Sweet and Subversive Sculptures by Eun-Ha Paek

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I first saw Eun-Ha Paek’s ceram­ics while attend­ing ICON7 in 2012.  Her small, bizarre char­ac­ters cap­ti­vated me, and I’ve fol­lowed her work ever since. Today, Paek is still cre­at­ing sculp­tures with clay, in addi­tion to wood and card­board. I enjoy her exag­ger­a­tion of ears, hair, and more; the melted eye­balls and an unhappy drum­stick are simul­ta­ne­ously sub­ver­sive with a candy-colored sur­face treat­ment that feels jubilant.

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Interview: Angela Dalinger and Nicholas Stevenson Talk about Their New Show

Nicholas Stevenson

Nicholas Steven­son

If I had my druthers, I’d be in Lon­don right now and attend­ing the open­ing for Home Sweet Home at Atom­ica Gallery on Thurs­day. The exhi­bi­tion fea­tures the work of two artists: Angela Dalinger and Nicholas Steven­son. They col­lab­o­rated and cre­ated a series of imag­i­nary homes that allows you to indulge on voyeurism that we all love so much.

I find rooms really intrigu­ing (remem­ber how much I love Anna Valdez’s paint­ings?), so you know I’m into the work in this show. Plus, I had the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view Dalinger and Steven­son about Home Sweet Home, which you’ll find below. Their answers are great.

The show is up from August 14 to Sep­tem­ber 11 of this year. Atom­ica Gallery is located at 29 Shorts Gar­dens, Lon­don WC2H 9AP.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger

Since this exhi­bi­tion cen­ters around voyeurism, do you find your­self actively peo­ple watch­ing, too?

Nicholas: Absolutely, when you’re on the upper deck of a bus in Lon­don, you can see all sorts through win­dows… Usu­ally it’s just real sparse and ugly decor, some­times you think you see some­thing really inter­est­ing but you don’t quite get time to catch it. Is he naked or just wear­ing a pink body suit? Is that a huu­uge cat? I often look at anony­mous doors and dull facades and won­der what goes on inside. My paint­ings try and imag­ine the more excit­ing pos­si­ble scenarios.

Angela: I can’t say that it’s one of my hob­bies to stalk peo­ple, I’m any­way always too afraid they might stare back, maybe from the cor­ner of my eye. When I’m on the bus or train I always feel forced to lis­ten to peo­ples con­ver­sa­tion, even if its the most bor­ing small talk you’ve ever heard.

Nicholas Stevenson

Nicholas Steven­son

I love the dark themes in these images. What do you imag­ine these peo­ples’ lives to be? Who has it worse off?

Nicholas: In my paint­ings there a few insects which appear to be fac­ing per­se­cu­tion. Either the peo­ple are actu­ally very small, or the bugs are very big, but at any rate they don’t seem to be get­ting on too well with each other.

As far as Angela’s work goes, she painted a giant being killed with a gar­den­ing tool in an allot­ment. It’s hard to say whether it was in self defence or not, but I painted the giant a nice funeral, because I got the feel­ing he might have been a lit­tle misunderstood.

Angela: I often try to paint stu­pid peo­ple but when I see the paint­ings I don’t think they are as stu­pid as they are sup­posed to be. They mostly feel mis­placed and stuck in an uncom­fort­able situation.

I think the women in Nicholas paint­ing that seems to have a rela­tion­ship with a giant insect got it worse off, or maybe its my girl in the bath­tub with a hor­ri­ble case of trots.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger

Before this show opens, you’ve never met Angela face-to-face. How did you get to know her ini­tially, and what do you think it’ll be like once you meet “in real life?”

Nicholas: We met through our blogs, and an obvi­ous affin­ity between our art­work. There’s a cer­tain kind of the very wild, painty brüt illus­tra­tion were both cham­pi­oning and col­lect­ing. I really have no idea what it’ll be like to hang out in real life! But I’m hop­ing we can work on a few last minute pieces for the exhi­bi­tion together and I can show her some good parts of Lon­don. I get the feel­ing we both really like paint­ing, so if all else fails we can do that all week, ha.

Nicolas Stevenson

Nicholas Steven­son

How did you find the process of work­ing vir­tu­ally close with the other per­son? Is this your first time col­lab­o­rat­ing like this? Who started the con­ver­sa­tions of the paintings?

Angela: Actu­ally it was Nicholas that started the con­ver­sa­tion with my paint­ings and its a very great­com­pli­ment to get. He did a funeral paint­ing for my dead giant and let him­self also inspire
by my colour palette, although I didn’t know I have a spe­cific one, but he told me so. I never col­lab­o­rated like this before, I wish I’d have some­one liv­ing near that would come around and spend the evening paint­ing some crazy stuff.

Angela Dalinger

Angela Dalinger

Hattie Newman’s Delightful Paper-Sculpted Maps

hattie77 Lately, we’ve seen some pretty incred­i­ble paper-sculpted illus­tra­tions by the likes of Owen Gilder­sleeve and Char­lotte Smith.  And you can now add Hat­tie New­man to that list. The London-based image-maker cre­ates maps made out of paper, work­ing for a vari­ety of clients like Louis Vuit­ton, Cad­bury (yum), Sony, and more.

We see incred­i­ble details of build­ings and struc­tures, and I’m most impressed by the fine han­dling of thin rail­ings. New­man also adds fun extras like a fly­ing kite or rouge fox that you spot only after care­ful obser­va­tion. The city land­scape is made play­ful by virtue of her cho­sen media and its scale. hattie newmanhattie777 hattie newmanhattie5hattie3hattie newmanhattie1hattie

Friday, Friday, Let’s Connect on Friday

Illustration by Helen Musselwhite. Pinned on my Pinterest!

Illus­tra­tion by Helen Mus­sel­white. Pinned on my Pin­ter­est!

Just a quick hello to you on Fri­day! I’ve been tied up with a project this past week, so today’s post is short.

Let’s con­nect! Did you know I tweet, tum­ble, Face­book, and pin?

Twit­ter | Face­book | Pin­ter­est | Insta­gram | Tum­blr

Brown Paper Bag’s Face­book is only a few months old. I’m hav­ing fun post­ing stuff so far, so make sure you check it out!


My Chat with Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project


Have ya’ll heard of The Sketch­book Project? If not, then let me give you a brief intro­duc­tion: it’s a Brooklyn-based com­pany that orga­nizes col­lab­o­ra­tive endeav­ors. They gained fame with The Sketch­book Project, which is a crowd-sourced library that fea­tures over 31,000 (!!) artists’ books con­tributed by peo­ple around the world. Cur­rently, they have that and other chal­lenges for you to par­tic­i­pate in.

I had the oppor­tu­nity to chat with Steven Peter­man, the co-founder and direc­tor of The Sketch­book Project, about it and their newly-launched web­site. It allows you to con­nect with art­work and artists in a more dig­i­tally engag­ing way.

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The Sketch­book Project was first started in 2006 while Steven and his friends were in col­lage. He said they were try­ing to come up with ways to make “gallery space less intim­i­dat­ing and more acces­si­ble,” and this idea was the one that stuck. It also became insanely pop­u­lar, grow­ing from 2,000 sign ups at the begin­ning to 20,000 in 2010 (it cur­rently has between 8,000 and 10,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing). The gain in num­bers was organic, as Steven explains that peo­ple want to be apart of a community.

Digital-and-In-person-SearcIf you want to view the sketch­books in per­son, you can do so at the Brook­lyn Art Library; it houses the col­lec­tion in phys­i­cal form. But, what if you can’t make it all the way to Brook­lyn? Have no fear — this is where the web­site redesign comes in.  With the exten­sive dig­i­tal library, you can browse the books from any­where in the world. Steven was telling me all about it - you can cre­ate col­lec­tions, share work that you like, and even search by theme. It’s a way to pro­mote cre­atives that you love and even find new peo­ple to col­lab­o­rate with.


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So, check it out! One thing that Steven men­tioned was the sim­i­lar­i­ties you see among books and projects from dis­parate peo­ple. It’s inter­est­ing how trends — col­ors, imagery, pat­terns, and more — per­me­ate cul­ture and are expressed through­out the world. This is expressed with as sim­ple as the same fab­ric on the cover or the same the­matic images.

Illustrated Ladies by Monica Garwood

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Mon­ica Gar­wood is an illus­tra­tor liv­ing in the San Fran­cisco Bay area. She’s a fairly recent grad­u­ate of the Cal­i­for­nia Col­lage of Arts and I’m really impressed by her port­fo­lio so far. Gar­wood has a great sense of char­ac­ter design, which includes fashionable-looking ladies that have tat­toos and cats. What’s not to love?

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Pip and Pop’s Peculiarly Adorable Candy-Colored Worlds

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These images are a bit of oldies, but are def­i­nitely good­ies. I’ve seen some great minia­ture art­works lately (like the those by Kendal Mur­ray), which reminded me of how much I enjoy Pip and Pop’s  (aka Nicole Andri­je­vic and Tanya Schultz) tiny, candy-colored scenes.

The Aus­tralian duo uses things like sugar, sand, glit­ter, arti­fi­cial plants, found objects, pipe clean­ers, wire, beads and more in their site-specific instal­la­tions. Of course, their mas­sively minia­ture works look impres­sive from far away, but it’s the details that I love. Small char­ac­ters look as though they are tra­vers­ing land­scapes full of larger-than life flora and uniden­ti­fi­able fungi. It’s all strange, yes, but makes me wish I could explore these places in real life.

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Roosevelt and 69th Street, Queens: Header Picture Project Featuring Kelly Lasserre


It’s another month, which means that Brown Paper Bag has a shiny new header. Illus­tra­tor and let­terer Kelly Lasserre has lent her fine pic­to­r­ial skills and depicted a block of busi­ness in her neigh­bor­hood in Queens, New York. I love all of her hand let­ter­ing and tiny details on the signs and build­ings. Makes me want to take a walk down this street!

As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — per­fect for fram­ing! Grab one before they’re all gone.

Here’s the scoop on Kelly, who I’ve had the plea­sure of know­ing since our under­grad­u­ate illus­tra­tion days:

Name: kelly lasserre
Loca­tion: queens, new york
Web­site: kellylasserre.com / kellylasserre.tumblr.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? a pro­fes­sional female rock climber
Your pro­fes­sion now: a semi pro­fes­sional illus­tra­tor and maker of things
What’s your favorite thing to draw? objects of sen­ti­men­tal value and sub­jects oth­er­wise over­looked in our daily lives. and food.
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece?
my neigh­bor­hood is really inter­est­ing and i love it, it is extremely eth­ni­cally diverse and pre­dom­i­nately filled with small busi­nesses like this. i’ve always wanted to paint the places i walk by every day, to record their unique facades in an image.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process?
it was only dif­fer­ent in that i very rarely work from pho­tographs but i did here. the rest of the process was how i typ­i­cally work. i sim­pli­fied the details, like the writ­ing on the papers in the win­dows. and omit­ted any back­ground or side­walk, because that’s not meant to be a focus. then i just worked in lay­ers of col­ors– i use hol­bein acryla gouache and tiny brushes.
Have you ever tried the Fiesta Grill? If so, how is it? yes sev­eral times! you can get a combo with rice and one side for $3.95 or two sides for $6.95. you just point to what you want and they have a ton of options. great for quick tasty fil­ipino food and all the folks work­ing there are really kind.

Stacey Rozich’s Paintings Are a Pattern-Filled Cultural Mash Up

stacey_rozich8stacey_rozich5 I’ve fol­lowed the work (and admired) of Stacey Rozich for years. I think it was since she was fresh out of school, but who knows. Either way, it’s always inter­est­ing to see how one’s work evolves over time. Rozich’s work still focuses heav­ily on pat­tern, masks, and draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from folk­lore, but now incor­po­rates a con­tem­po­rary cul­tural mash up. A lit­tle more about her work via Rozich’s website:

Since mov­ing on from a world of Japan­ese ani­ma­tion and mean pen­cil draw­ings she has cre­ated a vibrantly painted folk­loric nar­ra­tive that draws inspi­ra­tion from many cul­tural ref­er­ences, build­ing sce­nar­ios pulled from a realm of indige­nous and con­tem­po­rary sym­bol­ism. Rozich cre­ates a para­ble for present day built on sit­u­a­tional vignettes that are imag­ined through the lens of famil­iar fic­tional archetypes.

Deeply rooted in cul­tural tra­di­tion and rit­ual, these alle­gor­i­cal accounts join ances­tral folk­lore with ele­ments of moder­nity and sur­re­al­ism. Influ­ence is taken from travel, world tex­tiles, child­hood mem­o­ries and the many many hours spent watch­ing television.

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