Friday, September 28, 2007

art fair faves

The Plaza Art Fair was here in Kansas City last weekend and although I usually don't like most of the work that's there, there are always a few gems that I really dig. I'd love to dedicate an individual post to each of these folks, but without knowing that much about them I thought I'd compile them into a single view so you can get a little taste of their work. (Click on the image to view it larger.) I always enjoy talking to artists about what they do and how they do it and several folks were kind enough to stop and chat with me. The warm temperatures didn't stop the crowds and it seemed like the fair had a good amount of traffic both Saturday and Sunday. We ended up purchasing a few pieces, too, which we're hoping to hang soon - if we can find a spot on the wall!

Top row, from left:
Dolan Geiman, Gabe Lanza, Mark Traughber, Audrey Heller

Bottom row, from left:
Jenny Mendes, Lynn Whipple, Betsy Youngquist, Mr. Hooper

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Flickr Feature: Lockwasher

Anyone who comes over to my house can tell immediately how much I love robots. Not sure why, but they've always fascinated me. I collect them and love to draw them...and I'm always looking for more cool ones, whether they're handmade or die-cast in tin. The robots that Mr. Lockwasher creates are really cool. He has a great eye for bringing all sorts of found bits (including some great dials, sprockets and gauges) together to make some of the coolest handmade robots around. The above two are a couple of my favorites, but there are so many more that I love.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Flickr Feature: Jeremiah Ketner

This morning I received an email from Jeremiah Ketner announcing his new show, "A Special Place" that opens on September 27th at Elizabeth Page Smith Gallery. He writes, "When the sky seems dark and the pressures of work have you stressed, one may find harmony and balance in the special place I have created for you to explore." I couldn't describe his work any better. Although Jeremiah's characters live in a world that is chocked full of recurring patterns that include drips, flowers, clouds and circles and might seem chaotic, these patterns harmonize and create a soothing, dreamlike place. To get a sneak peek of all the work that's in the show, check out his set on flickr.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Flickr Feature: Juliana Pedemonte

Juliana Pedemonte's (aka colorblok) work just makes me smile. This is the first piece I saw of hers and it just filled me with happiness, as does so much of her work. Juliana's world is full of happy quirky characters, bright colors and lots of energy. She's created vinyl toys, skate decks, animations and recently designed a belt for yummy industries, too, which is really fun. I'd love to turn over an entire gallery to her, someday, just to see what she'd do with it. What an incredible show that would be!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Flickr Feature: Ray Fenwick

I wish there was a larger version of this image available, so you could really see the wonderful genius and humor in it (if you click on it, it gets slightly larger, which helps). I first saw Ray Fenwick's work while looking through some illustrations on flickr one day. Even at thumbnail size, I could tell how cool his lettering was. But, Ray's work is not just about great hand-lettering. It's about observation, pattern, the exquisite line and having a wonderful (and somewhat cynical) sense of humor. I absolutely love it and am always delighted by what Ray posts. My favorite set on his flickr page is a typographic comic called the Hall of Best Knowledge, which is going to be published in early 2008 by Fantagraphics. Yippee!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Flickr Feature: Aaron Tucker

I like Aaron Tucker's work so much, that I had a hard time picking out which image to post. I have many favorites, but my most favorite pieces are his paper collage pieces like the one shown here called "Beginning Meets End". Anyone who knows me or my work knows that I am drawn to grids. I love them. Although my eye is drawn to Aaron's work because of his brilliant use of the grid, it goes beyond that. Working within a grid requires designing within it. He has a great sense of color, and the way he balances that color and the collaged bits within the grid is simply exquisite.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

random sketchbook page

Still working on collating some weirdo drawings for this possible project and came across this. The drawing on the right has always been one of my faves. I drew it on a 3X5, then taped it into my sketchbook. I didn't think it would stay in there, but it has. (I also love the THIS IS NOT ART stamp.)

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Flickr Feature: Betsy Walton

There's a certain amount of mystery to Betsy Walton's work that I absolutely love. It's like she's placing pieces of a story in front of you, but it's up to you to figure out what's going on. Working mostly with gouache and pencil on paper, her dreamlike images are stunning and are filled with layers of symbols and patterns. She has a great sampling of her work on her website, but there's even more on her flickr page where you can view her pattern studies as well as some pieces she did for a group show at Compound Gallery this past June. She also opened a shop on Etsy recently where you can purchase original artwork as well as limited edition prints (like the one above).

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