Tag Archive | Super Heroes

Surreal Portraits of Fictional Female Icons By Ellannah Sadkin

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (All Photos By Gail)

Ellannah “Ella” Sadkin is a London-based artist who works primarily with acrylic and graffiti pens to produce colorful and abstract works. With its hard black lines, bright flat color and organic and geometric shapes, her style is often described as surrealist cartooning.

Snow White
Snow White

Sadkin was a child of the nineties and a huge cartoon fan, and cites early drawing of The Simpson’s characters as her first foray into cartooning.

Ariel Little Mermaid
Ariel (Little Mermaid)

As an adolescent growing up in New York, Sadkin was heavily influenced by the vibrant street graffiti scene. This later inspired her approach to composition, with large canvas pieces resembling graffiti murals in their layer-upon-layer approach.

Alice
Alice

Sadkin is a self-taught artist and lists Kaws as a primary influence. Her appropriation of cartoon aesthetics has been described as Ren and Stimpy on acid meets Takashi Murakami. Nice!

Photographed at The Pivot Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

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Batman V Superman from Superheroes to Street Art, at Taglialatella Galleries!

Batman and Superman Kiss
Between The Capes By Rich Simmons. Let The Homo-eroticism Begin! (All Photos By Gail)

A new movie called BATMAN v SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice opens today (March 25th) in theaters nationwide, but all I want to know is, in a battle between these two legendary Superheroes, how does Batman not get this Bat Ass handed to him by the Man of Steel? Because Batman, as super studly as he looks (I’d do it) has no real Super Powers. All of Batman’s tricks are gadgets he keeps in that utility belt thing of his. So, Kryptonite aside (and really, how is there even Kryptonite on the earth, after the entire planet Krypton was been completely obliterated? I ask yez.) there is just no way Superman is not picking up the Batman like he was a feather and chucking him off into outer space. Superman, FTW!

Batman V Superman Signage with Popcorn
Also: Free Popcorn!

Anyway, whatever I’m missing about Kryptonite-infused arrows and whatever, I don’t care, because I really love both of these guys in tights equally. Just last night Geoffrey and I were hanging out at Taglialatella Galleries on 10th Ave checking out all kinds of cool Batman and Superman (plus, other Superheros) artworks for sale, plus free wine! Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Superman

Here’s a huge piece featuring Superman By Mr. Brainwash. Ideal if you need to cover a lot of wall space.

Superman By Andy Warhol
Superman By Andy Warhol

Superman By Mr Brainwash

Another, smaller Superman By Mr Brainwash. Who knew Superman was a fan of Campbell’s Soup?

Superhero Lovers By Rich Simmons
Superhero Lovers By Rich Simmons

Wonder Woman By Mr Brainwash
Wonder Woman By Mr Brainwash

Fight Like a Spider
Fight Like a Spider By Peter Mars

Spiderman made an appearance.

All America Heroes
All America Heroes: Superman & Batman by Peter Mars

In this piece, I think they are getting together to do some laundry.

Seeing Through You Superman
Seeing Through You: Superman By Peter Mars

Unstoppable Batman and Robin
Unstoppable: Batman and Robin By Peter Mars

Robin gets a token shout-out!

Batman and Superman Action Figures

They are still friends!

Batman V Superman is up now at Taglialatella Galleries, Located at 231 Tenth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Batman V Superman Signage

Marc Dennis, Ironman, Captain America, and a Russian Mobster Walk Into a Bar

Ironman, Captain America, and a Russian Mobster Walk Into a Bar
Photo By Gail

We last saw the art of Marc Dennis at the late Hasted Kraeutler Gallery for his January 2011 exhibit, An Artist, A Curator and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar…. As you can see by the title of this painting, his work is still very meta. But really, shouldn’t it say that these guys are walking into an Art Museum? Just sayin’.

Marc Dennis, Ironman, Captain America, and a Russian Mobster Walk Into a Bar is part of How Many Miles to Babylon: Recent Paintings from Los Angeles and New York On Exhibit Through February 27th, 2016, at C24 Gallery, (in their Brand New Space!), Located 560 West 24th Street, In the Chelsea Gallery District.

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents Trifecta Group Show!

Sandra Chevrier Installation View
Art By Sandra Chevrier (All Photos By Gail)

Yesterday was one those perfect summer days here in Manhattan, so we went for a leisurely walk on the High Line, stopping in at a few of our favorite galleries, including Jonathan LeVine, where we enjoyed their current Trifecta Group Show. Trifecta showcases three international female artists — Handiedan, Mimi Scholz, and Sandra Chevrier — who are at the forefront of a contemporary art movement with art that reimagines representations of women. Through an array of media, these artists use the female figure as their subject and are strong voices for a new generation of artists. Curator Yasha Young offers, “This exhibition addresses the fact that art created by women has been historically dismissed as craft as opposed to fine art, affecting the development of women in art throughout history. I would like to open doors for women artists and encourage them to step out and up.”

Sandra Chevrier

The show fills all three galleries rooms, one dedicated to each artist. In the largest, main space you can see a collection of work by Montreal-based artist Sandra Chevrier, who merges painting and collage in works that reflect upon the self-imposed limitations within our world and the underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity. In her series Cages, finely hand-painted portraits of women are masked with pages from comic books, symbolizing the struggle of having to uphold unrealistic expectations of beauty and perfection.

Sandra Chevrier

By imposing these strict limitations society is placing women in prisons of identity and asking them to become superheroes. In the greater body of her work, the images used within ‘cages’ range from scenes of conflict, triumph and defeat. Often focusing on the latter, the artist highlights the fragility of the superhero, their personal weaknesses and exposes the humanity within the superhuman.

Mimi Sholz

Mimi Scholz is based in Berlin and creates digital paintings that sarcastically comment on clichés regarding the female psyche and sexuality.

Mimi Sholz

Starting with a detailed sketch and then using a tablet to add multiple layers of color, her compositions are printed on canvas and have an airbrushed quality that closely resembles oil painting.

Mimi Sholz

Known for her subject matter of “unpredictable women with attitude” and often accompanied by strange creatures, her works are set in a manically imagined world where the lines between good and evil, sane and insane are blurred. We really love her work and her Dark Pop sensibilities!

Handian

Dutch artist Handiedan pushes mixed-media collage to a higher level by digitally creating classic female pin-ups using ornamental components such as currencies, sheet music and her own cartoon drawings. Handiedan rebuilds these digital designs into multi-layered hand-cut collages that end up with a distinctive three-dimensional quality. Her pin-ups look like something between an orientally adorned femme fatale from a noir film, a sexually joyful pin-up from a 1950’s calendar and a tattooed rockabilly girl. Each work is a treasure trove of symbols, with a focus on cosmology, Eastern philosophy and sacred geometries.

Trifecta Group Exhibition, Featuring Art by Handiedan, Mimi Scholz, and Sandra Chevrier, will be on Exhibit Through July 25, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Stan Lee to Speak About Blood Red Dragon at San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Blood Red Dragon Sketch Progression
Blood Red Dragon Sketch Progression

The legendary Stan Lee has created a brand new super-hero, Blood Red Dragon, based on rock icon Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation. The series debut issue will premiere at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, which runs from July 21 – 24 and is already completely sold out. As part of Comic-Con, Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane (whose Todd McFarlane Productions is publishing BRD) Yoshiki and book writer Jon Goff will take part in a panel discussion about the comic, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. If you’re already registered to attend Comic-Con, you should add this panel to your daily agenda, because it sounds awesome.

Stan Lee and Yoshiki
Yoshiki of X Japan With Stan Lee

Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music – the melodic heart of the human spirit – they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life – and possibly the face of the world.

The Los Angeles Times has a cool article on Blood Red Dragon at This Link.

The Blood Red Dragon Panel takes place at The Hilton San Jose Bayfront Hotel, Located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Jose, California.

A Few Things That Kept Me From Blowing My Brains Out Last Week

This Week Sucks

Last Week was certainly quite far from being the best week of my very long life. Between the stress of my father being on death’s door out in California, the thundering re-occurrence of my chronic jaw pain and the continually-evolving myriad of daily problems afflicting Worley gig.com, resulting apparently from
1. Moving host servers
and
2. Updating to the latest version of WordPress (Recommendation: Avoid if possible)
It occurred to me off and on during the week how awesome it would be to just go to sleep and never wake up. But of course, I had trouble sleeping as well, compounded by having to get up at 6 AM for my day job. Also, I lost two and a half hours of my life that I’ll never get back watching a completely terrible movie, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford (I should have guessed from the overlong, pretentious title that it would suck ass). It was just a shitty week in general.
Fortunately, I was distracted from shuffling off this moral coil by a few of life’s simple pleasures.

Tracy and I spent an evening polishing off a bottle of wine and a large bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. And that was fun.

Seeing Dethklok at the Nokia Theater and having a table upstairs so I didn’t get killed by all the moshing idiots.

Drinking a “Balloon Dog” Martini while enjoying the Jeff Koons sculptures and stellar views of Central Park from the roof of The Met.

Eating a steak with my friend Christine.

Spending a couple of hours on the phone with my BFF Sue always readjusts my perspective.

This new CD by LA metal band Blacklist Union, Breakin’ Bread with the Devil, really takes me back to the good old days of lost weekends and dressing up like Nikki Sixx for Halloween!

I enjoyed spending Saturday cleaning The Chickpad.

The sun is out at the moment, and my plan for today includes picking up Geoffrey, heading back uptown to the Met to see the Superhero exhibit, getting delicious Cuban food for dinner and then going to my friend Larry’s birthday party. I don’t think you could ask for a better day than that.