The Creative Lives have a nice little feature on Barry McGee and his 4th installation at the SFMoMA. Way back in 1996 Mr. McGee was the SECA Art Award winner and he was able to create a large scale mural in the MoMA which featured also featured smaller framed pieced and was then acquired into their permanent collection. Since then he’s reinstalled these pieces two more times and now in total for the fourth time in honor of the museum’s 75th anniversary retrospective.
I think it’s really nice that Barry’s work has become so well regarded and appreciated. I’ve been a big fan for a while now, probably since the late 90′s, and it feels like creatively he’s still on another level from most artists creating today. At the end of the video I love that he says that it doesn’t really matter where you show your work, that he’s just happy for people to be able to see it. I think that’s such a great point, that in the end it’s about getting people to see something cool that you made.
I found this video while searching for educational videos of carnivorous plants. The fact that I can’t read anything in the video (other than the 7) doesn’t bother me because I can still understand that it’s promoting a flower show with all kinds of big flowers, small flowers, desert flowers, and so on. No, the video isn’t particularly elegant, but compared to the some of the commercials around these parts, I’d take “7th China Flower Expo” any day of the week. And even without a trashy american cousin, this video is still enjoyable.
I’m sure that many readers will already be familiar with the work of LA-based artist Jeana Sohn. From her photograph series for the fourth volume of Lines & Shapes to her delicately illustrated egg sculptures to the fairy-tale landscapes of her paintings, Sohn infuses everything she creates with a haunting and dreamy quality. She has recently extended her artistic skills by using her Canon 7D to create short films and has been posting the results on her blog. In “Ritual”, her second attempt at filming, Sohn continues her thematic interest in nature and the manner in which people engage with their surroundings.
“Ritual” has a simple, organic and lo-fi quality that I really like. Using an instrumental piece of music from Jonathan Glazer’s film Birth, Sohn’s short film conjures a private space of wistful longing. Significantly, she has not tried to produce a strong narrative trajectory and has instead focused on making a work that captures feelings and sensations. Considering that Sohn has only recently started using moving picture as a form of artistic expression, I am really impressed by her stunning imagery, clever editing and seamless interplay between sound and visual.
I can only hope that she will continue her little cinematic wanders through nature.
This week’s desktop wallpaper comes from a fella’ named Laszlito Kovacs, but you can call him Laszlo. Laszlo is a Dutch Spanish artist who’s an amazing illustrator who’s got such a great sense of shape and color. Currently he’s making some really rad posters like this one here which you can actually win by just filling out a survey. He’s also got some fun collaborations going on with Poolga as well, though I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about it!
For his desktop wallpaper he’s used the name of the blog and transformed it into this rad little typographic fox. It’s got a wonderful retro feel to it and I think the typography he created is absolutely spot on as well. Don’t forget to check out the iPhone version which is slightly different as well as the iPad wallpaper. Thanks again Laszlo!
I don’t remember where I came across Lotta Nieminen’s work, but as soon as I saw her illustrations I knew I was gonna post about her. In fact, Lotta is getting quite a lot of attention lately as she was chosen as one of Print magazine’s 20 Under 30 which features the best and brightest under the age of 30. She’s a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki and RISD and she’s quite a talented designer as well as an illustrator.
But really it’s her illustrations that got me. Her drawings seem so precise and are filled with slightly offbeat colors and lots of great texture. She’s kind of a blend between Sanna Annukka and Raymond Biesinger, which to me is a huge compliment. I’d love to see more of her illustrations all over the place, maybe even a desktop wallpaper?