I stopped by Melissa Oresky’s studio the other day. She is a Chicago painter who has been around for a minute and makes some really nice landscapy paintings with lots of collage and drawing thrown in for good measure. Check out what’s going on in the studio!
After receiving hundreds of amazing submissions from across the globe, the winners of our recent Art Works Every Time design competition are finally in. Each and every artist really pulled out all the stops to create some of the best T-shirt design entries we’ve seen this year. You can see the extremely fierce competition on the Gallery page! We pored over all of the entries, pulling our hair out- we really hard a hard time deciding, so we awarded each design points based on a number of factors:
-Wearability, functionality of design as a T-shirt graphic
-Uniqueness or surprising integration of Colt 45’s catch phrase
-Clarity, creativity of logo depiction
-Palette: color combos that work together, and also fit the Colt 45 brand
As you can see, the ultimate suave player award of 1,000.45 big ones went to artist Colin Strandberg, above. We thought he did an excellent job integrating all the aforementioned factors, into a playful and iconic design. We loved how he rendered the Colt 45 tall boy as part of the catch phrase’s typography, and his interpretation of Colt 45’s color palette. Our 9 runners up can be viewed after the jump!
Whew! So now, we’re gearing up for the big finale, the Colt 45 Art Works Every Time exhibition at Synchronicity Gallery June 12th. Each of the 10 winning submissions, along with each artist’s personal work, will be on display in a one of a kind art show. The opening reception features an extravaganza of excitement, including free T-shirt giveaways, live bands, and last but not least, vegan Colt 45 flavored ice cream made by the award-winning Scoops ice cream shop! Mark your calendars, this will be a good one!
Enter the universe of Jonathan Beer. He paints surreal magic that explodes through your eyes into your subconcious realm. Jon creates “a cosmological system from the contents of [his] private mental universe – depicting mental processes constantly in transition; actions associated with cognition and memory. When working [he becomes] both cartographer and naturalist, exploring and documenting the dislocated, quasi-architectural planes of memory.”
Kyle Cook describes himself as “a whimsical boy of magical nature.” His photographs seem to mostly feature his friends and lovers (even down to showcasing a dirty stain on his boxers.) I like the youthful nature of his work.
Meet Ivan C. – a visual artist from Mexico. Although he works commercially, his work is conceptul, believing art should now be “Cosa Virtuale,”with technology not leading the ideas, but setting free all the visual possibilities for the interpretation of reality. Ivan releases his imagery through multiple mixed-media processes involving digital photography, digital collage and experimental graphic manipulations.
Brittany App is a photographer, avid travellist and life catalyst. Although she hails from in and around the central coast of California, Brittany is always on the move whether it be by plane, boat or bicycle. This image maker is full of life and the vibrancy she exudes is reflected directly back into her images via the welcoming faces of the people she photographs, such as the faces shown here from her London series. You can follow Brittany’s latest photo-documentary project as she prepares for her coast-to-coast bicycle tour – scheduled for the fall – in effort to raise money for her favorite charity, Water Aid.