Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tomorrow is the beginning of the Donor's Choose Blog Challenge. I'm looking for your help in raising funds for various art class projects in Northern California. With just $5 (or any other amount) you can make a difference in the classroom directly. Just click here to donate.
There are 200 prints made that are signed and numbered by Wes Winship of Burlesque Design of North America, and retail for $200. The limited-edition 18" x 24" print is available exclusively online. Please note: prints will not ship until October 20, 2008.
You can see a previous post about Burlesque Design here.
Adam Thorpe (aka Ornatech) is a friend of mine that is an amazing artist and skilled tradesman wood carver based out of Oakland. His work blows my mind. With his unique perspective, he transforms wood into urban ideas that speak to me. I had a very hard time figuring out what work of his was my favorite, so instead here's a few that give you an idea of what he's capable of.
Monday, September 29, 2008
If you know and love art toys as much as I do you know the whole world of DIY art toys. A few of my personal favorites are Qee, Dunny, and Munny although there are tons to be found through out the industry. ToyQube has it's own DIY series called Kaniza. Also, check out this previous post about Plushform. There are so many toys to customize it's gotta inspire the artist in us all.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Beyond Limits, an exhibition of sculpture in the gardens of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, brings together the work of 20 modern artists including Marc Quinn and Salvador Dali. The annual exhibition is organised in association with Sotheby's and is open to the public until November 2 2008. You can see a slide show of images at the Guardian UK online.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 6 - 12 PM
THE OPENING RECEPTION WILL HOST TUSSLE, LEMONHEAD, EATS TAPES
Million Fishes presents Worlds: a resident artist exhibition. The October exhibition Worlds, features their resident artists in an endeavor to explore the limits of traditional installation techniques, all with a strong focus on cross-discipline collaboration.
Worlds is an exercise in exhibiting the singular vision of each artist: all artists who live in close proximity to each other and whose lives, aesthetics and ideas in various degrees begin to blend. Participating artists in worlds are Ulrika Andersson, Tyson Ayers, Brent Bishop, Zee Boudreaux, Ryan de la Hoz, Allysun Dutra, Kevin Scott Hailey, Lindsay King, Carlos Marulanda, Marilyn McNeal, Christina Miglino, Tania Padilla, Aaron Selverston, as well as select invited collaborators.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Mercy Centre is a non profit organization in Bangkok. They build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children's rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS - always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people they serve.
This is the first of many annual appeals for a different charity each year. Each year will take the format of three sketch pads that will be sent to a group of artists to produce works of their choice to help raise funds for the nominated charity. Next years event will include a limited edition book of the works produced.
Check out their blog and the banksy forum for more information on artists and galleries that are participating. The sketch books will be auctioned off on ebay starting November 10th and running for 20 days. Right now it looks like they've gotten Jonathan Levine to donate work from a couple of my favorite artists, Jeff Soto and David Choe.
Dave Kinsey has a show that opened last weekend and will be up through October 25, 2008 at the Alice Gallery in Brussels. Here's what Dave has to say about the exhibit:
"In this series of paintings I explore the chaos and consequence of modern culture and its effects on the human population in terms of personal voids, balance and the uniformity of the individual. I'm specifically interested in cultural adaptation and in perceptions of the necessities of survival, real and imagined. I present the figure in a fragmented form to put emphasis on the disembodiment of our true identities using compositions in red to convey a sense of tension and blue to evoke a feeling of balance — in this context, I especially enjoy the fact that these are complementary colors."
Chicago artist Sighn makes typography driven work that warms the cockles of my heart (yeah, I said cockles)... You can buy a one of a million edition of "it's ok" at Multi Polar Projects and several of his other works through Foundation Gallery. Also check out Allegoric Space for more examples of his work.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Nani IRO textiles are amazingly beautiful. You can see the full 2008 line here. If you can understand Japanese or feel confident enough in your skills you can get patterns online through nani IRO for some really cool projects. The fabric is available through Purl Soho online.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Nigel Peake is the latest artist/illustrator to collaborate with Tiny Showcase. He's presenting a poster for their second installment of their new series of mildly factual, mostly fictitious, and educational posters. The above image is one of his cityscapes. The poster available tonight through Tiny Showcase is Nigel Peake's Illustrated Guide to Fifty-Nine Fields.
Swoon has easily created the most ambitious and collaborative art exhibition of 2008, with a paradigm shifting installation at Deitch's Long Island City space on the East River. A 30 year old woman and world famous graffiti artist, Swoon's Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea includes a yearlong project of building seven sailing boats, a floating steampunk artworld collaboration with alternative designers, carpenters, engineers, and sailing aficionados. Dozens of young creative free spirits inhabited her scrappy wood and cloth boats, performing theater along the voyage down the Hudson, eventually docking outside the gallery. Deitch Studios hosted a raucous celebration for the sailing boats and accompanying exhibition (including Dzine's triphop installation, The Beautiful Struggle, with custom bikes, a car, and a boat too). The What Cheer marching band pumped up the crowd into the twilight zone.
Check out more images via flickr here and here and a blog from the engineer here.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Help Public School Kids by Funding my Challenge at DonorsChoose
I was recently asked to be a part of a blogger challenge to help raise funds through DonorsChoose.org for teachers to help students in various ways. I have chosen a few art related challenges and will keep adding more throughout the month of October (during the month of the challenge itself) and then will continue as long as I maintain this blog.
While I was in school I was lucky enough to go to schools that were for the most part well funded and included many elective courses. I have learned from my friends who are teachers that electives are now a rare thing in schools. I find that so depressing.
Art played an important part in my life. It gave me confidence and a very important outlet to express what I didn't know how to in words. The thought that most children won't get that opportunity is devastating to me. This is one tiny way I can choose to help. I hope you will to.
Local San Francisco artist Dana Robson (aquarabbit) makes these beautiful pieces by hand stitching on vintage paper (maps, books, ect.). Her work is right up my alley, strongly graphic and yet inspired by nature. She is having a sale at her Etsy shop, so stop by and grab a piece for yourself. If you have time check out her stuff in person at Periscope Cellars in Emeryville through the end of this month.
thanks to Dre for the heads up on this one!