I’ve been looking at my cohort, collaborator, and best pal Lisa Perrin’s work all school year, and love what she has created. We installed our MFA thesis exhibitions this week, and it was really incredible to see all of her work in one place, together for the first time.
Lisa’s work is informed by the humorous and strange world of Eastern European Jewish folk tales. While influenced by this facet of culture, she merely references it, and therefore allows a larger, more varied audience to enjoy her illustrations. She’s modernized the old world with interesting applications such as Yiddish sayings on postcards and tea towels.
The image above and directly below are actually silk scarves, and they are beautiful. I’m looking forward to her opening up her online shop this summer. If you are around Baltimore, be sure to check out her work in MICA’s Studio Center (first floor), up now!
Hey! If you live in Baltimore, you should mosey on over to MICA’s Studio Center in the Station North neighborhood this Saturday (March 30) between 2 and 4PM. I will be there with my pal Lisa hosting a workshop, Paper Fun for Everyone!
Together, Lisa and I form Píccolo, a collaborative illustration project. In January/February we launched a Kickstarter which got FUNDED thanks to so many of you wonderful people. So, Paper Fun for Everyone doubles as a bash for all of our local Baltimore backers, where they can pick up their rewards.
At the workshop, you’ll learn how to make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era paper toy that mimics animation. You’ll get to make your own. Everyone who participates in the workshop will get their picture taken and be apart of our installation.
So, come to MICA’s Studio Center, located at 131 W. North Ave on Saturday, March 30 between 2 and 4PM for some paper fun and sweet treats!
Balthus is a Polish-French painter who preferred to be seen and not heard. Coinicentally, there is little writing about him, so the emphasis of course is on looking at his works. Balthus preferred the figure, and his most famous paintings depicted young girls in an often erotic context. They were and still are controversial because of this, although the artist insists that this is not his intention.
Some stills from Stoker. Not a ton of them out there yet, but hopefully you get the idea. I would definitely recommend seeing the film! It also takes cues from Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. So, if you are a Hitchcock fan like me, you’ll probably really enjoy this.
My week will no doubt be insane because I am installing my thesis exhibition at MICA’s Studio Center. My project (and newest endeavor), eyra, will be translated from the web to a physical space. I will have more details about the opening for you later.
Okay! Enough about that. These paintings are by Aleksandra Waliszewska and make me stop in my tracks to examine how both mysterious and disturbing they are. I can’t turn away despite feeling uneasy about their grotesque beauty and blood and death-ridden scenes. I’m very intrigued.
First two images via her Flickr. All other images via her Tumblr.
Zach Storm’s studio is located in a tree-line neighborhood at the edge of Baltimore City. It seems to be a peaceful setting, full of detached single-family homes. Here, in a large shed (with no heat!) is where Zach keeps his studio. Personally, I’m jealous; his space has amazing natural light, airy, away from distraction. It really feels like a place to escape.
I first wrote about Zach’s work after I saw these paintings in a show at MICA. They are vibrant and glitter-full (Literally. He used glitter spray paint in these works on paper.):
Looking at his work then (2012) to now (2013), I still see the same artist’s hand, but with his new series of works, they are more refined. Zach said he has a tendency to overwork things, and the paintings currently in his studio are a result of the systems of he’s created when working. This guards against this inclination. The paintings are worked on simultaneously and sequentially in an orderly fashion, and give Zach the freedom to move from piece to piece if he’s frustrated or feeling stuck.
Currently, these paintings are on aluminum, using automotive primer, pigment and urethane. Despite my initial assumption that Zach knew a lot about materials, he said he didn’t! The process of learning and reacting to the material reactions with each other is very much apart of these works. At times, he calls the reaction between materials “unnerving,” such as the way the pigment slides or resists primer, but ultimately an important to the painting’s development.
Before I visited Zach’s studio, I went through his past work on his website, writing down words that I associated with his work. I described them using “ethereal” and “splendor” — there’s sort of a whimsy (dare I say) to be associated to those words, which is actually what he tries to capture in these paintings. He said he gets “excited by light shining through the trees,” and tries to replicated emotional states like that. This lead to an interesting discussion. Zach collects old animation cells, specifically the backgrounds. Think of cartoons like Looney Toones or Ren and Stimpy. They have amazing and beautifully painted backgrounds that color fields inspire him. There’s also a rhythm to animation, a repetition and way of working that is akin to Zach’s process, too. Not only that, but the act of painting in a Bugs Bunny cartoon also makes Zach consider the way he works. Watch the first 10 seconds of this clip and you’ll understand:
As someone studying illustration, I loved that reference. I would have never thought of that when looking at his work, but it makes perfect sense.
The Shock of the New is a BBC television program that was produced in 1980’s. Narrative by Australian-born art critic Robert Hughes, it addresses the development of modern art starting with the Impressionists.
I haven’t watched all of the 8 episodes (yet), but I have enjoyed them so far. They are a good refresher if it has been awhile since you’ve taken a formal art history class, or, better yet, not ever taken an art history class.
Not so old, but still worth a watch is PBS Off Book. It appears exclusively on You Tube and talks about trends in art, design, and internet culture. The videos aren’t that long so it’s easy to binge on them! As someone who spends a majority of her time in front of the computer, I find these topics interesting and relevant to the things I’m thinking about.