Though I don’t post a lot about it, I really love me some folk-ish art. I was raised by my mother who drag me to craft fairs all the time, which made me kind of hate anything of the sort. But then I was introduced to the work of Margaret Kilgallen and my perception was totally and completely changed. Stuart Kolakovic’s work gives me the same feeling as Kilgallen’s does, maybe with a touch of Kara Walker’s sense of narrative.
Stuart recently did a giant mural for his solo show at Projeckts MCR, which he’s now scanned in and put online with the help of his brother Adam. The mural is titled Never Been, and has now become and interactive art project that is absolutely stunning and mind blowing. You go through the mural by dragging your mosue across the screen, slowly exploring this beautiful world that Stuart has created, filled with the most beautiful, muted colors and thousands of minute details. One of the first images you come across is an old woman sitting on the shore of the ocean, her dress made up of patchwork quilts, all featuring the most amazing patterns.
As you go you start to realize that you’re following the trials and tribulations of a small family. A man falls in love with a woman, the seasons change, there’s life, there’s death, happiness and sorrow. When you look at this, definitely take the time to figure out which are the main characters in the story, and go from there, I promise you’ll enjoy yourself.
Continuing my posts about fun, European illustrators is a guy named PuÃ±o who lives and works in Madrid. PuÃ±o was born in 1978, and makes his living “drawing for books, for press, and for publicity.” He also enjoys the city, cities in general, and travels a lot, but that doesn’t help him pay the bills.
I like PuÃ±o because of his fun, brush and ink style. All of his frawings have an amazing amount of depth and life to them and really make me smile. I put my favorite image of his up top, I just love that the Fantastic Four are fighting some drugged out giant Mickey Mouse, I mean, who wouldn’t? The other image is an illustration he did as a personal project, but wouldn’t that be awesome to see as an advertisement for a library? I know if I were a little kid (or the age I am now) that it would get me excited to see what’s going on inside!
Seeing how most everything is going digital these days, it’s nice to see that a lot of people are still into hand-making things. For example is Colby Nichols’ newest zine titled Wolf Am I, featuring “an assortment of ideas that otherwise would not have gotten out.” I really love Colby’s style, with lots of fun doodles and patterns to browse through. My absolute favorite though is the top image that simply says “GNAR”, a word that Colby has been obsessed with now for years, or so he told me. I personally like the font that he drew together with the subtle blue lines combining them all.
Wolf Am I is 24 pages and is only $6, so be sure to check it out along with the rest of his work, including these awesome guitars he decorated!
I got an email from Dave Frenzese a couple days ago, and it was so exciting and well written that I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. It was full of energy and great bits that I knew this guy had to be something cool. When I checked his site, I was damn right. Filled to the gills with awesome work. Dave’s style of art/design is totally inspired by comic books, first and foremost. He does everything by hand for the most part, though he’s starting to warm up to computers. Most of all he loves to keep things simple and tell a good joke in the process, making you laugh and enjoy yourself.
On his site you’ll find a bit of everything. There are bearded vampires, a project he calls The Third World, showing third world countries inhabited by 8 bit Nintendo creatures, lesbian porn turned into an epic, god-like battle (totally NSFW), and that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. One of my favorite things he did was a video for LVHRD, where he and another guy dressed like A and B buttons and participated in a Wiimbldeon Tennis Tournament, and then another video where he plays bad and another girl plays good, and they go around doing what they do best.
He and his work are both extremely charming, so take like 20 minutes and check out all he has to offer.
Last night I had the pleasure of going to The Hammer museum for a concert by a band called Megapuss along with the photos of Lauren Dukoff. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, though I know I liked Lauren’s photos, and I had heard rumors that Megapuss was the new side-project of Devendra Banhart. Well it turns out the rumors were true, Devendra, along with Priestbird drummer Greg Rogove and two other fellows (and a harpist for one song), are Megapuss.
The whole thing took place out in the courtyard of The Hammer, which is an absolutely beautiful place to see a concert. They ended up playing for about an hour, playing songs titled things like Duck People Duck Man, Chicken Titties, and Surf. They sounded a lot like Devendra, maybe a little more Beach Boys-esque, but still just as weird and awesome. This was their first show, so they were all over the place, playing a lot of Tears for Fears in-between songs. I also just want to say that Devendra Banhart is the funniest, most charming man alive. His banter was great and he seemed like a very genuine, nice guy. I also spotted Natalie Portman hanging out at the show, and I guess my friend Kelly talked to her about her racist dog. No idea what that means.
Check out Megapuss’ MySpace to get a taste of what’s to come! Also be sure to check under the cut for one more photo I took!
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