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i would like mine to be aurel schmidt.

aurel schmidt is a really rad artist who was born in canada and now lives and works in new york. if you do a google search for ms schmidt, it’s hard to find an actual artist’s website amongst all the hype and magazine articles, but we encourage you to try.

in the meantime, here is a show she did at saatchi gallery (london) entitled body swallows world. here is another show she did at the very trendy deitch projects (ny) called man eater.

 

 

 

so not only is she an insanely talented illustrator in terms of being able to draw a damn good banana peel, but she manages to take her ridiculously accurate eye for detail and mimicry and use it in the service of beautiful sorta subversive art that is much much more than a damn good banana peel. aurel schmidt is arcimboldo trapped in a pretty lady’s body, wandering around new york city wondering at the trash and using it like vegetables to make a drippy trippy face. she uses average things (the aforementioned banana peel, cigarette butts, etc) and collects them into a context, creating art that’s part contemporary drawing, part duchampian ready-made, part ode to new york and its detruitus. in an interview in tokion magazine, she said “if i could do anything, it would be laughing at life without being ironic.”

 

so you see, aurel schmidt is not only a kickass artist but also a really really cool and centered very special lady.

 

also aurel schmidt paints her fingernails lime green and so do i.

 

 

[ stefanie ]

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