tagged: Illustration

Exploring Bau: A Giant Sketchbook for Ideas

by Bea De Sousa
“We both agree, sometimes archives can be fun!” Just before everyone disappears to their holiday hideouts, I meet with ICA London curator Juliette Desorgues to explore her new exhibition about the Austrian architecture magazine . We browse through the show together and compare personal favorites. Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, Issue 2, 1965   Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning (1947-71), similar to the RIBA Journal, existed as a trade magazine for the... [more]
Posted by Bea De Sousa on 8/10/15

Francisco Toledo's Poster Biennial for Mexico's Missing Students

by Rodrigo Campuzano
One of art’s most powerful assets is that it can speak on behalf of the silenced; it can express what other media might not be allowed to state publicly; and above all, it can resonate beyond borders or limits. In September 2014, the entire world became witness to the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, a small Mexican town not far from the Pacific Ocean. It was an atrocious act that was linked to the local government and law enforcers. Despite the fact that this event took... [more]
Posted by Rodrigo Campuzano on 6/27/15

The Awkwardness of Averageness: Raymond Pettibon’s American Sickness

by Char Jansen
“I’m not walking down there, there’s a body on the floor,” my friend Shai said. We were coming out of a pizza place that had a gunshot mark in the TV. “Come on, it’s fine. She’s not dead.” As we walked past the disputed human being lying face down in the middle of the stenching sidewalk, she turned on her side and smiled vaguely into the distance with her elderly, meth-lined face. , 2015, Collage and ink on paper Sickness is something you encounter on a daily basis in Los Angeles. Sinking... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 5/26/15

I Like Big Butts and I Can Not Lie?

by Jade Angeles Fitton
Just off a street full of piñatas in DTLA is Superchief Gallery—the younger (but larger) sister of Superchief New York. I was here to see the  exhibition, alone, because I couldn’t persuade any of my friends to come down and see a "butt" show with me. My friends have far more taste than I’d realized. I was greeted on arrival by pink curtain flaps resembling a lady’s spread legs. I got out of the taxi, and, conscious that the driver was watching me, sauntered through the pink flaps with as much... [more]
Posted by Jade Angeles Fitton on 5/26/15

Record Store Day Special: Top Album Sleeve Artwork

by Paul Hanford
Only in its eighth year, Record Store Day is already starting to feel as traditional as a Morris dancer at a folk festival. For me, the biggest attraction here is rooting through the limited edition vinyl released especially for the event. That sensory chemical nirvana triggered when thumbs flick through the racks, the way eyes dilate when they make contact with that sleeve... the one you’re going to take home with you. And as you lay on your bed, vinyl crackling away, you gaze across... [more]
Posted by Paul Hanford on 4/15/15

5 Women Tattoo Artists Who Are Definitely Not a Result of Rihanna

by The Artslant Team
We wanted to write about some of the tattoo artists we like who also happen to be vaginally endowed. Why? Just for aesthetic inspiration on a default Monday. And also because it was bugging us that the rise in recent years of female tattoo artists has been put down to or Rihanna. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the people whose art has caught our eye lately as we've been traveling in the real and virtual worlds...   Slower Black   All images, Slower Black via Slower Black... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/29/15

Punk is Dead (again)

by James Loks
So sang Crass in their 1978 track Punk is Dead... And the big time promoter in this instance is the French state via Cité de la Musique, where, from a certain perspective, Punk suffers the final ignominy of transferring from cultural reference or product for sale to vitrine protected cultural artefact to be perused by head-nodding, chin-stroking, pram-pushing families on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Bazooka Production, Paris 1975; collection Bernard Vidal.   From a different point... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 1/21/14

Put Out Some Pencils and Paper: An Interview with Ingri Haraldsen

by Char Jansen
I first met Ingri Haraldsen on an autumnal Saturday morning in Oslo, the day after the opening of the infamous Høstutstillingen 2013, Norway’s historic annual exhibition, which included a large-scale work of Haraldsen’s, Circular Story. I hadn’t yet met the artist then, and was blown away by the breathtaking depth and mastery of her work with pencil on paper, among the most impressive I’ve seen anywhere. I was visiting the Norwegian capital as part of NABROAD’s Studio Visits programme, an... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/17/13

The Nebulous Lines Between Art and Fashion

by Philippa Snow
I have been thinking, lately, about the intersections between fashion and art and popular culture, ever since reading what I thought of as a particularly asinine quote from the pop star, Lady Gaga:  "I really love the lyrics to ARTPOP, the title track," she told the gossip blog, Just Jared, when asked which were "the most powerful lyrics" on her latest album. “'We could belong together, ARTPOP.' The words seem really simple but it’s through the creative experiences with my friends that we’re... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 9/18/13

The Artwork of Daniel Clowes: Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Daniel Clowes’ career trajectory has had a weird sort of herky-jerky-ness to it. When he started out making comics in the 1980’s, his narratives were amorphous and meandering, at times borrowing from the Surreal, with paranoid/delusional plotlines and violent, and sexually perverse, graphic imagery. This was married to his early drawings which were highly restrained; in the press walk through of his current exhibition, “Modern Cartoonist: the Art of Daniel Clowes,” on view at The Museum of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/6/13