I’m not exactly sure of how I feel about these digital expulsions by the Poster Company. I think my reaction came in 3 stages: first oscillating between questioning the validity of their artfulness, then awe at the convoluted jungle of pixels, then back to confusion again.
1st place Winner: Colin Strandberg
After receiving hundreds of amazing submissions from across the globe, the winners of our recent Art Works Every Time design competition are finally in. Each and every artist really pulled out all the stops to create some of the best T-shirt design entries we’ve seen this year. You can see the extremely fierce competition on the Gallery page! We pored over all of the entries, pulling our hair out- we really hard a hard time deciding, so we awarded each design points based on a number of factors:
-Wearability, functionality of design as a T-shirt graphic
-Uniqueness or surprising integration of Colt 45’s catch phrase
-Clarity, creativity of logo depiction
-Palette: color combos that work together, and also fit the Colt 45 brand
As you can see, the ultimate suave player award of 1,000.45 big ones went to artist Colin Strandberg, above. We thought he did an excellent job integrating all the aforementioned factors, into a playful and iconic design. We loved how he rendered the Colt 45 tall boy as part of the catch phrase’s typography, and his interpretation of Colt 45’s color palette. Our 9 runners up can be viewed after the jump!
Whew! So now, we’re gearing up for the big finale, the Colt 45 Art Works Every Time exhibition at Synchronicity Gallery June 12th. Each of the 10 winning submissions, along with each artist’s personal work, will be on display in a one of a kind art show. The opening reception features an extravaganza of excitement, including free T-shirt giveaways, live bands, and last but not least, vegan Colt 45 flavored ice cream made by the award-winning Scoops ice cream shop! Mark your calendars, this will be a good one!
Wow wow wow, Richard Coleman’s work leans towards the magically mysterious, while exhibiting complex combinations of color and form. He’s part of an impressive list of artists included in the very first show at THIS Gallery which opened this weekend in Los Angeles, so if you are in town go check it out!
It seems there is nothing that Paris-based performance/design/art collective Shoboshobo cannot do. Led by Mehdi Hercberg though faceless, the group covers entire map of artistic expression. Responsible for countless exhibitions, books, installations, design projects, and oddball acts of goofiness, Shoboshobo is a reliable source for inspiration, intrigue, and confusion.
Brushing the edges of Pop-Surrealism, Bill Dambrova’s expressive paintings explode with color and anatomical imagery. His work is hard to ignore, as his cartoon-like style hits you in the face with exaggerated facial and bodily features. Each piece is like a louder, more graphic and fun illustration from a medical or anatomical textbook. His technique is both abstract and representational, as he paints unnaturally colored organs and molecules moving through his compositions. Pulling inspiration from physical healing and spiritual growth, Dambrova’s work explores the stories and memories held in each of our biology, exposing humankind internally. The artist’s work uncovers not only human anatomy, but the insides of animals as well, unifying our biology. Each painting beautifully shows us the commonality in the biology in living things, while still exploring the unknown. This Phoenician artist investigates themes in science, animism, and archetypes in his work.
Although Dambrova’s work holds traditional imagery, such as animals and a human heart, they are shown in a different light. In his work, bodies are split open, organs function outside the body, and rays of organic light flow through each being. Each composition Dambrova constructs is as intricate as the human anatomy itself, with each color and shape intertwined with the next. The very talented artist is one of the recipients of the Contemporary Forum award given to emerging artists in Arizona. His work can be seen on view now through May 31st at the Phoenix Art Museum.
On his website, the street artist Spidertag describes his work simply by writing “It´s all about nails + pure wool + geometry + abstraction + streets + abandoned”. It can hardly be described more accurately. Using nails and wool yarn, Spidertag installs geometric abstractions in beautifully lonely locations. The work, as pure abstraction, doesn’t appear to reference any figurative object (except perhaps spiderwebs). Though maybe burgeoning trend within street art, this type abstraction and material sets Spidertag’s work apart as understated and unique.
Daniel Weiss is a photographer from NYC practicing what he calls, “traditional street photography.” One of his bodies of work, entitled “New Yorkers,” depicts the everyday people he encounters throughout New York as the title suggests. His goal is to capture the traditional cast of characters of the big city. His other portfolio, titled “Street Scenes,” is more your basic street art. In each of his photos he aims for a timeless feel, only capturing scenes that do not give away the time period. He says that by not being able to tell if the photo was taken now or 50 years ago, “it allows you to focus more on certain, more interesting details that may be in the photograph.” He states, “Especially since I feel that most the city nowadays is in an aesthetic slump that it will never recover from.” Check out more of his work after the jump, or visit his site.