To finish off my four years of art school, I decided to base my thesis on something near and dear to me: indie folk band The Decemberists. Their music is some of the most inspiring I have come across; each song tells a rich, nuanced story with a whole cast of compelling characters. The lyrics can be vague enough to be open to interpretation, but contain enough specificity to make a detail freak like me joyfully hunt down reference images of columbine flowers and mistlethrushes.
I had the pleasure of seeing The Bellowing, a show by Koak (aka Kristin Olson) this past April. The show was comprised of her intricate animal drawings, including a short comic featuring her character Rabbit, who looks like Peter Cottontail but seems to live a life as harsh as any to be found in Watership Down.
Ask any industrial designer what their goal at the end of the day is, and they’ll most likely tell you this: to make an object that is both beautiful and efficient. But what happens when an object can no longer function as it was designed to? Is it still beautiful, or is it a piece of junk?
She may have only graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010, but it’s easy to see why Yelena Bryksenkova is already working for big name clients such as Bust Magazine and Urban Outfitters.
Self-proclaimed Glamadermist David Hevel is, in a word, ridiculous. His pop-culture inspired sculptures are delightfully whimsical, tacky, and slightly disturbing all at once.
IWDRM is a collection of GIFs from scenes in various movies. Except they’re so much more than that. The GIFs often isolate a small moment, a blink, a breath, a shift in the light, turning a brief moment from films such as Rosemary’s Baby, Blade Runner, and The Truman Show into their own self-contained pieces of art.