The illustrations by Antwerp-based Ellen van Engelen are pretty trippy, but that’s a major part of their appeal for me. The warm, psychedelic scenes of long-haired women, odd track suits, and surreal brain exploration feel like I’m looking at at the work of Seymour Chwast. He’s one of my all-time-favorite illustrators/designers, so that means I’ll be following the work of Engelen for years and years to come.
All images via her website (which is actually a Tumblr).
Aakash Nihalani is a street artist based New York. Armed with tape as his medium, he crafts trompe l’oeil scenes by carefully considering perspective and the right vantage point for a photograph. The result is work that’s engaging, vibrant, and fun. Nihalani doesn’t try and attach a high brow meaning to his work, either. He writes:
For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.
Nihalani goes on to say that this work is him connecting the dots as he sees them. I think it’s a lovely sentiment.
Not all of the following images are in New York, but all images are via his website. H/T Colossal.
Do you have about 11 minutes today? Sure you do! So, use your time wisely and check out Kristen Lepore’s new animated short, Move Mountain. You might remember her work, Bottle, which was widely popular a few years ago. This, like its predecessor, does not disappoint. Delightful yet sophisticated.
PS: If you have scardy cats like I do, they might be startled by some of the sound effects.
Last weekend I purchased a pair of shoes that was 3 month’s worth of cable. I’ve bought (and ruined) boots that were half a month’s worth of rent. And when I look at my boyfriend’s garment rack, I don’t even want to consider what kind of used car I could buy from all of the clothing that hangs there.
The point is, I could probably make myself feel bad all morning by thinking about the prices I pay fashion. Or, I could read Hannah K. Lee’s zine, aptly titled Shoes Over Bills, and feel better about it. I’ll do the latter, thanks.
I’ve long been a fan of the colorful, sweet illustrations by Astrid Yskout. Her vintage-inspired style are full of dreamy, hazy scenes and chock-full of fun details that require more than a seconds-glance.
How would you describe your day, and would you ever think of expressing it through the objects/icons you encounter? That’s what designer Denis Lelic did; He drew pictograms of his daily routine, which features a sandwich, cereal, lightbulbs, an office chair, and more. They are simple, black and white drawings that focus on the most significant details for easy, quick recognition. Lelic writes about his series and states, “Its hard to track every single detail over a day, but here are some points of mine expressed through pictograms and later posters. Some of them are a bit comic but they were my association and triggers for my memories.”
It’s the first time in nearly 5 years that I’ve even had Valentine’s Day on my radar, so it feels kind of strange to be writing this post. But, this year I have a valentine, so naturally I’ve had my eye on things themed for this Hallmark holiday.
Kim Tucker’s ceramics are crafted with an air of whimsy, yet feel very Freudian and loaded with phallic symbols and latent content. You see the face of a figure smiling, innocent even, but then on the other, you quickly notice the obsession with identity and body parts; Eyes on butts, eyes on genitalia, and other metaphors are all apart of Kim’s work.
…the entire menagerie evokes not only Tucker’s inner children, but also our own, as they engage in “psychological storytelling”– narrating open wounds we are inclined to protect, lick, mother, or share: a deep commiseration over the tragedy of bodily confinement.
Who doesn’t like a good GIFs? Seriously. They are the love language of the web, immortalizing moments in time so we can revisit them forever. Guadalupe Cordoba created the site umbu.com, which doesn’t sound like it’s a site dedicated to GIFs (umbu is actually the name of a fruit), but it is. It’s full of random, user submitted GIFs, and some of them are pretty obscure. There’s a special place for art, too. So, if you are an artist or illustrator who makes gifs, your work could be on umbu!
Before this week, I didn’t know about the .GIFYS, an award ceremony that’s the internet version of the Oscars. It was created by editors at Mashable, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and more, the mission being to “honor the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary, and art form.” If you peruse Reddit, Twitter, Imgur, etc., on a regular basis, you’ll probably recognize many of these. These are a few of my favorites, but what are yours? (Via Fast Company)
The work of South African illustrator Maaike Bakker is sometimes silly, sometimes abstract, and always very interesting. It seems to take inspiration from folk art and mythical tales, pitting beasts against one another in these stylish and colorful compositions. Enjoy the plethora of interesting colors and textures. You’ve earned it.