Chelsea Dirck is an art student majoring in Art Education and Fibers at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. I met her through the DIY punk scene five years ago, and her drawings are still resonant with the energy, sincerity, and immediacy of that time period. Dirck’s artwork is often derived from her innumerable personal journals, some of which have recently been released as zines. These zines are full of emotive jottings and ink drawings that are paired with humorous or poignant words and slogans – oftentimes directly referring to Dirck’s personal life. The drawings in her zines are influenced by such disparate quarters as advertising, comics, Internet memes, David Shrigley’s drawings, the book More Things Like This, and other forms of text and image combination – which seems to be the predominant mode of expression for us “Millennials.”
Dirck’s journal-based artwork seems almost tailor-made for Internet distribution through sites like Tumblr, where she has cultivated a sizable following. However, she has recently expanded her art practice to include mediums where physicality is a central concern: embroidery, quilt-making, and large-scale drawings. With an upcoming show this spring at MassArt and an ongoing relationship with the Boston gallery Lincoln Arts Project, Dirck seems to be coming into her own – just in time for her 24th birthday, which, by the way, is today. So go do some celebratory pillaging of her Etsy for prints, originals drawings, postcards, and zines of many of the images found after the jump.
Sharon Moody’s gorgeously painted trompe l’oeil paintings of comic books freeze the page turning excitement of comic books and build suspense for what super heroic feats will take place with the advancement of each page.
Painter Jeffar Khaldi stamps his personal perspectives onto reality, expressesing this mix, theatrically, on large canvases. These experiences include being born in Lebanon, receiving his BFA from North Texas and living and working in Dubai. You can see more of Jeffar’s work through the Thierry Goldberg Projects website and the Saatchi Gallery.
Liza Lou’s art making process seems a bit obsessive, to say the least. She first came on the art radar when she exhibited Kitchen (1991-96), at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. A 168 sq. ft. beaded “kitchen” that took five years to create and incorporated 30 million beads, Lou created the ultimate homage to the domestic. The space contained beaded walls, tables, cereal boxes, etc. –everything created from glass beads.
In 2002, at age 32, Lou was awarded the MacArthur “genius” award. In 2005 she founded a collective with Zulu artisans in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Although she doesn’t incorporate specifically African beadwork tradition, she finds within it a commonality in the process of working with beads. Creating her works becomes a kind of meditation—the final products representing the impossibility of perfection—something Lou refers to as “the culpability of craft.”
Much less showy and, if not for the same medium, actually completely different, I am actually more drawn to Lou’s recent works. Minimalist and hauntingly beautiful, they appear to be Agnes Martin’s, or Ellsworth Kelly’s re-imagined as beaded canvases. And because of the beads there is a delicate, feminine sensibility to them. They walk the line between fine art and craft without needing to be one or the other. With them, Lou has fully embraced her method as meditation, placing process over content (although the final products are still pretty wonderful).
Calling all UK based designers, illustrators, and creative minds: Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to bring you the bloodiest, goriest, most epic art competition, Fresh Blood Hunt.Fresh Blood Hunt is a rare opportunity for UK-based creatives- lend your skills to design an art piece inspired by the upcoming Tim Burton film Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter!
The contest winner will have their artwork turned into a mural, painted by the talented Jim Rockwell AND win a BRAND NEW 17″ MACBOOK PRO and ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 6! That’s one “suite” prize! The chosen artist can join Jim Rockwell in London while he’s painting the mural and the whole event will be captured in a time-lapse video.
If you remember a while back we posted the incredible photos of Seth Casteel last year and it was one of our most popular posts of the year. Thousands of BD fans responded and shared his fantastic underwater dog photography, so we’re excited to share 10 new photos from his latest series on underwater dog photos.
To celebrate the launch of his new book “Underwater Dogs” Seth has generously given us a signed copy of the book as well as a signed 8×10 print of the photo that graces the cover of the book (pictured above) to giveaway to one of our lucky US readers . All you have to do is complete two very easy steps and win big. Just use the widget below to enter and you’re all set. The winner will be announced next Tuesday November 6th.
Studio Swine‘s Azusa Murkakmi and Alexander Groves specialize in creating exquisite designs out of discarded objects (aka trash). For the pair’s latest project, they turned to an alternative unwanted material: discarded locks of human hair. With it, the designers at Studio Swine created Hair Highway, a series of beautiful functional and decorative objects that mimic the look and texture of hardwood but are in fact made of human hair. Mixed with resins and dye, the hair turns to a hard material, one that becomes a potential functional and decorative piece of art work. Each of the objects in the series looks as if it is carved from tropical wood, horn, and tortoise shell yet they were produced at a fraction of the cost with the human hair. According to the duo, hair is in many ways a perfect sustainable resource. It grows up to 16 times faster than many tropical hardwoods, and it’s incredibly strong as well.