With a name that smacks of an Old West movie, check out Brooke Weston’s strange twist on the inner world of trophy mounts. The Oregon-based artist works with recycled taxidermy and other found materials to create miniature dioramas in the heads hunting tropies. On her website, she writes that she gathers inspiration from fairy tales, and you can tell. For all the supposed sweetness of a cosy miniature abode, the little worlds have a darkly creepy aura. Who lives here?
Check out Weston’s website here: http://artbybrookeweston.com/index.html
– “Nenezic’s work could never be described as shy and retiring. It’s brutal and confrontational, tackling anorexia, illness, death, regrettable sex and even acne with unflinching clarity; warts and all, with actual warts. Nenezic has created bold work across the board, using collage [link ], video [link ] and a collaborative performance piece with artist Katarina Petrovic, God Gives you Pleasure [link ], where they created a suit with four built in vibrators and a dildo, each touch activated by making the ‘spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch’ sign of the cross.
So it’s fair to say his work is challenging. However in an artistic climate where displaying crucifixes in vats of piss (Andres Serrano) and art projects allegedly involving repeated induced miscarriages (Aliza Shvarts) raise more yawns than eyebrows; rubbing religion up against sex is par for the course. What sets Nenezic aside from the ‘I’m an art student and I’m sewing a chicken fillet to my breast in protest of tampons’ crowd; is the fact that he has a breathtaking talent, a deft hand and a keen eye for imagery. Nenezic’s paintings use eye-watering detail and competent classical form to bring beauty to the most gruesome of subjects, reflecting an imploding society back to itself.
Nenezic’s themes, such as one night stands (the stunning ‘The Moment After’ series) and extreme body modification (the ‘I’m so Beautiful’ series), ensures his work captivates a modern audience, whilst his use of colour and light is reminiscent of Ingres’ bather, with the angular distorted bodies channelling Egon Schiele’s self portrait and the various secretions of Francis Bacon’s fleshier works.
It may not be pretty or tasteful, but Nenezic’s work entices discussion and incites a visceral reaction, whether it’s a postwar commentary on the psychological state of an unstable New Europe, or a glimpse into the rotten core of humanity; it’s more than can be said for a slew of artists who use shock without value.”
Words by Kate Weir
From “EyeSeeSound” Magazine http://www.eyeseesound.tv/edition/003.html
Since I am organising the Cork city zombie walk at the moment I said that I would add a bit more zombie to my anatomical posts! “Zombie Burlesque” is what happens when self-taught French artist, Angel Roy, decided to combine vintage pinup girl photography with the inexplicable Zombie craze sweeping the nation right now.In a collaboration with Glamorama Studio Photography’s own Mila the two produced a digital art series that is part anatomy, part glamor and definitely part macabre.In a side-by-side display of the original photo alongside the completed digital works of art, the viewer has a broader appreciation of the ‘before and after’ effect.
Using photography as a starting point, Roy uses graphic design as a way of giving more form to the pieces while reinterpreting what he calls ‘the classic codes of the portrait and landscape.’ Roy says, “In my collages graphics, anatomy disrupts the smooth image of the photographed body. I consider the human being, not as individuals but as a machine in motion, and I like to put forward his vital organs, its mechanisms, its branches, its brands, its traces. On this same method of composition (binder photo to graphics) I work the landscape, including that offered by larger cities. I change the architecture, space as I change the human being. The graphics in this case allows me to place the image in a particular context (historical, social, or cultural) or to give a totally imaginary.”