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Chris Cunningham has staged the world’s first “Laser Fueled Robo-Sex Ballet,” Jaqapparatus1.  He began his career sculpting prosthetics, contributing to films like Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, and A.I.  He went on to redefine MTV in the 1990s, creating seminal music videos for Bjork, Madonna, and Aphex Twin.  After realizing that creating music videos for other artist’s music could be incredibly limiting, Cunningham began creating his music and accompanying videos, employing all the tricks of the trade he had mastered while working in the special effects industry, an effort which culminated in a series of live audio-visual performances in Japan and Europe.  His first installation, Jaqapparatus1, is currently on exhibition at Audi City London.  Two laser-firing robots engage in a brutal, almost sexual dance on a shadowy, sci-fi set.  Comprised of two Talos motion-controlled camera rigs, Cunningham mounted powerful lasers which the robots use to “attack, repel, and communicate with each other, a kind of duel, a surreal mating display which sees each machine trying to dominate the other.”  Watch the video below for a glimpse of the Robo-Sex Ballet.

VIDEO:  Jaqappartus1 for Audi City London

-Jayme Catalano

Looking at Richard Diebenkorn’s geometrical, abstract paintings, one might assume he had been inspired by architecture and the straight lines of civilization and modernity.  His inspiration, however, came from the natural, rolling hillside he could see from his studio window.  As Susan Stamberg says in her NPR piece on the artist, “Diebenkorn, looking up at the Ocean Park hills through his studio’s big windows, didn’t paint the landscape; he painted the quality of light on the landscape, framed by the angled geometry of those windows.”  The Orange County Museum of Art is currently staging the first major exhibition of the artist’s celebrated Ocean Park Series through May 27th.

Ocean Park #79 by Richard Diebenkorn

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum website; for more on the artist, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

The artwork of David Ball appeals to my inner, frightened child.  Reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, his works are surrealistic, uncanny, and haunting.  His creatures, simultaneously cute and grotesque, repel and fascinate.  When I first viewed them at 941geary.com, I was fascinated by this artist and I immediately wanted to know more about the brain behind these twee ghouls and their other worlds.  San Francisco based director and photographer Shaun Roberts made a short and fascinating documentary exploring Ball’s attempt to “process feelings about the tenuous nature of relationships” and the motivation behind the work.

David Ball — Moving Towards Light from Shaun Roberts on Vimeo.

Please visit David.Ball.Net for more information.

-Jayme Catalano