Saturday, April 13, 2024

Artist of the Day, April 13, 2024: Dan Lydersen, an American painter - pop-art, surrealist (#1997)

Drawing from Pop Art and Surrealism traditions, Dan Lydersen (1980) creates oil paintings that meld historical references and contemporary culture, often with wit, imagination, and a satirical bite. Often critiquing social and political issues, the artist seeks to instigate a conversation as much as he tries to elicit shock and outrage.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Lydersen currently lives and works in Sacramento, California. He received a BA in Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2002. He then went on to earn a MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007.

My recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western cultures notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of todays visual culture with that of the past. Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

Having its roots in the Renaissance and manifesting itself in all manner of contemporary media, the notion of the rectangle as a window into an alternate reality has become an inherent mode of viewing in human culture. Whether via canvas, computer or television screen, there exists an eager willingness to suspend one's disbelief and subscribe to the illusion of simulated space depicted on a two-dimensional surface. In my work, this notion of the rectangle as window is utilized to present fragments of narratives that are imbued with a degree of reality while also recognizing themselves as fictional constructs. Consisting of familiar archetypes from historical painting to contemporary popular culture, these narratives seek to draw focus on the grotesqueness, beauty, comedy, and horror that lie just beneath the surface of the ordinary. In this way, the rectangle is not only a window but also a kind of fun-house mirror that reflects an image of the real world while distorting it into something otherworldly.

The images themselves come from many different places. Some are calculated references to art history or contemporary culture and others are the result of free association, improvisation or imaginative flights of fancy. Some paintings aspire towards coherent satire or self-reflexive commentary on the nature of painting while others use history and current events as a loose foundation for constructing open-ended narratives. Some paintings are simply imaginative explorations executed for the sake of satisfying my own curiosity. In any case, central to each painting is a particular worldview that seeks to balance tragedy with comedy, beauty with ugliness, and rationality with uncertainty.

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Dan Lydersen
 Akupara
Annunciation
Convertible
Diana
World keeps turning
Boom, detail
 Garden party
 Christ and a woman, taken in adultery
Found and lost
Vivarium
Clown
Go
 Self-portrait with piercing and periscope
Walkabout
Little Texas
Power suit
Bacchus
 Bellwether
Bacchante
Cowboys and Indians
 Fork
Four horsemens, detail
Mirage,  detail
Mirage
Big girls
 Thug
Lost Horizon
 Sheriff

Pink and Purple
Pink and Purple detail


Friday, April 12, 2024

Artist of the Day, April 12, 2024: Cristina BanBan, a Spanish emerging artist (#1996)

Cristina BanBan (1987) is a Spanish emerging artist. She now lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona.

In her paintings and works on paper, the exaggerated portrayals of the female form configure into emotive compositions imbued with intimacy and poise. Evading distinct narratives, the works fuse references to the painterly canon of Modernism with the artist’s personal memories and reflections on the present moment. Sinuous contours enveloping the figures operate in contrast with planes of thick color, which evoke the parity of human flesh and oil paint seen in the works of Willem de Kooning and Lucian Freud.

Emphasizing the physicality of the human body, BanBan’s tranquil characters appear to have clandestine power, their enormous hands promising colossal strength. Engaged in melancholic contemplation, the figures rarely meet each other’s gaze, pointing to the human isolation inflicted by the social and political disruptions of recent years. BanBan’s nudes are at times punctuated with intimate apparel or adorned with hoop earrings and hair clips. They become resolutely contemporary, presenting powerful images of women secure in their relationships and space. Often bearing features of the artist, the paintings are in part autobiographical.

Recent solo exhibitions include Skarstedt, London (2023); Perrotin, Tokyo (2023); Skarstedt, New York (2022-2023); Perrotin, Paris (2022); Perrotin, Shanghai (2021); 1969 Gallery and Albertz Benda, New York (2021); WOAW Gallery, Hong Kong (2020); 1969 Gallery, New York (2020); 68 Projects, Berlin (2019); the Dot Project, London (2018). BanBan has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Present Generations at Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus (2021); The Hort Family Collections, New York (2019); and Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, at Royal Academy of the Arts, London. She was the recipient of a residency at Palazzo Monti, Brescia (2019) and The Arts Club Prize, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain; and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL.
 
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Cristina BanBan at work
Cristina BanBan
 Tres Mujeres, 2023
Rostro, 2023
 Two Women, 2022
 Suite 405,  2022
 Mujeres VIII,  2022
 Mujeres I, 2022
Mujer I, 2022
Cuatro mujeres, 2022
 Cabeza I. Paris , 2022
 Busto I, 2022
 Autorretrato de dos cabezas, 2022
 Le Marais #2, 2021
Le Marais #1, 2021
Le DeJeuner at the Park Guell, 2021
 Composition II, 2021
Acto Tercero, 2021
Untitled, 2021
The Reader, 2020
PEPA, 2020
 Del Llanto, 2020
 Busto de mujer, 2020
Un Verano en Nueva York, 2019
Mis Señoritas a Palazzo, 2019
La Espera, 2019
Sunset con las chicas, 2018
Study for Extra Cheese Before a Long Night Out, 2018