The Art Directors Club annual Portfolio Night is fast approaching—a “global portfolio and recruitment event” for young advertising creatives (or, in my experience, an evening of industry canoodling and general debauchery). The campaign surrounding this year’s event has aptly been titled “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” A theme any creative can no doubt relate to. 12 typographic executions have been created by 12 different designers, each reflecting a personal interpretation of the aforementioned phrase.
Carrie Mae Smith must like food a lot because it’s a recurring theme in her work. A lot her recent works are very woody, of-the-home items but—previously—had included lumber bread and Cheetos sculptures, drawings of utensils, and collages that mash the female body with food. Her paintings best epitomize her interests in food, specifically in prep and dinner service. They study form and let her flex her painting talents by sharing still lives and points of view for diners.
Lola Dupre’s work is blowing up, almost quite literally. A collagist based in Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain (longest town name ever), she creates these incredible looking collages which explode with energy. There’s also a bit of an op art thing happening, the stark black and white shapes sort of make your eyes go funny. It’s amazing that she has the time and patience to cut all these tiny pieces out and then glue them all together.
You can see more of her work below or by visiting her site.
Many people, including me, are fascinated by outer space. The movements of the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars are carefully recorded and obsessively followed. The current hit Korean drama, My Love From The Star, is a rom-com involving a 400-year-old handsome alien and the female celebrity whose life he saves. Recently on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova wrote about Carl Sagan’s Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record. Sagan and his team compiled “the sounds of Earth,” dubbed it the Golden Record, and placed it on the Voyager to transmit a distilled idea of our planet to the galaxies with the possibility that other lifeforms out there might hear it.
Yoskay Yamamoto’s sculptures and carved figurines are a possible interpretation of what these outer space lifeforms might look like. The faces of Yamamoto’s pieces tend to feature small eyes barely open or shut, thin noses with high bridges, and knowing half-smiles. They are usually missing pupils, have large foreheads, and pale skin. I think Yamamoto has imagined a possible martian appearance without going in the direction of tentacles, excess body parts, and slime.
Having grown up in Switzerland, those that know me are no stranger to my fondness of the country. Those that know me also know of my relentless affection towards Japan—a nation I often refer to as “the Switzerland of Asia.” This is the 150th year of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Surprised? I’m certain everyone is. What’s actually thrilling about this is that to celebrate, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has organized an exhibition, Japanese Poster Artists: Cherry Blossom and Asceticism, showcasing the stellar exemplars of renown Japanese graphic design. The exhibit is reflected in an accompanying book, Japan – Nippon, which marks the 26th release of the Lars Müller Publishing’s poster collections.
Geoff McFetridge teamed up with Bigelow, makers of teas and stuff, to create this charming little video for a project called While You Were Steeping. In the two minutes it takes for your tea to steep, Geoff paints a lovely image that spreads from his notebook and onto the table itself. Honestly I’ll post anything with Geoff painting, it’s awesome to watch.
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There’s something almost shocking about the work of Sarah Coote. All teeth, tan and hand-on-hip poses, her paintings take aim at the clubs, societies and balls frequented by the upper classes. As a painter, Coote is interested in providing a psychological look into the American class structure and the spectacle that it has become.
Her brush strokes are bold, brash and expressive; forming a picture of society which feels warped and aggressive. Take for example her painting ‘Ladies Hat Day I’ (above). Here we see a row of youthful socialites all melded into one large blur of artificial smiles and summer dresses. It’s like haute couture meets Chris Cunningham by way of Elizabeth Peyton. I think it looks great!
Having just moved into a larger apartment, I’ve realized that as much art as I currently have it’s still not going to be enough, so I’m already on the lookout for new pieces. Thankfully I’ve got a lot of talented friends who make amazing art, like this new series from Vacation Days called “Cannonball”.
The “Cannonball” series is a continuation of my “Future Desert” project, exploring the mass of objects and the relationship between nature and a man made environment. This time the collages use mass-produced, factory-made materials that carry a texture mimicking nature but in mass are fundamentally different in every way. The pieces are all macro photographs collaged into familiar, yet fractured, shapes as a means to isolate sections so the process of looking is interrupted and more deliberate.
I’ll tell you the secret to these pieces. They’re actually macro photos of marbled balloons, chopped and spliced into these incredibly lovely/familiar shapes. When you look at them though they appear to be tiny swirling galaxies or something you’d see under a high-power microscope.
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Riitta Päiväläinen is a Finnish artist based in Helsinki, a place that I imagine to be very cold. I don’t know what I would have to wear to be warm there but I imagine it would be a lot more than the shorts and sweater usually donned in Southern California: Finland is a long way climatically from where I am. Her makes this known very clearly as she studies clothing placed against stark, clear snowy backdrops. They are photographed and always appear frozen, stiff and caught in limbo between falling and flying: they are transitional. The objects in the image represent former wearers and the way she presents them emphasize said lost pasts. Who knew freezing clothes could mean so much?
The name of this typography display says it all. Uselessness is Gorgeous, or at the very least, what appears to be uselessness is. The 72 by 10 foot tall mural made of cigarette papers, glue and little wind power should really be viewed live but for those of you can’t make it to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris anytime soon, here’s a small clip.