Interview: Dan Attoe

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When I met Dan Attoe we were both starting the MFA program at the University of Iowa.  I’ve known him for eight years now, and even though Dan lives in Washington State and I live in New York we have maintained our friendship through collaborations, especially with the art group Paintallica.

While at school we became friends – I’ve noticed Dan sort of collects weirdos like me.  Before coming to grad school Dan had created a studio practice that involved making a painting a day, and was already working on paintings that have a relationship to his current work.  While in school Dan wasn’t stuck on some notion of an ideal practice, he just worked while everyone else was talking about how to work, he wasn’t terribly concerned with theories; he has a background in psychology and knew to trust his own creative faculties.

While everyone else was screwing around with their identities, Dan had already settled into a kind of self-knowledge.  I don’t know if his gnosis came from growing up in the deep woods with a forest ranger for a father, or from one of the experiences he had growing up that caused him to study psychology and art.

Being alive you meet a lot of bull shitters and have to play a lot of stupid games, but rarely do you meet someone as genuine and considerate as Dan.

Al.t

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Al.t, aka Alex Tan, is a Singapore based graphic designer. Tan’s inspiration lies in his everyday surroundings. A very skilled young designer, he is very versatile and explores all spectra of design.

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Jordana Sheara

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Los Angeles based photographer Jordana Sheara makes lovely work, both personal and commissioned. With an inclination towards fashion photography, Sheara creates two distinct worlds in each of her photographs; the illuminated and the shadowed, lending instant drama to her photos. Her subjects always have a beauty about them, even right after waking up, when all you really care about is that first cigarette of the day.

Nunub: Hulk Hands Theory

Old school meets new school in Nunub’s recent animation entitled “The Hulk Hands Theory,” which combines old-fashioned ink, graphite, paper, etc. with rotoscopy. The real treat comes when you pause the reel to reveal the individual frames that make up this short. Enjoy!

Antoine Corbineau

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French artist Antoine Corbineau does a little of everything–painting, graphic design, video. Regardless of the media, his pieces “feel like carnivals or boardwalks, bursting with energy and life.” Corbineau’s organized chaos is achieved through bold injections of text and a bright but controlled color pallet.

Aurelien Arnaud

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Grenoble, France’s Aurelien Arnaud‘s art work is not something you would walk by without looking twice. Arnaud’s designs are sharp, bright, and some, a little risque.  Interesting none the less. Not only a very skilled designer, Arnaud founded PNTS studio with Denis Carrier.

Mike Lemanski

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UK artist Mike Lemanski design style is clean and refreshing. Lemanski work mostly uses primary colors and is mix media. Most commonly using gouache, vectors, pencil and ink. ” I like to live within the idea that design is art”. Very sophisticated design and inspiring.

Jacob Broms Engblom

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I’d say that Jacob Broms Engblom is having a blast with his work. He definitely inserts his sideways sense of humor into his… pieces? Designs? Interactive animated post-modern brain benders? I need an appropriate label! Regardless, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.

More images after the cut but really you just need to check out his sight for the full experience!