Monday, January 31, 2011
Ryan Mrozowski's recent paintings feature a fight deep in a forest, a vast black dog, a man with moths sprouting from his hands, and a sharpshooter pushing his luck. It’s wonderfully ambiguous work.
His muted colors and refined sense of composition make a compelling match for his surreal intentions. Imagine Edward Hopper interpreting Marc Chagall. It's unexpected and exhilarating.
Mrozowski is represented by the community-minded Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Keep an eye on him. He’s a good reminder that not all the interesting painting is happening in the streets.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Jungil Hong's work is beautiful and hypnotic. I adore her use of color and pattern. Go to her site to check out more work including some amazing installation pieces. The third print from the top (above) is now currently available for sale through Tiny Showcase. Go get yours today before they're gone.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As yet another indicator that the conventional art world is changing, MOMA will be showing a series of art films made by Juxtapoz magazine. Visit Juxtapoz online to find out more about the films.
Monday, January 24, 2011
SEED AND FRUIT
Installation. Crochet thread, cotton yarn. 10' x 8'
Installation. Crochet thread, cotton yarn. 10' x 8'
Elle Jeong Eun Kim is a creative from Seoul, Korea currently living and working in NYC. She’s a recent graduate of the 2D Design program at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was taught by the multi-talented Elliott Earls. Elle's exploration of free-form lettering and illustration, and her innovative use of unexpected materials, helps to move her graphic design into the realm of art.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
There’s never been a more exciting, confusing, and flat-out frightening time to be a professional creative in the advertising industry.
Advertising, as we knew it, is dead.
Print ads and thirty-second television commercials are hopelessly out-of-date. The new emphasis on search engine optimization and iPhone/iPad accessibility has ended the reign of the ‘Big-Budget Flash Site’. Most banner ads have clickthrough rates well below one percent, which makes them as effective as an ant wearing a sandwich board. John Wanamaker’s famous saying, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” wouldn't even get a laugh in a modern business meeting.
The advertising industry was already competitive enough to give Darwin the shivers. Now it looks like the creative departments of the future will be crowd-sourced. It’s so bad that the poster-child for adman glory Alex Bogusky got fed up, dropped out of the industry, and became a new-age consumer activist.
In spite of all this pressure, or, more likely, because of it, the advertising industry is experiencing a second creative revolution.
The last creative revolution’s answer was to pair a writer with a designer, remind them that their audience were not complete idiots, and hope for brilliant results. Today’s adman (or ad-woman) needs to redefine advertising with almost every new assignment.
Advertising has always adopted the latest trends and technology. But it’s never had to make such radical changes so quickly.
Advertising creatives today can’t just be competent writers and designers. They have to be visionary artists, social media politicians, community activists, PR gurus, and product designers. If Leonardo da Vinci was around today he’d probably be working at Goodby Silverstein, Wieden Kennedy, R/GA, or Google Creative Labs.
San Francisco based Art Director Daniel Pradilla is an excellent example of this new breed of professional creative. His stunning portfolio is a prime display of effective modern advertising. Pradilla is a talented graphic designer but his core strength is his understanding of how brands can use technology to empower communities. His work suggests a way for advertising to move forward with integrity, intelligence, and real creativity.
The Great Recession may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for hungry young creatives. This is their decade. Who will be the next Alex Bogusky? The next Lee Clow? The next Mary Wells? Who is going to step up and make the creative heroes of the past look spoiled and uninspired? I look forward to experiencing their work. I hope they prove that Da Vinci was born in the wrong era.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I'm elated about the upcoming Ed Ruscha exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. To me he's exactly what's right about Pop Art. Ed is grand daddy to the artists that I've come to love. And now my home town will be showing what looks like a great retrospective of his work. Hopefully I can make it there to see in person.I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lived there until I was about 11 or 12. I still have family and friends there. Fort Worth is an excellent art town. As strange as it sounds it was a relatively great place to grow up if you love art as much as I do. My mother is an artist and my father is an art lover. They both made sure my sister and I spent quality time in museum row including the Modern, the Amon Carter (designed by Philip Johnson), and the Kimball (original building designed by Louis Kahn with a second building designed by Renzo Piano opening in 2013). The current building that houses the Modern was designed by Tadao Ando and was opened to the public in December of 2002. I've been a couple of times and look forward to vising again when ever I can make it back home.
|The Modern - Fort Worth, TX|
Since I've left Fort Worth I've come to love all the architects that designed these beautiful buildings I was surrounded by as a child. I had no clue who they were but they creeped into my unconscious and made me fall in love with art and architecture. Some of my favorite buildings in the world were designed by these same architects. It's nice to be reminded that Texas (Fort Worth really) was a lovely place to grow up.
I love the work of Damien Hirst. I don't really understand why it's considered controversial. In my mind it speaks to you or it doesn't. In a couple of weeks he will be unveiling his newest work at the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. Since I won't be able to see it in person I'll be excited enough just to see it online.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Here's a few of my favorite record sleeves re-designed in the style of Jan Tschichold's legendary Penguin book covers. Huw Gwilliam obviously has a solid music collection, a sense of humor, and some serious design skills.