The Calm But Powerful Swimming Pool Works Of Kristen Martincic

Kristen Martincic‘s swimming pool works on paper are enchanting as they are crisp, clean, and inspiring.  She encompasses the feeling of calmness associated with empty swimming pools but adds character and surreal beauty by making them appear to be almost prizes to be won that you want to pick up and haul home.  These pieces are “a hybrid of print, drawing, and painting on panel,” as stated by Kristen.  Monotype, acrylic, and matsuo kozo paper are used.  Their simplicity allows the viewer to realize the provocative nature of each pool’s space and surfaces.  The layered effects she creates with her media builds added textured qualities raising the feelings of mystery, tension, and intimacy.

Her swimming pool works on paper SURFACE TENSION, will be on display at Wonder Fair Gallery starting April 26 and will remain on view through May 26th.

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Minus The Bear’s Listing Video Animation By Jesse LeDoux

Seattle based band, Minus The Bear, continues to turn out lively and inventive music.  Their recent music video for the song “Listing” on their latest album “Infinity Overload” is no exception.  LA studio Six Point Harness and past renown B/D apparel artist Jesse LeDoux teamed up to create a transforming scenic walk about.  When I saw this for the first time I knew that Jesse had to of worked on it.  The shape shifter walks through a long stream of LeDoux’s signature quaint landscapes.  I think this video has fun with the popular illustration style, ordinary objects adorning legs, but it takes that idea one step further adding the collage photography element.  It reminds me of an exquisite corpse drawing brought to life.


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Sanded Sculptures Made From Hundreds Of Pencils

 

Jessica Drenk is an artist currently living and working in South Carolina.  I’m fascinated by her series of inherent sculptures made of the ‘old school’ HB pencils we can all remember using in elementary school days.  For me, I enjoy these for nostalgia sake and also how she can create such organic, free-flowing shapes from such a rigid, preconceived mundane tool that we can all relate using to write our abc’s with.  (via)

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Corey Arnold’s Captivating Documentation Of A Fisherman’s Life

Portland based, Corey Arnold, has taken some truly amazing documentary style photos of the honest accounts of what it means to be a fisherman at sea.  Corey’s photos are endearing telling stories of grueling and gritty conditions of the life of a fisherman tackling themes of isolation, courage, absurdity, and fortitude.  Corey is a fisherman himself, and has been taking astonishing real account photos as long as he has been fishing.  It is important to note that what makes Arnold’s photos so true and honest is the fact that he is actually a fisherman, just one of the guys out at sea, and has to earn his mate’s trust and pitch in like the rest bearing the harsh conditions of the day but still finding the nerve to grab his camera in opportune times.  In the summer Corey captains a wild salmon fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Arnold has exhibited his show “Fish-Work”: The Bering Sea earlier in 2012 and has published a book titled ‘The Bering Sea.’  (via)

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The Warm And Quirky Narrative Sculptures of Matt Jacobs

Matt Jacobs is an artist living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. The thing that I really enjoy about his work is his sense of play that comes through not only in the titles but the actual materials used to create his pieces such as inflatable toys, tic tacs, buckets, and brightly colored enamels.  In many pieces Jacobs uses juxtaposing materials almost as a means to test the limits of the materials itself.  An example of this is in his “Don’t Worry. I Won’t Hurt You. I Only Want You to Have Some Fun” in which he balanced cinder blocks 9 feet high and stuffed pool toys through the openings implying gregarious ornamental decoration of a fun day at the pool. Jacobs is the master of balancing objects by shape, form, and color. He has a great archive of studio photos on his website which is worth a look through, as well as his past installations and drawings.

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Custom Made Artist Rugs Raise Money For Children In Nepal

rug design by CHAMO

  Marcroy, the director of People of Print who has been featured with us before here, joined the Made By Node team (a non-profit social business) back in April 2012 to help curate and organize a collection of 18 designers from across the globe.  Each artist created their own graphic for a signature one of a kind rug design which was then crafted into a fair trade carpet, limited to an edition of 10 per artist.  ALL of the proceeds from the rug sales go to support a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen in Nepal.  Each rug is hand crafted by Kumbeshwar rug makers and each employee is taught literacy and skills in addition to fair wages.   The project already has been receiving some notable recognition from Creative Review, and Telegraph’s editor for Tent London.  Made by Node will be selling the rugs and exhibiting them alongside Pecha Kucha talks during Fairtrade Fortnight in 2013.

Marcroy continued on to tell me that “the scope for future projects with Node is almost infinite.  We are looking to keep the snowball rolling and get more people involved with this amazing project.  People can also start getting their own designs crafted at a fee.”
Here is the list of the 18 artists that contributed a design for this beneficial community project:

Donna WilsonBeatrice Alemagna , Sanna AnnukkaPetra Borner , Chamo , Benji Davies , Chris Haughton , Clayton Junior , Lesley Barnes , Jon Klassen , Micah Lidberg , Joe Magee , Geoff McFetridge , Neasden Control Centre , Patternity , Serge Seidlitz , Marcroy Smith , Kevin Waldron Read More >


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The Vivid Spots, Swirls And Girls of Andres Guzman

Andres Guzman is a Peruvian artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and also 1/3 of the art and music collective STEAKMOB.  He’s an artist I’m surprised we haven’t already featured before.  STEAKMOB is a loose crew of creatives who do everything from design to sounds to illustration.  They invite anyone who is their creative  to work with them in their space (an attic studio).  “We just love to make stuff for the eyes and the ears,” states Andres.  Which I think to “the T” describes Andres perfectly.  He has always been drawing and experimenting, trying out new techniques and mediums to further expand his artistic vision.
Andres is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his sketching ability.  He never ceases to have new journal entries to share of ladies and heated Midwestern narratives, a vast portfolio of hand-drawn typography, and a keen sense of nailing portraiture.  Andres is currently working on a music video animation for Tame Impala, and working with Colonel Blimp UK.  I included more illustration samples than the usual after the jump because he has so many golden pieces on his tumblr and his other blog!  All of his portfolios are worth your time to check out and contemplate. Read More >


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The Symbolic Figurative Works & Artifacts of Ching Ching Cheng

The figurative drawings and paintings of Pasadena based artist Ching Ching Cheng are remarkably captivating to me.  She uses members of her family often as subject matter but continually chooses to portray them in a conceptual way embracing different ways to illustrate a memory of that person in her past more so than the realistic representation of them.  Ching uses sculpture and installation mediums in her work, such as her vintage polaroid and mm camera sculptures made of found books & maps.  Each camera sculpture has tremendous amounts of character to them feeling to me as if they are alive beings or the “true” soul of whatever camera they are embodying.  Ching’s work is thoughtful and personal slivers of her life past and present.   Her primary influences include nature, and psychology. Read More >


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