Posts Tagged "mixed media"

March 2, 2012

JJS. Justin James Sehorn.

Justin James Sehorn, member of WAFA (We Are Fucking Awesome)

 

I love this series, titled Something’s Happening. Sehorn, a Minneapolis based artist, does lots of rad collage work.
I also love the collective he’s part of. And this is why: “Our focus is on collaborative works and initiatives. All work documented on this website was created by two or more artists working together. We have found that collectively we are stronger than individually.

Friday’s wisdom. XO!

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September 3, 2010

Wendy Kowalski

Wendy Kowalski is a North Carolina-based painter who has exhibited her works around Durham from time to time.  I’ve always meant to write a post about her work, so I can’t believe it’s taken this long.

Anyway, Wendy paints large-scale mixed media works usually featuring her Skymaids and Skymen and hoopers and dancers and gypsies all manner of whimsical circus folk.  Her paintings capture a movement in time and space – they evolve as you take the time to look over them (and even more so in their large-scale glory).  The shapes and structures move in space and come alive with the theatrical energy that she puts into them.

North Carolinians may be able to check out some of her work in galleries around Wilmington, where she lives.


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August 5, 2010

Daisy Lew

Daisy Lew is a young graphic artist that I found via Behance (AKA the place that makes me feel bad about myself). I love these pop-up books about NYC (AKA the city I miss most and the place where the really great baseball comes from). According to her site, she was born in IL, raised in Soul, has worked as an intern for The Donna Karen Company and is fluent in Korean. All around awesome. Check out the rest of her pop-up images after the jump. There is so much more to be seen.

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March 11, 2010

Christoph Niemann and Abstract City

Christoph Niemann has what I personally believe is the most important talent that a designer or illustrator can have – more important than Photoshop and Illustrator skills or sketching chops, more important than an extensive design vocabulary or an ability to recite Meggs word-for-word – WIT.

Wit, that unteachable, unlearnable talent where great design is born.  It doesn’t matter what Niemann’s tools are – paint, wires, fallen leaves, legos, or pixels – he uses his sense of humor to tell a story that is often funny, often serious, but always entertaining.

His blog for the New York Times, Abstract City, is endlessly fun to read and I look forward to each new post (though they only come about once each month or two).

Below are a couple of examples, but it’s really best to look through each post on its own as they each carry a theme throughout and tell a great story.  With Wit.

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January 4, 2010

Kris Kuksi

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I trust everyone had a wonderful holiday break and has seen a great start to 2010! What better way to kick off the new year than with some fucked up crazy sculpture!? These insane assemblages are from the brilliant mind of Kris Kuksi. His rural, isolated childhood and dysfunctional family gave way to a flourishing imagination and introversion, which in turn gave way to an appreciation for the macabre. I’m not typically drawn to goth inspired work, but the intimate chaos that presides in Kris’s large scale sculptures just can’t be ignored. More photos after the jump.

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September 24, 2009

Eduardo Bertone

Madrid-based illustrator + mixed media artist Eduardo Bertone has a massive portfolio and a robust blog with lots of bonus work to drool over.  If his body of work was a continent, it’d be Asia.   Look at that pumpkin!

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April 22, 2009

André Leon Gray

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Black Magic (It’s Fantastic)

André Leon Gray is a self-taught artist from Raleigh, NC. Gray produces thought-provoking mixed media assemblages inspired by the African-American experience. He incorporates discarded materials of civilization into a tableaux of history, spirituality, and politics which he calls ‘eye gumbo.’

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In My Dreams

Gray’s witty and heartfelt commentaries on the contemporary African-American experience are rooted in a thorough knowledge of African culture as well as US political history, and one of his cleverest tricks is to transform an icon of black popular culture (such as a basketball or Nike logo — notice the Michael Jordan sweatband) into an African religious icon.

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An/ahata: Requiem for Thelonius Monk

André Gray’s work takes aim at (in his own words) “Western standards of beauty, superficial aesthetics, Old South nostalgia, black male and female identity in a consumerist culture, and the artificial social construct of racism and its impact on the human condition.” Not bad for a day’s work…

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