Posts from May, 2009
I love this spot for the Newport Beach Film Festival by Andy Hall. Read more about this talented young director here.
So, are you pumped for the Hannah Stouffer/GrandArray Giveaway?? I am. Hannah has kindly donated 3 beautiful prints, a t-shirt, stickers, decals and matchbooks. We’ll have FOUR winners this time, so the odds are up! Each winner will recieve either a print or the t-shirt and everyone will get a few stickers and matchbooks. Let’s do this thing!
There are two of these:
And one of these:
And, of course, a bunch of these:
The prints are all 12″x12″, numbered and signed, and fit perfectly into a record frame (I’ve got one in my living room) and the t-shirt is printed on American Apparel and it’s a women’s small.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment here with your name and e-mail address (we won’t publish it). Entries are open until this Sunday (6/24) at 11:59pm. We’ll contact the four winners on the following Monday.
ps. if you don’t win, or even if you do, you’ve gotta visit the GrandArray shop where Hannah has t-shirts, pillows (!!), tote bags, books and dresses for sale.
pps. thanks again, Hannah!
Do you know LA-Based artist Hannah Stouffer? How about GrandArray? Well, if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you do. But if you think you don’t, think again. Look around. Check your bookmarks. Look under the bed.
When I stumbled on Hannah’s site via Twitter a few weeks back, I became instantly enamored with her work. And the first thing I thought? ”Why haven’t I seen this before?” Well…I had seen it before. Sitting on a side table in my living room was an issue of XLR8R with a big fat Hannah Stouffer interview (that I’d already read).
So my point is, Hannah’s paintings and illustrations are hard to miss — they’re incredible. Her work is often contrary within itself as she masterfully pits themes and elements against each other for amazing results: femininity and hard darkness, the natural world and monster trucks, massively congested canvases and simple, natural forms, dreamy color palettes and predatory animals. If you’re into that sorta thing (the incredible sorta thing), you probably already know her work. And if you don’t, seriously, you actually might. She’s done work for some pretty high-profile clients. From Levi’s to American Express, Nike to Ludacris, and on and on. She has her own clothing line, GrandArray, and she’s constantly showing in galleries.
Hannah was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her demanding schedule to answer a few questions for OK Great. What follows is one of the weirder interviews we’ve done….Enjoy!
So, you mentioned in one of our emails that for your new show (Animal Sex) your mom gave you a box full of bird pelts and your dad gave you claws and jowls. Why do your parents have so many animal remains on hand?
My father is Wild America. All of it. He is an avid naturalist and wildlife cinematographer, and my moms is kind of a moder-day hippy. I was just at home with them in Colorado and inherited this box full of gorgeous feathers, pheasant pelts and leather tools that she used to make accessories from. My childhood home is a cross between a taxidermy museum and all imagery that goes along with drinking fireside champagne in a log cabin in Aspen.
The snakes that appear in so many of your pieces are insanely intricate. Do you count toothpicks when you’re not drawing?
Yes. I do count the toothpicks. I’m constantly shredding them to bits of splinters with my teeth, then I count the splinters. I love getting lost in the obsessive repetition of snakeskin- and it has this funny childhood nostalgia to me, along with the majority of the animal kingdom. Snakes also tie into my consistent attraction to notions of lust and gore-which I am continuously drawn to.
You’re a West Coaster to the core and I think sometimes that shows through in your paintings. That being said, even the art set needs it’s Biggie & Tupac. So, is there an East Coast artist that you want to call out? We can get this popping.
Aaaaaaaaaaw Daaaaaaanggggg!!! Bopbop bop!! Click-clack click clack!!! Brrrrrrraaaat Brrrrrrraaaaaaat!! Bombaclot Bombaclot-Hollllllllllla!!! Shoooot….I love all my east siders-fo life.
To finish up, I’m going to ask a series of short questions. Please answer them in song lyrics.
Are you sure you’re ready for that?
What inspires you to draw and paint?
When there’s lightning / You know it always brings me down / Cause it’s free and I see that it’s me / Who’s lost and never found / I cry out for magic / I feel it dancing in the light / It was cold, lost my hold / To the shadows of the night / No sign of the morning coming / You’ve been left on your own / Like a Rainbow in the dark / A rainbow in the dark.
How has living in Los Angeles affected your work?
To live and die in LA / where everyday we try to fatten our pockets / us hustlas hustle for the cash so it’s hard to knock it / everybody got they own thang, currency chasin’ / world wide through the hard times warrior faces / shed tears as we bury bustas close to the heart / what was a friend now a ghost in the dark / cold hearted ’bout it, busta got smoked by a fiend / tryin’ to floss on him / blind to a broken man’s dream.
What’s your typical day like?
Everyday I’m, every I’m, everyday I’m hustlin’ / Ev-ev-ev-everyday I’m hustlin’ / now I’m lookin’ through my CD collection / the last time it was right behind Confessions / I’m looking for the right cover, the names in red letters / can’t wait to pop it in my base and put our bodies together / I’m fitna stunt like my daddy up in here / girl you got my lips hangin’ off your ear / clean the CD, check for scratches / get up on my mattress / now we doin’ it, to Kelly’s 12 play /The Dream Kelly’s 12 play.
Did you always want to become an artist?
Welcome to my nightmare, I think you’re gonna like it, I think you’re gonna feel you belong / a nocturnal vacation, unnecessary sedation, you want to feel at home cause you belong / welcome to my nightmare whoa, ho ho ho / welcome to my breakdown / I hope I didn’t scare you / that’s just the way we are when we come down / we sweat and laugh and scream here / cause life is just a dream here / you know inside you feel right at home, here / yeah, welcome to my nightmare, yeah, hey, hey, hey….
If you could do something else, what would you do?
This is my song for real, no doubt / said the DJ’s making me feel thugged out / As I walk you to the dance floor / we begin to dance slow / put your arms around me / I’m feelin’ on your booty.
I hope y’all enjoyed the interview and if you like what you see, be sure to check back tomorrow for a Hannah Stouffer/GrandArray Giveaway! We’ll have multiple winners and a bunch of goodies from Hannah!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted about him before. Kimowan Metchewais is a professor of art at UNC Chapel Hill and (in my opinion) hands down one of the best teachers at the university. I spent a long time (like 3 years long) settling on a major at UNC and while there I worked with dozens of different teachers from all different departments. None of them were as engaging and student focused as Kimo. The thing I loved about him was that I felt like he was constantly learning with us; I felt like he was on our side.
While the art department at UNC had it’s share of awesome teachers who were all brilliant artists (check out professor Jeff Whetstone’s work pictured above), I always felt the curriculum was much too conceptual for an undergraduate degree. I was constantly begging for someone to teach me fundamental processes in each medium I was working in. The general attitude was “we’ll guide you towards a conceptually sound piece, but you are on your own until you get there.” I’m not trying to knock the art department, I’m just saying I wished it was a bit more process oriented.
On this issue, however, Kimowan was fantastic. Every time he assigned a project, he would create his own piece along with us. Working alongside him taught us the technical how-to’s but also created a strong bond between student & teacher. If I ever had the guff, patience, and talent to actually teach, I would try to model my process on Kimo’s methods.
(Dylan & Kristy – The above piece is titled “Saxapahaw” – represent!)
Teaching aside, Kimowan is also a brilliant artist. The work I’m most attracted to is his paper collage work. He’s constantly exploring new ways of manipulating and interacting with paper. While his work is clearly aesthetically & conceptually consistent, the process by which he makes each piece is ever changing. It’s all about the journey for this dude. This is a good thing, because for the last two years life has given Kimowan a very challenging journey.
Two years ago Kimo suffered a brain hemiplegia and lost complete control of one side of his body. Since then he’s had to relearn everything in terms of simple motor skills and movement. His recovery has been amazing and is poetically documented on his website & blog. There is one particular entry titled “Thank you, Hemiplegia” that I find especially moving; read it and you’ll get a good insight into not only Kimowan’s complexion but also into his psche as an artist.
Thank you, Kimo.
He is one of my favorite photographers of all time:
His style may look familiar to you. I’m seeing a ton of copy-catting lately. If you see a pair of legs on some night-time grass trying to sell you shoes, well, this guy is the daddy of all that. The way I found out about him: I was complaining about having to shoot a bottle of vodka one day as a class assignment. Boring. My teacher lent me a huge Bourdin book. Most of his stuff was originally shot for catalogues. That sold pantyhose. Not boring at all. Can you believe that? Lesson learned.
I might be a bigger Wu-tang fan than Cappadonna, so I was real hyped when I found a collection of Wu-Tang albums re-imagined as Blue Note records by designer Logan Walters.You can see the full collection at Logan’s Flickr. Headphones & Wu time for me… …i grew up on the crime side, the new york times side, stayin’ alive was no jive, on second hand, mom’s bounced on old man, then we moved to shaolin land…
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Our homies Stefan Joch and Andreas Putz, whom we’ve posted about previously, make up “Jardin de Niños”, an artists’ collective that releases amazing zines, posters, prints and exhibition work.Their most recent exhibition at “Lendwirbel” in their native Austria (“a sort of block party with art”) was entitled “auseschiam + improvisiern”. Roughly Translated: “Postone and Improvise”. Andreas emailed us to explain the reasoning behind the name and had this to say, “…we both are such lazy bastards and postpone everything up to a point, where we have to improvise a lot to get a job done.” Another concept behind the exhibit was the layering of black ink over color–the color representing electrical circuits and the guys’ backgrounds at technical schools and the black doodles representing their new aesthetic & way of thinking–“a more artistic way of life.” Andreas & Stefan are all over the place, so here’s a quick list of some of the places you can find these maniacs: