here is a new one. I had never heard of this guy before. I look in my phone and I see a text message I sent to my self with his name in it. I have no recollection of ever seeing this work nor do I remember sending myself that text. So any-who here is a recent discovery, I haven’t quite digested him either so I don’t have any sort of real review other than a first impression.
However I will say that I didn’t pay much attention to detail during looking at his few illustrations because I was so captivated by a atmospheric sense of place within his work. each drawing feels like a tiny and honestly depicted vignette of whatever Marcellus was doing at that time. The lines are loose and fast, and the colors are just the same. this all leads up to a very gestural and photographic quality to his linework. as I said I haven’t really given him a fair shake yet but I really enjoy what I have seen thus far. check him out.
So today I stopped by a new spot in the Hburg mall called 2nd and Charles that is basically a media buy-back franchise. New and used CD, vinyl, dvds video games, and books. I wish they’d expand to vhs but that’s beside the point. Anyway, I think I looked rifled through about 85% of the hundreds of used cds they had in stock. Just when I thought I wasn’t going to come upon a single find I ran into Chapterhouse’s debut album Whirlpool. They were a group that I’d always been aware of as a peer to many of my UK shoegazing favorites but, for whatever reason, had overlooked. Let’s just say it was one of the best $5 purchases I’ve made in quite awhile. Part Stone Roses, part MBV this track was outstanding from the first listen.
I just finished a collection of short stories that a friend lent me, and I also just achieved an overwhelming sense of grounding peace. These two things are inextricably connected! Demons in the Spring jostled some pretty heavy emotion out of me, sometimes because said emotions were reflected in the characters on the page, other times because Meno gracefully allows you to believe again in the absurd as a harbinger of change in your life. He writes everything from a beautiful mock-up of the history of Iceland and its culture to shades of British humor to John Green-ish-but-vastly-better-executed young adult angst power. Mostly very accessibly, some very gritty, all brilliant. What’s even cooler is that each story is illustrated by a different artist. My personal favorite was Souther Salazar (http://southersalazar.com/), as he struck me in the fantastical, totally in-awe mood that I maintained throughout this read. His shit also sort of reminds me Adventure Time. Whaddup.
wadap dudes, just got off work and I figured I would do one of these thangs to cheel down before I start some of my own work.
So today the painting is Duchamp’s famous painting Nude Descending Staircase.
I will start off by saying that I love this painting, but as far as paintings go it doesnt register as a painting to me, interms of it purpose and the application of the medium. I guess when I see a painting I would typically assume the artist would be making the viewer overly aware that they are looking at a painting, weather it be an emphasis on brush strokes and other painterly implements, instead I see Duchamp painting with lines as aposed to shapes and color. SO this painting seems to be more of a drawing to me.. I view this piece more conceptually in a photographic way, because its capturing a brief panorama of time. The whole foundation of the piece is based on instilling that moment in the viewers head and I love that. There is So much movement to this Nude Descending a Stair Case.
This Saturday! Come out to the Sycamore House on Front and Pine for a night of sick tunes from Harrisburg’s Shine Delphi and Timurid and Baltimore’s Murderboats and Fell Band. If you’ve ever been to the Syc House you’ll know that it’s going to be a hot time (in more ways than one). Come sweat it out with us!
Song of the Day: The Replacements - “Kiss Me On the Bus”
This is a band that, to me, epitomizes almost everything that is good about rock n’ roll, a brash exterior thinly masking the insecurities and fears of youth. Found this demo version of one of my favorites by them. While lacking the wistful 50’s rock throwback sound of the studio production [see below], it has raw emotion going for it that more than makes up for the sloppiness.
To start this off I am going to say that this illustration is from a book, I am not going to try to review the beautiful illustrations of that whole thing, Instead I will focus on one particular page. Blankets is a big thing, alot of people love it. I am one of those people. For me the book happened to pop up at a very keen time, It was toward the end of winter and I was going through a depression; So this artist, who seemingly had an incredibly relatable life pops up. I read his book in a day and am completely floored. So much so that I write Craig (the author) a letter. I was in aw by his brilliance in a way I hadn’t been in so long
Craig is a great illustrator, and the thing I love about him the most is how he translates his expressive line work into emotion. He tends to do incredibly intricate illustration that breath when you look at them. When you put them in context of the stories they blow your mind. I had been reading the book, and it’s a love story. This page is the moment when craig finally kisses the girl, and you can see it, and feel it. For me this was the first time I had ever seen those feelings successfully captured. I am sure it has been done many times before but I have never had an artist effect me so much. I could literally feel the love exuding from the paper, horns, paisley and the visualization of breath are intricately “blanket”ing them.
if you havent heard of Blankets read it and check out more of Craig Thompsons work while your at it.
Hey guy’s stephen here, I going to start writing some by-daily art reviews on this here blog. Maybe turn you guys onto some new stuff and also to force myself to see and critique new art.
So I found this guy Alex Gibbs just a few days ago, He has a pretty interesting style.I am immediately drawn his childlike use of color.he uses straight Crayola colors. The longer you will look at it the more it becomes apparent how pattern driven this piece is. He uses the darkest colors closest to the floor. the arrangment is set up in away so that all of the stronger colors are used to highlight key areas. Another thing you will notice about the composition is the way the people are layed out. He lay’s 4 intricately patterned people resting there heads in the shape of a square, and I am thinking this was done inorder to draw the eye in a circle, said circle alway comes back to the figure nearest to the viewer. The last thing I will note is that he has used no black to outline this, which is something your dont see much, it takes the emphasis off of detail and more to theover all composition and color arrangement.
The take away is a primary colored, pattern driven piece used as an exercise in controlling the eye;
Thanks guys for reading, I know it was a bit scatter brained but bare with me.
If you are interested in seeing any more of this guys are here is the link