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Wacky Wednesday: Enchanted Doll, Dolls by Marina Bychkova

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Enchanted Doll, doll’s by Marina Bychkova, a Russian-Canadian figurative artist and founder of Enchanted Doll™- a luxury toy label of exquisite, porcelain dolls. are nothing short of what she calls her site. Enchanting, yet another great find from my travels in the Pinterest realm.

Most people know I love dolls, but more in particular dolls produced in the style of what I call, the “Barbie” look. Dolls for the most part considered outrageous and not good role models for little girls. Well folks, these dolls I would say are NOT for little girls or boys, but for the adult minded that take great care and pride in displaying these gems of exquisite artistry. These dolls are enchanting fairy tales brought to life for the serious connoisseur of things beautiful.

These dolls are made with great care from ceramics, bendable, movable dolls crafted with great detail paying strict attention to the colour of the skin and make-up, the accessories used to adorn them, fabrics for the costumes, realistic hair, and facial expressions. Even the genitalia is expertly painted and detailed! Yes she creates dolls that are beautifully nude, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, dressed beyond compare. Fantasy is not something she shies away from.

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These creations are sensual and sexy, innocently powerful creations that evoke feelings of an era long since gone by.

In her words;

“I love making dolls because it allows me to work with several mediums at once. Making dolls is a creative process that combines the disciplines of industrial design, sculpting, ceramics, painting, engineering, drawing, engraving, jewelry making and textiles. It generates a whole that is greater and richer than the sum of each comprising medium put together.

I make dolls because I long for wholeness. I want it all or nothing.”

She even has a statement devoted to the care and play of these creatures, “Doll Preservation“.

If your interested in knowing more about the artist herself and how she does this, her blog is chock full of videos, photos, and play by plays of some of her works in progress. She even offers up auctions on E-Bay from time to time.

However, don’t expect to get these for a song and a dance her last auction sold at $80,100.00, so you better be a serious collector for get in on this action.

Wacky Wednesday: Matt Crump’s Rich Pastel Photographic Manipulations

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Most folks shy away from the use of pastels, especially men, however Matt Crump’s rich pastels photographic manipulations prove otherwise,  proof he has embraced the use of pastels and is producing some incredible works of art that are downright delicious.

Wikipedia describes; 

“Pastels or pastel colours are the family of colours which, when described in the HSV colour space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation. The name comes from pastels, art media characteristic of this colour family. The colours of this family are usually described as “soothing”,”soft”, “near neutral”, “milky”, “washed out”, “desaturated”, and lacking strong chromatic content.

Pink, mauve, and baby blue are typical pastel colours.”

Everyone knows I’m big on pink and pastels, and if you don’t, well now you do! I feel and believe there is so much strength in these types of colours that paired with black or other colours, shades, and tones of opposite value or slight variation on the colour wheel, they are downright sexy and awe inspiring.matt_crump_wacky_wednesday_2

I discovered this guy through Adobe’s Create online magazine of which I subscribe to, and I’m very glad I do. Not only do I get to learn little tips and tricks, but I get exposed to some very talented folks out there in the “cyberverse”. 

It looks as though Matt has truly found out how to utilize Instagram and all it’s features to not only showcase his work, but get contracts through the platform as well. Companies come to him, and PAY him to do real work. A sharp contrast to the barrage of selfies we see plastered about.

As an art director in advertising, his work is fresh and alive, grabbing your attention for a well worth it look. Adobe’s Terri Stone writes of him having “no formal training in photography, he brings key skills from his previous career. He composes his still-life shots as carefully as a designer composes a page. “As an art director, you spend all day coming up with ideas for commercials and advertisements,” he explains, “so I was in the habit of thinking of ideas before I produced something. Now I imagine what the scene will be before I make it.” 

matt_crump_wacky_wednesday_3Thankfully he’s into sharing his work with the masses, and with an Instagram account not to far from 200 000 followers, I think those followers would tend to agree. He’s in control of his brand, from all aspects, and the consistency shows in all of his work.

I suggest you have a look at his work for some beautifully bright takes on still life’s that are pretty amazing.

Wacky Wednesday: Erotic African Art, A Feast For The Senses, and Sensibilities

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In this instalment of Wacky Wednesday, we flip and bring you Wondrous Wednesday and present South African artist,  Lady Skollie. Based out of Johannesburg she creates erotic art that’s a visual feast for the eyes, and well, other parts of the body. Her work is bold, and brash, full of colour and life, a feast for all senses!

Born in 1987 in Cape Town with the birth name, Laura Windvogel, her pseudonym tells the real story of a woman in control of her own. For those that know Afrikaans, Skollie describes a person of colour as a suspicious character, used by the police of the area, so it seems fitting that at she would use it in her own name.

In a recent article for The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank , she tells of the history of her people, the “Khoisan Tribe, a group that 22,000 years ago was the largest on the planet but now numbers approximately 100,000”. Its a humbling short read that gives great descriptive on her work and choice mediums in which to produce her elaborate work. Work that is without a doubt thought provoking.

Her work is currently on display at the Tyburn Gallery London.

A feast, well worth it.

Wacky Wednesday: ERIC STANTON Blast From The Past

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I LOVE art, and I am sure that’s no big surprise to most of you out there, who know me well, and those who don’t. I am very influenced but the provocation, the beauty, the colours, and the strength each artist is trying to convey.

One of my favourite blasts from the past is none other than Eric Stanton, Sept. 30/1926—March 17/1999 considered one oferic-stanton-baroness America’s best bondage and fetish illustrators, cartoonist, and comic-book artist, with the majority of his work depicting female dominance scenarios.

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Wacky Wednesday: PLUSH by Marilyn Minter; Some Pubic Consumption

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I love presentations of female sexuality, created and presented by women. It has a very distinct and different feel than the art produced by their male counterparts in the art world. Less objectified, if we can say that, although I am not opposed to a some objectification now and then.MarilynMinter_Brooch

Marilyn Minter is just such a woman.

To say her work is unique is an understatement, she has worked with photo, video, and paintings producing work with lush vivid colours evoking emotive desire around the female form and beauty in all it’s shapes and sizes. Her work spans over three decades.

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Wacky Wednesday; Golden Poop

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Just when you thought art couldn’t get any better, ART, just keeps on getting better. For that little something extra for the asshole in your life is this lovely piece of poop, albeit steam free. Coiled up like the view many of you get when you turn back for that wipe and quick glance into the bowl of your own piece of art that many tend to brag about to friends, family, and loved ones. On the flip side, I can think of delivering this lovely golden coil to those most deserving, a lovely reminder of the truly golden piece of shit they are! That is however, the way I am interpreting this lovely piece of art. After all, art truly is in the eye of the beholder! 🙂

For more fun and thought provoking pieces have a gander at what the folks at The Plaid Zebra have “compiled for you. Truly inspiring!

Vancouver Art Gallery Presents FUSE, Revolution Counter Revolution

FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution 

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8pm–1am
Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.)
November 7, 2014, Vancouver, BC – FUSE, Vancouver Art Gallery’s enormously popular quarterly event where art, music, performance and drama collide, will be reinvented on the night of Friday November 14, 2014. Guest curated by multi-media maestro Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab, FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution will be an unforgettable evening that riffs and mashes new ideas with old traditions, inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. In addition, FUSE-goers will have the opportunity to see Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, a major exhibition featuring three generations of Chinese artists, prior to its official opening day (Saturday, November 15, 2014).
FUSE’s extraordinary lineup of artists, musicians and performers will fully engage visitors’ senses throughout the Gallery. Four floors of the exhibition space will be transformed with radical idealism and injected with iconic revolutionary figures, including:
Madam Mao – Enacted by Cara Sui, this tragic heroine/villain, wife of the Chairman, architect of the Cultural Revolution and leader of the Gang of Four, will engage the public and critique on art and culture.
Red Guard Ballerina – Taking cues from the ballet created during the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), Carolyn Chan will strike heroic poses and pirouettes in her military gear.

The Monkey King – Dancer Michael Kong will be the mythical trickster depicted in Chinese folklore Journey to the West. He will pose, perch, hide, observe, intermingle, peek and bounce around in his new kingdom, the Gallery.
Emily Carr’s Psychic – This fictional figure, brought to life by Cindy Mochizuki, will read visitors’ fortunes in a seemingly private setting that is made public via live audio/video feed.

The cast will also include Beijing Opera diva Catherine Li as the Drunken Beauty, ArtCart Rickshaw by Ken Lum, Velvet Steele and team parading in a Sedan Chair, performance video by Catherine Chun Hua Dong, movement artist Sandra Moore, street portrait artists, Tea Master Olivia Cheung, the Flower Factory and Smoking Lily. DJ Kevin Shiu and DJ Don Chow will duel it out in the side-by-side Art Bars that feature proletariat beer and bourgeois cocktails, with clashing live visuals by Leó Stefánsson of Hybridity Media using social media platform #generateapp.
In addition to performances, FUSE-goers can also see the following exhibitions: 
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors
Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Tickets: $20 (+tax) | Free for Gallery members
Website: http://vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/fuse.html
Event Hashtags: #fusenight #generateapp
About FUSE: Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances and music in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours, contemporary dance and unexpected surprises have made FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party—a place to see and be seen.
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MEDIA INFORMATION & EVENT PASSES: 
Debra Zhou, Communications Specialist
dzhou@vanartgallery.bc.ca, Direct: 604-662-4722, Mobile: 604-671-2358

About the Vancouver Art Gallery: The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. We thank everyone for their continuing generosity.

ARE YOU READY? Second annual Nuit Blanche Party.

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Details soon to come

Dr Sketchy’s- Steamy Punk Circus

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Ann Narky joins us at the next session so bring your mechanical pencils and your analytically engines and we’ll sketch like it’s 1899!

Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked- why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, join us for 3 hours of drinking, drawing and decadence!

Tickets $12
www.drsketchyvancouver.com
Buy online or pick up at The Wallflower Diner

John Ferrie, West End Living

John Ferrie West End Living

A new collection of Paintings by Vancouver artist John Ferrie! A must see for those who love this city we call home, Vancouver!

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