02.16.12

Sometimes you just stumble across someone who’s been at their craft and under the radar for quite some time.

Wolfgang Laib. May 6 at Seattle art Museum.

written by Mike Slane

02.14.12

Brooklyn based Kevin Cyr loves the way we get about. And he paints it, sculpts it, casts it in metal and generally ruminates widely about his object of fascination.

If you’re up by way of Stowe, Vermont you can catch his show at the Helen Day Art Center, which is featuring his work as part of an overview of artwork used for Burton snowboards. Hella Dope.

And in his own words…

“In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans — especially when covered with graffiti — and in the old RVs parked off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.

Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.”

written by Mike Slane

02.11.12

Asger Carlsen is a Danish artist that gnarls the body into vulgar forms. Wavering between human anatomy as sculpture and mutant as model, his work creates a fascinating world of repulsive monsters.

written by Burke Miles

01.25.12

Vinicius Quesada apparently sometimes uses his own bodily fluids, blood, urine, etc. (don’t ask what etc. might mean) in his work. And yes, there is definitely some similarities to Shepard Fairey’s work but there are still some individually fascinating aspects to Quesada’s work.

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“My work is illustrative, but I’m not an illustrator. My friend Jen said it best, I’m a Drainter: a drawer and a painter. I was trained to paint with oils at a small school in Michigan. These days I’m working with graphite and gouache a lot.

This is as close as I will come to maintaining a blog.
In my stream you will find art in progress, some finished pieces, polaroids, self portraits and snapshots from my life. I wish to live in Australia in the near future, making drawings and paintings for the rest of my days.”

He’s very good at ‘drainting’.

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Artist Scott Hove is a man of many talents. The one of which probably will immediately stand out the most is his sculptural work resembling cakes. Yes you read that correctly, I said ‘cakes’. So just how freaky can a cake get, well…click here.

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01.18.12

The omnipresent force in the vector art for apparel game known as Hydro 74 (who goes by Josua Smith to family and friends) recently sat down to execute a little experiment before a live drawing session at a Tradeshow. This was the end result of a little at home drawing session. Pretty damned impressive.

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Whoah, there is some highly original work happening in the artistic portfolio of Minjeong An. When I first saw the work above I was stopped in my tracks and ended up having to spend a little extra time just taking it in.

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Wow, the paper sculptures created by Jeremy Kool are exactly as his name says, cool. They are all unique little bits of art that would look amazing on the properly considered bookshelf. Unfortunately, my 11 month old son would destroy them in seconds.

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01.16.12

Nice set by the nomadic Yan Nascimbene,

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01.13.12

Directed by creative duo Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp, “The Joy of Books” is a nice little stop motion piece that ponders the question, “Just what do books do when we go home at night?”

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01.11.12

The Guggenheim Museum has digitized a ton of publications from it’s collection and made them free to the public. It’s an incredible treasure of great work and a great public service.

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01.06.12

As part of the Pacific Standard Time exhibition, the L.A. gallery Roberts & Tilton will be featuring the work of Gusmano Casaretti. An Italian immigrant, Casaretti became captivated by the raw energy of the East LA scene in the 1970′s. On display through Feb. 17.

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12.21.11

“Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city.”

Wow, imagine the patience if you dare. Definitely, def-def-definitely looks like 994,000 toothpicks. Definitely 994,000.

Just joking, couldn’t resist.

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DURAMEN is a series of handmade wooden sculptures. Born of a simple impulse, the one to break with conventional ways of exhibiting, Bonsoir Paris and its team have imagined a series of frames so strongly mistreated that they have become unrecognizable. Their wish is to break the properties of the compound, a form of compromise as minimal and it is efficient. They found a subtle twist while remaining faithful to a primitive form of revolt, without getting lost in vain styles effects. The choice of noble materials (Oak, Fir, Wenge, Pear, Linden) and the quest for finesse, enables them – with the DURAMEN series – to position themselves on the razor’s edge between two opposites, that of the deformed and that of the elegant, instinctive and thoughtful.”

ART DIRECTION / DESIGN Bonsoir Paris
SCULPTURE Adrien Corroler
CABINET Kwantiq
DESIGN / ACHIEVEMENT Jules Cairon
PHOTOGRAPHER Davina Muller
POST-PRODUCTION Cédric Hugonnet @ Studio Collet

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12.15.11

There is some downright radical ‘robot-inspired’ artwork, sculpture and illustration in the portfolio of Italian artist Pixel Pancho.

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Tom French is a UK based contemporary image-maker, whose recent pieces are an exciting and interesting fusion of traditional fine art and urban techniques.
Born in 1982, and raised in the North East of England, he studied at the Newcastle school of Art & Design before going on to achieve a First Class Honours in Graphic Design from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design.

He has since been pursuing his painting and illustration practice, drawing on his conceptual design experience and experimenting with stencil, spray paint & collage work. Now we can see a merging of these techniques, with striking results. His recent pieces show figurative charcoal characters merging to create greater darker forms; they are classic and contemporary, dark and beautiful, the mixture of textures hinting at underlying stories and adding depth to each piece.”

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12.07.11

Artist James McCarthy paints some really really trippy imagery. Like far out, acid flashback, Dali-dream outer-space type shit. Once you get over all of that, you can then begin to take in how incredibly talented he must be to actually paint what he paints.

He has a truly gifted hand.

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