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Overlooking Artistic Self-Importance, If The Art Is Good

November 16th, 2009 · 7 Comments


FF_Holyoke-Hirsch_2Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, a San Francisco-based artist, has a great show, Megarealms, open through the end of the month, in which his bright, imaginative paintings and collages are clustered like mosaics.

In an effort to learn more, I read Maxwell’s interview for the show and was really disappointed by the presence of self-aggrandizing and hyperbolic statements.  First, Maxwell makes the claim that he “is the hardest working illustrator and artist based in San Francisco, California.” Secondly, he attempts to explain the title of his show and goes down an ugly path: “A place I have created from the conscious and subconscious mind, a Megarealm is where I explore the areas of my brain, ideas, of thought itself, as they pertain to an image.” This statement feels contrived and purposefully obtuse, and as far as I’m concerned, the gist of what he’s saying is fairly obvious, that he used his brain to create his work.

Despite the over-the-top interview, Maxwell succeeds at creating art that is fresh and compelling which, in the end, is what really matters. Below I’ve picked out my favorite pieces available through the gallery’s website.

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: