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Artist Crush: Troy Moth

August 9th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Troy Moth grew up in a remote part of the west coast of Canada and has returned to his homeland (which he lovingly documents) after working as a commercial photographer in both Toronto and India. You may recognize his work from MAMMOTH.

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Does Technical Ability Really Matter?

January 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

In my opinion, it depends. This is not to dodge the question but rather to acknowledge the various roles technique plays in art. Technical ability is valuable when it serves an artistic purpose, to drive home a point or to create an especially visceral experience. But technique for technique’s sake? There is only so far technique alone will take you. Just look at those painters who recreate Renaissance masterpieces in tourist havens.

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Kris Knight’s portraits (via Booooooom) are a host of contradictions: classical yet incendiary, romantic yet sexual, honest yet camp. His figures are doll-like creatures with perfect features, powder-white skin, pouty red lips and sparkling eyes. The idealization of beauty in Kris’s portraits could easily read as saccharin or maudlin but don’t thanks to his very sharp technical abilities which breath life into these perfect, ghostly creatures. Their expressions, the flush of their cheeks, the look in their eyes, all attributable to Knight’s immense talent, take hold of us and compel us to look again. In this case in point, yes, technical ability does matter a great deal.

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Knight is in The Road Less Traveled, running through Jan 17, at Katharine Mulherin Gallery in Toronto.

Artist of the day: Marc Bell

October 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We recently discovered Montreal-based artist Marc Bell thanks to his in-depth interview on Fecal Face. Marc is showing at Adam Baumgold Gallery in NYC through Nov. 14th. Bell also has a brand new book out compiling his work from the last decade called Hot Potatoe.

Marc’s work is strongly influenced by folk art and comics.¬† I really like the lo-fi feel of his collages and how, despite the humble materials used, Bell successfully weaves in references to contemporary pop culture.

Check out some of Bell’s newer work below:

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