Sharon Louden is a well respected and very talented artist who does a bit of everything. She’s taught at several universities over the past twenty years and has shown all over the world. Most recently, she’s edited a book of essays about artists making and living called Living and Sustaining A Creative Life. Through forty essays from forty different artists, you get a look at how creatives work and how they are able to propel themselves forward within often amorphous creative fields. It’s a very real, very honest peek into the world of artists.
This relationship to other artists and their practices has also found its way into her work. While she has been busy book touring and getting the project off the ground, she also created a body of work called Community. The works are made from oil and enamel and feature strings of color in very patient settings that easily could be left at being studies of shape. They aren’t, though: they are symbols of all the work she has been doing, explained visually.
Street style photographer Bill Cunningham is a national treasure. He’s an American institution and a style icon in his own right: he deserves to be knighted by Barack Obama for being a beacon of creative inspiration and hope in America. The popular and wildly successful documentary Bill Cunningham New York illustrated his greatness to wider audiences and he certainly has a cult status in and out of the fashion world. To celebrate the photographer and the frenzy of Fashion Week in New York, New York Magazine‘s The Cuttasked eight illustrators with creating homages to Bill. They are sweet dedications from talented adorers that make him look his best and exude his perpetual positivity and quirkiness.
You probably wouldn’t guess this from the title but Rimon Guimarães is a young self-taught artist. He is from Brazil and only twenty-five years old: for such a young man, it’s somewhat hard to believe that he has a very developed, very wide reaching hand in street art. Guimarães creates giant, building covering paintings of almond eyed people who are colorful and lanky, shapely and physically active. They are made out of stripes of color and often are studies in human form.
Not sure if people would agree but tie-dye feels like it’s back in. This isn’t the traditional entry that is for and by hippies but is instead new takes on dye born out of the resurge in popularity of indigo. Thus, the style is back but in through new, experimental ways.
London based artist and “fashion designer” Craig Green obviously feels this way as his Spring/Summer 2014 show is a collection of works that incorporate his “subdued” past of blacks and whites and smothering covers into new takes on dying. He has taken his own aesthetic, put it through a self-referential dye process, and ended up with the new collection.
Thug Entrancer (AKA Ryan McRyhew) is Software‘s latest effort to rethink or change the electronic music landscape. They are releasing the debut of the Chicago-by-way-of-Denver musician’s Death After Life on February 11, a serious dance record intended to experiment and meditate on the TR-808. What’s interesting about the release is it’s clever monotony: it features eight songs called “Death After Life” along with bonus cuts “Ready To Live,” a two part song. All the sounds are coming out of the same pool of 808s but feel particularly polished and new, perhaps what the new life being suggested in the title is.