• El Anatsui, Earth’s Skin, 2007.
  • El Anatsui.
  • El Anatsui.
  • El Anatsui, Red Block, 2010.

12 February 2013 / ,

There’s a majestic tension in El Anatsui’s work that gives these glimmering beauties a powerful quality that’s sure to leave you wonderstruck. Now at the Brooklyn Museum, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, shows an array of El Anatsui’s metalic giants on display. Made of reclaimed bottle caps and can tops, these works stunned me by their sheer size and complexity, each piece linked together with metal wire to create intricate patterns and shapes. The essence of renewal is key to these works, that caps are given new life, taken from their mundane purpose and made beautiful. The works themselves are also in a constant state of renewal, reshaped, rehung, each location shedding a new light on the work. These African treasures are well worth a look, see them now through August 4. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/el_anatsui/#.

  • Alex Steinweiss
  • Alex Steinweiss
  • Alex Steinweiss
  • Alex Steinweiss

09 February 2013 /

I’m ashamed to say that before this moment, I was ignorant of the work by Alex Steinweiss, the man who single-handedly created what we know as the modern day album cover. His designs are incredibly fresh and diverse, using rich colors and bold typography to create a visual persona of the music inside. Each cover has a certain rhythm and direction to itself, making each feel incredibly different and unique from the next. Steinweiss has undoubtedly inspired cover albums to come, and has certainly inspired me. See more at http://www.alexsteinweiss.com.

  • Owen Davey
  • Owen Davey
  • Owen Davey, Laika Astronaut Dog, 2012.
  • Owen Davey, Laika Astronaut Dog, 2012.

05 February 2013 /

Owen Davey’s illustrations take you on a stylistic journey of flat color and subtle textures all contained in the perfectly geometric shapes of man to beast. Feast your eyes on space dogs, to cooking, to owls, to I don’t know…something awesome. Owen seems to be working on the funnest projects around and not skimping on the details, my favorite is Laika the astronaut dog—mainly because of my obsession with space (book coming soon and based on a true story). Check out all his work at http://www.owendavey.com.

  • Evah Fan, Ticks Attack Toes, 2012.
  • Evah Fan, House-O-Rama, 2011.
  • Evah Fan, Herring Fro Plum, 2011.
  • Evah Fan, Chess Chest, 2012.

01 February 2013 / ,

Remember your childhood? When everything was fresh, fun, mysterious, and full of wonder? Well, feel those feelings reemerge every time you look at Evah Fan’s fantastical paintings. They have a vibrance and playfulness to them that make you forget your worries, even for a second, engrossing you in their unforeseen storyline of adventure and drama. Let these works take you far from reality at http://potatohavetoes.com/pages/painting-page01.html.

  • A.M. Cassandre, Triplex, 1930.
  • A.M. Cassandre, Nord Express, 1927.
  • A.M. Cassandre, Pivolo, 1924.
  • A.M. Cassandre, Dubonnet, 1932.
  • A.M. Cassandre, La Route Bleue, 1929.

29 January 2013 /

Without a doubt, A.M. Cassandre (Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron in real life) is one of my favorite designers of all time. His style is dramatic, timeless, and full of life and dimension, that makes it easy to develop an emotional connection to his work. His compositions are so well put together that the elements and colors on the page compose an almost mesmerizing, hypnotic, piece of work. What’s even more remarkable are the custom typefaces he designed for his various posters—fantastic sans-serif types that perfectly adhere to the sensibility of the poster. My favorite works are a toss-up between Normandie and La Route Bleue, two very different pieces that share a distinct grandiose and dynamism. A perfect mesh of modernity, cubism, and surrealism, Cassandre’s work isn’t going anywhere, submerse yourself at http://www.cassandre-france.com.