Pizza In the Wild

A necessary series by Jonpaul Douglass

Babes of Yore: Alexandra Hay

Alexandra Hay was an actress in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Pictures of Palm Trees

Palmes pour memoire is a 1991 book compiled by Pierre Marc Richard featuring photographs that include palm trees—from the mid-1800s until the time of publish.

Not For Claustrophobic Commuters

Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf

The Art of the Slugger

Paintings by Hiro Kurata

Installation View: The Last Brucennial

 
On view at 837 Washington Street through April 4th, 2014

Related: The Opening Party of the Last Brucennial

The Plants Have Eyes

We’re particularly fond of Emilia Olsen’s paintings of plants, which feature soft colors and thick layers of oil. “I’m really inspired by layering,” Emilia told The World’s Best Ever, “thick paint application, patterns, repetition—actions that evoke tedium. I’ll start a painting by using a blank canvas as a palette for another work, and build on top of the palette canvas until I feel ready to begin the actual painting.” The South Africa-born New York-based artist is also inspired by peers like Jonas Wood, Yayoi Kusama, Allison Schulnik, Daniel Heidkamp, Ellen Altfest, Wes Lang and Mat Brinkman.

Emilia started painting plants as an escape from her previous work, and as part of her obsession with gardening and houseplants. “I paint from life, photos, and from my imagination,” she says. “It’s not necessary for my plants to be fully representative of the real thing, but succulents can be so strange that it’s nice to get ideas from them. It’s also important to me that the painting plants keep a sense of reality, in terms of how they grow, how leaves reach towards light, or hang. It gives the more unrealistic parts of my paintings something to grip on to.”

The “unrealistic parts” include the addition of eyes, which keep in line with her previous, more whimsical work. “I like thinking of plants as having their own personalities and I like the idea of them bearing silent witness to our lives,” Emilia says. “The eyes are playful, shifty, judgmental, creepy, and perhaps even anxiety-inducing. They remind me of the kind of silly things I would worry about as a child—that my toys would feel neglected if I didn’t play with them enough, or that they were judging my embarrassing moments.”

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25 Grams: Chris Heads

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Chris Heads is a photographer splitting his time between Milan, Paris, and NYC.

He can be followed on instagram at @chrisheads

It’s Time to Say Goodnight

For his series Pastel Deaths, photographer Emir Özşahin humanizes dead animals by showing them as if they were sleeping.

Fantasy Rooms

An imaginative site dedicated to collaging interiors

BMW 635 CSi Touring Cars

Creativity in Revolutionary Times: An Interview with Sasha Kurmaz

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When I first met Sasha Kurmaz, I had never thought of his home base of Kiev, Ukraine, as a hotbed for civil unrest and upheaval. His photographs certainly didn’t change my mind. Sure, there was a certain air of Eastern European military industrial sadness, but the colors were too bright and the kids were too naked and drunk to be in any real danger. Sasha’s work is simultaneously funny and confusing, sexy and weird. He works with ideas of youth, sexuality, and how those things exist outside of our western world. When I heard about the turmoil in Kiev, I immediately thought of Sasha, my friend who signs every email with “Hugs!” and who is always eager to share his specific brand of oddness with the world. I emailed him to find out how he was coping and what it’s like to be an artist in the midst of a revolution.
 
Christian: First off, how are you? Are you safe?

Sasha: The situation in Ukraine is really tense. Kiev is calm right now, no shots fired or people dying, but the situation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine is very complicated. I find it difficult to talk about the “regime change,” mostly because the regime has not really changed. One gangster regime is gone, but this new one we have has gotten their hands dirty too.
 
Do you see yourself as more of a European or a Russian, or are those divides not as important as the news media makes them seem?

In my ideal view, I see a world without borders and states, where there is no distinction of race and nation.
 
What’s it like to be an artist in Kiev right now?

Being an artist is very difficult in Ukraine. No artist, myself included, can think about art when people are dying. But you have no choice; you either stand by and watch, or act in the protest. I’ve shifted my focus. I’ve painted political graffiti on the walls of the city and glued posters. At the same time, I’m trying to create a photo archive of the conflict. The situation here has a direct impact on everything. I think art acts as a mirror for what is happening in society. In Ukraine, after what’s happening in the Maidan, art will be more political and radical.
 
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A Look Through “Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood”

Curated by Darren Aronofsky in anticipation of his upcoming film NOAH.

On view at 462 West Broadway through Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Babes of Yore: Joan Severance

Joan Severance is an American actress, former fashion model and was queen of skinemax in the 90s.

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Over, under, around & through

Photographs by Tim Barber in this 2013 book made from a project commissioned by WACKO MARIA

Installation View: Todd James – Supernatural

On view at Sandra Gering Inc. through March 29th

25 Grams: Grant Hatfield

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Grant Hatfield is a photographer living and working in Southern California.

He can be followed on instagram at @insta_grant

Found Photos (pt. 12): Glacier Priest Edition

These were found by Dave Schubert at the bottom of a 25 cent box at the flea market. They feature Father Bernard Hubbard, the “glacier priest,” and are from 1937.

Openings & Parties: Erik Brunetti & Jesse Edwards at Vito Schnabel

Photos by Kristy Leibowitz

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