Sunday, August 29, 2010

Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai's cultural background is hard to nail down: she speaks Chinese, English, and Japanese. She attended Christian schools, but is not Christian. She holds a British passport, but is not truly British. She is a Hong Kong citizen but holds no Chinese ID card. Her parents live in Hong Kong; her grandparents are Chinese American on the west coast. She goes to the Rhode Island School of Design.

Victo is an illustrator and finds her identity there. She takes strong influence from Japanese woodblock prints and Asian arts in general. She believes that style is overrated. "Style merely means one's habit of drawing based on one's own experiences. Therefore, everyone has a unique style because everyone has a unique life."

Victo works both traditionally and digitally. The lines are done with nib pens or rapidograph pens. The textures are done on different pieces of paper with various mediums, like graphite, acrylic, and oil pastels. Then everything is digitally composed and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

Jakub Julian Ziolkowski's solo show, "Timothy Galoty & the Dead Brains" runs through July 30 at Hauser & Wirth in NYC. At 30 years old, the Polish-born painter is one of the most critically admired young artists on the international art scene. The exhibition is named after a fictional rock band that serves as a kind of alter ego in Ziolkowski’s paintings. They portray a world of surreal landscapes and disturbing anthropomorphic imagery that vacillates between the familiar and the hallucinatory, the light and the dark. His work has been profoundly shaped by the folk traditions and lore of Poland, as well as its more recent, turbulent history. (Text taken from Vogue)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Carine Brancowitz

Carine Brancowitz is a French illustrator who began working as a junior art director in fashion and trend. Her simple lines have shown up in numerous magazines, websites, and blogs. Most recently, she's worked in apparel, doing a tour tee for Phoenix. She uses a limited palette, and brings in intricate patterns to create rich compositions. Her subject matter takes inspiration from fashion but has the sense of a deeper mood or story underneath.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Federico Jordán

Federico Jordán is an award winning editorial and advertising illustrator working out of New York. His work has been published in numerous commissions including American Airlines, CHASE Manhattan Bank, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, among others. His work mixes traditional Mexican art and elements of modern South America and USA Street-Pop/graffiti. The result is playful yet grounded in style.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt is an artist born in Frankfurt, Germany and working in Berlin. Her works fall into in an undefinable area between drawing and writing. They seem more like diagrams or lists. But the beauty and rhythm of each piece takes you in like an ocean current. Voigt is best known for her graceful spiraling arcs and parallel looped lines, stretched and interwoven, bursting across the page as if caught up in a strange temporal chain reaction. They are part timeline, part electronic wiring diagram, part exotic system of musical notation which chronicles subjective experience. Her work seems to be both familiar and totally new, controlled yet wild and unhinged. "My work is like music," she says. "You can enjoy it without being able to read the score."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Nick Van Woert

Nick Van Woert is a sculptor living in Brooklyn. He builds on existing forms to create a new and unusual remix. Van Woert works with metal, glues, resins, and foil tape among other things. His studio resembles a good humored science lab mixed with an impractical, architectural model shop. Van Woert recently graduated from Parsons MFA program, previously having completed a degree in architecture.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Charles Clary

Charles Clary layers colored paper to build up variegated textures and sinewy shapes into large scale installations. His constructions appear ever-expanding, overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses or reverberating sound waves. The pieces may look like they’re highly orchestrated precision-cut sculptures, but Clary favors a more organic creative philosophy: “It’s all intuitive. It’s just one layer playing off another, playing off another,” he says. “But I do try to make the viewer wonder whether they’re handmade or if industrial equipment is used, so I have to be very clean with my cuts.”

Friday, January 15, 2010

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer is a contemporary artist known for his alteration of preexisting media — such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes — to create new, transformed works of visual fine art. Dettmer was influenced heavily by working in a sign shop where his work transformed to explore the relationship between text, images, language, and codes, including paintings based on braille, Morse Code, and American Sign Language. He began to make work by pasting newspapers and book pages to canvas and tearing off pieces. In 2000, Dettmer started to experiment by gluing and cutting into books. He selectively removes portions to reveal what's inside, though never inserts or moves the contents.


Monday, January 4, 2010

James Jean

James Jean is a Taiwanese-American award winning artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He was born in Taiwan but was raised in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon graduating in 2001, he quickly became an acclaimed cover artist for DC Comics. His clients include Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, Playboy, Knopf, Prada among others. He has also illustrated covers for the comic book series Fables and The Umbrella Academy.