Misaki Kawai

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 23 July 2008

I was just recently introduced to the work of artist Misaki Kawai. I must say that my interest in her work has since become something of a creative obsession. Her trippy, child-like figures and animals, painted in the most expressive, perfectly satisfying candy colored hues, are more than enough to send me running for the bag of jelly beans and jolly ranchers hidden in my cupboard.

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James Jean, a portrait of a young man as an artist

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Saturday 19 July 2008

New York artist James Jean doesn’t need any introduction. But, just in case you haven’t seen his work yet, take a peek now. And forever be in awe. We caught up with him recently in his studio and asked him about the props for his daily inspiration: ‘Sometimes I’ll have my laptop setup next to my work station so that I can listen to audio books, the radio, or have videos playing in the background. But mostly inspiration comes from books and magazines’.

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The wood art of Cosme Herrera

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By Zolton in New Art on Wednesday 18 June 2008

The work of Brooklyn artist Cosme Herrera is beautiful, subtle and imbued with a deep sense of meaning. ‘As I constantly question man-made constructs, I search for a universal language’, he says. ‘Through this body of work, I seek to define my own logos. Logos are a system of symbols designed for easy and definite recognition. Using a system of logos, I explore my relationship with wood through metaphors and parables. My use of wood is observant of the information trees contain and communicate. Their rings, like an analogical language, tell the story of the tree’s experience through starvation, growth, long winters and wet springs’.

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David Byrne’s Playing the Building

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Monday 16 June 2008

I recently got to see David Byrne’s installation piece, Playing the Building, at the Battery Maritime Building in lower Manhattan. It was opening day, but I got there on the early side, and everything was pretty well organized, so it wasn’t too difficult or slow to get in. The piece is pretty straightforward – it’s an antique organ that is attached to the building via an array of pneumatic and electrical tubes that connects each key to a pipe, pillar, or metal beam.

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Brendan Monroe and Evah Fan open up

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Thursday 12 June 2008

The duo of Brendan Monroe and Evah Fan are one of those creative, powerhouse couples. Though two entirely individual artists, the influence they exert upon one another is subtle yet undeniable. Both create the kind of art that that makes you giddy with pleasure, while the lack of pretension puts you completely at ease. You get the undeniable sense that these are two people who simply live and breathe creativity and love every moment of it. Two amazing artists with a wholly individual take on life and the world around them. I had the pleasure to grill them both.

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Skewville

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By Joy Andrada in New Art on Thursday 12 June 2008

Twin brothers, Ad Deville and DROO (aka Skewville), can’t seem to get a break. Working hard in a city where artists compete with finance gurus for space, the street artists are weathered craftsmen who are staying put and keeping shop in New York.

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More thoughts on illustration by Jordan Awan

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 7 June 2008

We spoke with Brooklyn-based illustrator Jordan Awan a few weeks back. This is the second part of that interview. How did you find your style? ‘Though “style” can be a slippery word to use, I can pinpoint one particular instance that led to a major turning point in the way I work. It was a comment made several years ago by my good friend Eric Wrenn, who told me that I was drawing too quickly and needed to physically slow my hand down’.

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Brooklyn’s Ad Hoc Art

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By Jenn Porreca in New Art on Monday 2 June 2008

The wonderful Chris Stain [above], Billy Mode, and The Poloroid Kid exhibit at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn has just drawn to a close.

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Joe Coleman

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 29 April 2008

Joe Coleman’s paintings are a feverish cross between Ivan Albright-inspired grotesqueness and R. Crumb-like pop-social critique.

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Jordan Awan

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 24 April 2008

I’ve known the New York-based artist Jordan Awan for quite a long time now. Since he was in high school in fact. So I have had the privilege of watching his art truly evolve into something amazing.

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Chichi

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Wednesday 23 April 2008

New York-based Japanese artist, Chichi creates elaborate illustrations that are both colourful and exotic.

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James Gustavson

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Saturday 19 April 2008

New York-based James Gustavson’s illustrations have been featured in Elle, City Hall News, and The Rambler, amongst others.

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Ian Carpenter

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By Zolton in New Art on Friday 18 April 2008

I love the vibrancy and subtleness about the work of Brooklyn artist, Ian Carpenter, whose paintings were exhibited in a solo show in Chelsea, New York last year.

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Joshua Harris on his subway grates artwork

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By Marcos Chin in New Art on Tuesday 15 April 2008

New York-based artist Joshua Harris makes movable sculptural artwork out of plastic bags, harnessing the air from subway grates to give them a sense of life.

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Joshua Allen Harris

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 10 April 2008

Joshua Allen Harris’ inflatable polar bear has been dropping jaws across the interweb recently.

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