The 2nd Anniversary of art gallery Tinlark was this past Saturday, and I had two pieces in the group show titled "Inspired" . The show was curated by bloggers who appreciate art and creative folks like myself. The space is great, located at the cool CROSSROADS of the world corner.
THE SUPER DUPER UPDATE:
Well, Finally, the Miami blog posting. This thing crashed on me like 10 times.
Let's start this off my saying I had a nice time considering it was freezing and the art world is in the midst of a recession. Lots of fun times hanging in our hotel, getting kicked out of the hot tub for not wearing bathing suits (we forget them) eating bowls of late nite cherrios (the artist diet)...and cuban coffees galore.
We saw more art in 5 days than is recommended for the eyes. Still seeing spots.
Lots and lots of crazy parties that all seem to blend into a weird blur.
This Saturday you better have the stamina for a full night of art. You may have to drink a few raw eggs Rocky style and 50 pushups...but you best be prepared for the long haul.
Lerma explains, "Using stuff that was thrown away is Mexican ingenuity. People's idea of art is that it's really expensive and [made of] nice materials, but found objects are so abundant, they're much easier and freeing for us."
YO Snow board bunnies and gents- it's official- my snowboard has really really landed. I got 5 boards to sell -THEY ARE LIMITED Edition only 100 made--also sold at Colette in Paris and select boutiques World WIDE. So I'am giving the moldy doily fans the first heads up- they will all be signed and come with surprise token rad gifts-
SUZANNAH SINCLAIR SOLO EXHIBITION: EYES FOR NO ONE October 10 - November 25, 2008 OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 6 - 9 PM LOYAL is proud to present EYES FOR NO ONE, a new group of paintings by New York based artist SUZANNAH SINCLAIR. There is a captivating emotion in these elegant watercolor on birch-panel paintings of female figures. The portraits reveal much more than the physical in a look or a gaze. Personal yet with an untouchable mystique, the figures are always alone and in intimate poses. Sad, proud, hopeful, exasperated, a range of human sentiment is transfered. The matter-of-fact nakedness of the subjects tends toward confrontational and examines whether we are more comfortable with the sexual than with the emotional. The consistency of Sinclairs style of portraiture brings to mind the haunting and alluring portrait photography of Horst P. Horst, who said about his photograph "Odalisque", New York 1943, "I dont know how I did it. I couldnt repeat it. It was created by emotion."
LOYAL Torsgatan 53 113 37 Stockholm Sweden
There's something about the plastic taffy like tied up dresses, the sparkle weird tie front pants, the colorform cutout dresses and paper doily like wraps that makes Vivienne Westwood's new stuff- so "her"
I love this tie back dress on the right.
I'am so excited for the debut of the latest issue of Cheap and Plastique. I contributed some artwork for the issue and did a lil interview for it. My art/pal Elizabeth Huey will also be in the issue. If in NYC- head to the big DEBUT party:
Remember when the Show Pony Ladies participated in the PAPER mag 24-hour dept store event here in L.A.? Well also in attendance were the folks from Creative Growth out in Oakland, CA. They brought a dazzling array of paintings and sculptures from various artists. Their center and gallery space are home to adults with developmental disabilities who communicate their thoughts and ideas through art. I mention all of this because my latest inspirational artist is Aurie Ramirez, a 46 year old Filipino-American woman, who worked for approx 20 years with Creative Growth! I read someplace that she may have suffered slightly from a form of autism and perhaps dyslexia. Whichever the case, she speaks to me. She expresses herself in a colorful language that is dreamy, haunting, fashion inspired and humorous at times.
These figures cluster in groups, like a theater troupe posing for a group portrait; they inhabit Victorian settings or plainer ones that suggest contemporary California. There are signs of violence and surgical scars; frequent indications of romance, sex and family dysfunction; odalisques reclining before paintings of odalisques.
Ms. Ramirez also isolates her rainbow palette in small striped abstractions. Though there are no indications of it here, the artist, who understands English, speaks in a language of her own devising, which she also writes, filling tablet upon tablet with its somewhat Greek lettering.
Creative Growth Art Center began in 1974 in the Oakland, California, living room of psychologist Elias Katz and educator Florence Ludins-Katz. With the belief that art is a universal means of expression, and one that people with disabilities could use to communicate and contribute to society, the pair provided art supplies and workspace to a handful of adults with disabilities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Growth established a gallery in 1980; like the studio, it was the first of its kind.
For more than 20 years the studio and gallery have operated in concert out of a warehouse in Oakland’s Auto Row. Curatorial manager Jennifer Strate O’Neal calls it the “homestead” of a now-flourishing creative community. The studio itself has blossomed into a daily workshop for 148 artists working in mediums that range from pottery, weaving, and woodworking to film and painting.
I put that last post on hold, (the one about me scoring the next cover of FLAUNT mag!) because I revealed the cover and the art and then felt like it was unfair since it's not coming out for a little while. So for the few people who saw it that one day it was posted, Shhhh. IT will be revealed again when it's closer to publication. And since I have a lot of good news lately to share about all the fun projects/jobs I've been given this summer, remember that graphic novel that I helped collaborate on? Well it's coming out June 26th! It's for the cool Microsoft/ZUNE Arts. (did I ever mention that Bill Gates and I are born on the same day?) I'm flying to NYC July 17th to do a book signing. You can check out my big video debut here: ZUNE ARTS link (my movie can be watched by clicking MOV under my picture). Be kind and don't comment on how homeless I appear- or how silly my recorded voice sounds. This is how I look in it... sans makeup and beauty sleep There is a book signing event next saturday the 28th for my friend Jennifer's book debut "VINTAGE L.A." The SHOW PONY has a nice two page spread in it. IF you feel like dressing up fabulous in vintage and heading to Fred Segal for the signing, you could win a free copy or other prizes. Click invite to read it all. I've been finding all kinds of strange and fascinating things that for some reason I want to show you. They are not connected, do not make sense huddled in a blog group, and yet the randomness of finding them all, somehow groups them into some nice family unit. I recently bought a cool tote to take to the Farmer's Market to get produce. It's massive and has a gigantic FOX on the front. That's the model on ebay showcasing it. they have all kinds of cool images, from giant magazine covers, to early Madonna, Johnny "sweet" Depp, Bjork, and some other goodies- If you think you need a gigantic tote or t-shirt- check out the rest of their shop: http://stores.ebay.com/VinVan77-Rock-T-Shirts VIN VAN77 Stuff I saw this hanging lamp for sale on ebay last week, $699 dollars of pure magic As if this post wasn't scattered enough, let me show you some new art that I love- this one is by Justin B. Williams- I haven't mentioned it much, but I am going back to Ohio-my hometown, next week. I'll try to keep you posted on some good finds out there. And...scene. Promise to get more organized with my brain- and thoughts for next post.
The past three days I've been working on a video art set. The grand debut video will be projected on the side of a 17 story hotel in century city on the 4th of July! I promise to give the details and maybe you can swing by the party and dip in the pool. I was in charge of styling props and clothes and they will be using some of my art for stop motion stills. It was fun because the style was reminiscent of the film Daisies. Girls running through hallways giggling and causing a frenzy. They were telling secrets while the poor men were stoic and simply pawns in their party. Some of the shots were taken in the presidential suite which we all decided was big enough to fit all four of our apartments in. Seriously the main room was insane and the balcony looked over the city. The bathroom was big enough to shower all of us at the same time. Back at base camp (which was so far away in this massive hotel, that it took us each 10 minutes to get from the elevator to the door!!) Franny did the hair and J.C. did all the hairdoos. I had to have my pal Taylor do a lot of ironing and hustling. But on the plus side we all finally got to eat all of the snacks at a hotel mini bar and not have to pay for it. We were in a sweet suite and weary when it wrapped. Today we shot a whole day of stop motion objects that will be added to the backgrounds and such on the final film version. Did I mention the shoot was also done with underwater cameras in a pool and floating clothes and a long dolly scene (like the shining) where the camera cruises down the halls following the girls while they run with scarves and push men out of their way? One of the models was from Project Runway, she was Kane's model and super sweet. Her voice and personality reminded me of a cross between a young Carol Burnett and Shelley Duvall Nice.
here's the final video! HOTEL ART projection
Oh no, another one of my favorite prolific artists has passed! A mastermind of all mediums, Robert Rauschenberg transcended all boundaries of art. He was known to be a printmaker and set designer, a painter, a photographer as well as compose and choreograph. According to the news, Rauschenberg suffered from heart failure at his home in Florida on Monday, he was 82.
I was always fascinated mostly by his unusual object installation sculptures, with overlapping paint and prints. My favorite when I was a student was BED. When I moved to California, my friend Kutmah and I went to see some contemp art show, and it was one of the pieces. I got very close to it, and my heart was pounding. I was excited to see it up close in all it's tattered glory. There was this energy being put out by being so close to his work. I can't explain it. It made me aware of reckless abandon and to not dismiss common objects as less beautiful. (very similar to Duchamp) Don't tell anyone, but I reached out for the first time in a museum and touched it. I know, I know, very classless of me.
How can you forget "Monogram" the piece with the stuffed GOAT!?
In the New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman there is this quote by the artist:
“I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly,” he once said, “because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”
The remark reflected the optimism and generosity of spirit that Mr. Rauschenberg became known for. His work was likened to a St. Bernard: uninhibited and mostly good-natured. He could be the same way in person. When he became rich, he gave millions of dollars to charities for women, children, medical research, other artists and Democratic politicians.
He also stated “Screwing things up is a virtue,” when he was 74. “Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can’t read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.”
Remember way back when I did that post on artist Shary Boyle? (How can you forget her mysterious macabre & dainty sculptures?) Anyway, she is performing tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre in collaboration with the FAMILY shop.
This sounds GOOD:
Famiy Presents Dark Hand and Lamplight LIVE
Thursday May 1st at 8pm at The Silent Movie Theatre
Toronto-based artist Shary Boyle and musician Doug Paisley formed Dark Hand and Lamplight in 2006 as an opening act for Will Oldham's California tour. This collaborative performance features Lamplight singing and playing guitar while Dark Hand creates live drawings and animates pre-drawn images on an overhead projector. Choreographed to the lyrics and music, Dark Hand projects her artwork onto a screen, the wall, Lamplight, and other available surfaces.
Last seen at the Hammer Museum in 2006, where an unsuspecting audience had their minds blown, this shouldn't be missed!
WOW, according to an email I received earlier today, Trendcentral reported today that I'm an "artist to watch". Isn't that super nice? I guess that I need to hurry up and get this artist studio back in tip top shape and get back to the drawing board.
Here's the actual clip from it:
Kime Buzzelli: Among a certain crowd of bohemian cool girls in LA (and elsewhere due to the popularity of her excellent blog, The Moldy Doily, Kime Buzzelli is an icon. In addition to having some of the best style in town and selling covetable wares at her pioneering Echo Park boutique Show Pony (recently remodeled), 38-year-old Buzzelli is also a brilliant painter. Although she is inspired by fashion models, Buzzelli's dreamy, colorful works that feature psychedelic flapper gypsy hippie girls are so much more exciting than the photo editorial of any magazine. And we're not the only ones who think so: Vans tapped her to design a line of clothes and shoes that will be released next year.
Heads up to my sweet blog world fans who read this and always make my day with comments (you know who you are) I really appreciate you die hard darlings.
I'm gonna post some art for sale later today- around 6p.m. west coast time- so keep a lookout
I have to do it. Again
In my effort to get my studio space more spotless, I am selling some of the paintings that are currently around my table. These gems need loving homes and frames and can be all yours by going over to my etsy site:
This past March 21st, The Luggage Store (ART gallery) featured the AMAZING duo Monica Canilao & Swoon. The show, titled Feral was documented PRE- art opening on FecalFace art Blog. Check out the amazing sneak peak pics of them setting up. They holed up in the space for a week, eating in there as well as building, sewing and painting directly on the walls. I've always adored both of these great women artists and admire their individual styles and materials, so naturally I am excited that they created a show together.
Sometimes I wish I was still a kid just so that I could receive one of these in the mail, preferably from a grandparent. Unfortunately all of my grandparents have passed on. Remember when illustrators created cards like this with animals that were too cute for words?
If you are masterful at making deviled eggs, please let me know
Not to make my family back in the midwest bummed, but it's about 88 degrees here in Echo Park, and I had to slather on sunscreen. I may even wear a sun hat later with my dress. I will say, burying eggs in mounds of snow can't be too much fun.
Happy egg day
Last night we all went downtown to see our friend Sarah and her contribution to the Art Print Show at Poketo. The gallery is in a renovated warehouse space and is home to all types of collaborations with artists. Here was the flyer:
David seems to be turning into a sourpuss here. He was also approached the minute we arrived by a guy who recognized him the night before at the Little Joy. That's right folks, you heard it here first, David hit up the old LJ. Anyway, the guy complimented his t-shirt from the night before and then went on to say he is a huge fan of his blog too. WOW, david has a blog fanclub now. Got me thinking, maybe I should make MoldyDoily Fan Mail and glossy pics.
we all decided to go to Little Tokyo and karaoke, maybe I should say "return to the scene of the karaoke crime". I am not going to name any names here, but look at that Ray Stevens song and you can guess
Here's Fran actually sweet talking Whitesnake "here I go again..." in an almost folk implosion way. It took a few of us time to even guess what she was singing because her shy voice is almost strictly audible to dolphins
These girls came up after all of us and killed it with their rendition of "AFrica" When you actually see the words to that song on the screen, you can't help but say...Huh? Good thing our friend's dad is actually in the band TOTO so I can ask the true meaning. According to Wikipedia:
"Africa" is a song by rock band Toto. Its story is told from the perspective of a man in Africa awaiting his female partner's inbound flight. The protagonist looks forward to their time together during the rainy season as it grants a reprieve from his normal responsibilities. The song's catchy chorus incorporates metaphor for his determination to guard his time with her: "It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you / There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do / I bless the rains down in Africa / Gonna take some time to do the things we never had".
Still cleaning, so I apologize for the lack of luscious posts. I promise that when this big remodel is done, there will be lots of great things to talk about.
sometimes when I look back at the paintings in my art vault from years and years ago, I can't remember what provoked me to make the work in the first place. I am getting rid of a lot of these blasts from the past on my etsy site: kimebuzzelli.etsy.com
5 or 6 of them sold earlier this week, so it seems they must have some appeal out there. Take into consideration that they are from a long time ago and that they have moved around my place many times. Some of them were created for the NICE and CRUDE art show I did at the L.A. Erotic Museum of ART in 2004.
All of those weeks of waiting, and now the time has come to introduce my first sporty creation: the MONUMENT board named "LOVELESS"
The best part of the board is the place where it states "Sorry is for Suckers"
Ah how true.
Check out my impromptu love affair photo shoot with my snow board. Did I mention that I had no idea these things were so gigantic! It's as tall as me, seriously I thought they were the size of skateboards.
I think it comes out later this year
Art Director for MONUMENT Boards C.Glancy on the left, and his slick trade show merch skills involved driving a muscle car into the show room and leaning the boards up. Hot.
stated on the website:
"Not only did we unveil our new product line, we also unveiled a new logo as you can see. Next year's artists include Kime Buzzelli, KR, Owleyes, Thom Lessner, and Todd Tourso. The feedback was overwhelming, with compliments coming from industry peeps and retailers on the work that was put together for next year's line. It's flattering when a design director brings over his whole team of designers to look at our boards from another company."
There's a new OPHRAH in town and she's an artist. Sure she spells her name a little different but who wouldn't? Her last name is SHEMESH, and she hails from Israel. Her first solo show will be held at FREIGHT and VOLUME (this is her 3rd show in NYC) is titled "I and Thou "
23 Feb - 29 Mar 2008
the following info is from the article in re-title:
"Ophrah Shemesh's subjects are simultaneously submissive and empowered. She addresses notions of objectification, narcissism, and the male/female psychodynamic. Her figures appear with an ambiguously fixed stare - never directed or confrontational, but always to a third party - or to oneself looking inward. These portraits could be considered eloquent depictions of either loneliness or independence. " David Freedberg
Shemesh's newest suite of paintings I and Thou are based loosely on the poignant '70s art house film Night Porter, a tragic love story starring Charlotte Rampling who turns tables, years later, on her Nazi captor. But these iconic male and female images only use the film as a starting point, in their almost Balthusian investigation of transcendent themes of love, strength and vulnerability, opposite attraction, domination and submission, and ultimate redemption between the sexes.
This past Friday, Mr. Scheid invited me to the EchoPlex to see his friend Annie's band ST. VINCENT. Before the big show we first headed over to SUGAR salon to see a closing art show. The place was jumping with people and super cool art pieces created by an art duo. There was this amazing bedazzled mobile floating in the front window, which on closer inspection revealed the components to be bound animals and dolls. It was very Joshua Tree dream catcher cool.
The walls had large painting collages and a handpainted deer statue.
Too bad we ate already, because the catering looked DIVINE! Seriously the best food I've laid eyes on since being in Italy. The pizza looked like the kind my Northern Italian grandma used to make. I found out it's from this new place called ANDIAMO(Silverlake), which will deliver organic meals fast! They also are eco-friendly and all of the packaging is environmentally sustainable.
back at St. Vincent, I finally got to hang out with David's friend MARY. The show was incredible. They had this crazy FX Screen that showed the band breaking down into electric rays and streaming psychedelia
SATURDAY: Of course had to attend the SWOON art show at New Image ART Gallery. Just like I knew it would be, walls and walls adorned in breathtaking AMAZING cutouts and drawings. There was even a long boat in the space with curling paper swirls of water.
It's been tough posting, while on the travel path, so here's the quick low down
pertaining to the art show, the opening night and the aftermath. Did I mention that we were fashionably late and by the time we arrived I had already sold 4 things! Ohio rules.
these two guys approached me to say they really liked my work. They also kept referring to me as Kim-A, or accentuating the "e" at the end of my name in a elite French way. I told them that was cool, and perhaps I would change it to that so that people would assume I was an important artist
there was sort of an Elvis, Johnny Cash theme, and a band called the "whiles" entertained. The whole thing sort of gave me the strange feeling that I had time travelled to a moment in my college days.
It's been more than 5 years since Danielle and I have had the priveledge to show our artwork side by side, so if you are anyplace near Columbus Ohio, please come by and say hello. Danielle has created a whole new collection of dreamy necklaces. My favorite is the Stevie Nicks with the dangle gold dust tassle. This trip has flown by, and transported me into a time warp of nostalgia and bliss. I could do without the minus windchill factor. Tomorrow, wish me luck, as I venture home to the family.
So yesterday played out like a scene in a movie (La Bamba- Almost Famous...) where your delayed plane may never leave the ground and the wind conditions are too bad to risk landing. When the pilot informed us that it may not be possible to land in Columbus Ohio, due to the 40 mile per hour winds, I took his knowledge to heart.
Cut to me- in a tiny tiny propeller plane in my own single seat row- withstanding insane turbulence and shaking white knuckles. The woman seated near me got sick, the babies on the plane crying. An amusement park ride to end all rides. Then we seemed to fall from the sky and teeter back and forth before barely landing straight on the runway below coated in rain.
Ahhh, to be back in my home state OHIO.
electric lady land
february 2–23, 2008
on february 2, 2008, the mahan gallery will proudly present electric lady land, an exhibit featuring the works of kime buzzelli and liz markus. the exhibition reflects on the narrative works of both artists, posing questions about the importance of abstraction, definitive cultural standards, and hopeful utopian devices.
the portraits take an interesting perspective. both artists use the premise of nostalgia, a generation removed. since the work is contemporary and unhindered by the cultural stereotypes of the sixties, it analyzes extreme generalities used by history to flatten the decade. new questions are raised about the distinct characters that immediately unify time and ideology.
male and female figures are both represented. male forms take on lavish masks, warping the portraits into intensive expressionistic splashes. females pose and stare back toward the viewer, empowered and confident sketches, surrounded by bits of encapsulating, definitive stories.
the imagery is of course only referential to the past. made and displayed in present day america, widespread effects of the fashion, drugs, and apparent enlightenment of the sixties are again credible. citing fashion magazines, green lifestyle shifts, and modern music revivalists, it is easy to notice how histories run parallel to one another.
originally from columbus, oh, artist kime buzzelli, now lives and works in los angeles, ca. an artist of many trades, buzzelli's work clashes between the sunny disposition of colors and decoration, and a melancholy mood revealed in illustrated facial expressions. she attempts to narrate the existence of the contemporary woman exploring the nature of free love. the use of bright explosive colors, an appreciation of the flower child, and a shadowing of fashion illustration, leaves the viewer blushing and feeling awake in a daydream. kime's paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally. her work has been published in next by laird borrelli and vintage l.a. buzzelli's illustrations have been featured in lula, bust, paper, w, front desk, juxtapoz, and bpm. buzzelli's clothing has been featured in elle, venus, jalouse, w, apparel news, wwd, and visionaire. buzzelli has recently returned from showing at artbasel, miami.
liz markus "takes a pop-art approach to the tradition of color-field painting, markus finds a successful territory between the abstract and figurative. central to this group of paintings is the emergence of an "easy rider" figure from the fields of controlled color washes. a combination of motorcycle rebel and bearded hippie, this iconic figure with aviator sunglasses is used by markus to portray an overseeing spirit of freedom and to bring back the forgotten ideals of peace." (galleri loyal, 2007) markus' work has been show internationally and is apart of many private and public collections including the whitney museum in new york city. her recent exhibitions include: tyler gallery, philadelphia, galleri loyal, stockholm, ziehersmith, new york, and artbasel, miami.
please join us for the opening night reception and gallery hop,
saturday, february 2nd, 6–10pm.
the mahan gallery presents the work of contemporary artists in a variety of media, including painting, photography, and sculpture. gallery hours are tuesday–saturday, 11am–6pm and by appointment.
Britt and the rest of the bad girls begin behaving badly. ( Choreographed dance sequences on Echo Park Ave and speeding down the sidewalks in grocery carts til they spill into a pile of laughter on the curb.)
we ended up back at the building eating crackers and cheese at Britzys pad.
In the past cardboard used to get a bad wrap, but artist Jessie Spears has put it back on the map. She has been making the world a more colorful place one pom pom at a time. Her first SOLO art show is this Friday down the street from me at the new gallery BERDHOUSE
If you are in or around L.A. you should come and check it out.
The latest issue of TOKION Japan has a cool vinyl cover featuring JUN TAKAHASHI from UnderCover fashion label. The magazine has an awesome heavy matte paper spread on LOS ANGELES too. Lucky for me, my art and shop were featured in it, along with the DUB LAB guys and the HIT N RUN silkscreening crew, B+ the photographer, Carlos Nino & Mia Doi Todd, POO Bah Records, and Andrew Lojero.
The cover shows the great art by JUN TAKAHASHI, an artist/designer who is known for his unique and punk aesthetic in the fashion world and now it seems his strange taxidermy like specimen installations. The work is reminiscent of French artist Annette Messager, although a little less sweet. Often the work is displayed in bell jars or in giant glass enclosed cases (like store windows)
A writer for the New York Times mentioned visiting the studio of Jun Takahashi. "I found Jun in a large loft-like room where the spreading limbs of a tree trunk occupy one corner. It would be an amazing place to think and work. There were three desks with Macs along one wall, a bank of d.j. equipment at the other end, and in the center was a long white, glass-topped table with partitions lined in silver glitter paper. Jun, who had on a black leather jacket and jeans, is somewhat shy but very friendly and conversational. We talked for awhile about Kawakubo and Comme des Garcons, and when I mentioned how much I liked his winter collection, for its clarity, he smiled and said he thought maybe his work was becoming recognizable. He spoke about the difficulties of satisfying his own desire to make interesting things and keeping up with the six-month cycle of the fashion shows, and said he sometimes thinks about focusing on his stores (he has 30 in Japan) and skipping the Paris collections altogether. I said I hope he doesn’t stop showing in Paris but that I understood his desire to break a pattern. I don’t think he’s really decided anything but at least he has the freedom (and courage) to question what he’s doing—and why. "
There is a 5 page spread on out-there writer/director HARMONY KORINE too. But hey, I don't know Japanese so I can't read a thing!
here's some older fashion pics of JUN's crazy fashion shows- remember my previous 2006 post- where I commented that his outfits are perfect for that BAD DAY look- no one can see you and you can go out annonymously. GEEZ...where has Jun been when Ms. Spears needed to avoid the press?
Mari Kubota, a member of Osaka based art project digmeout makes mysterious cuteness. Her swirling dollybirds are painted in dreamy gouches and watered down paints. Just goes to prove my theory that all seriously cute (Kawaiiii) things are created in Japan. If you purchase a matchbook, every tiny match head will be a cute smiley face, if you get a plastic bag with dishwashing gloves the packaging will feature darling animal faces happy to clean.
Mari was interviewed by Ping Mag and revealed some of her inspirations and secrets.
"When or where does inspiration hit you mostly?"
Often when somebody tells me off and makes me feel down, I start painting. There is something about the act of painting that comforts me and somehow cools me off. Also, the ideas sometimes come from dreams I have at night or memories. I’m sure you have experienced something impressive, such as scenery you saw as kid, reappear in your dreams, haven’t you?
PLEASE check out her awesome paintings here:
For those loyal MOLDY DOILY readers, you may recall awhile back when I posted on the passing of genius illustrator and master craftsman Bjorn Wiinblad. The artist known for his decorative ceramics and magically characters has always been a favorite among collectors. To catch my previous post on him go here:R.I.P.Mr Whimsy
Now some of his pieces are available on ebay at this shop. You can see his crazy plates and colorful posters:
Acccording to the ebay shop's Bio and those unfamiliar with the artist-
"Apparently, multi-artist Bjørn Wiinblad is gifted with a sparkling fantasy putting him in the position to create exuberant masterpieces of ceramics, which during the years have enthused people across the globe. There is no doubt about his significant position within the decorative art and craftwork. His design is strongly personal and often has a touch of Oriental inspiration.
In 1998, when Bjørn Wiinblad celebrated his 80 birthday, the exhibition place Sophienholm in Lyngby north of the Danish capital Copenhagen dedicated a special exhibition to his works through time. For the exhibition a catalogue with text written by Bjørn Wiinblad himself was published.
A peculiar tradition in Wiinblad’s family was that the youngsters usually got an education as typesetter, only to find out which line of business they would actually choose later in life. 17 years old Wiinblad followed this tradition and became a typesetters apprentice in 1935. Luckily he left this path as a technical composer of newspaper pages and became an artist.
To become a designer was a natural choice for Bjørn Wiinblad who already as a child was renowned for his creative mind. Before Christmas he was always busy drawing, painting, cutting and pasting astonishing gifts for friends and family.
Apparently, his calling is to create designs that makes the world a little bit more beautiful, a little more inspiring, a little more funny and often much more colourful. In doing so, he works in many different areas, for example with ceramics, porcelain, glass, posters, decoration for the theatres as well as textiles. In his own words, working with many different kinds of art is “a permanent search for the uncertain – to be a beginner – so that I must exert myself to meet the requirements of the different tasks”. This shall be seen contrary to the artists seeking perfection in one specific area.
As a fresh educated typesetter Bjørn Wiinblad joined the school of graphics at the Academy of Art with the aim to become an illustrator. A coincidental meeting with a fellow student changed this plan. The student took Wiinblad to a ceramics workshop where he was invited to decorate a newly thrown clay bowl. “I never forget the moment, I took the cow's horn in my hand and started to decorate – it was big and fortunate moment. When I left the workshop, I knew that I had experienced something special”, Bjørn Wiinblad writes in the above mentioned catalogue.
At this time, his preferred work became the decoration of large bowls with cow horn paint, where after pottery tradition clay colour was applied directly on the potsherd.
This was followed by an ambivalent period where Bjørn Wiinblad tried to continue his graphical studies and simultaneously by all means tried to work with ceramics. He was happy when he got the opportunity to work solely on his own projects at the workshop of ceramist Lars Syberg in Tåstrup near Copenhagen.
In 1945 Bjørn Wiinblad for the first time exhibited his works to the public. The exhibition consisted of ceramics, naturalistic portraits, children's books that he both illustrated and wrote including a complete illustrated edition of Aladdin. In retroperspect this was an important turning point for his future career. In this frame he became acquainted with Jacob E. Bang, who just had been promoted to art director of the faience factory Nymølle. This was Wiinblad’s first contact with industry and also the beginning of a “fortunate collaboration”. .
At Nymølle Wiinblad made the finest pen drawings, which was copied to the production by in general monochrome copper engraving. This was a low-cost decoration technique, and items from this period can be found in almost every danish family.
In 1957 Bjørn Wiinblad was discovered by Philip Rosenthal, who was looking for new designs for the Rosenthal factory in Germany. He invited Wiinblad to Germany, which was the beginning of a collaboration that in Wiinblald's own words became "the most important and fortunate in my life”.
Since 1952 Bjørn Wiinblad had his own studio