The Annual Post-It Show Opening: This Weekend

 

Post-its by Sean Norvet

Post-it by Renee French

The Post-it note show curated by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson is back in full force beginning tonight, Saturday Dec. 8th at 6-10 pm at Giant Robot.   Its now in its eighth edition and has a record number of artists participating, over 260 artists contributed and over 2000 post-its will be on display.  Below is a small sampling of the artists that are involved: Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, Xi Chen, Luke Chueh, Tim Biskup, Dave Chung, Jennifer Cotterill, Alex Chiu, Ching Ching Cheng, Mike Kelley, Skinner, Josh Ellingson, Martin Hsu, kaNO Kid, Jeremiah Ketner, Travis Lampe, Mark Nagata, Tom Neely, Martin Ontiveros, Souther Salazar, Emilio Santoyo, Gary Baseman, Gary William Musgrave, Bradford Lynn, Jesse Tise, Mike Bertino, Shannon Freshwater, Arthur Giron, and many, many others.

Check out a preview of the post-its I could dig up before the show after the jump: (via)

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Kaitlyn Jeffers: In The Moment, At The Moment

Kaitlyn Jeffers is an independent graphic designer based in NYC.  She is a recent graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Graphic Design and English Literature minor. I thoroughly enjoy the experimental nature in her portfolio and her humor that she exhibits.  She has already dabbled in editorial illustration, book design, and has freelanced at Sesame Street Workshop!  Here is a portion of what Kaitlyn wrote to me about herself and her work that I particularly enjoyed:

“My ethnic makeup is 1/2 Irish-American 1/2 American Indian, which I incorporate into my work a lot.  Sometimes my work, specifically the collage pieces, functions as a vehicle for resolving some internal conflicts. Sometimes I create things just to work out ideas. Sometimes the sketches and rough process material is more visually engaging than the end result.”

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The Curious Color Weaved Lands And Human Studies Of Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler‘s work is curious and complex with depth and brightly interwoven colors.  His portfolio demonstrates two primary focuses; people and surreal landscapes.  His  non-descriptive unusual lands are captivating to me purely by his color choices and how he adds zigzag courses, nooks, and abstract crevasses that lead only to the imagination.  I am a big fan of The Human Project he created of little long-limbed creatures finding there way into orbs, slightly reminding me of something you would see under a microscope.  Check out more of Mr. Fowler’s work after the jump.

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Allison Healy’s Intricate Watercolor Illustrations

I am an avid admirer of Allison Healy‘s illustrations.  She is an illustrator based out of Boston, Mass.  Her work strikes me as the colors are rich and vibrant possibly implying   digital coloring but I know for a fact she uses watercolor and only watercolor.  I find this refreshing in the mass digital illustration age.  Check more of her intricate works out after the jump.

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Aaron Bickner- illustrator, designer, sign-painter and trash collector

Aaron Bickner is a truly skilled artist hailing from Minneapolis.  Aaron is not only an illustrator, designer, sign-painter, & trash collector, but a very nice individual as well.  I had the pleasure of attending illustration courses with Aaron at MCAD, and I was always so excited to see what he would come up with for our briefs.  Every piece always seemed to stand out from the rest of the pack in some way or another; whether it be by his soft-spoken well thought out ideas or by the brilliant execution.  Aaron’s work is thoughtful by not only his beautiful line quality but in the way he seems to complete an illustration as a whole. At times he will create small shadow boxes, sculptures, 3D collages usually including found materials from his environment.  Aaron always struck me as someone completely in-tune with his surroundings and his work really portrays that well.  I also dig that in his commercial portfolio most of his client work involves small independent and community beneficial organizations. Nice!

Check out more of Aaron’s work after the jump.

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J. Frede’s Heirloom’s Of Personal Memories

Los Angeles based artist/sculptor J. Frede‘s recent body of work, “Heirloom” was shown last month at Pirate Contemporary Art in Denver, CO alongside painter Amanda Gordon Dunn‘s latest paintings.  J’s Heirloom collection consists of 13 new sculptures that investigate the objects he uses and  the artists personal memories attached with those objects and the objects he uses where he has no previous history with.  An excerpt from Frede’s artist statement explains it best:

“I am interested in the idea of objects holding the past while hiding their past. The memories we associate with our grandfather’s watch or the blanket our mother made us, we can have strong reactions at the mere sight or smell of items whose history we can recall and these same objects are static to anyone else who sees them with no personal association.”

A reoccurring object J used in several sculptures is rope taking the place of a broken or missing piece in an item in a way that seems to embody or hint at a personified ghost.  J possibly adding narrative to what the object signifies to him from his past, or adding his own imagined explanation to what the objects might of meant to someone who once cared for those treasured heirlooms.

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The Many Personified Personas of Bradford Lynn

Bradford Lynn is an artist and illustrator fairly new to the Los Angeles art community.  He is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in illustration.  Bradford’s work really struck a cord with me when I first saw his website.  He has pretty apparent raw talent in not only his technical skills, but I really enjoy how he portrays people.  His portraits are highly rendered, and feel very fresh to me.  He illustrates youth, and positivity through airy and fantastical environments.  His online portfolio demonstrates that he can work super large, and isn’t afraid to be experiment.  You also can’t beat the hyper-realized portrait of Reggie Watts above.  Bradford is also involved in the newly founded Los Angeles based artist collective Space Camp.

View more of Bradford’s work after the jump. 

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The Mystical Dreams and Mythologies of Ryan Samuel Carr

Ryan Samuel Carr is a native artist/illustrator of Ventura, California.  Ryan’s beautiful line work and dreamy figurative elements remain a constant reoccurring theme throughout his extensive body of work.  When I look at Ryan’s work, even if the subject matter is just the roots in a pile of weeds he always seems to capture a rare and very sincere moment only hinting at whatever secrets the particular root, or bed of flowers have to say.  Ryan’s unique line work evokes so much feeling and emotional manifestations.  Ryan shares a bit of his mark making process in this direct quote from the talented young artist himself:

“I think a lot about the ‘immediacy’ of drawing (with ink and pencils), and the individual mark in a moment of time; what that all says…it’s very mystical and meditative for me.”

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