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SEBASTIÁN HIDALGO: A PAINTING
Born in 1985, the young Mexican artist Sebastián Hidalgo lives and works in Cholula, Mexico, and shows his work at Fortnight Institute, a gallery in New York. There, several weeks ago, we saw a single painting of Hidalgo’s, whose peculiar imagery and character were captivating. We asked him to tell us about the making of this unusual work.
COLLAGE ART: AURORA ROBSON
The Canadian artist Aurora Robson “rescues from the waste stream” all sorts of plastics — bottles, bottle caps, packaging — and uses them as raw material for her environmentally conscious art. She has developed techniques to produce her sculptures without causing more pollution. Her methods are essentially those of collage — in three dimensions. Free-access article.
COLLAGE ART: STEVEN RUDIN
New York-based Steven Rudin is a psychiatrist and an artist, whose ideas about collage are closely related to and reflect his interests in the nature of narrative, and in memory and identity. Reveling in the openness and unpredictability of collage’s non-linear, random nature, he sees it as a metaphor for the multifaceted human self. Free access to this article.
COLLAGE ME: AUBREY ASHLYN RYE
Aubrey Ashlyn Rye has captured the energy of New York City through spontaneous-feeling street photography. Recently, the artist has used a collage technique to create photographic compositions, some of which feature his own self-portraits. These works are moody, mysterious, and multilayered. In them, everything seems to flicker and float. Free access to this article.
ROBERT HOLCOMBE’S COLLAGE ART: NOT EXACTLY WHAT IT SEEMS
Robert Holcombe is one of the most original, imaginative artists you’ll never meet. That’s because there is a big, not-so-secret secret associated with this maker of collage works characterized by complex compositions and diverse, humorous references to nature, history and art. Free access to this article.
PHOTOS, PAINTING, COLLAGE: STEVEN HIRSCH’S EXPANDED YIN AND YANG
For many years, the photographer and artist Steven Hirsch has shot photos for newspapers. He has incorporated collage into his paintings, sending up the sensationalism of the tabloid press. He says: “I morph painting and photography together, letting go of the photographic process.” Free access.
ENDLESS ALCHEMY AT THE ATLANTIS
In London, Atlantis Bookshop, a center for “the living history of magic,” is celebrating its 100th anniversary. brutjournal’s artist-correspondent Cathy Ward spoke with the shop’s owner-managers, mother and daughter Geraldine and Bali Beskin, about its history and legendary associates, including the occultist and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley.
EDWIN POUNCEY, A “SAVAGE PENCIL”
For many years, the British artist Edwin Pouncey (a.k.a. “Savage Pencil”) has been making art inspired by the music of SUNN O))), an American band from Seattle that is known for its doom metal/drone/dark ambient/noise-rock sound. In London, Cathy Ward spoke with Pouncey on the occasion of an exhibition of his drawings at Atlantis Bookshop. Free access to this article.
VIEW THE FILM: “VALTON TYLER: FLESH IS FICTION”
The self-taught artist Valton Tyler (1944-2017) lived and worked in Dallas, Texas, and its environs. He created remarkable works — oil paintings, ink drawings on paper, complex etchings — that remain hard to classify according to existing style or genre labels. In 2017, Edward M. Gómez (brutjournal’s founder) and cinematographer Chris Shields made the first-ever film about Tyler’s life and art, which the artist saw before he died. This 42-minute-long film will reside permanently here, on the magazine’s website. It may be viewed in its entirety, free of charge. Watch it and get to know the bright, bizarre world of a techno-baroque visionary. Free access to the article and the film.
VERNACULAR PORTRAITS — WHOSE?
Based in St. Louis, the graphic designer and longtime collector of folk art and American outsider art John Foster is also a leading collector of vernacular photography. In the spirit of this month’s brutjournal theme, he shares some gems from his holdings, a group of photo-portraits whose subjects (like the “Party Ghoul”) and creators will forever remain unknown.
MORE TO COME HERE IN JULY
Coming later in June, more feature articles here on the BIG PAGE. As we do our reporting and gather information and images, we'll be doing our best to avoid swirving too close to that gigantic black hole. If only it could suck up and obliterate such earthly foibles as war, bigotry, injustice, and greed. In the meantime, we’re counting on earthbound artists to lead the way toward — and fill our tiny corner of the galaxy with — light.