There’s a couple of really great shows opening this weekend here in LA so I thought I’d share them. The first one is the Dan Witz show at the Carmichael Gallery which opens on Thursday night. I’ve posted about Dan’s work a couple times before and everything he does is kind of amazing. This exhibit will feature his more recent work where he’s placed images of people in behind doors, in grates and all kinds of horrible looking places. Definitely going to be an awesome show.
Click here to see more photos of the show.
The other big show this weekend is the Michael, Kevin & Geoff show at Heavyweight. The show features new works from Michael Leon, Kevin Lyons and Geoff McFetridge and can be summed up as ” New works on paper from three old friends from Los Angeles.” Do you need a better reason to head and see this show? These are three of the best creatives in the world, all showing together in a tiny gallery space off of Melrose. Heaven.
While watching the Papercraft DVD (as mentioned in the previous post) I came across this really amazing commercial by the folks over at 1st Ave Machine and Passion Pictures. It’s a simple concept executed exceptionally well. A little felt-marker-doodle man pops out of a plain white cardboard box and starts folding it together, slowly turning it into an Audi Q5. All the little details are done perfectly and the song playing in the background makes the whole thing feel so charming.
The fine folks at Gestalten sent me this really awesome book a couple weeks ago called Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper and I’ve really been enjoying it. The book explores the realms of artistic uses of paper, everything from fine art to large scale installations. The book has like 240 pages of just photos of work which is kind of crazy that they could find that much on something that I kind of saw as a niche medium. But with 141 artists featured it’s definitely something substantial.
It also features a DVD that comes with all kinds of goodies. There are papercraft videos and commercials for you to watch, as well as templates to create your own papercraft toys. Pretty neat idea, huh?
I also wanted to point out that I was surprised to see that Kitsune Noir made it into the book, which I had no idea of before being sent the book. My friends over at Bosque were awesome and decided to submit their desktop wallpaper for the book. You can download their desktop wallpaper by clicking here.
Check out some more photos from the book under the cut.
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I came across some work by Simon Page after rooting around Dropular but when I saw these posters I was absolutely blown away. Simon started out doing these posters as a personal project but when the International Year of Astronomy folks saw them the decided to use them as promotional pieces.
He decided to go with more of a 60′s and 70′s vibe instead of going futuristic. They look to me like old Penguin book covers, concentrating on patterns and shapes instead of bling. The colors are also phenomenal and definitely lend to the vintage feeling of the posters.
Check under the cut for a bunch more of these beauties.
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Jenny Dubanu is a realist portrait painter who’s work totally threw me for a loop. She works from photographs as reference, recreating them I would say fairly faithfully. She enjoys painting people in those in-between moments that only a camera can capture. When you look at the paintings you know that it came from a photograph, but her mastery of oil painting truly makes these stunning works of art. I wish I could do this!