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Art Design

Seb Lester Demonstrates Medieval Blackletter Calligraphy

February 26, 2013

Christopher Jobson

In this brief video graphic designer and illustrator Seb Lester demonstrates a form of Medieval blackletter typography that was used commonly in Europe from 1150 to around the 17th century. From a person whose handwriting is almost completely illegible, almost every stroke of his pen looks like a complete miracle. (via vimeo)

 

 

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Art Illustration

The Natural and Urban Collide in the Drawings of Pat Perry

February 24, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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A peek inside the sketchbooks of Michigan based artist and illustrator Pat Perry reveals a fascinating world where the natural world seems on a direct collision course with the urban. Silhouettes of people and wildlife are filled with rich, textured stories that seem to be representative of dreamlike memories. The detail in Perry’s work is undeniably amazing, even the images above don’t quite do it justice, spend some time scrolling (horizontally) through his sketchbook blog to see what I’m talking about. Follow Perry on Flickr or Instagram. He also did a great interview a while back with Amir from Beautiful Decay which you can read over on the Huffington Post.

 

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Art Photography

Surreal Self-Portraits by 22-Year-Old Artist Noell S. Oszvald who Began Photographing and Editing a Year Ago

February 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I was astounded to learn that 22-year-old Hungarian photographer Noell S. Oszvald who lives and works in Budapest picked up a camera only a year ago. The gifted artist has shared only two dozen or so images with the world via Flickr but they already show an accomplished grasp of composition, editing and digital manipulation. Oszvald tells Alice over at My Modern Met that she chooses only to work in black and white because she finds color distracting from her conceptual ideas. She also mentions that she wishes for viewers of her work to find their own meaning and interpretation of each image. “I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images,” explains Oszland to My Modern Met, “this is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.” See many more of her photographs here. (via my modern met)

 

 



Art

Out of Disorder: Topographical Maps Carved from Electrical Tape and Intricate Thread Sculptures by Takahiro Iwasaki

February 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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When first approaching the artwork of Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki it’s entirely possible you might miss it altogether. Not only are his small buildings and electrical towers excruciatingly small and delicate, but they also rest on absurdly mundane objects: rolls of tape, a haphazardly wrinkled towel, or from the bristles of a discarded toothbrush. Only on close inspection do the small details come into focus, faint hints of urbanization sprouting from disorder. My favorite pieces are his topographical maps that have been carefully cut from thick rolls of gray and blue electrical tape. Many of these objects were on view as part of the Constellations show at Cornerhouse in Manchester back in 2011 and at C24 Gallery last year. However Iwasaki currently has a new collection of much larger works at the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at GOMA in Queensland, much of which you can see over at designboom. (via artscharity.org, cornerhouse, c24 gallery, karl steel)

 

 



Art

A Giant Geometric Vortex of Colored Tape by Megan Geckler

February 21, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Currently on view at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History is an impressive swirling vortex of colored flagging tape titled Rewritten by machine on new technology by LA artist Megan Geckler. I’ve long been a fan of Geckler’s site-specific tape installations that transform the interiors of art museums, retail spaces, and even shipping containers into densely layered planes of occasionally vertigo-inducing line and color. Though I haven’t seen this particular piece in person, it’s fascinating to see how she’s layered colors from red to white creating the illusion that not only is the piece in motion, but that it almost seems to glow from within. Watch the video above to see the installation come together, and if you’re in the Lancaster, California area you have until March 10th, 2013 to check this piece out. All imagery courtesy the artist. If you liked this, don’t miss the thread works of Gabriel Dawe.

 

 



Art

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole

February 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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While primarily working as a landscape painter and art teacher, UK artist Jamie Poole was struck with the idea of deconstructing printed poems into individual words and using the text to create large scale portraits. The final pieces are quite large measuring several feet tall, allowing for excruciating detail in both line and shadow, as well as creating an intriguing hybrid of portraiture, typography, and collage. You can see more images of Jamie’s work on his blog and in his Flickr stream. If you liked this, also check out the work of Evan Wondolowski and Lola Dupre. (via junk culture)