Chris Buzelli is something of a modern day Hieronymus Bosch.  His paintings and illustrations often depict a future where the hubris and self-destructive tendencies of civilization have ruinous results.  Bosch warned against sexual immorality and sin and its devastating consequences in the afterlife in his colorful, whimsical, and horrific paintings.  Buzelli is more concerned with the environmental and social consequences of our actions.  In an illustration called “China’s Ignorance” for Global Brief Magazine, Buzelli takes on the topic of over-fishing and the consumption of resources; in another illustration called “Toxic Secrets,” a demon is depicted as having a smog-spewing factory for a head.  Like Bosch, his colorful palette and playful characters belie the dark messages being conveyed.  Buzelli’s work can be seen in exhibitions, publications, books, and advertisements throughout the world.

Children Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Buzelli

M-44 Wolves by Chris Buzelli

China's Ignorance by Chris Buzelli

Harbinger by Chris Buzelli

Click here to see more of Buzelli’s work.  For more information on Bosch, visit this website.

-Jayme Catalano

 

“We could go on and on about the Faber Castell Artist Pen’s precision and control, but we thought we’d just show you.”  Pen company Faber Castell hired the agency of Ogilvy and Mather Singapore to re-create masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci using their Artist Pen.  The remarkable thing about the publicity stunt is that artist Chan Hwee Chong drew each image with a single, unbroken line.  See the video at the bottom to see how he did it.

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

Detail

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

-Jayme Catalano

 

David Karvasales is the rare photographer today who is moving away from digital and back to analog technology.  He is also extremely conscious of theme and story in his collections, not one to hastily snap random images hoping for cohesion later.  His most recent body of work, Hana, explores the idea of spontaneity, adventure, kismet, and youthful optimism.  You can view more of David’s work here or here.

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Follow David on Twitter.

-Jayme Catalano

 

 

New, previously unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe are hitting the auction block!  Sound familiar?  It seems that every other week more photos of Monroe are “discovered” in someone’s drawer or in a box somewhere.  Did this woman, possibly the most famous woman in the world then and now, ever live an undocumented moment in her life?  Why, 50 years after her death, are we still hell bent on consuming her in any form?  She is the subject of a current NBC drama, a recent movie starring Michelle Williams, and countless books, documentaries, and television shows.  Even her diary, with its revelations and private worries, has been published.

And yet I find myself wanting more, and I’m not alone.  For those of us who still can’t get enough, the estate of Monroe’s longtime friend and makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder have partnered with Julien’s Auctions to sell an extensive collection of photos (including copyrights) and other ephemera.  The auction will take place March 31st and April 1st live and online.

Detail from a collection of slides to be auctioned this weekend

Slides from the auction to be held this weekend

For more information on the auction, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

Until Olan Mills and the ubiquitous awkward family photography (click here),individuals commissioned painters to create an image for their mantlepiece, hallway, or grand lodge.  Those portraits, whether a formal oil painting of royalty or a child with his beloved dog, communicate something of their time and place and the personality of the subjects.  And unlike a flimsy photography, they are a lasting investment nearly guaranteed heirloom status, or at least the corner of a dusty antiques store.  Unfortunately, the art of portrait painting has somewhat declined in the last one hundred years.  Napa Valley artist Cathryne Trachok, a former illustrator and commercial artist, is out to change that.  Influenced by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer, Trachok creates contemporary portraits in a very classic way.  She calls art “communication across cultures, time and experiences” and creates quality, lasting pieces of art accessible to everyone, not just someone with a beach house in the Hamptons.  Visit her website to learn more about her work and commissioning a portrait for yourself.

Blue Scarf Brown Hair by Cathyrne Trachok

Rick by Cathyrne Trachok

The History Major by Cathyrne Trachok

Canary Public Relations is pleased to announce that they are representing Cathryne Trachok of  C.A. Trachok Studios.

-Jayme Catalano

The de Young Museum in San Francisco is currently hosting their most popular annual fundraising event and exhibition, the Bouquets to Art.  150 floral designers took inspiration from the permanent collection at the museum to create works that pay tribute to the original works.  The exhibition runs through March 17th.

Two floral designs inspired by the artworks pictured behind them

Two more modern floral designs inspired by the modern works pictured behind them

Walking

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

RH Alexander creates images as disparate as Buddhist monks in Tibet, Occupy protestors in San Francisco, still life studies,  and stunning California landscapes.  With a Ph.D in psychology as well as intensive training in newspaper journalism, he brings a deeply analytical and technical eye to his work.  He says, “Photographs capture stillness in movement-a gift that allows us to stop time and deeply enter the visual world.  But great photographs also capture movement in stillness.  Within the image, one can sense something about to happen, something coming to life or passing away.”  The images below are from his California Landscape series.  You can view more from this series and others on his website.

Dawn, near Mono Lake by RH Alexander Photography

Last Sunset by RH Alexander Photography

Sunset over San Francisco by RH Alexander Photography

Canary Public Relations is proud to announce that they will be representing RH Alexander Photography.

-Jayme Catalano

Fiber artist Peter Gentenaar creates three-dimensional, organic sculptures out of two-dimensional paper.  He starts by beating the paper pulp for very long time, creates a single sheet of paper from the pulp, and reinforces it with thin ribs of bamboo.  The paper shrinks up to 40% during the drying process, putting incredible force on the non-shrinking bamboo reinforcements.  The tension creates the beautiful, curling shapes that are then suspended in air.  Gentenaar says of his work, “The simplicity of the material, which is the carrier, the color, the texture and the form, all together, make working with it wonderful and direct.” The sculptures pictured below were exhibited at the Festival of Saint-Riquier in France.

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

For more on Peter Gentenaar, click here.  For more on the Saint-Riquier Somme-Bay Festival, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

The Instagram application for the iPhone has enabled a watershed of retro-inspired, digitally manipulated images to flood the internet.  The images often have the look of 1970s Polaroid photographs with their charming flaws and color characteristics.  With the press of a button, every iPhone user suddenly has within their grasp hundreds of digital tools, filters, and flash bulbs to capture the world around them in an idealized, often artificially enhanced way.  The images below were created by Instagram user so_may.

Image by Instagram user so_may

Image by Instagram user so_may

Image by Instagram user so_may

For more images by so_may, click here.  Visit the iTunes application store to download Instagram.

-Jayme Catalano

 

Artist Amy Friend often explores the connection between the past and present, her ancestors and herself.  In her Dare alla Luce series, she has taken vintage photographs and brought them to life with small pinholes of light.  The effect on the figures is apparitional, a reminder of our own mortality and transience.  Friend says, “I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Dare alla Luce, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

Afterglow by Amy Friend, 2012

What is done in the darkness, will be be brought to the light by Amy Friend, 2012

Latent light by Amy Friend, 2012

We are a tablet of wax by Amy Friend, 2012

For more information on the artist and her Dare alla Luce series, click here.

-Jayme Catalano