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.
I don’t know anyone who quite makes art like Miroco Machiko. An artist and illustrator from Osaka, Japan, Machiko work is raw and expressive. I really love it. There’s a real purity in the way that she creates images and the work feels kind of primitive but in the best possible way.
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.
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.
I can’t say I associate Talking Heads with love. I associate Talking Heads with David Byrne shouting and making weird noises, funky bass lines, and influencing a generation of musicians. But not love. I might be in the minority though as Kate Bingaman-Burt, Will Bryant, and Frank Chimero are curating a show titled Love For Sale: Valentine’s inspired by Talking Heads.
The show has over 70 artists confirmed including Jessica Hische, Mark Weaver, Adi Goodrich, Erik Marinovich, Jennifer Daniel, Paul Windle, Jeremy Pelley (Official Mfg. Co.), Richard Perez (Skinny Ships), Rose Blake, Adam J. Kurtz, Jen Mussari, Rand Renfrow, Keetra Dean Dixon, and Berkley Illustration. That’s like everyone you follow on Twitter, right? You can see a sneak peek of the show over on the Love For Sale Tumblr where they’re posting up previews. My favorites are by Skinny Ships and Gemma Correll which you can see below.
The show opens February 13, so if you’re in the Portland area stop by!