dugdale

–Words and Interview by Robbie Sosa. Image: A Turbulent Dream – 1996 – All images courtesy of Holden Luntz gallery. It’s 1992 and fear has cast its unending shadow over the gay community in New York City. Reeling from a mysterious illness, a thirty year-old named John Patrick Dugdale lies on a metal bed in a cold and drafty hospital room. From afar, the scene is straight out of war-torn Beirut – but this battle is taking place inside Manhattan’s St. Vincent Hospital. Dugdale is not alone, for there are dozens of other young, frail men on the frontlines of death. It’s a dark moment for a city wrapped in the clenched fist of a virus called HIV/AIDS. This is where Dugdale’s journey to triumph begins. Continue below.. Born in 1960 in the working class suburban town of Stamford, Connecticut, Dugdale dreamed of an artist’s life, “I thought of myself as being born in the wagon of a traveling van, just like the Cher song. I was a Guido, a real rough-around-the-edges kind of guy, raised …

David Baskin – Artist Profile

Negotiating the uncertain border between the art object and consumerism, David Baskin’s recent sculpture explores the underlying agendas inherent in the “formal” properties of everyday consumer goods. Baskin begins with the objects themselves, making molds and casts directly from their forms, or disassembling and reconfiguring them to highlight their not so subtle appeals to our unconscious desires. From an industry that has long appeared obsessed with Freud’s ideas about obsession, come endless sublimations of the latent eroticism lurking underneath even the most benign purchase. Read the interview by Natalie Kates –Words by Peter Scott at Carriage Trade Gallery, interview by Natalie Kates. David Baskin “Chrome Still Life” – “This piece references 17th Century Dutch Vanitas painting as a means to examine the relevance of the still life in today’s culture.” Read the full interview David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin – Dove bottles David Baskin – Dove bottles David Baskin – Tulip Mania David Baskin – Tulip Mania After visiting David Baskin’s latest show at Carriage Trade Art Gallery, I …

MARTÍN GUTIERREZ: MARTIN(E), on view at RYAN LEE, New York

Multi-faceted artist Martin Gutiérrez is currently showing at RYAN LEE GALLERY, New York (through Aug 16). The exhibit entitled, Martin(e), is the artist’s first solo exhibition. Through photography, video and performance, Gutierrez showcases his “declaration of personal transformation that upends conventions of race, sexuality, gender, and class.” read more (continue from previous slide) The three part series of videos entitled Martin(e) Pt. 1-3, examines insouciance and dejection through “interlaced vignettes which weave in and out of hypnotic, dream-likes scenes, with reality, revealing a melancholic quest for survival that draws equivocally from the genres of architecture, history, and popular culture.” Gutiérrez also creates a visual wonderland of metamorphose and thought provoking scenarious through a 16 piece photo series entitled Real Dolls. In homage to the Real Doll phenomenon of life-size sex dolls, the artist translates the archetypal roles of four sex doll personas: Ebony, Luxx, Mimi, and Raquel. Casting himself,  Gutierrez describes his compositions as “orchestrated to mirror each doll’s owners desires, combining beauty with the bizarre, elegance with the extreme, and camp with the classical.” The artist …

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Taylor Mead last Andy Warhol’s superstar

Taylor Mead died last Wednesday, May 8th at the age of 88, after over 70 years on the stage. The spunky, wry, and sometimes irreverent actor, performer, playwright, poet, and painter, was still performing every week. Only interrupted the past April when he agreed to leave his tenement apartment in the LES after a long-time battle with the landlords. The following interview was originally published in our 3rd issue in March 2012. New York, December 2011 –Born into and hated by a stuffy, affluent family, Taylor Mead, whose self- described dramatic debut went down at Grosse Point High School in 1930s Michigan, went on to work and party with such greats as Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara, Dennis Hopper, and Jim Jarmusch. His roles in such films as Lonesome Cowboys (1968), The Queen of Sheba meets the Atom Man (1968), and Tarzan and Jane Regained…Sort Of (1964) were key contributions to a dynamic era of film in the ‘60s led by Andy Warhol, his collaborators, and his contemporaries. Sheet 8 from “Fairy Tale Poem,” Taylor Mead, …

Lucien Hervé: Le Corbusier in India at agnes b.

Lucien Hervé: Le Corbusier in India is currently on view at agnès b. Galerie Boutique (50 Howard St, New York). Hervé worked alongside Le Cobursier as his “official” photographer for more than 16 years, taking thousands of photographs of the architect’s work. The photographs in this exhibition were taken during two trips to India, one in 1955 and one in 1961. The exhibition explores the humanistic and the architectural dimension of some of the most spectacular, evolving cities of the mid-20th century. Image credits: The Accuser, Delhi, India, 1955. See More Images High Court, Chandigarh, 1961. High Court, Chandigarh, 1955. High Court of Justice, Chandigarh, India, 1955. Mill Owners’ Association Building, Ahmedabad, India, 1955. High Court of Justice, Chandigarh, India, 1955. Le Corbusier and Lucien Hervé at the High Court, Chandigarh, India, 1955. (photographer unknown)

The Profiler | Sharon Gault – Make Up Artist

Sharon Gault (aka “Mama Makeup”) is not your ordinary makeup artist. Part artiste and part muse, she is equally at home being behind the camera as she is being in front of it. After shooting to fame as Madonna’s hair stylist in Truth or Dare, Gault later became the go-to artist for Lady Gaga – doing her make-up in such videos as “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi,” “Dirty Rich” and her iconic Rolling Stone cover shot by David LaChapelle. However, it wasn’t always red carpets and celebs. Growing up on welfare with a single mother, being a make-up artist to the stars hardly seemed possible. But with a little chutzpah, that is exactly what happened. Like many people who grow up with little means, the choices are: become a victim of your situation, or use it as an impetus to break free. Though her childhood may have been bleary, her escape (as it is for many) was the world of fashion. Collecting fashion magazines like some people collect baseball cards, Gault had every issue of …

“Secrets Are The Things We Grow” by Kris Knight

Canadian painter Kris Knight is currently showing at MULHERIN + POLLARD, New York (through May 5). With “Secrets Are The Things We Grow” the artist paints a cast of characters who consciously conceal aspects of themselves from those around them. They hide truths of who they are, where they come from and whom they love. They fear shame, rejection, gossip and embarrassment. They whisper stories but never want the story to be about them… Image credits: Blue Ribbon 18″ x 24″ More images… Secrets have roots, they have currency, they accumulate and grow with time; some are short lived, while others haunt generations. Knight’s character’s front, they put on airs, and they pass; some bluff while others reveal their confessions without saying a word… Image credits: Bear Skin 30″ x 30″ More images… Image credits: Two Stripe Captain 30″ x 40″ Stemmed from personal stories, these young men isolate themselves from those around them. Some of Knight’s portraits appear as islands, while other paintings portray the bonds formed when secrets are revealed to those held closest. Within these portraits …