When looking at Josh Podoll’s paintings they won’t give you anything to think about, and that is sort of the point. My eye gets caught in the air-brushed, optical illusion like, geometric patterns in a sort of empty, humming, awake way. Josh grew up in Fairfield Iowa – which is the former home of the Maharishi (of Beatles White Album fame) and one of the main centers for Transcendental Meditation in the US. He is in a show at Christopher Grimes Gallery in LA that opens January 16.
Tulsi Maya, a 22-year-old illustrator/ collage artist and self-proclaimed “jobless wonder” who goes by the moniker Prettywhores, describes her work as “an infinite motif of naked beings, patterns and the primitive fauna / flora of this world complimented by a riot of satanic beasts, creeps and mutant night walkers vomiting up nostalgia.” Check out more of her perfectly irreverent and deliciously grotesque monster mashups on her tumblr, The Darling and the Dirty.
Berlin based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up in the west African nation of Burkina Faso. Kéré is the founder of Schulbausteine für Gando, a non-profit organization that provides aid in education, health and infrastructure for Gando, his home village in Burkina Faso. He uses his architecture firm, Kere Architecture, as an agent in his quest to strengthen Gando. Kere Architecture has built office buildings, schools, libraries, and opera houses in Burkina Faso in addition to its many completed projects around the world. Check out this public library in Gando: clay pots, provided by members of the village, are embedded in the library’s ceiling to provide “natural illumination and ventilation”. (via)
While this video could be mistaken for an orgy of Beautiful/Decay shirts, it’s actually awesomely thought up by James Sutton, 22 year old photographer. His work is beautifully colorful and ghetto-fabulous without being overly so. In his world, everything has a smooth finish and a sense of style. Jam is “inspired by pop culture, art & music, his work is a collision of colour and culture with a subtle hint of his love for surrealism.”
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Friend and past-professor Aaron Meyers created this amazing project on his free-time. It allows you to map YouTube videos onto an interactive 3D cube and then save it to a database so you can show your friends. As you spin around a YouCube, the sounds of the different videos fade in and out. Its seriously amazing. My video is the last on the list but the first one to be created during the trial run… its called ‘Hamster Wheel’, so look for it! Aaron’s also worked on the awesome Radiohead video House of Cards. You can see more of his projects after the jump.
These may look like your grandma’s needle point but they are in fact made entirely out of paint! Mixing a pixilated kind of neo-impressionist pointillism with the idea of textile weaving, Caroline Larsen‘s paintings are beautifully simple and yet hard to figure out. Her technique with oil paint is so expertly peculiar her viewer can be tempted to spend their time simply trying to figure out how she does it; this however, is a mistake, because her technique, impressive as it is, is fused to her subject matter in an inseparable way. Although her work balances formal interests with subjective ones, she invests fully in her imagery, culling series from her lived experience and most tenacious memories. Her current exhibition at Angell Gallery, P.A.N.A.M.A. R.E.N.A., records a strange and
menacing number of massive cargo ships, seen by the artist on her travels, notably in the Panama Canal. Reduced by her painting to pattern, surface and color but sacrificing little in terms of ability to reference the world (with all of its implications of economic and
environmental issues), these works are finally, simply of transportation machines hugely beyond our human scale. What they are about is the way those things affect us when we confront them.
“uS is the pseudonym for the Conceptual/ Outsider Art duo of Brent Bumgarner and Chris Johnson. Brent, a blind quadriplegic from an automobile accident in 1999, uses an usb pen with his mouth to draw, trace, type, and paint. Chris collaborates in a technical advisor capacity.
The childhood friends formed uS in 2005 from a convalescent home in Asheville, NC after an argument while trying to write an email with speech recognition software. Since then they\’ve created hundreds of works, published a book, and started a non-profit organization to support stem cell research.”