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Marilyn Minter

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Born in 1948, New York based artist Marilyn Minter has been creating these sensual, borderline pornographic images since the 80s. Her process involves taking photographs of her subjects and then (usually) painting them on a huge scale using enamel paint on metal. Yet, as Emily Davidow says, “…the paintings feel more real than the gorgeous photographs that inspire them. Illuminating the moments when things fall apart, the paintings get more interesting as your gaze lingers on after that first arresting glance and you discover the imperfections. Hand feathered layers of enamel on metal render sweat, stubble, wrinkles and freckles lush, tactile and luminous.” The paintings are huge. I can only imagine what they look like in person.

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Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design who was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture and art, and whose achievements helped to establish the reputation of Japanese graphic design internationally.

The symbol and poster designs for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were Kamekura’s best-known work. The Tokyo Olympic symbol is a powerful, concise design, while the posters capture the dynamism of athletes. The poster design also incorporated photos, marking the first time that a photograph was used in an Olympic poster. Other well-known poster designs include Hiroshima Appeals, a poetic image of falling, burning butterflies.

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BCF No. 6: Mas Entradas!

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Big City Forum and Evil Monito present Mas Entradas, an event featuring Gary GarayShizu Saldamando, and Josh Kun, that plans to focus on cultural identity and cultural crossover. Saldamando’s painting and drawing series and Garay’s mixed media and DJ projects will be featured in this event which will be held at the Evil Monito Headquarters on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 from 8-10PM.  Both Garay and Saldamando had their work included in the 2008 exhibition at LACMA called Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement.

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Giveaway: Trashed Bag = New Bag!

The submissions for our recent trashed bag = new bag trade out competition have been rolling in! There are some definite janky hole-ridden totes around, ladies. In case you haven’t heard, Beautiful/Decay and Moop are giving away one Market Bag, which features tons of pouches, d-rings for cell phones and keys, zipper pockets and more. All you have to do is send a photo of your wrecked purse (you can get creative and make one as well, like we did). Most horrifically un-stylish bag will get swapped out with a new one in any color of your choice, ’cause, we’ll probably feel sorry for you.

Submit photos to: [email protected]

Title Subject of Email: Trashed Bag= New Bag

Contest Deadline: Friday August 14th, 1pm PST

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Diary of a Madman: Part 5!

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Kyle Thomas is wrapping up the last hundred or so covers. He’s taking his time with the last batch as we’ve had to have our loyal interns massage his hands back into working condition after the hundreds of hours that he’s already spent drawing each and every cover! If you didn’t subscribe make sure to do so as we have some more crazy ideas and schemes for the next issue that will blow you away. If you want one of these personalized copies visit our shop to get a copy before they sell out!

More covers after the jump!

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Richard Galpin

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British artist Richard Galpin has developed a very specific method which he uses to create all of his work, going all the way back to 2001. He shoots photographs in cities and then takes a scalpel to them, stripping away pieces of the image until a new kind of image of urban space – a very futuristic urban space – emerges. So while he is imagining the future, we can still see the vestiges of the past.

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Gary Brewer

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Artist Gary Brewer combines the visual language of old school science illustrations (like the kind you’d find in a textbook from the 70s) with some extra imagination to create these otherworldly floating collections of plants, rocks, and other organic matter.

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Interview: Reed Barrow

Reed Barrow fixes his extraordinary mind’s eye simultaneously on the vast and infinite possibility of the cosmos, and the potential for the extraordinary within the ordinary materials of the mundane word. In this simultaneous macrocosmic/microcosmic perspective, Barrow creates works that change earthly goods into symbols loaded with magic, humor and poetic reflections on the nature of the human experience. His work shifts ordinary perception to create works that are, like the universe, simultaneously collapsing and expanding with infinite twinkling stars and thoughts.

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