IMPORTANT: The True Purpose of Art Revealed

Installation view at the Armory art fair. Photograph: Phillip Niemeyer

Art should offer transcendence. And the opportunity to check one’s hair.

Xue Jiye|Contemporary Surrealist Artist Extraordinaire

Occasionally disturbing but easily one of my favorite painters, Xue Jiye is one of China’s most prominent contemporary artists. Xue’s style has evolved a lot over the past 10 years-and he predicts more changes in the future. But what I admire most I think, is the consistent purpose and warm feel of his paintings-no matter how bloody or constricted they appear to be.

“In his latest series of paintings, Xue depicts the human condition – a constant struggle for existence within human society. The figures in the paintings are all nudes, indicating that they are defenceless and vulnerable. Some of them are exerting all of their energy to hold themselves up, suspended between the two ends of the painting. In one set of paintings, the figure is gradually restricted between the edges of the paintings until he does not even have enough space to breathe or move. These pieces indicate men’s futile struggle against the powerful forces of society, which is surrounding them, as the edges of the paintings are confining the figures. Even if one tries to escape from society, it will eventually constrain and constrict us all.”

Link to his work:

Female Illustrators of the Mid-20th Century (Blog)

“Female Illustrators of the Mid-20th Century” is a blog about sweaters made out of cats. (Not really. It’s a blog about female illustrators of the mid-20th century.) Above, an advertisement by Lucia Lerner. Below, an advertisement by Joyce Ballentyne.

Ch-Ch-Check it oooouuuuuttt:

The Lovely Work of Cassandra C. Jones

Cassandra C. Jones’ “Google-found” digital photo collages and video loops explore how we “create, communicate with, and consume photography in today’s ‘remix culture.'”

“Some of the works included are constructed by compiling hundreds of professional and amateur snapshots of the same subject taken by different people. Ranging from full-color lightning bolts to old black and whites of horses jumping over a fence, she links them in ways that depict motion, line and non-linear narrative. Other pieces are made by deconstructing single photographs, removing their backgrounds and reducing them to isolated shapes. Jones then duplicates and arranges these forms to create compositions where singularity and multiplicity exist simultaneously. There is both an order and a chaos present in the body of work, which overall asks the question, what does it mean to organize and interpret imagery in the digital realm, where the archives of visual information are in a constant state of growth and evolution?”

You can check out more of her work at:

Pantone Palette Cleansers

“What would it look like if the color experts at Pantone were to all of a sudden start selling tongue scrapers — or “Palette Cleansers”? This project imagines what would happen if color standardization became a thing of the past for Pantone and they decided to move into the far more lucrative world of oral hygiene. Each color chip is filled with hilarious information regarding the new products, as well as a staggering amount of marketing material aimed at enticing users to buy the new product line. The aim was not simply to copy the existing visual style and identity, but rather to predict how Pantone might evolve to incorporate the new product line as part of a brand extension.”