Meghan Howland creates moody paintings with loose brush strokes, examining apparently stoned, depressed and brooding youths through a hazy lens. Her disillusioned characters appear delicate yet unaware or disparaging of their own beauty and their effect on the viewer. Their faces are often obscured or their eyes are clouded with drugs or closed, and there is often the hint of recent violence or self-harm as if they are avoiding a painful confrontation or in the midst of suiciding.
YDK Morimoe is an artist as enigmatic as his art. Also using the monikers of xhxix and Hi, this Japanese digital artist, born in 1985, has one of the most recognizable styles in contemporary art. His photorealistic portraits, mixed with painting effects and bold digital touches, are mostly always staging young men on drugs with sickly pale bodies and dazed eyes lost in surreal states of mental anguish and/or hallucination and/or physical injury.
p.s. Hey. So a regular reader of the blog named Jim Post wrote to me recently and asked if he could curate a show in my galerie. I said, ‘Please do’, of course, and today you can stroll/scroll through and peruse the very show he has curated, and I hope you will, and I hope you’ll share some comments re: the show with Jim, whom I am certain will be looking in. Thanks. Thank you very much, Jim! ** Scunnard, Hey hey, Jared! Ooh, you are ultra-correct in having thought, if you did, that I am both slapping myself upside my head that I’m not in London to see that show and feeling very grateful to you for thinking of me in its regard. I don’t know why you think he’s hot or why Yves Klein is not an in-person type, ha ha. But I am, yes, glad to know. You good? ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. No, I think I understand, and, again, I don’t know ‘Detroit’. I will say that I think glibness can be one of those things that in the eye of the beholder. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Cool you’re into Martel’s work. I think her imminent new film has a lot more money and push behind it than her earlier films, so I think maybe it will get her long due recognition possibly? ‘I think you’re way too willing to give all extremely violent art a pass’: ‘All’? That’s quite presumptuous of you, no? To what are you referring exactly? Please identify some ‘extremely violent’ art works that you know I’m ‘far too willing’ to give ‘a pass’ and that you presumably believe should be condemned instead. Not having seen ‘Detroit, I have a theoretical problem with the idea that because her depiction of torture didn’t meet your standards of what’s acceptable given the subject matter that that means she didn’t ‘think about what [she was] doing when depicting it’. The idea that an artist who hasn’t taken into account the standards and politics and possible opinions of all viewers isn’t thinking through what she or did enough is a strange and unwieldy requirement to place on artists. You brought up ‘Frisk’: when that book was published it was condemned by quite a number of critics and people for not taking into account the possible homophobia of its readers and that it therefore posed a danger to both the status and lives of gay men. And in fact I have written disturbing sexual scenes in my works that I found complicatedly erotic, and, no, those scenes are not ‘torture porn’ as a result. Like I said yesterday, I object to the notion and term torture porn. I explained my reasoning, and I don’t think I need to elaborate further. I like the new Tyler the Creator album. I think it’s his best since the first one. Gaspar Noe is most definitely straight. I think ‘Love’ pretty much made that as clear as day. ** Nicholas, Hey. Ah, just fall for him, man. Life’s short. I just started Alistair’s novel and, no surprise, its fantastic, so, obviously, get it. Theoretically, I like the idea of a museum painted all black. It’s novel. Absinthe just gave me a splitting headache and nothing more. It was sad. ** Sypha, Hi, James. Oh, okay, about the movie. It’ll be a plane-r for. Thank you very much for the information about the Ordo Templi Orientis. That’s extremely interesting to know. Huh. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! My pleasure about the Martel post, of course. It’s totally possible and even recommended to be patient and realistic and excited and proud at the same time. That’s how I feel — or at least am trying to feel — about ‘Permanent Green Light’. The Palestine installation was kind of just goofy, to be honest with you. I’m still trying to fight off some laziness too. I figure it being August makes that okay-ish, but the fight continues. My day wasn’t much, actually. Mostly organized some things. The hours just kind of slipped by. Oh, well. Soon enough I’ll be longing for these nothing-ish days. And I will try to take advantage of Tuesday. How was yours? ** Jeff J, Hi. I’m new to Martel’s work, like I said, but ‘La Cienaga’ is my big favorite of her films so far. I didn’t get to indulge in the Bandcamp feast yesterday for no good reason, but I will today. Mark my word if marking it seems like an interesting thing to do. ** Jamie, Hello hello hello. Okay, I’ll quit making things worse by asking about the wifi thing and condemning whoever is the cause of your deprivation. I’m good enough. Yes, I put the Kiarostami Day back together yesterday, and it’ll launch here in the next two weeks. Thanks for suggesting that. Yeah, ‘wedding’ is just a weird form. How you’re supposed to react to it is too built-in and predetermined or something. Maybe happiness is something that shouldn’t be ritualized? Or, rather, the display of happiness? I don’t know. Today, not sure yet. Stuff I should do and even need to do re: work and projects that I will hopefully bring myself to attempt or do. Otherwise, not really sure. Strange lazy days these days over here. Was the hospital appointment okay/successful? Did the faceless corporation give good phone? Rock your today, yeah? Non-argurable love, Dennis. ** S., No, never seen ‘Aqua Teen’. TV and I have become pretty much estranged. Except for random French stuff. Good question about the realness why. Really happy with your life? Fuck yeah! Them’s the opposite of fighting words. Ghost stories book, yes! Get it, make it! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. I really liked ‘La Cienaga’. I love your YnY’s future-related buzz. It infectiously tingly. ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Cool, glad. I only know the publicized outline of ‘Detroit’s’ story, but it does seem like a lot to have taken on. But ambition is good. My dad always said we were related to, shit, some big famous guy or general or someone who fought at the Alamo. I can’t remember his name. I have a couple of other friends who are also obsessed with Patti Labelle sweet potato pie. Gonna check one out if I’m ever within its market. ** Okay. Please do enjoy Jim Post’s gift of an art show for you today. See you tomorrow.