Every now and then I see a piece of art that sets off a chain of fireworks in my head. Micah Lidberg’s art does just that. His psychedelic sci-fi doodles are explosions of colour, texture and pattern. There is no focal point in many of his drawings, so your eyes are left wandering across the landscape of the page. His website is a feast for the visual culture voyeur.
Have you ever wondered what Winnie the Pooh would look like if he went to war? Or what Margaret Thatcher would look like as Mr Potato Head? Well, check out Stephen Ives’ website. It is a fun and fantastical treasure trove for lovers of the surreal.
There is nothing quite like hearing about an artist’s work from the artist themself. You get to hear the passion in their voice, see into their studios, and get a glimpse into their creative process. Gestalten TV is a collection of short video documentaries about artists on the cutting-edge of visual culture worldwide. Aaron Rose,
Flox is New Zealand’s queen of the stencil. Her artworks are made up of layer upon layer of flowery, birdy goodness. Her artwork reminds me of bush walks and muddy shoes. Whenever I see one of her paintings, I want to go outside and find some greenness to get lost in.
The Fellows and the Blondies is Kate McCarthy’s new exhibition. McCarthy uses childhood memories and child-like spontaneity to create her painterly painted pieces. She mentions the 1970s series of Sesame Street among her influences.
Anna The Red was born in Japan and now lives in New York. She makes art you can eat. Her Bento boxes feature characters from Dr Suess, Studio Ghibli and Maurice Sendak. I’m not sure whether I want to eat them, or leave them on the mantelpiece to look at until the ants claim them.
Did you have the Australian Women’s Weekly Childrens Birthday Cake Book as a kid. I did. It was the one book that me and my sisters would fight over as kids. We liked looking at the pictures and dreaming of the day when we could get mum to whip one up for our birthdays. Baking and Painting are two of my favourite things. I have been baking and painting my way towards my next solo show titled “Tarts and Flours” an exhibition about, guess what, baking. Opens September 17 at 19Karen Gallery in Queensland and runs until October 8.
OMG I love BMD. When I first saw the work of BMD I almost crashed my car. After moving to Auckland from Melbourne, I had thought my days of seeing kick arse street art were over. How wrong I was! BMD is one of a number of very talented folks painting on the streets of New Zealand. Also check out Seekayem and Flox.