SF Weekly (blog) '60s Icon Peter Max Talks Music, Art, and His "Groovy" Outside Lands Poster SF Weekly (blog) In a phone interview with SF Weekly from his home in New York, Max talked about the evolution of his signature style; his friendships with...
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Peter Max strikes again! A lovely poster that tries to reflect the mentality that fan-goers should embody while enjoying a festival.
Australian artist Emma Van Leest turns a simple sheet of paper into a magical visual story. She hand-cuts intricate patterns into large sheets, and then mounts them with glue onto foamcore. Several layers set against a vibrant, colorful backdrop form Van Leest's three-dimensional scenes, which reference children's stories, folk art, Medieval saints, and Hindu literature.
With just a simple blade, Van Leest carves out delicate, elaborate details that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 months to create. Her inspiration comes from many of her travels overseas, as well as the time she spends reading in the library and exploring high quality images online.
Van Leest loves working with paper because "It’s such an ephemeral, everyday material that we all use. We scribble on it, scrunch it up, throw it out. It’s lightweight and accessible which means that you don’t think of creating something so delicate and painstaking as a papercut with it. It’s exciting to create something of beauty and interest out of it."
Nathan Stern takes his hijacked machines underwater. He captures everything and produces wonderful works that are almost recognizable. But mostly the works produced are surreal and challenge the conventional methods of photography.
The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Project, a volunteer led archaeology group that searches England’s medieval churches for early graffiti inscriptions, has been awarded the prestigious Marsh Community Archaeology Award.
How amazing! Graffiti has been happening for a long while. Medieval examples have been discovered in churches. The inscriptions (graffiti) are of names, ships, pictures, and geometric shapes. It is amazing to me that someone long ago was doodling on the walls during church.
Street art reflecting a neighborhood's culture in Rome. During my visit in Rome, there were several areas that were decorated and represented the surrounding culture accurately. The works are made with the intention to be encouraging and positive.
The photography and graphics are tough to view, but it makes a point that our trash is killing birds. The work as a whole makes the viewer think about what they are tossing and start to wonder where the trash is going.
Mark Jenkins works with packing tape, found objects, and trash to create his urban pieces. They include baby's doing funny tasks, animals wandering in the park, or mannequins posing in odd locations in public settings. His works are located in urban areas as well as public parks.
Claudia Borgna studies and creates work that explore the "evolution of landscape." Her works demonstrates the consumerism and waste that is being caused from our society as a whole. She is juxtaposing waste produced within our culture and nature's beauty. In a nutshell she is taking waste and making it art.
The convenient plastic bag rediscovered as a material that can be inflated into creatures. Joshua Allen Harris uses urban public spaces to install his trash bag creatures. This makes the community rethink their surroundings. To me it helps with the idea that our lives are often too serious, we need the whimsical sometimes for a smile.
Australian rock-art sites at risk of being destroyed. Without the preservation or documentation of these sites we will bi missing various ties to ancient history. The destruction of these sites will only prove that progress is dominate.
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created a work of art that children could safely play in. She created this after children had originally started to play in one of her installations. The colors, shapes, patterns, and overall design encourages a child's imagination and natural curiosity.
My favorite graffiti method so far..Cellograff is when cellophane is temporary installed in different environments (urban and natural). The works are temporary and can be removed instantly. But the intention of the work is to redirect the viewer and audience to view their space differently. The medium allows the artists to work quickly and not leave a permanent mark.
I’m rarely negative on Yomadic. Mainly, because I’ve been travelling for five months, three continents, and a big handful of countries – so far. I’ve gained a big serving of perspective on the world we all live in. Which brings me to Berlin. If there’s one thing I truly can’t be negative about – its Berlin street art. Call it graffiti if you will. I’ll continue to call it street art in this article. I have no preference. Either way, I find it difficult to think of a single example of street art or graffiti that has negatively effected any city, on any country, on Earth. When I say “destroyed”, I mean it. As in “we destroyed that breakfast buffet, that bacon was unbelievable!”. It’s street slang thang. People, it’s time for some perspective. Cities around the world spend a sizeable fortune every day, removing street art and graffiti in the name of cleanliness and beautification. As with most things I disagree with, I can only assume this is due to the wishes of a vocal minority. Most cities have far higher priorities than removing graffiti – which by it’s very nature is temporary. Indeed, in an Ironic twist, London authorities are now spending serious cash to protect some street art from decay, such is the appeal. Copenhagen Denmark, a success story when it comes to urban planning, embraces street art. As does Berlin. Berlin street art is, in a word, prolific. In areas like Friedrichshain – a hip inner city Berlin district – tags, paintings, murals, political statements, fine art, and sculpture cover everything from houses to shop fronts, to trains and historical monuments. Sometimes, cars. And unless there had been an enormous influx of artists in the last few weeks, it’s safe to say nobody is too interested in removing any of the art.
This German area is an example of when graffiti is not art, but destructive. The message and purpose for graffiti should be one that is positive and encouraging. The negative messages are not what art is about. I think in some areas of the US there is a similar struggle to make graffiti a medium to present positive messages. Instead there are gangs that use the medium to mark territories.
Artist Sean E Avery cuts old CDs into shards to create these beautiful sculptures of birds and animals. Sean first creates a wires mesh frame then sticks the s…
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How awesome are these critters?! The recycled material is being re-purposed in the most unique way I've ever seen. I like how the little creatures are staged back into an out door environment. I can see this evolving into a project for 3D with high school.
Margaux Lange’s Plastic Body Series art jewelry collection utilizes salvaged Barbie doll parts in combination with sterling silver and pigmented resins. The series is a result of Lange’s desire to re-purpose mass produced materials into handmade, wearable art. It is meant to examine and celebrate her own as well as pop culture’s relationship with the icon known simply as: Barbie.
Margaux Lange helps Barbie find a new purpose. She creates wearable works of art from the parts of salvage dolls. I run into Barbie dolls at thrift shops all the time and can now look at this material and cultural figure in a different perspective. I wonder what I could make and what students could create with doll figures.
The unpredictable flight pattern of plastic has been captured and presented by Swiss artist Zimoun. The museum's windows allow the audience to watch the storm of packing peanuts and Styrofoam roll without a rhythmic pattern. It's like when you are a child and you toss leaves at a fan and you're surprised and enchanted by its flight.
Cedric Bernadotte uses cellophane as a material to create public works of art that are temporary in urban environments. The material allows for him to install and remove quickly. The works challenge the idea of public and private space. He invades, yet creates intimacy in urban settings. CelloGraff came from Bernadotte's concept and allows for graffiti artists to install public temporary pieces of works.
I apologise in advance for making you visit the hate-mongering piece of trash that is The Daily Fail, but in this case you really should read the article which features some amazing pictures of Patrick's work, and talks about the process behind their creation. I think this is one of my favourites, although between the photos in this article and his website, it's hard to choose.
Patrick Dougherty creates sculptures that compliment the environmental surroundings. He says that his drawing plans are lines of piled saplings, each piece unique for it's setting. He combines his carpentry skills with his love for nature to weave tree saplings into massive installations. He spends 3-4 weeks per an installation. From personal experience and viewing, his work establishes positive conversation. It gets the people to discuss what is happening within the community. Locally he installed "Out in Front" at the Sarasota Museum of Art in 2013, not pictured.
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