This week’s B/D Apparel artist interview features Yaiagift. Yaiagift contributed our “Bikes N’ Roses” shirt, which reinterprets the iconic Guns ‘n’ Roses album cover to give new meaning to today’s bike/fixed gear culture. His aesthetic mixes a broad range of influences, from underground comix, punk rock, skate culture and beyond. Yaiagift’s process apparently begins as a “really awful sketch” that “looks like if someone with no artistic skills made it.” Read on to find out how he transforms a work’s humble origins into a polished final product, and the one artist anyone who ever holds a pencil in their hand must check out! More images of Yaiagift’s personal work and design process after the jump.
Matthew Coleman is an artist in many senses of the word. He’s a writer, a photographer, a painter and, apparently, quite a prolific paper crane folder. “I create from the inside out. To direct the intensity of feeling outside of me, to release them in great bursts,” explains the artist. With such a passionate artist’s statement, it’s no wonder Coleman’s creativity has driven him down so many diverse avenues of discovery.
In “Shooting Blanks,” Gina Osterloh combines installation and preforming arts featuring herself on a paper stage. Her latest works, including “The Rash Room,” “The Cut Room,” and “The Turquoise Room,” are staged for the camera with Osterloh as the main subject enclosed in rooms of brightly colored bond paper. However, the candy colored walls frame a darker matter; Osterloh obscures her face behind her hair and often covers her entire body in paper strips, toying with the notion of identity crisis. In each installation, she slowly removes herself from the room, and is gradually eaten by the empty space, leaving behind a vacancy that echos that emptiness, or “blankness.”
Inspired by the futuristic animation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 film, Akira, Gianmarco Magnani’s latest prints bring a third dimension to an otherwise flat medium. His two part series, “Silence Television”, draws from the linear style of traditional Japanese anime, and maintains a simliar graphic appeal. In his first set of four illustrations, entitled “Riders and Villains”, Magnani hoped to create a tension between good and bad in his riders. (As he pointed out, good without evil is just uninteresting). His second set, “The Forgotten Monarchy” marries a modern aesthetic with vestiges of the styles of 16th century European monarchies.
Melissa Murray is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. The themes in her paintings revolve aroud “images from past experiences or dreams.” Much of her work includes the metaphorical use of animals, which symbolize “sincerity in life, a seemingly degenerative trait in our current human consciousness. These creatures represent purity, and personify my dreams and fears for our collective future.”
Small Victories, the latest project by Booooooom, opens Thursday May 20th at Hong Kong’s Above Second gallery. This collaborative experiment came together by requesting 4×6 photographic prints from numerous participants, and aims to be “a photographic celebration of the quietly beautiful, unintentionally funny, people and things all around us. It is these little moments that make life worth living.” If you can’t make it to Hong Kong, Booooooom.com will be posting the submissions.
May 20th at Above Second gallery, 31 Eastern Street Hong Kong.
Nelson Balaban is an illustrator/designer working in Sao Paulo. At 20 years of age, he has worked with some impressive clients including Adidas, Diesel, Coca-Cola, and Oakley. He is now the art director working for Cisma @ Paranoid BR. For a bigger list of his clients and more of his work check out his site or follow him on the Behance network.