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ARTmonday: 8 Motel Room Murders By Airco Caravan

I love the retro air of these small oils on canvas by Dutch artist Airco Caravan. Little did I realize there are sinister stories behind these motel room paintings, which are part of her “Crime Scene” series.

Airco Caravan told Yen Magazine that the motel room paintings series began when she noticed how casually murder is reported on the news. “Horrible things like this are in my head all the time. . .,” she says. “It freaks me out that people are so happy to kill each other. I don’t understand it.”

Caravan, who is based in Amsterdam,  extensively researches the back stories using online newspaper archives. She usually worked from photographs, devising her own colour palette for her paintings of the motel rooms. As a child growing up in Europe she was fascinated by this type of comfortable room that symbolized the American dream.

She says, “After a crime has been committed the room is still there. It just looks like an ordinary motel room. But what does it do to your view when you know what happened there?”

In another of Airco Caravan’s series, “100 Murders,” she photographs footpaths in New York where people have been murdered. “Other people just walk all over it, having fun, being a tourist, whatever,” she says. “But somebody actually died there.”

I think I’ll stick to the Ritz.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Possession of a Deadly Weapon, 2012

Authorities were called to the Delaware Riverview Motel, after an employee discovered the victim. Homicide detectives arrested a woman after finding some of her personal items in the motel room where the victim was found. She has been charged with 1st degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of
a deadly weapon by a person prohibited.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Motel Slaying, 2012

King County prosecutors have filed murder charges against three 19-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl in connection in the slaying of  a 47-year-old man. The sheriff’s office says witnesses saw the victim  drive up and enter a room of SeaTac Motel. Within a few minutes they  heard an argument and then a gun shot. The victim stumbled out of the room and collapsed. He died at the scene.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Lifeless Bodies of Two Children, 2012

Broke and jobless a woman killed her young sons in an Orangeburg motel, then strapped their lifeless bodies into their car seats before rolling the vehicle into a South Carolina river, authorities said. She drove to a motel with the 2-year-old and 18-month-old boys. Late that night, in a corner room tucked at the back of the rundown, one-story motel
complex, she suffocated the boys with her hands.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Suicide By Gun, 2012

Wichita Police now say the shooting at the Stratford House Motel was  a suicide. Police were called to the motel Friday night and found a 23-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her head. According to Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers, the young woman was found dead at the Stratford House Motel in the 5500 block of West Kellogg, near I-235 and Kellogg.
Police are interviewing witnesses and continuing to investigate.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Hotel Homicide, 2011

A man will face a second-degree murder charge after a stabbing at the  Motel 6 in Brandon. Police were called to the Trans-Canada Highway hotel around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, where they found the body of a 63-year-old man in one of the third-floor rooms, with injuries to his upper body. There is speculation from hotel staff and patrons that the
victim was killed by his own 26-year-old son.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Fractured Skull, 2013

A man beat a handcuffed guest to death inside an Elkton motel, Room 418. Court records list a fractured skull as one of the many injuries that he suffered during a “mutual combat fight” that, at some point, turned into an alleged deadly assault. According to court records, the man continuously beat the victim in the head with the leg of a chair that had been broken during their fight.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

Overdose, 2013

Two people were found dead in an Athens motel after what a sheriff’s investigator suspects was a ‘pill party’. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s were found dead at the Starlight Motel after investigators responded to a call from another hotel guest. A ‘pill party’ involves mixed prescription medications passed around in a bowl. Investigators are waiting for lab results to determine the contents of the pills.

Motel Room Murder Scene Paintings By Airco Caravan

14 Stab Wounds, 2013

The prime suspect in the brutal slaying murder of a 38-old municipal employee was arrested on Saturday. The victim, who succumbed to 14 stab wounds in different parts of the body, was a former live-in partner of the suspect. She checked-in alone at Room 45 of the Mariposa Lodge III motel. 30 minutes later, a man also checked-in. As he left, the employees
found the woman dead, lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

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ARTmonday: Jealously Curated in Kendall Square

If you like my ARTmonday posts you are likely a huge fan of the Jealous Curator blog by Danielle Krysa

Now a collection of work by East Coast artists who have all been featured on  The Jealous Curator Cambridge are participating in Jealously Curated, an exhibition at Voltage Coffee & Art in Kendall Square. The show starts today, November 23, 2015 and runs through January 22, 2016.

Here is a sampling of work by nine artists taking part in the East Coast edition of Jealously Curated.

Portrait By Anna Jensen Jealous Curator

Anna Jensen, I Feel Too Much Thy Blessing, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
Anna Jensen describes her paintings as psychological landscapes that combine references to art history, pop culture,, natural science, and personal chronicles.

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Airco Caravan, Possession of a Deadly Weapon, 2012
Oil on canvas
Airco Caravano lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. This painting is part of a series called “Crime Scene” and depicts a room at the Delaware Riverview Motel where an employee discovered a murder victim.

Floral Anatomy By JennY Brown Jealous Curator

Jenny Brown, Heavenly Organ
Ink, pen, and found collage on paper
Boston-born artist Jenny Brown earned an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bicycle Painting By Taliah Tempert Jealous Curator

Taliah Lempert
Brooklyn-based artist Taliah Lempert studied at the New York Academy of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lempert combines her two passions: painting and cycling.

Contemporary Abstract By Zin Helena Song Jealous Curator

Zin Helena Song, Flat Polygon #2, 2015
Mixed media on wood
Korean-born, New York-based artist Zin Helena Song paints sharp-edged abstract wooden sculptures.

Divers Poolside By Jessica Brilli Jealous Curator

Jessica Brilli, False Start
Quincy, Massachusetts-based artist Jessica Brilli is  inspired by slides found at yard sales and in basements in New York and Massachusetts. She scours flea markets and antique shops for everyday objects.

Floral Lawn Chairs By Leah Giberson Jealous Curator

Leah GibersonFloral Pair, 2013
Acrylic over archival pigment print on panel

Leah Giberson was raised by artists deep in the woods of New Hampshire, but tends to depict scenes from suburbia.  She earned a B.F.A. in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997 and has lived in Boston ever since.

Wood Pile By Jeremy Miranda Jealous Curator

Jeremy Miranda
Jeremy Miranda, who was born in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art, paints out of his studio on the coast of New Hampshire.

Portrait By Erin Fitzpatrick Jealous Curator

Erin Fitzpatrick, Sarah, 2013
Oil on birch panel
Baltimore native and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art,Erin Fitzpatrick, began her current series of portraits in 2008.

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