Mike Perry is of the artist/illustrator/designer/art director/teacher/typographer/zine-maker breed who have put all their energy into making a living off of creativity. Taking inspiration from Steven Harrington (an LA contemporary), cartoons, and mid century ad copy, Perry’s work is all about enjoying life and encouraging others to live more creatively à la Sister Corita. He has a show up right now until November 20 in Brooklyn called Wandering Around Wondering. I use the term “show” loosely, Because keeping in the spirit of 100% outward-directed positivity, it’s equal parts original work, workshops, and open community events, all of which are free. His press release describes it pretty well:
“Wandering Around Wondering is a free three-month community exhibition and series of events that will coincide with the launch of my monograph, published by Rizzoli. The event space will host workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions, and much more — conducted by me and a select group of design and illustration professionals. The space will become a dynamic environment for continuous creation, where visitors will be able to explore freely and create their own unique experiences.”
Aaron Bickner is a truly skilled artist hailing from Minneapolis. Aaron is not only an illustrator, designer, sign-painter, & trash collector, but a very nice individual as well. I had the pleasure of attending illustration courses with Aaron at MCAD, and I was always so excited to see what he would come up with for our briefs. Every piece always seemed to stand out from the rest of the pack in some way or another; whether it be by his soft-spoken well thought out ideas or by the brilliant execution. Aaron’s work is thoughtful by not only his beautiful line quality but in the way he seems to complete an illustration as a whole. At times he will create small shadow boxes, sculptures, 3D collages usually including found materials from his environment. Aaron always struck me as someone completely in-tune with his surroundings and his work really portrays that well. I also dig that in his commercial portfolio most of his client work involves small independent and community beneficial organizations. Nice!
As a part of Rhizome’s Seven on Seven, Ryan Trecartin and David Karp created riverofthe.net, a collection of 10 seconds or less community submitted videos. Trecartin, probably today’s most important video artist, and David Karp, creator of tumblr, were brought together, along with several other artists and technologists, by Rhizome back in 2010. Anyone can easily submit, and the more videos the better, because one of the only negative aspects is seeing videos you’ve already viewed before. It’s an incredibly simple and effective idea, which showcases videos that are typically more interesting than most video art out there.