a tale of a few cities

Peter Combe, (se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012

Peter Combe(se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012

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Visual AIDS, Postcards From the Edge, NYC

I am in such good company here – who doesn’t  recognize a Marilyn Minter when they see one?

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS.

Postcards From the Edge is a unique fundraiser where each of the 1,500+ postcard-sized artworks are uniformly priced at only $85.00. All works are displayed anonymously, with the artis’s identity revealed only after the work is purchased. Featuring artworks by Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, John Waters, Donald Baechler, Marilyn Minter, Ed Ruscha, Polly Apfelbaum, Adam Fuss, Kiki Smith, John Baldessari, Louise Fishman, Ross Bleckner, Barry McGee, Kay Rosen, Marcel Dzama, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann, Louise Lawler, Bill Jensen, Jane Hammond, Ann Hamilton, Hans Haacke, William Wegman, Kate Shepherd, Zoe Leonard, Jack Pierson, Lawrence Weiner, Pat Steir, Thomas Woodruff and over 1450 others.

There will be a Preview Party Friday, January 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Benefit Sale of postcard-sized art begins on Saturday, January 7th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, January 8th from Noon until 4 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit VisualAIDS.

Damien Rudd

Posted in Art, artist statement, artists, Gif, Photography, pictures, portraits, Prints, still life by petercombe on December 5, 2011

25 year old Damien Rudd is a student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Says Rudd, “I always try to demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be. To immerse ourselves in the oblivion of actions and know we’re making it happen.

Top, from the series Attraction and Repulsion (2010), Simple illustrated line diagrams have been superimposed over the photographic images to force the viewer to examine the content from a different perspective. The work was inspired by ballet dancer William Forsythe’s piece Human Writes (2005) in which the body becomes a tool to create and manipulate negative space.

Middle, gif portrait from the series Happiness (2009). , Bottom, Foam Head, 2011


My Submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC

Peter Combe, Damien Hirst at SFMOMA, 2011 

Above is my submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC. When I saw Andy Bosselman’s photo of San Francisco based artist, Xiang Gao outside SFMOMA – I cracked up and knew I wanted to incorporate Damien Hirst‘s noggin.

Postcards from the Edge is an exhibit and benefit sale of over 1500 one-of-a-kind postcard-size works of art by established and emerging artists. All artworks at Postcards from the Edge benefit are exhibited anonymously. The works are signed on the back only and though viewers receive a list of all participating artists, they don’t know who created which piece until purchased.

Postcards from the Edge will be hosted at Cheim & Read from January 6-8, 2012

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting HIV+ artists.

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Andrey Bogush, Sandwich on Plate with Flowers, 2011

Posted in Art, art criticism, artists, Ceramics, Collage, cut & paste, Photography, pictures, Prints, Symmetry by petercombe on October 30, 2011

Andrey Bogush, Sandwich on Plate with Flowers, 2011

 

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Andrey Bogush’s work above has been selected among 4 other artist’s works as finalists for the Still/Life contest at Foam Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam. I like Andrey’s work and have featured it before. In addition to a refined sense of colour, there is an underlying current of the macabre found lurking beneath the surface of much of his work. I can’t figure out whether an element of Andrey’s original artistic approach is geographically based or educationally influenced. Perhaps it is both. Andrey was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and educated at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, Finland.

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet

Peter Combe, A TRUE LOVE UNVEILED (AVENUE DE TOURVILLE), 2011

My toast to Bastille Day, a little Pariscentric anagram.

Hamish Carr & Nicky Wynnchuk, Goethe Puked Here

Posted in Art, Photography, Prints, silkscreen by petercombe on November 16, 2010

Hamish Carr & Nicky WynnchukGoethe Puked Here, 2008

The sign in German featured in Carr & Wynnchuk‘s silkscreen, ‘HIER KOTZTE GOETHE’, (Goethe threw up here), actually exists in the sleepy German town known as Tübingen. Over the ages, many of Germany’s great poets and thinkers such as philosophers Hegel and Schelling and scientists Alzheimer and Kepler have at one time called the university town of home. The great German writer Goethe even threw up here. Tübingen’s Altstadt (Old City) is one of the best preserved Altstädte in Germany. The Stiftskirches bell tower, which is open to visitors, is a beacon peeking out over the half-timbered houses, luring locals and guests to the surrounding cobblestoned streets. The Stiftskirsche’s seminary shaped and moulded the philosopher Georg Hegel, Hölderlin and their friend and philosopher Friedrich Schelling. The welcoming doors to this 500-year-old sanctuary also serve as a marker where across the way, philosopher and writer Johann von Goethe lost his lunch in such a spectacular way, a sign hangs above the spot to commemorate the wondrous event.

Joseph Beuys, Cosmos und Damian

Posted in Art, offset lithograph on paper, Prints by petercombe on September 11, 2010

Joseph Beuys, 1974, Cosmos und Damian, 5-7/8 x 4-1/8″

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