Michael Craig-Martin has been creating art since the 1960s. His wall painting installations from the 1990s and 2000s feel current with their bright colors and flat appearance, but some of the items in the paintings, ubiquitous at the time they were captured, are now relics. Among the shoes and pails rendered in black tape outlines are Nokia style cell phones and milk bottles. That doesn’t diminish the charm of these installations. Craig-Martin’s intent was to make these works in a generic style, even attempting to erase his personality from the works by using tape as outlines instead of pencil drawings. It didn’t work. The purposeful non-style of painted mass-produced items executed meticulously in a vibrant palette at enlarged scale has become one of Craig-Martin’s signatures. The choice of everyday objects for his wall installations was a purposeful one.
“I thought the objects we value least because they were ubiquitous were actually the most extraordinary. … I wanted people to realise how extraordinary everyday objects are, and think about what image-making is. The impulse was never nostalgia, kitsch or a critique of consumerism.” (Source)
Photos of the installations can only capture part of their impact. Walking around a corner only to be confronted with an enormous pink desk lamp is part of the experience, as are the shifting views of eyeglasses and belts through the arches of a candy-colored room. Only when standing next to a seven-foot extinguisher can the scale of the articles be truly appreciated.
Though he is often called a conceptual artist, Craig-Martin prefers to be called radical. It’s not just about the concept for him—the making that comes from the idea is equally important. “Throughout his career, through work in many different media, he has explored the expressive potential of commonplace objects and images.”
David Mascha, an artist based in Vienna, Austria, has been working with different design studios since 2005. He has also done work for international clients, print magazines, fashion and design labels, and books. David has also had work displayed in exhibitions in Asia and Europe. I really like his diverse but defined style. Every piece he does is bold in its own way.
It’s fun to see how something so violent, like paintball guns, could be used to make something so beautiful like Marilyn Monroe. I mean the skills and accuracy to execute this painting are amazing though… awesome teamwork guys! I am sure Andy Warhol would be oh so proud.
Pantone colors seem to be all the rage these days with licensing deals being made for everything from messenger bags to stationary. However this collection of images designed by French food designer Emilie de Griottes takes the cake (or tart!). Commissioned by culinary magazine Fricote, Griottes created tasty tarts based around the gorgeous colors that creatives depend on to make all sorts of design magic happen. We’re hoping that with the popularity of this photo spread we’ll soon be able to order a Pantone 7507C tart with extra banana from your favorite dessert spot. (via junk culture)
The Midwest, motorcycles, cowboy boots, blue jeans, football—imagery associated with classic Americana—kicks, charges, rodeos and bedazzles its way through Grant Barnhart’s works. Bipolar homages/parodies on the goold old stuff that makes up our national iconography and ideaology, Barnhart’s works are a feast of star spangled satire and sincere adoration. Read the full interview after the jump.
If you’re in the LA area and looking for something to do swing by Ronin to see a 2 person show by Parskid and Julian Duron. Parskid and B/D go way way back as his work has been featured in our Skate Or Die issue and numerous times on our site. Julian will also have some work in Book 2 being released in November. If you haven’t subscribed yet you better do so as Julian’s spread will knock your socks off!