ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Jaakko Pallasvuo
Master of New Sincerity Jaakko Pallasvuo, who recently exhibited alongside Jon Rafman and Constant Dullaart at ARCO Madrid for Future Gallery, has created a website dedicated to 'nu painting'; a continuous scroll of dexterously crafted Photoshop imagery. The site addresses his past 'crisis of meaning' in the act of painting that led to the transference of his painterly interest to the medium of Photoshop. PSD files are created, added to a folder and removed - 'sacrificed' - once a physical version has been ordered. Take a look here: www.nupainting.com
ART WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: DISimages.com
DIS Magazine's latest venture takes the form of a fully functioning studio for the production of stock images, available to pore over or purchase at the newly launched website, disimages.com. Simultaneously drawing upon and adding to the ubiquitous phenomenon of the stock image, the DIS team are constructing and photographing contrived situations, acted out by models, with the help of a multitude of artist-collaborators including Anne de Vries and Timur Si Qin.
ART LEGEND OF THE WEEK: Marcel Duchamp
One of the most significant figures in Modern art - and whose influence still persists - Marcel Duchamp famously questioned the accepted conventions of art and the artworld with his series of Readymades, before dispensing with art practice in favour of chess-playing. The current exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery explores Duchamp's influence on Abstract Expressionists Jasper Johns, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, a welcome reminder of his permeating and continuous effect on the course of art history.
OPENING OF THE WEEK: Rob Chavasse at The Sunday Painter
Rob Chavasse, whose work has previously graced Bubblebyte.org and Bold Tendencies has produced a varied yet consistently fascinating body of work over the past few years, from sound works to sculptures, single channel projections to lighting installations. So it will be interesting to see what new manifestations will appear in The Sunday Painter this Friday night at the opening of Chavasse's solo exhibition, OFF SEASON. The exhibition will run from 22 February to 17 March 2013.
ART BOOK OF THE WEEK: Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind
To accompany its current showcase, Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind, the British Museum is offering a little bit of prehistory for your bookshelf with its hardback exhibition catalogue. The book uncovers early symbolism in the 40,000 year-old relics of sculpture, drawing and ornamentation of the last Ice Age whilst drawing parallels with modern image-making.