Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

anthropologie + hatch show print

June 10, 2009

The June Anthropologie catalog is stunning! The beautiful use of type and colors are absolutely wonderful. The creative team at Athropologie collaborated with Hatch Show Print to create the amazing piece. Check it out!

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jon klassen

June 3, 2009

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One of my new favorite artists, Jon Klassen. I LOVE his use of color, content (lots of nature), and texture.

Evelin Kasikov

June 1, 2009

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I first became aware of Evelin Kasikov last week when some of her work was featured on Black Eiffel. I was completely blown away and contacted her immediately to see if she was interested in being the first of our mini-interviews with artists, designers and crafters. Evelin graciously accepted. After reading her responses to our questions, I think I might love her work even more. I definitely recommend spending some time looking at her site and exploring some of the other pages of her beautiful books.

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Read the complete Q & A and see more work, after the jump.

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Font-y Friday: Wayne White

May 29, 2009

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Todd Oldham has a book coming out in a few days, entitled Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve. It’s not about himself; he’s got respect aplenty after all. It’s about Wayne White, and honestly it’s a hilariously appropriate title for the first comprehensive monograph of an artist who’s been making awesome and original art for 30 years.

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Beauty’s Embarrassin!

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His M.O. for the last decade has been basically painting giant, usually funny typography “realistically” into mass-produced “kitsch” landscape paintings — that is to say, using their perspective and lighting and often reflections and gravity too. This, years before things like Panic Room‘s opening titles made a trend of floating type in physical perspective, or for that matter before indie artists made upcycling/overpainting found art cool.

Oh, and he used to do sets for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and directed Peter Gabriel’s video for “Big Time” — possibly the best video ever. Several more paintings [PG-13 for language], and the Big Time video (because we both know it’s been too long) after the jump.

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oslo national academy of the arts

May 26, 2009

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It’s always interesting seeing what design students are working on these days. Pretty nice colors and textures found on Under Construction.

Cardon Copy

May 25, 2009

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Cardon Copy is a pretty awesome project from designer Cardon Webb in which he redesigned found fliers and tear-offs and then replaced the originals with his redesigned posters. Conceptually I think it is a pretty neat project, but I also like that each poster was designed in a distinct style.

More posters after the jump.

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Heather Benning’s Dollhouse

May 22, 2009

So, I know that many people have already blogged about this (we found it on Famille Summerbelle’s blog, who found it on Design Shimmer), but I am insanely in love with Heather Benning’s life-sized dollhouse from 2007. What’s not to love? Farmhouse? Check! Dollhouse? Check! Canada? Check! The Saskatchewan artist converted an abandoned farmhouse in Manitoba into a full-sized, livable dollhouse. And, oh, how I’d love to live in it.

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Oh, and on a doll-related note, a current project of Benning’s is Field Doll, a 12-foot tall mixed-media sculpture of a doll that Benning has carried around with her on her travels.

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Enjoy more photos of Benning’s delightful dollhouse after the jump.

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show posters

May 20, 2009

Three of the four experts are going to see the Decemberists play tonight at the newly-restored and reopened, historic Fox Theater in Oakland. Since I’m a big fan of silkscreen, gig posters and the Decemberists, here is a collection of some of their beautiful show posters.

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Even more posters, and all the poster credits, after the jump.

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my new chair

May 20, 2009

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Thought I’d share with you all my new chair. Funny how a new piece of furniture can bring me so much joy. If you like vintage furniture as much as I do, definitely check out Amandromeda online!

Kusho

May 19, 2009

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I find these shots by Shinichi Maruyama absolutely stunning. He photographs (extremely fast) midair combinations of water and black ink. Not only is the subject matter a reference to traditional sumi paintings and calligraphy, but formally an exploration of the variety of ways the two – light/dark, opaque/clear – oppose and combine with each other, making them an apt metaphor for just about everything. I love the thoroughness of this exploration almost as much as the beauty of the individual pieces.
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Lots more, and higher-res, at shinichimaruyama.com.

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New Work from Noah Dasho

May 19, 2009

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Noah Dasho just sent over some images of a beautiful new etching he just finished called Conversations. It is a 12″ x 16″ two-plate etching (softground, aquatint, spitbite) with added watercolor.

View some of Noah’s older work after the jump.

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hues for you.

May 18, 2009

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Thought I’d do a little post with some old photos I’d taken while out and about in San Francisco. Funny how these photos were all taken at completely different places/times, but they somehow all go together. Happy Monday!

Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT

May 15, 2009

We went to a number of museums on our trip, but hands-down the most interesting exhibition we saw was Jenny Holzer‘s Protect Protect.

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Jenny Holzer, “MONUMENT”, 2008.

Texts: “Truisms”, 1977-79; “Inflammatory Essays”, 1979-82. © 2009 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Vassilij Gureev. Collection of the artist; courtesy Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Berlin and London; and Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow

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Jenny Holzer, “For Chicago”, 2008.

Texts: “Truisms”, 1977-79; “Inflammatory Essays”, 1979-82; “Living”, 1980-82; “Survival”, 1983-85; “Under a Rock”, 1986; “Laments”, 1989; “Mother and Child”, 1990; “War”, 1992; “Lustmord”, 1993-95; “Erlauf”, 1995; “Arno”, 1996; “Blue”, 1998; and “Oh”, 2001. © 2009 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Attilio Maranzano. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund

The show includes a variety of media, not only the LED signs that Holzer is best known for (shown above, but, as you might expect, the pictures can’t begin to do them justice), but also a series called Redaction Paintings which reproduce government documents about torture at large scale. The show is incredibly affecting; the matter-of-fact tone of the transcripts of marines discussing a war we are still engaged in can be a little hard to stomach, but are very important to read.

Here is an excerpt from The Whitney’s text about the show:

The works in this exhibition feature selections of Holzer’s writings from 1977 to 2001, as well as declassified pages from U.S. government documents she has used as source material since 2004. The exhibition’s subtitle PROTECT PROTECT derives from texts detailing plans for the Iraq war, yet it also relates to the problematic power of personal desire, as encapsulated in one of Holzer’s best-known statements: PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT.

Whether she is using her own idiomatic texts, borrowing the words of international poets, or citing formerly classified materials containing policy debates, battle plans, and testimonies of American soldiers and detainees in U.S. custody, Holzer works between the public and private, the body politic and the body, the universal and the particular. Always timely, she provides a range of opinions, attitudes, and voices in works infused with formal beauty, sensitivity, and power.

Holzer is a favorite of ours from way back. She appeals to our love of type and also a social consciousness in artwork that is rare. From her Truisms, which were like incredible bursts of keen observation executed in a variety of media, through Lustmord, which dealt rather chillingly with text from the abusers and the abused (sometimes cut into skin or tagged onto bones) to this use of declassified torture documents displayed large or on flashing LEDs, she has consistently made thought-provoking use of texts.

To read more about the show, click here. Protect Protect is on view at the Whitney until May 31st.

artstream

May 14, 2009

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Some really great prints I wouldn’t mind having on my wall. I especially like that the last two pieces have the words forest + girl in the titles!

All prints are available through artstream.

installation art wonders

April 28, 2009

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This piece by collaborating artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen is breathtaking. Makes me miss doing installation art when I was back in college.

Etsy Day: Scherenschnitte!

April 24, 2009

Many cultures have many different names for the art of cut paper: Scherenschnitte (German), Kirie (Japanese), Sanjhi (Indian) and Papel Picado (Mexican) are just a few. In honor of etsy day and my love of silhouettes, I’ve chosen some papercuttings that range from semi-traditional and folky to super-intricate and modern. All of these amazingly delicate works of art are cut by hand.

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Row 1: papercutdiecut, Papercuts by Joe
Row 2: Miss Macau, papercutdiecut
Row 3: Pen and Paper, Tina Tarnoff
Row 4: MyPaperCutting, Lisa Loo
Row 5: Arabesque Arts By Darcy, olympicsparrer88
Row 6: vanillarp, Jenny Lee Fowler

Etsy day: Handmade pixellations

April 24, 2009

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Credits and commentaries after the jump.

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Baby Let’s Play House

April 23, 2009

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The trailer for Sivan Gur-Arieh’s film short film Baby Let’s Play House is now available on YouTube and on her site. Owen and I worked with Sivan on the titles, credits and DVD art for the film. The trailer is good, but I think the film is fantastic.

Baby Let’s Play House, Sivan’s MFA thesis film, won Best Film at the Sundeis Film Festival, and has continued its festival circulation in Manhattan’s East Village Anthology Film Archives at the New Filmmakers Screening Series, and in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Short Film Screening Series.

If you get a chance to see a screening, don’t miss it!

Carson Ellis on TMN

April 20, 2009

I’ve blogged my appreciation for The Morning News‘ galleries before — with their large-scale reproductions and interviews, they are my favorite virtual art gallery — but I’ve not quite gotten around to blogging about my great and abiding love for artist/illustrator Carson Ellis. Today on TMN’s gallery: Carson Ellis.

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Moscow, from her new series on TMN, Иркутск

I first discovered her, as many did, as the maker of the terrifically-appropriate visuals for The Decemberists (she was frontman Colin Meloy’s roommate, then girlfriend and now wife.) I can’t get enough of her style and lovely palette, reminding me of three of my very favorites of all-time: Shahn in the angles, Schiele in the ugly-beauty, and Gorey in the meticulous creepiness. And her handmade lettering is awesome and one-of-a-kind. Six older pieces that I love:

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creative mapping

April 20, 2009

I love seeing the ways in which different artists approach the same theme. The four artists below use the boundaries of maps to create beautiful pieces of art all in distinct styles and media.

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I’ve been admiring these State Maps from Frank Chimero for a while — I first saw them at his shop at 1000 Markets where you can get prints of the individual states (in addition to selling at 1000 Markets, he also works as the interaction designer for the site). You can see see more of his work on his site and if you’d like to learn more about his work and process, there is an extensive interview over on Grain Edit.

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Great typographic City Neighborhood posters by Ork Posters; available both as posters and screenprints in a variety of colorways.

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The World

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Detail from Manhattan, 2007

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I would love to see these amazing typographic map paintings by Paula Scher in person. I have a feeling that the images online don’t really do them justice — the level of detail looks unbelievable. View more maps at Paula Scher’s site and at the Maya Stendhal Gallery.

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I’ve become quite a fan of cut paper recently. Check out this beautiful map of Paris by Famille Summerbelle.
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