I’m in Portland this week so it’s only appropriate that I mention Kate Bingaman-Burt’s new book. In her own words, “Our daily lives are filled with consumption…parking tickets, coffee, packs of gum, shoes, electricity bills and burritos…everything we buy has its own story to tell. Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? represents a selection of three years of ink drawings of sundry items.”
Printed on really soft uncoated paper that feels good when rubbed against your face, you can purchase Obsessive Consumption online at Amazon, Powell’s, or directly through Kate’s website, where she’s offering a signed, limited-edition daily drawing and book package for $30.
The unstoppable Christoph Niemann does it again with Abstract City, a set of illustrations in the style of Google Maps. Christoph’s illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. His work has won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration. No surprise, right? The guy must eat his Cheerios.
Losing the Plot
Kemistry Gallery presents Hvass&Hannibal: Losing the Plot. Inspired by the collation and sorting of random data sources, Danish design polymaths Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal are reinterpreting information and expressing it by way of wooden sculptures, hand-benched silkscreen prints and offset posters. The result is a crafted appearance of layers and textures that belie the hard-edged nature of the raw data.
Sanna Annukka has just introduced Soul Bird in two sizes. Hand crafted in England from solid brown oak from a sustainable source, each bird is screen-printed then branded and personally numbered by hand. With an edition of just 100, these preorder items are sure to go fast!
In Karelia there was an ancient belief in the Sielulintu or Soul Bird. The Sielulintu was thought to deliver the soul to newborn babies and also to transport the soul to the afterlife at the moment of death. It was believed the Sielulintu protected a persons soul at it’s most vulnerable; when dreaming, and it was tradition to keep a carved wooden bird by the bedside to keep the soul safe during sleep.
Lab Partners is a design and illustration team featuring the collaborative work of Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec. They live and work in the beautiful Bay Area with their orange tabby cat Wes. Shown here are a collection of limited edition Gocco prints for the Hunt & Gather show at Outre Gallery in Melbourne and Sydney. Hunt & Gather is a series of works drawn from a mishmash of experiences at flea markets.
Paris, Zurich and now Berlin: Illustrative 2009 will return to the creative capital to celebrate the cutting-edge works of contemporary graphic art for the fifth time around. From the 16th of October to the 1st of November, works ranging from drawing, graphic prints, painting and monumental mural collages to graphically inspired 3D-illustrations, book art and animation will be on show. With more than 60 artists from all across the world, Illustrative brings together an inspiring cornucopia of visual contemporary culture in the Villa Elisabeth located in the heart of Berlin.
Illustrative showcases an international scene of artist-designers, whose works have been inspired by subculture movements like comic and graffiti as well as by applied arts like illustration and book art. The exhibition explores the merging of infinite materials and techniques in widely unprecedented combinations, which challenge learned ways of seeing – e.g. the latest development, where illustration and graphics are translated into the third dimension, or new narrative strategies in 3D-animation.
Wow! Seymour Chwast, the quintessential New York designer, illustrator, and painter, is launching his newest book called Seymour at AIGA/NY tomorrow. Chwast has illustrated for most major magazines and has designed and illustrated over 30 children’s books.
Chwast is co-founder of Push Pin Studios and is a root source for the spread of comic expressionism across America. His posters are held in many museums including Pompidou Center Gallery in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress and the Israel Museum. He is in the Art Directors Hall of Fame and he is an AIGA medalist.
I had the good fortune of working with Seymour when I was starting my career in graphic design. He created keyframe illustrations for Herman Miller that I then animated. Tendonitis ensued, but so did some great work. Traces of that project remain here.
Please make sure to register for the event here.
Superflat First Love
It Fell Down the Stairs
The incredibly talented Jean Jullien has an exhibition entitled It Fell Down the Stairs at La Galerie des Arts Graphiques in Paris. Jean Jullien is a designer who is living and working in London where he’s pursuing a Masters at the Royal College of Art alongside his professional activities.
Mr. Bowlegs & The Wizard’s Hat
I’m a huge fan of the work of Jeffrey Bowman, better known as Mr. Bowlegs. Jeffrey is a freelance illustrator, designer and all round maker of imagery who is living and working in the UK. I’ve been remiss in posting about his work but he’s so amazingly prolific I finally had to concede. His work has many influences, from space exploration and the wonders of the universe to the intricacies of type face creation and pattern repetition.
The Wizard’s Hat is an illustration house and zine created by Jeffrey Bowman and Andy J. Miller as the platform for producing collaborative projects under one name. The house focuses itself on self initiated projects involving many of today’s most established illustrators as well as producing its own body of projects based on their love of illustration.
Granted, I am a huge fan of Parra’s work, but this is too cool to keep to myself. Incase has announced their first game for iPhone and iPod touch, Parra Plays. Based on the Parra artwork from the second installment of the Curated by Arkitip project, the app consists of three games: Poppers, Parrot and Pairs.
Harrington x Arkitip x Incase
I’ve totally been remiss in posting about Steven Harrington even though, oddly enough, I once had a dream about sleeping in an Our Mountain tee-pee. Steven is truly a personal inspiration – and one hell of a cool guy to boot. ‘Influenced by Time-Life Encyclopedias 1965-1972, thrift stores and the 60s pysch sounds of The Moody Blues,’ Steven’s work is hard to describe but easily brings a smile to your face. Part dream, part distant memory, his drawings always delight. Now his work is featured as the third installment of the Curated by Arkitip series, a project designed for Incase that is aimed at delivering artistically embellished Apple products to users who have an appreciation for the creative arts and technology.
Seriously Steven, if you’re ever in Santa Fe…look me up!