This is a photopolymer print, in dark brown ink on cream Japanese paper. The image is 5x7 and the sheet is 9x12.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Chicago Humanities Festival recently posted the audio from a talk/ interview that writer Junot Díaz gave, part of their Writers On The Record series. You can listen to it streaming here.
work of contemporary fiction, and in the interview Díaz discusses his
writing process, his hang-ups, and reads a bit from the novel.
He is witty and dry, yet unassuming. It's worth a listen.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I have 4 comic art pieces (two paintings, one drawing, and an interactive sculpture) that will be on display in this awesome upcoming show called The Book As Its Own Addendum at Marwen Gallery in River North (833 N. Orleans). It's just off the Brown Line Chicago stop.
The opening is Friday, December 11th from 5-7pm. You're invited.
Also... Bring a book and trade it in for another book of your choice. Sweet!
RSVP // invitation info here.
Afterparty (8-11pm byob) at Loft 3a.
I have a handful of prints this month in this quirky/ fun/ experimental/ transitory space called the Op-Shop in Hyde Park.
It is the brainchild of the lovely Laura Shaeffer, owner of HOME Gallery.
Right now the space is located at 1613 East 55th Street. It's open at this location through December 31st, 2009, and the the hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11am-7pm. There is a closing reception on the 31st.
Learn more here: The Op-Shop website.
[Photo by the talented sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, who also has photographs in the Op-Shop]
[Window painting by the awesome cartoon/comic artist, Anders Nilsen. Nilsen also has work for sale in the Op-Shop.]
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My sister, living in China (and probably thinking a lot about the pros and cons of souvenirs herself these days), recently sent me this essay by Matt Gross from the Frugal Traveler, discussing the merits (and pitfalls) of bringing home travel souvenirs.
Prints have, for hundreds of years, had a close relationship with travel. The 18th century Italian printmaker and draftsman Giovanni Battista Piranesi popularized the modern-day postcard by creating a series of etchings showing views of Rome (Vedute) for middle-class and wealthy travelers to take home and show to their friends and family.
There is a wonderful little ode-to-the-print in the essay, towards the end. I've copied it here, below.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Poster for a side show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC), originally uploaded by The Library of Congress.
Sometimes life is just like this. Your name is Ruth, you're an Acrobat, nobody makes shoes that fit you right, and no one's willing to really look you in the eye when they're talking to you.
Thanks, Library of Congress. You really show me some neat stuff sometimes.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Gilbert & George: OH GOD they are the cutest.
Those matching ties turn me into a puddle of I-want-to-be-your-best-friend-oh-please-oh-please.
Designboom ran a story about a show -- Jack Freak -- of G&G's in Brussels that just closed. The Jack Freak photos and article can be found here.
I am simultaneously intrigued and bored by their recent work. Conceptually, I really like the images, but I'm really not into that plastic, digital, just-discovered-Photoshop aesthetic. The Gilbert & George show at the Milwaukee Art Museum last year was really quite good, despite my reservations, but I liked it more because I could see their earlier work in comparison with the new stuff.
Check out this new font, Alright Sans, posted on Myfonts.com. Diggin' it! (Those SMALL CAPS, especially!)
The "t" is a wee bit distracting, however.
The font was created by Brooklyn designer Jackson Cavanaugh (such a name! Oy!) and his digi-foundry, Okay Type. I'm drooling over his personal website design, too, by the way:
It's perfect! I've been trying to find good examples of artist websites that adequately merge all of these multi-varied sources of information outlets that we use all of the time (blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc) and Cavanuagh's website just what I'm looking for (except I would need more portfolio-type images).
The New York Times recently ran a story (titled Cinematic Soulmates) about the working relationship between writer-director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Penélope Cruz, and the article has a little bit of info about Almodóvar's new film, Broken Embraces, which I'm excited to see in a couple of weeks (opens Nov. 20th).
There is also a 2.5 minute video (an interview between the two) accompanying the article.
This is a charming tidbit:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This is a stunning short film made by Colin Nusbaum, his submission for the TRUNK SHOW. The photograph shows how the film was displayed during the opening night. His artist statement appears below.
Video, found suitcase, clothing, magazines, toiletries
This video installation fixes the camera’s eye on scenes of Brooklyn and New York City. By climbing on bridges and sneaking on rooftops, I was able to see the city through a lens from high above. The actual aerial images were captured in sunlit high definition and focused in a tilt-shift technique to shrink space and virtually magnify the spectator.
Like much of my work, this project was designed as a sincere documentation and playful invitation to turn the camera on oneself. apple inspires reflection from a new perspective as it gazes at movement through city space. Specifically, the montage celebrates transit and motion itself, without regard for destination—showing people in mid-gallop. The video makes the big city small before us, so we can might scrutinize and innocently indulge.
I was initially drawn to the scenes because, when eyed from above, locomotion appears both mechanically trivial and yet utterly graceful. Ironically, it was not until I finished shooting the project and descended back to ground level that I began to feel disoriented and dizzy with vertigo.
So I dropped the ball on getting to so many good Chicago Humanities Festival events this year, but I'm happy to say that this afternoon I'm headed to Lincoln Park to see The Not-So-Funny Situation of Alternative Comix, a discussion with Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Matt Groening, and Jules Feiffer. So many of my favorites in one room! My head might explode.
Also, I just saw on The Chicago Reader's Free Stuff listings that Mount Eerie is playing for free at the Reckless Records on Broadway on Sunday!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I've mentioned Hollis Brown Thornton before, but I wanted to post a little bit more about him, because I keep returning to look at his work, to see what he's up to. The first image, of the lights, is one of the most recent. Those ghostly acrylic photo-based transfer images keep floating to the surface of my brain, and have done so continually ever since I first saw his work (possibly first seen in a DesignSponge post in April 2009?)
I sense that my interest in her is connected to my interest in Thornton...
Thornton gives a detailed, incredibly useful explanation of the acrylic transfer process on his website, which I would love to get around to trying one day soon, seeing how I've really been immersing myself in photo-based image-making of late.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find out earlier this year that Thornton and I both had pieces in the A5 Art & Design Magazine Heroes Issue (No. 8). Below is the piece of mine, a painting in gouache over an old Wonder Woman comic, that was published.
Pure heaven. And made by my incredibly talented Aunt in the beautiful woods of Eastern Ohio! If you're in need of a tasty treat, or looking for a sweet hand-made gift for a loved one, these chocolates from Word Banquet (via Etsy) are out-of-this-world good!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
This is neat! Per an article in DesignBoom here: three-dimensional solar roof tiles that capture a broader spectrum of light, and are more functional in terms of co-existing with a traditional tiled roof (rather than sitting flat/ at an angle on top of the roof).
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Well this is too, too perfect and lovely. Goodness. If you can, be sure to watch it large format/ in high quality.
Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian has created a new musical group/ album based around a narrative of songs he wrote over the past five years. From the looks of it the album God Help the Girl is meant to be a soundtrack for a film that Murdoch is still currently writing. More about God Help the Girl on their website here. They really are quite lovely ladies.
A Pitchfork.com review of the album, written by Marc Hogan, is here.
Murdoch (of Belle & Sebastian), with Catherine Ireton, Celia Garcia, and Alex Klobouk (L to R)
Classic, bizarre, and great. They snuck in the song "Mean to Me," which I will always love because of Annette Hanshaw. Listen to her singing it in 1929 here:
In the Betty Boop cartoon, I love that the call and answer and the jazz vocal improvisations were visualized as terrifying, soul-sucking groups of monster-ghost triplets. The walrus dancing like Cab Calloway is a nice touch.
Here's a cool compilation of Cab Calloway dance moves:
Monday, September 7, 2009
leaves are falling all around , originally uploaded by Amy Rice.
I came across this Minneapolis-based artist, Amy Rice, through a printmaking group on Flickr. Her work is an interesting combination of printmaking, stencils, and illustration, and I like that she works on old wood and other non-traditional materials to create beautiful objects.