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The Questionable Softcore
Photography of Artist Tony Solis
July 7th 2018
Take a step into the Galería Enrique Guerrero in Mexico City for the solo show of Tony Solis and wonder if the fantasy train came to town. Titled "love is not a victory march" Solis struts his idealistic nude through semi sexual portrayal of twink althletics as art.
Taking his viewers on a quick and dirty detour through the photographic mind, Solis' themed models help set the scene of a love-listic world through fantasy perception. The scene is set with no diversity and an off tone of love. Slowly souring the gaze with its lack of relevance seems to plague this Mexico City with softcore photography porn. Awaiting artist input.
We begin to wonder how idealistic imagery can change societal perspectives.
Interview With Contemporary
KAWS went from a skater kid doing graffiti around New York City to illustrating the beloved animated series Doug to creating instantly recognizable pop art that gained visibility the world over. The artist, painter, designer and toymaker details how he linked with Nigo and Pharrell in Japan, collaborated with Jordan and Uniqlo for sold-out capsules, and created motifs that elevated fine art into the cultural zeitgeist.
Her photographic fictions are the result of collaboration with friends and acquaintances, in recent years her practice has extended to the integration of textile elements. The main focus of her work is the human connection with the natural through the artificial.
Seeking to create connections from feeling out of place, Daniela has done artist residencies in Iceland, Spain, France, the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States, thanks to the repeated support of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, the support of the Museé du Quai Branly, the Art Museum of Denver and independent spaces such as Cherryhurst House.
Photographic Fiction & Daniela Edburg
The Distinct Illustrations of Selin Çınar
Illustrator Selin Çınar crafts unexpected elements tucked inside familiar forms. Creating work under the moniker “Axstone,” the artist is able to move between the worlds of exhibiting and character design. She also implements varying techniques in the pieces, with elements of pointillism, clean linework, and a less controlled approach sometimes appearing in the same piece. Çınar is a member of the illustrator collective Krüw.
Disrupting Boundaries With
American graphic artist and social activist; Shepard Feri is partart of the Street Art movement. Fairey blurs the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image, communicating his brand of social critique via prints, murals, stickers, and posters in public spaces. “Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact, it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions,” he stated.
The artist is perhaps best known for his Hope (2008) campaign, which portrays in red, white, and blue, a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created a series of three posters— featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue—in response to the xenophobic rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. Fairey currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His works are included in the collections of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Unearthing Identity Through Portraiture With Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson is an American artist best known for her black-and-white photographs and works on paper—both of which explore the interplay between historical memory, culture, and identity. Often associated with postcolonial and feminist critique, Simpson’s work seeks to explicate the ways in which race and gender shape human interactions, specifically in the United States, through the medium of portraiture.