Here are a few more pics from my Art Star Craft Bazaar visit this past weekend.
My homegirls Cathey White of Single Handed Ink and e Bond of Roughdraft Books were killing it at the bazaar. Cathey had her fly spray paint embellished accessories and e showcased her lovely handmade books and journals. The two brands shared a booth, and although Single Handed Ink and Roughdraft Books have different brand identities, the two worked beautifully together in presentation.
Beautifully whimsical illustrations by Maira Kalman. If you live in the LA area you can see 100 original drawings and paintings in her exhibition Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) at the Skirball Cultural Center (which ends very soon). The same exhibition will travel to the east coast for a run at the Jewish Museum in New York City starting March 11th. So wish I could check it out.
Each piece overflows with texture and exudes the concept of organized chaos; and with her choice of objects her work feels playful and inviting. See more of Reytan's amazing work here.
Skewville is a Brooklyn-based street-artist duo who uses dope typography and graphic illustration to create their work (including really amazing interior installations). They have been leaving their mark of wooden screenprinted sneakers on telephone wires and powerlines in major cities across the globe. It's interesting to see how they re-interpreted an urban tradition (shoe tossing) using their stylistic approach. Very cool. See more of their work here.
LOVE this pair of murals for a New York City school by Pentagram's Paula Scher (Temple alumna, go cherry and white!). Using her map painting style Scher incorporates the geography of the area as an informative and decorative element in the atrium and commons area of the school.
Scher's environmental graphics are amazing, check out the inspiring designs she created for Achievement First Endeavor Middle School. Creating designs for schools would be an amazing job opportunity. I would love to work on such projects, especially since our schools are in desparate need to be visiually updated.
Speaking of which I'm working on a new project designing a mural for a commercial space. Check out what is inspiring me for this project on my guest blog post for the uber-fabulous Tam+Sam blog. I will be posting behind-the-scenes looks of some of my favorite projects as well as images that have inpired my work. More here.
You must watch this beautiful animation inspired by the work of Nelson Mandela. Sule and The Case of The Tiny Sparks was directed by sister-team Shawnee' Gibbs & Shawnelle Gibbs (who created Adopted By Aliens: The Animated Series) and written by Rene Rawls.
When you're done watching the video please check out the Adopted By Aliens blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration process for the story. I always love learning about how a project comes together. Enjoy!
Just discovered this amazing sculptor and printmaker, Elizabeth Catlett, on the Swann Auction Galleries website. Her extensive body of work is breathtaking; I am in awe of her prints depicting the African-American experience. If I had it, the one pictured bottom left (called New Generation) would be mine. How am I just learning of this talent? Learn more about Elizabeth Cartlett here.
A little fun fact for you: Ms. Catlett is the grandmother of Naima Mora, America's Next Top Model Cycle 4 winner.
This week we speak to fine artist Nina Chanel Abney. Nina has been receiving global recognition for her paintings that speak to pop culture and political commentary. Between her many magazine interviews (like on Essence.com, Paper, W, and Glamour magazines), a show wrapping up tomorrow at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery and an installation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Nina takes some time to answer Fly 10 Questions.
How old were you when you first discovered your talent?
I was five years old when I discovered my talent. I would copy known cartoon characters, but place them in my own scenes.
What space or institution would you love to have your work exhibited, and why?
It's definitely a tie between MOMA (New York) and The Centre Pompidou in Paris. They both have amazing contemporary art collections, they also draw in people from all walks of life, from all over the world, so I would be able to expose my work to new audiences. And because of their abundance of space, they could accommodate large works, and therefore I could paint without any size restrictions. And then there's the obvious...they are both in great cities! [[read on]]