i wouldn’t mind being one of Ryan’s girls.
i wouldn’t mind being one of Ryan’s girls.
i really REALLY love the work of artist Michelle Armas. she started painting to cope with the stress of her career in the world of corporate branding, and eventually turned it into a full-time job. i love stories like that, and it makes me think of a cool quote from designer extraordinaire Jessica Hische – “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”
i had fun making these. in photoshop… not by hand.
all images courtesy of fashion gone rogue. please click on the images to be taken to the original editorials.
Hila picked Cracks for our next comparisons project – a film I have been meaning to watch for ages but just never got round to. i actually find myself watching less and less films these days, as any available tv time is dedicated to my series addiction (cough game of thrones cough). so this was a great “excuse” to indulge in some eva green action – one of my favourite actresses who has a knack for playing seriously unhinged characters.
i’ve been seeing screenshots of Cracks floating around on various blogs and other places on the web since it was released, which painted the film as being quite dreamy and beautiful. i felt the complete opposite while watching it, however, something you will probably understand if you have seen the film yourself. i can’t say i enjoyed it. not that it matters – that’s not the point of this exercise.
i paired scenes from the film with paintings by post-impressionist Moise Kisling – there’s an underlying sense of unease in his work, especially his portraits… something that i felt throughout the film. Hila’s poem follows.
edit: felt i needed to add a post-script after Kate’s comment below, i only found out that the film was based on a book after i had watched it. not only that, but it is written by south african born author sheila kohler and set in a south african boarding school (nogal)
words by Hila Schachar
paintings from top to bottom: untitled ; les enfants du docteur tas, louis et zoucha ; portrait de femme ; ofelia ; nu couchi dans les feuillages ; les mains ; tulips ; untitled ; l’attente ; eve ; la naufragée
i’ve been holding out on listening to the new Bon Iver album because i’ve been hearing so much about it online and fear a bit of a build up / let down situation. the same thing happens when i constantly hear about an amazing film, then usually end up only seeing it a year later when all the fuss has died down. i’m sure that the album is amazing and i have nothing to worry about… but, you know, it technically only drops on 21 june. sooo. let’s talk about it then shall we?
unsurprisingly i immediately fell in love with the cover art of both the album and the lead single Calgary, which was created by artist Gregory Euclide (who had been personally commissioned by frontman Justin Vernon). Meighan has a great interview with Gregory over at My Love For You which i urge you to read if you want to know more about his process. it’s also incredibly awesome to see an artist who so readily shares his work & process online – you can explore all his work over at his flickr, and watch his videos documenting the making of his pieces on youtube.
Mylar Sedum and Geranium trees, found foam, new foam, what was, memory, taken over by and altered by the new.
Pine Cone Lichen, Sedum trees, built up and buried, found foam, La Grange.
Mylar sky, absence, streetlight pole trees.
Decayed photo transfer, the haze of summer, the life of birds.
Torn paper, Isolation, Defense, the nest of something
a series i love so much i actually have to hold myself back from making more. trying to keep these relatively few and far between because i know that if i didn’t they would become boring. it would be like eating pancakes every day. where’s the fun in that? pancakes are so good because you only have them now and then – usually when it’s raining. apparently only a south african / afrikaans thing … or … something only my mom did? consequently not a rainy day goes by without the thought of pancakes now. anyway, i think you get it. colour comparisons = pancakes in this roundabout analogy.
see the rest of the colour comparisons.
ps: it’s not actually raining here, but i hope it is somewhere.
still life is not my usual fare, but i make an exception for henri fantin-latour whose darkly hued flower paintings have always captivated me.
all henri fantin-latour images courtesy of the athenaeum
i was happily browsing the fall 2011 suno collection, all the while thinking – “paintings. just like paintings. the colour. the patterns. aaah, paintings.” (tricky translating my thoughts, but that was the jist of it) and then i read the review,
There aren’t many designers willing to admit to being inspired by old ladies, but Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty went there for Fall. They said they were specifically interested in the way the granny class accumulates things with a seeming disregard for trends or faddishness. “It’s an exploration of timelessness,” Beatty explained of the collection. But there was nothing fusty or old-fashioned about the wallpaper prints or the geometric motifs, which were informed by the work of a pair of painters, Peter Doig and Félix Vallotton.
seriously! vallotton, specifically, is an absolute favourite of mine. so… you know – this had to be done.
runway images courtesy of style.com
south african readers will undoubtedly know the work of pierneef, considered to be one of the ‘old masters’ of south african art. the graphic style of his work & his colour palettes are two reasons why he’s one of my personal favourites.
the rupert museum in stellenbosch is currently hosting an exhibition of his Johannesburg Railway Station panels, which were commissioned by South African Railways in 1929. the thirty-two panels depicting landscapes of different parts of Southern Africa were unveiled in 1932 and displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station in Johannesburg.
This project created enormous publicity for the artist, as the Railways were responsible for the promotion of tourism both nationally and internationally, and Johannesburg Railway Station became the main point of embarkation for visitors, whether tourists or businessmen, as the age of air transport had yet to arrive.
i would encourage anyone in the area to go check them out. more info here.
i remember seeing a pierneef for sale in a gallery once and it was priced at something like R2 million. his baobab painting sold for over R11 million in 2008.