Messages Behind the Glossy Images

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Stefania Fersini’s paintings offer meditations on representations of women in fashion magazines and the linchpin consumerist node of appearance. Beginning with pages ripped from LOVE, The WILD, Wonderland, and other such publications, these paintings prompt us to consider the relationship between these glossy images and the degree of veneer in our own lives.

Fersini’s paintings of slightly crumpled magazine pages emphasize the highlights reflected by studio lights shining on the pages’ gloss coated finish. Creases and reflections partly obscure the women of these spreads; their half-parted lips, half-lidded eyes, and laconic poses all markedly and excessively similar. Wrinkle and highlight relegate those who once posed as goddess facsimiles to quickly fleeting images. With Fersini’s equal focus on the photographic image and its lustrous surface, the eye flits between recognizing the original photograph’s perceptual depth–what it depicts–and the image as a physical/material object. Fersini’s painstaking technique monumentalizes these images, despite the ephemeral nature of fashion.

Her work is currently on view at 101 Exhibit and will run through October 17 at the West Hollywood space, located at 8920 Melrose Ave on the corner of North Almont Drive.

Holistic Vibes with Visionary Art Project

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Visionary Art Project was born out of stylist Mia Morgan, make-up artist Georgina Billington and photographer Lindsay Adler and their love for creating beautiful Imagery. Those beautiful beauty series of elaborate women portraits are inspired by shamanism, wisdom, sacred geometry and are all part of their Kickstarter project.

Find out more on the project at


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Street artist Vermibus lives and works in Berlin where he collects advertising posters from the streets, using them in his studio as the base material for his work. There, a process of transformation begins. Using clear spirits as a solvent, he brushes away the faces and flesh of the models appearing in the posters in addition to any brand logos in an effort to defy and blur beauty standards. Vermibus’ acts of disfiguration speak to the dehuminization caused by image retouching in campaigns and throughout media. Once the transformation is complete, he then reintroduces the adverts back into their original context, hijacking their original purpose along with the publicity. Genius!

See more of his work at


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You know by now that we are crazy aboutcollages & mixed media and Spanish artistRocio Montoya has some pretty amazing ones! Her interest is particularly focused on the experimental portrait, approached through different plastic techniques and always with photography as the essential basis of each final artwork .


Her specialty is the experimental photography and then she immersed herself in the field of visual arts by curiosity to express her concerns and the need to seek beauty as a means of escape and personal enjoyment.

 Be sure to check her photographic work as well ->