medium /// text-based

i’m jealous of jon jackson

Nobody said breaking up was easy… especially with a city. Jon Jackson is leaving LA behind for NYC, but instead of being a jerk and dumping LA on a post-it, he decided to put up a series of gorgeous text-based art pieces, titled Adiós LA, on a bunch of really big billboards all over town. So, if you happen to be one of those people who likes eavesdropping on couples fighting in restaurants {what? I’ve never done it}, then until January 15th you can drive around LA and be a witness to this break-up. Poor LA… maybe we should set her up with someone?

{thanks to GregoryWest ‘s for sending me the link to this work}

the jealous curator goes to washington (1)

Yep! I’m curating a show in Washington DC this March. Oh my word – I’m curating a show in Washington DC this March!? Seriously, I could not be more thrilled, and wanted to make sure I was keeping all of you in the loop! So, here it goes, the first post in a new series… I’ll try and keep it short ; )

This fall I was contacted by the Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC. They asked if I’d be interested in curating a show in their 2011 schedule… umm… YES! Ok great, that was taken care of, now I just had to come up with something. After a week of brainstorming like a maniac, I ended up submitting three ideas – the first one was a solo show, and the other two were group shows. Now, I have to admit, I loved all of the ideas, but was so excited when they picked the solo show featuring Canadian artist, Ben Skinner. Not only do I love his work {he was one of the first people I ever wrote about, and last summer, I bought one of his pieces at The Cheaper Show}, but his portfolio is filled with work that speaks directly to the issues that are affecting Anacostia, the neighborhood that the gallery calls home. Ben is currently working away on a whole bunch of fantastic pieces. Some of the work featured above is similar to the new pieces he’s creating, along with installations, a text-based mural, and site-specific pieces in the neighborhood around the gallery. It’s gonna be amazing! Anywho, that’s all for now, but I’ll be sure to give you a sneak-peek as the work progresses!

{The show opens on March 4th 2011 and runs until April 8th. Wish us luck, and I hope all of you can come!}

i’m jealous of jack pierson

…can’t. breathe. so. jealous… man oh man, I love these pieces by American artist Jack Pierson. It has long been a dream of mine to take a road trip down to the sign graveyard in Vegas and load up on, well, pretty much everything you see here… hm, although it looks like Jack may have already taken most of the good stuff!

july 17th ~ 18th

Well, I’m not sure where Jeremy of Jeremy & Kathleen is this weekend, but I know where Kathleen is… right here! She is a designer, blogger, and all-around super cool chick. I’m jealous of her sense of style, her ‘&‘ tattoo, and of course, her kicky hair-do {…have a look, I’m sure you’ll agree}. Anywho, here’s who Kathleen is jealous of, and I couldn’t agree more!


I am jealous of Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is so cool. And talented. And sassy. And look – she can make typographic art out of sugar, peonies and dirt on her kitchen table. Not only am I jealous of her work but I’m jealous of the people she calls her friends.

Not only is Marian Bantjes is an amazing designer and typographer but her work challenges what it means to be a designer. Marian Bantjes is not trying to be a problem solver but instead by making design beautiful. Like a fine artist, Marian makes her work personal, but like a designer her art exists within a commercial sphere. Her work ethic and design philosophy are beyond inspiring. I want to be just like Marian Bantjes when I grow up.


Me too! Me too! Thanks Kathleen ~ and thanks so much for dropping by! xo

i’m jealous of typarchive

I officially declare this, Font Friday! Love, love, love all of the lettering {dimensional, hand-painted, neon, automobiles, etc} that a type-fanatic, like myself, can find on TypArchive. Here’s their reason for being:

‘The objective is to amass a comprehensive global collection of a high-quality images and produce hard-copy volumes. Amidst a landscape of vapid strip malls and sterile signage, hand-painted lettering retains a soulful aesthetic to be treasured. Like other crafts dissolving in the digital age, sign painting is a fading occupation. Today it’s easy for any layman with minimal computer knowledge to produce a sign within minutes, but the skill acquired to artfully produce hand lettering took years of apprenticeships, dedication and true talent’

Damn, I wish I thought of that.

{Thanks to Junkculture for this huge dose of typography on a Friday morning! Oh, and my first ‘weekend guest‘ will be showing up here tomorrow morning… come on by!}

i’m jealous of mike monteiro

Are you having a hard time communicating with that ‘special someone’ in your life? No problem… just buy them a painting {gouache on paper} by San Francisco based artist Mike Monteiro, and I’m pretty sure they’ll get the idea. Granted, they’ll probably dump you, but hey, at least you will have been heard… and you can always hope that they’ll storm out, slam the door behind them, and leave the painting behind for you! Score.

{I discovered Mike’s work a few months ago on The Beholder. I really wanted to put him in my ‘girl crush’ show… but unfortunately, he’s not a girl.}

i’m jealous of scot lefavor


I have a new crush. His name is Scot, and I like, totally him. Denver based artist Scot Lefavor has everything I’m looking for in a ‘feel like I’ve been punched in the creative gut’ art crush… vintage subject matter, typography, a pop-esque style, found imagery, and just a little bit of cursing. Ah, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

{via crisaris, an art blog with gem after gem after gem after gem… well, you get the idea}

i’m jealous of archie scott gobber


Oh, how I love clever {and beautifully executed} typographic art. Sculpture, painting, mixed media, whatever… I love it all. Therefore, I have no choice but to love American artist Archie Scott Gobber, because clearly he does it all. Hm, I guess I’ll have to divide my heart between Archie and Wayne White, although I may have to fight Marty Walker for both of them. His gallery reps these two typographic geniuses so, ultimately, I’m jealous of him too. Phew, that’s a lot of guys to be jealous of in one day. I’m spent.

i’m jealous of stephen powers


Seriously, can you think of  a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than riding the rails in Philadelphia PA? Thanks to the very talented Stephen Powers, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, you can book a ticket on a slow-speed train that will take you leisurely past all 50 of the murals in Stephen’s A Love Letter for You project. Sound good? Well, then grab that engagement ring you’ve been hiding in your underwear drawer and get down to the train station pronto!

{Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Mural Arts Tour Office at 215.685.0754}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone… see you on Monday

i’m jealous of wayne white


When I found these, I actually felt my soul being crushed by the weight of the jealousy.  I have a studio full of thrift store landscapes that I’ve been collecting for about a year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but believe you me, it was gonna be AMAZING… but Wayne White beat me to it! He got to the thrift store first, bought all of the best vintage landscapes, and then {just to add insult to injury} he knew exactly how to change these 1970’s Bob Ross-ish oil paintings into modern, typographic masterpieces. LUV HURTZ indeed… I think my soul needs a bandage.

{Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas Texas, Wayne White: I Fell 37 Miles to Earth 100 Years Ago, February 20 – March 20, 2010 – Opening: Saturday, February 20, 6-8pm … you know you want to go!}