I love the new series of paintings from west coast-based painter, Aaron Smith, entitled Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter. Portraits of bearded and moustachioed characters that resemble authors, generals and great gentlemen of yore. I especially find the layered, seemingly haphazard brush marks and strokes and the wild use of colors absolutely mesmerizing. Of course each of these paintings are anything but erratic, perfectly forming imaginative and highly kaleidoscopic visions. Vivid and energetic.
Visit Aaron Smith’s portfolio here.
Photographer Lizzy Oppenheimer has recently launched a Kickstarter project aimed at raising funds to continue her documentation of America’s swiftly vanishing highway rest stops. With the budgets of states and towns continually diminishing, these architectural artifacts and pieces of Americana are prone to closures and neglect. Lizzy aims to continue her series of striking images and those who pledge have the opportunity to score beautiful prints and other great works from the ongoing series.
I have such fond memories of my childhood taking epically long roadtrips and stopping at these sometimes strange, but always needed rest stops. To see them slowly erased from our landscape is saddening and hopefully Lizzy can raise enough funds to continue in her efforts to document them.
Visit the Rest Stops of America Kickstarter page here.
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Bold, drippy surrealism married with bright palettes create unhinged but beautiful portraits by British trained artist and designer Ekta. I love the vibrancy and almost psychedelic undertones to the figures, they resemble monsters emerging from a disaster at a paint factory.
Visit Ekta’s portfolio here.
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I have really been enjoying the photo/design work of Dan Mountford as he has been posting them through his Flickr feed. What makes many of the strictly photographic pieces so intriguing is that they are done “in camera” with no after-effects or Photoshop manipulation. Bathed in sepias and muted tones some of the work even harks back to legends like Man Ray, while others have a very modern, cool palette and composition to them.
Visit Dan’s Flickr feed here. He also has prints available of his work here.
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Hand painted crimson landscapes sit starkly on an ocean of negative space in these pieces, from the Between Red series, by Korean artist Sea Hyun Lee. I really love the obvious nods to centuries old Asian landscape traditions, but reimagined in these monochromatic collage-esque colorscapes.
See more from the Between Red series here.
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Late last week Google formally launched their “Art Project” website, an ambitious endeavour to catalog and provide hi-rez (and we mean HI-REZ) imagery of the collections in art museums around the world. This aspect of the mission is not unique, as there are a handful of other organizations attempting the same thing, but what does seperate The Google Art Project from others are the nice touches that only Google can provide. Instant search features by artist, or gallery or region or time period, along with the “Street View” style ability to wander virtually through some of the greatest museums and collections that some people may never get to experience otherwise makes this is a very bold and promising experience.
While nothing will ever match the awe and power felt by seeing an amazing artwork in person, this at least allows the visitor a chance to witness masterpieces in a way never before possible.
Visit the Google Art Project here and start exploring!
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NYC’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art announced today the addition of 23 “digital” fonts to it’s permanent Architecture and Design Collection. Why is this important you may ask? It signifies a great moment for type designers and typography enthusiasts everywhere as “digital” or commercially available fonts are included alongside artwork and design milestones of the 20th (and 21st) Century, acknowledging their ubiquity and popularity as well as their aesthetic beauty and the craftsmanship of the foundries that produced them. Gotham, Didot, OCR-A and Big Caslon (all used in the graphic above) were selected along with 19 others and will be celebrated and on display at the upcoming Standard Deviations show, opening March 2nd.
Read more about MoMA’s acquisitions and upcoming show here.
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