The incredibly improvisational Los Angeles-based duo, The Clayton Brothers (aka: Rob and Christian Clayton,) create autobiographical and narrative pieces of work through an intuitive process. One brother will start a painting, pass it on to the other to work on, and go back and forth until the painting comes to a finish. What I genuinely enjoy about their work is that though they work in sync through a shared childhood, they don’t try to recreate it. They look into their world as the adults they are now, which is what I feel makes their work so dynamic.
We’re not in the habit of sharing stuff that’s not contemporary here, but sometimes you come along something that shouldn’t be overlooked, as it seems relevant no matter when it was created, and could use a little more attention. Jugendstil, the German Art Nouveau movement, was named after the late nineteenth century literary magazine Jugend, which promoted the aesthetic within its pages and on its covers. If you’re looking for some fresh typography/design/illustration inspiration, check out this online resource, which contains lots of images from and info on the magazine. There’s even some Impressionistic stuff mixed with the Art Nouveau goodness, but it all comes off as really fresh. I wonder what Jugend, which didn’t make it out of World War II and Nazism, would be like if it were around today.
Interesting presentation at the MOMA about the infamous Guerilla Girls. If you’re not familiar with them here’s a blurb from their website.
“We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. “
Nebraska based artist Cindy Chinn carves unbelievable miniaturized objects within the lead of carpenter pencils. Chinn’s starting material is less than an inch wide, yet using an X-Acto knife and a magnifying glass, the artist is able to achieve intricate details with a charming folk art-like character. Her most involved piece of the series features a tiny locomotive train that scales the whole pencil. This work even includes a cut out carved portion that acts like a bridge crossing, exposing the train to be the full length of the pencil. The work was created through a process of collage; she carved the 3/16 inch train from the lead of one pencil and then fashioned it within the center of another pencil, adding two other small pieces of lead as rails. Due to the unique size of her work, Chinn incorporates a tiny magnifying glass as a part of her pieces, glorifying the work’s preciousness and inviting the viewer to have a personalized and intimate experience of the minuscule details. Her work tends to portray every day and perhaps even nostalgia provoking objects. For example, a tiny Chuck Taylor shoe, a darling fall leaf, and a hockey stick with a puck. This pencil carving project is just a side project; she is also a multimedia artist with many focuses such as larger scale wood carvings, murals, and paintings. (via My Modern Met)
Good buddy and painter extraordinaire Alison Blickle turned me onto the work of Christoph Ruckhäberle the other day and my mind was immediately blown.These paintings are completely bizarre and incredibly beautiful. Everything from the choice of color, the abstraction of the human body, and the strange vintage imagery sets it aside from work that you see on most gallery walls!
Parisian photo retoucher Cristian Girotto believes that somewhere inside each of us, there’s a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naïve. He wondered “what would happen if this intimate essence would be completely revealed? ”
With the help of photographer Quentin Curtat L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child) was born, miraculously combining the innocence that are in children’s eyes with the pesky facial hair that one has to deal with as they transform into an adult. Simultaneously funny and poignant L’ Enfant Extérieur begs the question if age matters and if one can still keep the passion of youth alive in an adult world full of corruption, responsibilities and disappointment.
Brazilian artist Vik Muniz created these images of animals using scrap metal. You can get idea of the huge scale of Muniz’ work by looking at the first image – notice the pile of car doors on the left. Much of Muniz’ art is an accumulation of what many would consider garbage to create fine art. He creates huge ‘collages’ from these objects, photographs them, and returns them to their smaller scale. You may recognize Muniz and his work from the acclaimed documentary Wasteland in which his process was detailed. [via]
Los Angeles-based Tanya Anguiniga’s work belies her upbringing in Tijuana, Mexico with it’s use of textile and color. Her vibrant work often uses materials over existing furniture, forcing the onlooker to reconsider the beauty in these every day objects.