Miscellany

Never Press Publications

Just after I returned from my Christ­mas vaca­tion, I received an unex­pect­ed pack­age. Upon open­ing it, it was a trove from Nev­er Press.

Never Press publications

Nev­er Press is an inde­pen­dent pub­lish­ing house that is based in Pasade­na, Cal­i­for­nia. They boast art books that feed the curios­i­ty of the artists involved with the projects. From the works I saw, that is most def­i­nite­ly the case. 

While the titles and styles of the indi­vid­ual books in Nev­er Press vary, their sto­ries weave around an abstract­ed real­i­ty. Tan­gi­bly, there is an impec­ca­ble crafts­man­ship of their books. 

Nev­er Press has rethought the idea of a book with some spe­cial touch­es. Fold-out cov­ers, DVD accom­pa­ni­ments, and the for­mat of a sto­ry is chal­lenged and pro­duced.

'Life Tips from a Man...' by Anna Topuriya and Saejean Oh

I real­ly enjoyed the illus­tra­tions and ani­ma­tions with Sae­jean Oh and Anna Top­uriya. Gin­ger­ly drawn, Life Tips From a Man Who is Very Afraid of Life tells a sto­ry of fears and sit­u­a­tions that can debil­i­tate someone’s exis­tence. From this book, the man who is very afraid of life is scared of many things, smil­ing crowds includ­ed.

'Life Tips from a Man...' by Anna Topuriya and Saejean Oh

'Life Tips from a Man...' by Anna Topuriya and Saejean Oh

'Life Tips from a Man...' by Anna Topuriya and Saejean Oh

'Life Tips from a Man...' by Anna Topuriya and Saejean Oh

It’s a nice con­trast… the idea of being afraid paired with these beau­ti­ful and rather unas­sum­ing draw­ings.

'Core Samples' by Nick Arciaga

Core Sam­ples by Nick Arci­a­ga is a real­ly nice book to look at. The pages are lush, full of col­or and tex­ture with a hand­pulled silkscreen cov­er. As a view­er, you expe­ri­ence the adven­tur­ers’ view of space, oper­a­tions, and tools of the trade. It is a lot of fun. 

'Core Samples' by Nick Arciaga

'Core Samples' by Nick Arciaga

'Core Samples' by Nick Arciaga

'Core Samples' by Nick Arciaga

'Home' by James Chong

I thought Home by James Chong was a unique way to expe­ri­ence a sto­ry and also lent itself to expe­ri­enc­ing it over and over again. The 12 pages are not bound, but prints! You can leaf through or hang them on your wall. If you choose the lat­ter option, you could reread and re-expe­ri­ence every time you pass by. 

'Home' by James Chong

'Home' by James Chong

'Home' by James Chong

'Home' by James Chong
'A Singer Songwriter' by Gabe Gonzales

A Singer Song­writer by Gabe Gon­za­les con­tains a myr­i­ad of por­traits with a sil­ver holo­graph­ic-esque cov­er that folds out! 

'A Singer Songwriter' by Gabe Gonzales

'A Singer Songwriter' by Gabe Gonzales

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

Post Com­post, with con­tri­bu­tions from artists James Chong, Nick Arci­a­ga, Gabe Gon­za­les, Mark Ingram, and Jesse Fill­ing­ham plays on the idea of the title. Despite dif­fer­ent visu­al lan­guages, over­all the book speaks to a future world and how it has shift­ed and deals with things left behind. Some of it is pret­ty grotesque, in which I would not expect any­thing less. 

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

'Post Compost'by multiple artists

Thanks to Nev­er Press for send­ing me so much great stuff to look and read!

Artist, Printmaking

Casey Roberts

I’ve only recent­ly begun to learn about cyan­otype, which is pho­to­graph­ic print­ing process that cre­ates a cyan-blue print. Pho­to­sen­si­tive solu­tion is applied to a sur­face (such as paper or fab­ric), and left to dry in a dark place. Based on the inten­si­ty of the ingre­di­ents in a solu­tion, dif­fer­ent tones of blues can be acheived. Casey Robert’s work exper­i­ments with this process, using it as an con­cep­tu­al ele­ment of her work. He writes: 

My work illus­trates a fan­tas­tic land­scape. It rep­re­sents nature’s sub­tle way of deal­ing with the pecu­liar aspects in the rela­tion­ship with mankind. A giant glow-in-the-dark heart, or a pile of pre­cious gems tells us that we are loved, just as blood squirt­ing from an oak tree trunk says, all is not well. I am inspired by my con­ver­sa­tion with the land­scape, I imag­ine long mono­logues when pine forests make me laugh and moun­tains test my patience. 

All images via his web­site.

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Illustration

Laura Gee

Lau­ra Gee intro­duced her­self to me, and upon vis­it­ing her web­site I found an illus­tra­tor who not only illus­trates, but cre­ates instal­la­tions and curates as well. 

Laura’s own work uti­lizes sim­ple, bold images and sup­port­ing text that’s often short and sweet. I espe­cial­ly liked this one: 

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Paper is also some­thing that Lau­ra explores in the three-dimen­sion­al sense, cre­at­ing pop­up let­ters and hand cut and assem­bled. She curat­ed an exhi­bi­tion, Toy Shop where she made minia­ture hous­es to pro­mote the show. 

All images via her web­site.

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Artist

Ky Anderson

It has been a while since I have talked about the work of Ky Ander­son, but I love it all the same. I enjoy Ky’s use of col­or, and despite their more mut­ed char­ac­ter­is­tics, they are not mud­dled. And, if they are mud­dled, Ky explains in her state­ment that they are that way by their very nature: 

If you stop what you are doing and look as far away as you can, even if it is just in the oth­er room, or if you are lucky enough to be out­side, look as far away as you can. There are so many things/stuff/objects in your way of see­ing far into the dis­tance. Those dis­trac­tions, objects, pat­terns and the small­est open­ing that lets you see even fur­ther are what my paint­ings are about. They are about the things in the way of see­ing as far as you can. Some­times these objects in my paint­ings are from mem­o­ries, mem­o­ries of the col­or of a room or shape of a hill. The com­bi­na­tion of the strug­gle to see in the dis­tance and flash­es of mem­o­ries make up the sto­ries with­in my paint­ings. Out of these thoughts comes work that looks almost abstract, but in my eyes the com­bi­na­tion of shapes and col­ors have sto­ries.

All images via her web­site. Ky also has a blog detail­ing her art col­lec­tion, which I real­ly enjoyed view­ing as well. 

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Illustration

Anna Higgie

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Anna Hig­gie is anoth­er artist today whose work focus­es on the por­trait. Stark con­trast, frac­tured space, and metic­u­lous mark-mak­ing are a few ele­ments present in her work. 

Anna has worked for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent clients, includ­ing Nordstrom’s, Bloom­ing­dales, and oth­er fash­ion-based enter­pris­es. Her illus­tra­tions def­i­nite­ly illus­trate the essence of a lifestyle, with good look­ing peo­ple and inter­est­ing pat­terns.

All images via her web­site.

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Artist, Drawing

Liisa Kruusmägi

These draw­ings by Liisa Kru­us­mä­gi are mixed media pieces that I real­ly enjoy. There is a heavy empha­sis on the face, with oth­er lines sim­ply indi­cat­ing the body and cloth­ing. It cre­ates a nice push and pull of com­po­si­tions. I think treat­ing the whole piece with the same atten­tion to detail would be overkill for the eye. 

I per­son­al­ly love the stark, heavy line alone on paper. I am remind­ed of the work of Egon Schiele.

All images via her web­site.

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Artist, Illustration

Jay Cover

I real­ly love Jay Cover’s work. Bold, graph­ic, and shape dri­ven, his work tran­si­tions to dif­fer­ent media and dimen­sions flaw­less­ly. His work is so flat and very styl­ized, and that is what I love most. Just look at his ani­mals- their snouts exist on an entire­ly dif­fer­ent plane than their eyes. Some­thing that could nev­er make sense in real life, but is just one of the many beau­ties of art — inter­pret­ing the world in your own way. 

All images via his Flickr. Check out his web­site.

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Artist, Drawing

Amanda Gehin

I am sor­ry for the delayed post today! My brain is cur­rent­ly work­ing at half capac­i­ty, as I am suf­fer­ing from a nasty sinus infec­tion. Have you ever popped your ear and it’s made your jaw ache? I have, last night. Not fun. 

Enough with my whin­ing. Onward! Aman­da Gehin describes her­self a fan­ta­sy archi­tec­ture engi­neer work­ing in goauche. Amanda’s use of col­or and media, in addi­tion to her back­ground, give these pieces a unique feel. They have, simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, a feel­ing of a patch­work quilt and a 8-bit video game. 

I real­ly enjoy how Aman­da has designed these pieces.The bricks, stair pat­terns, and rugs give these paint­ings a Tetris-like move­ment to me. 

All images via Flickr.

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Artist

Vanesa Zendejas

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Vane­sa Zen­de­jas is an artist liv­ing and work­ing in Chica­go. She works on paper and with objects to cre­ate sculp­tures, and has an upcom­ing show with Katy Keefe (who I have writ­ten about pre­vi­ous­ly). The show is titled Liv­ing With Them, and is Roots & Cul­ture Con­tem­po­rary Art Cen­ter from April 1st through April 29th. The idea behind her work is look­ing at how the past still res­onates with mod­ern cul­ture:

Look­ing to the objects that sur­round us, the work of Vane­sa Zen­de­jas deals with the recon­struct­ed mod­ernism we live with and that which is present in our com­mon knowl­edge of art his­to­ry. Sculp­tures and works on paper res­onate between clas­si­cal abstract forms and famil­iar fur­ni­ture, arrange­ments and tex­tures. The work also looks to the more obscure Amer­i­can geo­met­ric abstrac­tion­ists and their direct influ­ences, always keep­ing in mind our mod­ernist lin­eage and how that effects us. 

All images via her web­site.

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Artist, Drawing

Stella Lee

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I used to have hair that was pret­ty long. You could do all the fun things with it, like braid it, putting a bun on the top of your head, brush it a sat­is­fy­ing 100 strokes…but then I decid­ed to chop eight inch­es (maybe more!) off. While I don’t often regret my deci­sion, it’s look­ing at work like Stel­la Lee’s that makes me miss hav­ing longer locks. 

The graphite against the soft tone of the paper is entranc­ing and sooth­ing. Stella’s draw­ing style has a gen­tle motion to it, and does a won­der­ful job of ren­der­ing hair. Hair can be drawn many dif­fer­ent ways, but often times it can be hard to get the shad­ing just right to make it seem that it is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly one body but many indi­vid­ual strands as well. 

All images via her web­site.

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Also, I love the die cut that Stel­la has done to her sketch­book! Leaves me wish­ing I was a bit more thought­ful with mine. 

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