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Oil Paintings by Simon Birch

October 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I’ve been viscerally aware of Simon Birch’s paintings for some time, but it wasn’t until stumbling onto his latest series, Laughing With a Mouth Full of Blood, that I really stopped to consider his staggering talent. The paintings from this series use bold, bright color that’s applied in angular, almost geometric brush strokes creating these wonderful portraits. Birch is a U.K.-born artist of Armenian descent who now lives and works in Hong Kong. He’s represented by Future Industries where you can see many more paintings from this exhibition. (via nevver)

 

 



Art

Blitzstein Exhibit

September 30, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I admit, I don’t know the story behind this one. It popped up on suplove (warning, music) a few hours ago and is entitled simply “Blitzstein Exhibit” and is dated 1994 on the bottom. Edvard Munch approved.

Update: Via email Nathan Bowers says: “The Blitzstein Exhibit is on Fairfax in L.A. Across the street from Canter’s Deli. The piece you linked is in the storefront window. I can’t tell if the place is a gallery or a studio because I’ve never seen anyone inside and none of the pieces have seemed to move since at least 1996. Mysterious!” It looks like this is a piece by Harry Blitzstein, and here he is jumping rope on a trampoline. Thanks Nathan!

 

 



Art

Michael Murphy

September 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Michael Murphy’s solo show, LOOK, recently opened at gallery nine5 in New York. His artworks span a wide variety of media including multi-layered 3D sculptures, sound installations, and paintings with materials including nails, shadows, water, and sandblasted bullet-proof glass. Some of my favorite pieces are shown above, and you can see more in the show’s catalogue. Better yet, stop by gallery nine5 through October 6. (thnx, irina!)

 

 



Art

Bottle Cap Portrait

September 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Mary Ellen Croteau was working on an artwork involving plastic bottle caps, creating tall endless strings that are strung vertically in colorful columns. She repeatedly noticed how some of the caps would fit neatly inside of one another creating new color combinations similar to the portraits of Chuck Close. Inspired, she became sidetracked and embarked on her own self portrait using the colors that “naturally” appeared in the bottle cap plastic.

This work was submitted by John Mangahas as part of the Curatorial Contest of Awesomness that was held this past week on Facebook. We received nearly 100 submissions and the six winners and the awesome work they brought to my attention will be blogged about over the next few days. Side note: I had Megan help me sort through the 90+ submissions, and of our individual lists of the “best” six items, four were identical. What!

Missed out on all the action? Don’t worry, based on the success of this contest I’ll be doing another one soon, probably here on the blog itself. For now, go ahead and follow along via Facebook or Twitter as there’s lots of stuff happening in both places that doesn’t always end up here!

 

 



Art

MESA

September 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Love this new mural by MESA. (via private hell)

 

 



Design Illustration

Paper Portraits by Anant Nanvare

September 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A lovely series of three portraits made from tiny paper rolls by Anant Nanvare for Conquerer Paper.

 

 



Design Illustration

Almasty

August 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Almasty is a design studio out of Paris comprised of Anna Apter and Charles Bataillie. I’m really enjoying their illustration work, especially from the two projects above, one from a self-initiated project called Rumeurs and the other for Trois Couleurs magazine on behalf of design firm MK2. The Paul is Dead gif is simply brilliant.