Mike Perry is back with a second installment of the live drawing event and exhibition “Nudes”. Last year he and Josh Cochran put out an open call for nude models for a marathon drawing session leading up to a one-night exhibition of all the work. This time, the roster of artists has increased to eight, including Deanne Cheuk, Jon Han, Lisa Hanawalt, Santtu Mustonen, Leif Parsons, and Niky Roehreke, along with Perry and Cochran. This is a unique spin on a classic subject familiar to most everyone who has ever taken a figure drawing class in art school, but with a more abstract approach indicative of each artist’s individual approach and aesthetic. I’m excited to see the range of interpretations this lineup is sure to produce. The drawing sessions are this Friday and Saturday, January 25th and 26th, with the exhibition following Saturday night at Kinfolk Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The call for models is still open, so if you’ve ever wanted to be a nude model for a group of amazing artists, now is your chance! Sign-up info can be found here.
This charming little animated spot by Yum Yum London is short but full of detail. This multidisciplinary London studio has a distinct sensibility for character design that works just as well in its toys as in its warm, stylized 3D worlds. This story of ketchup conundrum is filled with expressive extras that give each character a surprising amount of personality in the short timeframe. I love the zoned-out guy behind the counter staring at the hot dog rotisserie and the girl taking video on her phone of the aftermath of the ketchup blast before the camera even gets back to it. Yum Yum has some great collectable toys, including the hot dog guy, for sale on their site here.
I keep coming across impressive motion graphic work from various studios in Argentina. Buenos Aires-based animation and design studio LUMBRE recently did this spot for Pause Fest, a celebration of digital creativity held in Melbourne, Australia. Given the loose theme of “Future”, LUMBRE created an imaginative rendition of what the future of food might look like. That is, if the future was inhabited by models eating some striped pills and going on a flavor trip full of culinary eye candy and eating each other’s whipped cream hairdos. The beginning of the spot also features an impressively detailed architectural imagining of industrialized food production before the flavor tripping begins. Check out some behind-the-scenes shots and more of LUMBRE’s work here.
Illustrator Clay Hickson seems to have a thing for both still lifes and food, especially in combination. Hickson gives the still life a turn for the surreal and a heavy dose of geometry and patterning that takes a cue from 1980s design/architecture collective the Memphis Group, but with a contemporary graphic spin that is reminiscent of the hand-drawn psychedelic desert vibes of Steven Harrington‘s work. Sunday Thoughts is a series of illustrations updated weekly alongside Hickson’s prolific body of work, which you can find here.
Spanish artist Yago Hortal makes some of the most interesting works in pure abstraction that I’ve seen. His thick, dimensional brushstrokes of fluorescent acrylic paint create images that appear to jump off the canvas–and sometimes actually do. I love the level of detail and intricacy in his paintings, which seem to invite close inspection to examine each layer and pathway by which all the rainbow of acrylic globs connect. The images are deceptively simple at the same time. The paint is applied in a way that showcases the materials of paint and brush that seem accidental at times and at others makes me wonder how he convinced the paint to conform itself into such controlled chaos. There is an interesting evolution of his work toward a simpler and more tightly controlled style which you can browse chronologically on his site here.
DR.ME is Ryan Doyle and Mark Edwards, a Manchester-based studio with a hand in a diverse range of media including some great photo-collage and video-based work for both commercial clients and exhibitions. You may remember DR.ME from the show they recently curated, Happy Accidents, part of Mike Perry’s art space Wondering Around Wandering. “Happy Accidents” seem to play a significant role in the work of these two, with a lot of recurring found imagery, photomontage, juxtaposition and reclaimed or reinterpreted symbols that look simultaneously familiar and jarring. Their new site just launched, which you can find here.
I recently had the chance to check out the second exhibition being held at the Wondering around Wandering space, “Happy Accidents,” featuring a diverse range of work from a select group of international artists. Curated by Manchester-based art and design studio DR.ME, the show brings together sculptures, drawings, prints, installations, photography, and video-based work, all tied in some form to something unexpected in its creation. Artists featured include Linus Bill, Rhys Coren, Ryan Doyle, Daniel Eatock, Mark Edwards, Jonathan Flanders, Sebastian Haslauer, Steve Hockett, Hannan Jones, Joseph Manning, MVM, Benjamin Rawson, Ellery Roberts, SAVWO, and Rasmus Svensson.
Looking at the work presented together, it isn’t immediately clear what the thematically ties the work together without knowing the premise of the collection, but it does all feel at home together. There’s a thread of experimentation and a contemporary sensibility of image-making running through the work that is exciting and confusing in a good way, much like a mistake that turns out better than the intended outcome–a happy accident.
Happy Accidents is the second of three exhibitions happening at Wondering Around Wandering and will be on display until Sunday, October 31. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out and keep an eye out for the last few events going on in the space, which you can find here.
Mike Perry’s Twitter bio reads that he’s “busy making stuff,” and after witnessing his latest project in person it’s clear he’s not kidding. He’s an extremely prolific and talented artist with a solid work ethic, and his efforts in the past few years have become more and more ambitious. From his first book, Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, to successive books Iron Me On, Over & Over, and most recently Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, Mike has become a major figure where contemporary art and design collide. His own work has expanded from drawings and screen prints to sculpture, painting, products, and animation, with solo exhibitions across the US, Europe, and Japan.