Mira Thomsen’s collages look quite natural from afar, nothing too crazy about crystalline structures and topiaries, right? WRONG. I like that the oddness of her images doesn’t jump off the page and try to strangle you, it just sort of sits back in its chaise, takes a sip of its mint julep, and says “That’s right, I’m looking at you.” It’s the subtlety that makes it all the more intriguing.
Marcello Velho’s work kind of reminds me of old school Nickelodeon cartoons. Think Rocko’s Modern Life or Ren & Stimpy. Except freakier. Like what was going through this guy’s head when he decided his characters should look like they’re made out of fuzzy ground beef? Genius. Also: after the cut is the picture that every mother shows her daughter to get them to practice abstinence.
Staples: usually a necessary evil based on time constraints or lack of paper clips. Who knew they could look this good? An illustrator and type designer, Alex Robbins was obviously listening when we were urged him not to ignore the negative space. His ability to transform mundane materials– be it finishing nails or fingerprints– into delicate, blooming bits of information always leaves me wanting more.
The other day I swung by the studio of photographer Kelly Barrie. Kelly’s artistic process is one of the more bizarre and unique methods I’ve seen in quite a while. It involves multiple photos, a darkroom squeegee, photo luminescent pigment, and Kelly’s feet. Intrigued? Click on the handy “Read More” button to find out how Kelly creates photo magic with a lil help from his feet.
The best Intervention episodes are always the really odd ones. Meth addictions are a dime a dozen, but M&M addictions are something to talk about! Artist Rena Littleson-Montenegro appears to be drawing the usual photorealistic, tortured souls, but by pairing her subjects with bottles of ginger ale and blood thirsty toy dinos she gives the concept a refreshing and playful spin. And the extreme foreshortening really lends these binges that the-first-step-is-admitting-you-have-a-problem sense of urgency.
Come see us at the Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco on July 31st + August 1st! Over 225 artists will gather at the Fort Mason Center to share their creative wares. And for those of us who can’t tell a crochet needle from a fractional drill bit, workshops will be offered by a variety of talented craft fair artists
B/D will be selling special surprise items such as limited edition t-shirts, never-before-seen samples, issues of B/D Magazine and much more. All at special discount prices, of course! Seriously, entry is FREE so you have no reason not to come!
I love Paul Blow‘s witty and pithy illustrations (such as this obviously confused cat). His sense of humor relays a story without trying too hard. His illustrations have appeared in the likes of Business Week and the Boston Globe, giving him the opportunity to play around with popular culture and politics.