Sunday, November 05, 2006

Reject Effect: CCS alumni hallway

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Alumni & Faculty Hall: Celebrity Makeovers by Reject Effect - an artists' collective feature maria prainito and tim gaewsky. (above ryan seacrest)
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These photo-collages are the type of work that need more than just a glance. Some might say..."oh, I used to doodle on my TV Guide or People magazine" but it is the presentation and the act of making these deliberate mockeries that interest me. They appear to be ripped out magazine pages that have been purposefully scribbled on and then re-printed. They act as a derogatory statement on the "industry's" need for perfection, and how celebrities/media culture will do anything to change themselves including all sorts of plastic surgery and photo-airbrushing. So isn't it the best commentary to have artists distort the truth of their "flawless" personas? I thought these were really smart pieces and well worth checking out.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open Call For Digital Art And Photography

107 West Fifth Street - Los Angeles, CA 90013

Director: Rex Bruce


LACDA announces our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $1500-$2000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery from December 14, 2006-January 6, 2007. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Five second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24x36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group shows. Second place winners will be scheduled into group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Many entrants from past competitions have already been included in our exhibits.

Winners will be announced November 30, 2006.

Registration fee is $30US.

Deadline for entries: November 19, 2006

Direct link to for registration:
Online registration only.

Complete prospectus:

For questions email us at
No phone calls please.

Gallery Statement:
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, supporting local, international, emerging and established artists. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, and produce editions of wide format archival prints.

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
107 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first Ryan Seacrest piece reminds me of the recent work of Douglas Gordon. He did a show just over a month ago at Gagosian of burnt stock celebrity photos, most from the 80s and earlier. All were mounted on mirrors with the exhibition titled: Self-Portraits of You + Me

Here's a link:

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celebrity Makeovers is one of RejectEffect's ongoing projects. If you are interested in participating or would like to see makeovers others have done you can visit our site at
We try to update the site frequently.

Thanks for looking.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nolansimon what does your statement mean? can you add anything constructive about the work not just how it reminds you of something?

9:45 AM  
Blogger art blogs are fun said...

Make sure you watch the videos:

especially "**Impermanent Sculpture"

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's also the guy who became famous by drawing Nike logos on fash photos/famous models faces from Vogue etc.

It is commenting on the work, if there are other artists working similarly. It creates a richer vocabulary and maybe even something larger to talk about vis-a-vis the work at hand.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

medial 2. art biennial

Exhibition dates : January 28 '07 - December 28 '07
Open : Art Addiction Medial Museum
Art Addiction Medial Museum
E-mail :


Andrea Pagnez




Christopher Chamber
New York



France Doyon



Marta Dimitrescu




André Russu



Åke Wallén



All entries go through a one-step screening process.
The competition is judged solely by visuals submitted inline or attachment (send to : Minimum 4 works and maximum 12 works.
We can review your site for this purpose.
Grand Prize: One Artist will be awarded $2,000.
Optional : One Artists will be awarded two-pages in "FAMOUS 100 Contemporary Artists", volume two ( value $4,490.00).
Prize of Excellence: Tvo Artist will be awarded $500 / each.
Optional : Two Artist will be awarded one-page in "FAMOUS 100 Contemporary Artists" volume two (value $2,250.00 / each).
Honorable Mention: 100 Artists will be selected for Diploma of Excellence (Honorable Award)

Entry Procedure

The first screening is FREE and is conducted by review of website for this purpose or on Jpeg image files [ .JPG ] of the submitted work online (send to :
Applicants who receive notification of passing the first screening should provide the works by e-mailed computer files (.JPG ]attachment send to :
Materials to be received
Minimum 4 works and maximum 12 works submited online or attachment (send to :
Work Size
Submit the exhibition : image files .JPG 72 dpi / 400 pix..
Submission Period
November 01 – January 25
Application fee
There is a US$ 50 / Euro 40 entry fee for 4 works (image files .JPG, slides or photographs) and US$10 / Euro 8 for each additional work. Maximum 12 works.
The competition fee must be included with the submission - submitters whose entries pass the screening. Payment by check, money orders (ask for address); Western Union or by card (pay pal).
January 25, 2007
E-mail to :

1. The organizers assure the submitted works for one year period virtual exposure on Art Addiction Medial Museum from January 28 '07 - December 28 '07 to the time Medial 2. Art Biennial close. 2. The organizers shall reserve the right to reproduce the accepted works for the purpose of recording and promoting the exhibition. 3. One exhibition catalogue (printed or CD Multimedia) will be given to all submitters of accepted works.
*All inquiries should be made in writing, or e-mail.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is up with the constant call for entries postings on this blog?

Aren't these just money makers enticing people with prize money which they more then make up for in the entry fee?

I hate spam. What's the name for blog spam?

Is it Spog?

Whoever is doing it stop!

If we want to be in your crummy lame show will let you know!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ann, maybe you could set up a seperate page for people to post their call for entries'? That way they're all consolidated in one place for reference and not cluttering up other threads?

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people just want your money and they could give a shit about the quality of the show.

Their leeches.

Their poor failed artists who make a buck off other desperate artists.

Wow! First prize gets a jpeg printed on canvas. Great, then I can turn around and sell it at the Holiday Inn for $20 bucks. Pathetic. This is one serious orginization.

"Open to all geographical locations"

Please! Everyone send us your money.

Also, I love how the exhibit is scheduled through the holidays, so its probably actually only open to the public a third of the time.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$50 entry fee. These people are making a killing.

But I gues you could be put in the book "FAMOUS 100 Contemporary Artists" if you win so it must be worth it.

Why don't hey just tell us we won a million dollars but in order to recieve the prize we have to send them $10,000.

Lame. Don;t submit. These people are pathetic!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the best part about this show is the lack of an age on Maria's celebrity makeover.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelley Walker. Need I say more about manipulated ad/mags:

Using the famous Maui air crash photo which appeared on the cover of Benetton’s magazine Colours in 1995, Kelley Walker explores the currency of media images as a platform where abjection and desire become indistinguishable. Obscuring the picture with a mesh of candy-coloured dots, Walker visualises the clothing company’s ‘united colours’ slogan, and makes reference to the pixelised format of digital media. Maui is both appealing and appalling: exposing the malleable nature of the meaning of images, Walker questions a world order where human value is calibrated equally by fashion and trauma.

Combining the Zen of advertising with the metaphysical qualities of abstract painting, Kelley Walker’s Marantz Model… encapsulates an uneasy spiritualism of a lost generation. Overlaying a 70s advert for a stereo classic with geometric patterns, Walker sets consumer product as the basis of escapism. Cutting through the centre with a translucent yellow band, and obscuring the turntable with a psychedelic pattern, Walker makes reference to Barnett Newman’s transcendental colourfields, and the mandalas used in Buddhist meditation, reducing both to a concept of design. Rendered through computer manipulation, Walker’s iconic image is manufactured and hollow; a sentiment echoed in the stereo’s instruction label reading ‘auto shut off’.

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. It's great that you know or found an artists who also altered a magazine cover!

I think everyone understands that there will always be work by an artist that may have similarities with other artists' work, whether it be the use of imagery or material. A piece may remind you of another artist, which is good, but take alittle extra time to investigate what the artists intentions are and how the work functions. You may find something more interesting to say than superficial comparisons.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think any comparisons are superficial. if the work is done in the same spirit but separately, it implies a trend.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
This is different

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a waste of time

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone read the guest book at the gallery? the show seems to be really upsetting people. I wonder what the reason for that is.

9:58 AM  

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