We’ve all used hundreds of pencils in our lives since we were kids. Jennifer Maestre uses pencils too, but not the way most of us do, or even the ways most artists do. These imaginative creatures use pencils to showcase the contrast between lifelike forms and industrially produced materials. They were inspired by the texture of the sea urchin, which she has been exploring in many materials for several years.
Spanish artist Mario Soria creates stunning collage-esque paintings of iconic American images and figures such as Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln. His portraits are hyper-realistic, but the seemingly random array of objects and contexts he places these figures within lends the work some eccentricity, a sense that is heightened by his use of embellished canvases and the simulated 3D effect of some of these protrusions.
I stopped by Leon Reid IV‘s studio in Greenpoint to see what he’s been up to lately. He’s been pretty busy. Last month, he installed “100 Story House” a public art piece created in collaboration with Julia Marchesi. And he released a new sculpture series less than two weeks ago. On top of all of that, he’s in the midst of raising funds for “A Spider Lurks in Brooklyn”, his proposed project to put a giant spider between the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge during October of 2014 (you can get involved with the project here). So I was pretty psyched that he was able to make time to show me around. Leon’s been creating public art in some form or another for eighteen years now, and his studio was full of past projects and concept sketches.
Incredibly palpitating watercolors coming out of Berlin courtesy of Manfred Naescher. Aside from being loads of fun, watercolor remains one of my favorite mediums because of all the unexpected and recalcitrant twists and turns the pigments usually take. Manfred publishes Screenshots, which as he describes it is “an homage to and an exploration of film in the form of an ongoing series of picture fanzines; a bi-monthly printed publication of recontextualized, reconfigured cinematic imagery—as interpreted through serial drawings and paintings.” He also works as an art director, overseeing the creation of packaging, logos and website design for a growing list of clients. Burgeoning graphic designers take note, this is how it’s done!!