Sergio Teran – Artist Echo Park Los Angeles Masks in Paintings & Drawings

Sergio Teran  Artist Echo Park Los Angeles

My Interest in Masks

I am a big fan of cultures which have traditions with masks. Since my childhood I’ve admired people who perform with and make masks. I am fascinated by their historical uses/connection across cultures, i.e., ceremonial, ritual (as in death), theatrical, decadent celebration, etc. Even utilitarian masks become a symbol for what they are used for. I understand masks to posses great spiritual strength. The right mask has the ability to ward off evil, heal the sick, or protect and transcend human reality. They are otherworldly. To some, masks strike fear because they can obscure an identity. In my work the mask is the identity and the players in my stories are never hiding, but encompass the spirit of the mask.

My paintings and drawings are deeply personal and represent streams of thought based on personal experiences and the individuals who have influenced my life. I paint realistically, but not necessarily academically. My flaws represent the idiosyncrasies of my personal vision. I characterize my approach as magical surreal. Symbolic tableaus weave into non-linear narratives. They are backdrops of colliding realities: my past, present, and imagined experiences. I was raised in a working-class household of immigrant parents. My mother was a seamstress and my father, a welder/ ironworker. They both relied on the mastery of their skills to put food on the table. The exposure to their labor carried over into my psyche. Consequently, I favor a physicality to art-making, and I try to imbue the art object with that quality.

written by Artist Sergio Teran

Preformance Transfiguration Olivier de Sagazan live mask

TRANSfiGURATion from salquebre emilie on Vimeo.

TRansfiguration, performance de Olivier de Sagazan
10.10.09, demeure du chaos

Artist Olivier de Sagazan creates a hybrid practice integrating paintings, photography, sculpture, and performance. His series Transfiguration began in 2001. De Sagazan builds layers of clay over his face and body transforming into an animal broken from the physical world. Unsettling work transfiguring malevolence into a  maniacal vulnerable  canvas. The artist states: “I am interested in seeing to what degree people think its normal, or even trite, to be alive.” Olivier de Sagazan has exhibited widely in France and Europe,Canada, Brésil Corée in art galleries, museums, and film festivals. With an cult following online, and rave reviews about his expressive and inimitable style, it is no wonder de Sagazan’s remarkable “body art” work’s featured in the non-verbal film Samsara, the Sequel to Baraka, directed by Ron Fricke. This ARtist creates art which assaults. Its not cheap art, wall art. It doesn’t come packaged as in art kits. Its online art but not in a collection. Bathroom art, store art, art which the matches the drapes this is not.


Olivier De Sagazan on Facebook

Photo of Art Mask Photoshopped

Photo Paper Art Mask

I made a bunch of these art masks. I use them in videos they have a real animated quality to them on film. I like to pass the photos and film through photoshop to give it an extra hyperreality. I’m mad angry sad happy etc. I’ve made art masks for many years. A few years back I had a purging. I guess I restocking the inventory.

> Hit the Like button to the right next to the ape face where it says  SezVez on Facebook

SezVez aug 2012

Rugs turned to Art Masks


photography: Cornelie de Jong

Bertjan Pot  Rugs Turned to Masks

May 26 | 1975 | Nieuwleusen | The Netherlands

Bertjan designs products, often Interior products. The way interior products relate to their users appeals to Bertjan. Interior products are not distant and hardcore industrial like power tools, cars and buildings. And they are not just personal hip fashion. Furniture and lighting design really fits the method of Bertjan’s work. Starting small, playing with and focusing on a material or a technique. Bertjan searches for a system, the DNA, which will use as building stones for something bigger. Optimal use of a material and technique make a valuable product, each ingredient humbly present complementing the others. Bertjan makes products which are more than the function they have to fulfill. Bertjan’s method is both technical and intuitive. Intuition is hard to explain. For every decision we make there are several reasons. Some mentioned, but the best are silently accepted. Her technical interest and creative fantasies are a way to push the boundaries of Industrial production. Intelligence mixed with a little ignorance might realize our dreams.

Studio Bertjan Pot

Bertjan Pot, Vladi Rapaport and Marjolein Fase

Proud to be in the collection of:Victoria & Albert Museum, London – Shrunken bench and Random Light
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam – Random Chair (prototype), Carbon Copy, Excavated Vase, Old Fruit Versatile.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – Random Chair, Carbon Copy, Carbon Chair
FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporain/National Fund for Contemporary Art) – Old Fruit, Versatile
MoMa New York – Carbon Chair (created in cooperation with Marcel Wanders)

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