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Three Studios: Superflat

Source: ThreeStudio

Man, we were hunting for weeks for some good new Superflat works, and lo and behold, all that Tumblr surfing and tag-searching yielded Three Studios out of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, along with these works composed of melted vinyl Japanese figurines. The above work was on display at Pulse Miami this year along with the following recon from It’s Nice That:

…  a ‘painting’ made by melting hundreds of cute manga plastic dolls into a pool of marbled color. I love how cute and horrible this artwork seems at the same time. In this piece there are some circle shapes where the dolls didn’t melt, revealing plastic faces and limbs squished together. It was by artist collective ‘3’ and exhibited by Megumi Ogita Gallery from Tokyo. The gallerist told me they only melt ‘cute girl’ dolls. (source: It’s Nice That)

Check out these newest pieces, peeped on the Three Studios Tumblr:

Source: ThreeStudio

Source: ThreeStudio

At the risk of completely missing the themes behind these works, it’s great to see the Superflat influences in these works, particularly as commenting on the conglomeration/biological nature of breaking apart animated vinyl characters.

The implementation is really well done. Totally digging these works. Now if only we knew enough Japanese for a little liaison with Three Studios


Streets: D*Face LA

source: Arrested Motion

LA is indeed poppin right now, with D*Face painting one of his textbook Lichtenstein zombifications on the side of Corey Helford Gallery to promote Going Nowhere Fast, which opens this Saturday. Arrested Motion getting some awesome coverage of the process (and it’s only part 1).

source: Arrested Motion
source: Arrested Motion

From M&C on the show:

For “Going Nowhere Fast”, D*Face challenges society’s fascination with celebrity through his satirical exploration of fame, power and material-obsessed culture. Transforming the gallery into a multi-media vault of aPOPcalyptic new works, D*Face immortalizes the deaths of America’s most illustrious icons from Andy Warhol to Michael Jackson with an all-star milieu of new paintings, sculptures and installations. Also on display will be “Flutterdies”, an unusual sculpture series fashioned from authentic butterflies and insects combined with spray can caps that D*Face has collected over the years. “Going Nowhere Fast” will culminate with a shocking red carpet experience on opening night.

Looks to be a night of revelry for all. While we aren’t perhaps the most die-hard fans of D*Face’s work, it’s definitely a cry to the pop aesthetic of yore, and while no man or woman can match the deft image and form manipulation (not in art…) of Warhol, it’s good that an “urban” artist like D*Face is simultaneously paying homage to that Pop Art aesthetic, but also bringing it into the 21st century.

source: Arrested Motion

Image/Fame/Memory @ Irvine Contemporary

As Saturnalia is coming to an end, Irvine Contemporary, on 14th and P St., will be hosting a mind-blowing collection of photography and mixed media from Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, and Kate Simon, along with a few new works from Shepard Fairey derived from shots by Simon and Name.

If you’ve enjoyed the content and perspectives from Ennui thus far, you know that the Pop Art movement is a precursor to much of the dialogue on street art today. As a response to the increasing subjectivity and concentration on reduction to bare artistic elements like form and structure, Pop Art was a direct backlash both to abstract expressionism and its perception of “the artist.” At the core of this movement is the timeless Andy Warhol, along with a slew of photographers and documenters that are represented in this exhibit.

Kate Simon, portrait of William S. Burroughs

Although these photographers were deeply embedded in Warhol’s immediate strata of artists and personalities, their portraiture and photography each reveal unseen depth in creating and illuminating mythos behind the lens. Image/Fame/Memory won’t be one to miss.

If you’re in the DC area, try and catch the opening night of the Image/Fame/Memory show at the Irvine Contemporary on March 11. We’ll hopefully be able to send some correspondents and do a more detailed exhibit visit feature in the near future.