You’ve probably heard about them — the ubiquitous insecticide that lurks within the plant and isn’t sprayed on like traditional pesticides. Neonicotinoids, as the name suggests, are similar in composition to nicotine and cause certain neurological receptors to be over-stimulated in insects. As a result, bugs that feast on plant tissue that has absorbed the chemical soon incur neurological damage, which can cause paralysis and death. This systemic type of pesticide, which includes imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin, is applied to seeds and absorbed into the plant as it grows, creating an life-long resistance to mostly corn- and soybean-hungry insects. Throughout the European Union, they’re also applied to sunflowers, oil seed rape (canola) and sugar beets.
Presenting the snap, crackle and pop that defined the 50s and 60s of American life, Robert Mars’ work depicts our beloved icons at their apex, ever patriotic underneath some stars and stripes. Over time his pieces have grown louder, busier and more colorful, playfully mirroring his “city that never sleeps.” In a Q&A session with Dirty Laundry, Robert described his journey as a designer-turned-artist, and detailed his creative process.
Welcome to the fantastical world of Sara Blake’s distortion – the meeting place for a seemingly endless laundry list of themes. With an organic touch, Sara’s work conveys secrecy, fluidity, femininity, dreams, and, well, see for yourself. Talking to Dirty Laundry, Sara described the process of flirting with that middle ground between commercial and personal work, plus her in-the-zone mentality of letting go.
Deconstructing Ben Grasso, Dirty Laundry tried to pin down his source of inspiration for disassembling structures. Ben’s paintings pull apart construction, offering a 3-D insight on a two-dimensional canvas, all the while tugging at the feeling of suspension. In his Q&A, the unexpected ice sculptor talked about his artistic process, and his back-burner dreams to one day go Bauhaus on a budget.