Sharon Louden paints an abstract community

Sharon Louden Community 1

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.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 14, 2014 / By

Jon Burgerman gets shot in the head to highlight violence in advertisements

Jon Burgerman - Headshot

You probably already know the work of illustrator Jon Burgerman. His idiosyncratic pictures are fun, playful and instantly recognizable. Filled with bright colors, cute smiles and vibrant characters, they almost feel a world removed away from this small project he’s currently working on. Called Headshot, these images show Jon seconds after he has been shot in the head by an advertisement. The resulting images are as striking as they are entertaining and the series works really well.

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Philip Kennedy

February 12, 2014 / By

The humorous collages of Zeren Badar

Zeren Badar

Some of my favorite art is that which makes me laugh. When most people traditionally think of art we think of old world masterpieces painted with oils depicting those that have been long dead. So what if you took those venerable works of art and put a ridiculous twist on them? You’d end up with these lighthearted series of collages from Zeren Badar.

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Bobby Solomon

February 11, 2014 / By

Rimon Guimarães’ Colorful Building Sized Murals

Rimon Guimarães' Mural Street Art 1

Rimon Guimarães' Mural Street Art 2

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.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 11, 2014 / By

Craig Green’s tied, dyed, smothered, and covered S/S 2014 collection

Craig Green Spring Summer 2014 4

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.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 7, 2014 / By

Dyami O’Brien’s amazing abstract portraits

Dyami O'Brien Painting 1

It’s a little difficult to explain the work of Dyami O’Brien. The artist paints warped portraits of people that exaggerate their physical characteristics while also addressing their personal style. They’re inspired by everything from soul records to Facebook pages, something we discovered while researching his work previously for Los Angeles, I’m Yours. If anything, O’Brien is an artist doing something totally unique.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 5, 2014 / By

Skyler Brickley melts masses of plastic into abstract forms

Skyler Brickley

Skyler Brickley is a New York based artist who basically makes what looks like destroyed hoods from brightly colored cars from the future. He twists and punches through sheets of supposed metal that could be shipped off to a space junk yard. They are big and fascinating and definitely give you the feeling that his pieces are part of something larger. Maybe a Transformer molted, leaving behind this rippling sheet? No, not really: they’re actually made out of polyethylene terephthalate or FRP, complicated and sturdy plastics that—when painted with automotive paint—appear to be twisted metal.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 4, 2014 / By

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