medium /// street art




“restless curiosity”

Portraits, embroidery, and street art… well that’s one of the best combinations I’ve ever seen! I am thrilled that I got to talk to Mexican artist Victoria Villasana. She truly is full of restless curiosity – a creative person her entire life, searching for the work that felt right to her. Yep, she found it! We’re talking about design, fashion, motherhood, perseverance and whether or not we care about Prince Harry getting engaged. You can listen right up there under those colorful yarn tears, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, some of her street art pieces in and around London, including odes to Mohammad Ali and David Bowie:

YES! Yarn… on the street. How would these beauties not catch your eye?!

Next, this is the collaboration she did with fashion photographer Dario Vazquez and Spanish street artist Misterpiro, London 2015:

Seriously. So, so good.

Ok, here’s what she’s been putting up in Mexico since she returned home over a year ago:

Oooh, I love the tiny ones. That said, she also does some very big work. Here are a few examples of her pieces that hang on walls inside, and note the scale of some of them:

Um, yeah, I had to include that last amazing piece… those orange glasses? The scale? LOVE. That is actor Luis Gerardo Méndez standing literally in the middle of Victoria’s installation of Mexican movie director Guillermo del Toro at WeWork in Mexico City. Unbelievably cool… as is Victoria:

One more thing I had to do… finish things off with this Shakespearean luchador. I just found it on her Instagram feed and thought it was a perfect combo of the places she’s called home … to date. She may have to add Japan to that list one day! Thank you so much to Victoria for talking to me (and agreeing to be in my new book!); thanks to Saatchi Art and Thrive for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Pablo Delgado, Mexican street artist
  2. TED Talks
  3. Victoria’s Instagram feed

 





katie donovan

Oh, I love this on so many levels. This is the latest series by St.Louis, Missouri based artist Katie Donovan. I’m going to let her explain the smart, insightful, and hilarious ins & outs of this work:

“If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” is a drawing and performance-based project. In creating this work I was thinking about my experience as an artist and a question posed by the Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa. Often when Krysa interviews artists she asks them how they introduce themselves at parties. Generally Krysa asks this to see if they feel comfortable claiming their art calling and how they describe their day-to-day work. Often when I tell people that I am an artist, specifically a draftsman/drawer, they immediately ask, “Are you any good?” I find this question more compelling than insulting. While I assume that these individuals are actually inquiring whether I can draw realistically or not, this question has provoked me to consider the artist as a worker, albeit a very different kind of worker. I decided to make a series of drawings advertising myself as an artist, but in the way that one would advertise themselves as a dog walker, house cleaner, or babysitter. I added the type of imagery that I typically use in my drawings to give the viewer a sample of what I am selling, so to speak. I also added value-based statements about myself as an artist to continue to play with the question, “Are you any good?”

During the fall of 2017 I will be putting these drawings up in public places. Look out for a piece from “If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” in Starbucks, at the park, in a gallery or any other public space near you. 

Are you really hoping these show up in your city? Me too! So. Smart. {ps. Also, honored to have been a tiny catalyst for this… who knew!?}





uri martinez {aka uriginal}

Barcelona based artist Uri Martinez {Uriginal} paints everywhere… inside AND outside, but surprise surprise, it’s his portraits of women that took my breath away. I included the close up of Mona so you’d believe me when I said she was a painting, not a digital manipulation. Sigh… gorgeous.





lewis paul miller

Weddings, photoshoots, fancy events … and trash cans! Yes, New York based floral designer Lewis Paul Miller is turning the city’s trash cans into huge vases filled with stunning, colorful, joy-filled bouquets using any flowers that might be leftover after those aforementioned fancy events. Brilliant and beautiful. Here’s why he does it:

“I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.”

Happy Monday.

{via My Modern Met}





“see you through it”

Sigh … spray paint never looked so sweet. I am beyond thrilled to have American artist Mando Marie as my guest for the final episode of AFYE Season One, and I have to say, it’s feeling very ‘full circle’ for me. One of the first artists I ever wrote about was a woman named Amanda Marie. ‘Obsessed with her work’ might have been an understatement at the time. Anyway, we emailed back and forth all those years ago but somewhere along the way I lost track of her. Her url had changed and I couldn’t find her work, until a few weeks ago when I got a PR email from her gallery in Amsterdam. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately emailed to see if she’d be my 100th guest. Spoiler alert : she said yes! She now goes by the name Mando Marie, so that was the first question I asked. You can listen right up there under those floating/falling girls, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First things first, some of her older work that I was in love with back in the day. Please note the brilliant use of animal heads on children:

Gah. Amazing. Slightly soul-crushing for me at the time, but inspiring none the less … you’ll have to listen to know what I’m referring to!

Mando’s animal head days are mostly behind her, except for the odd wolf that shows up here and there:

Oh, I’m so glad they’re not totally gone… I still love them!

Next, a very important element. Rainbows:

Ah yes… pastel-hued rainbows created with spray paint. So dreamy {and her 8 year old daughter approves}.

This might be my favorite thing about Mando’s current work … her murals ie. strange / sweet street art. Here are just a few of the many in her portfolio, and a few shots of Mando in action:

The ghosts. Seriously, I could not love them more.

These images cover a couple of things we talked about … sparkles and sewing patterns:

I said ‘sigh’ already, right?

And finally, the golden walls of Spain… one of Mando’s favorite places to paint:

I would love to wander past one of her works, well, anywhere in the world {Japan one day, perhaps!}. Thank you so much to Amanda Mando for being my 100th guest! It was so surreal to finally talk to her and I loved every second! Thanks as always to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, AND this entire season… all 100 episodes! Now, don’t worry, just because Season One is over, that doesn’t mean there won’t be Art For Your Ear… because Art For Your Ear SUMMER CAMP starts next weekend! Get your art supplies and s’mores ready!

Other links:

  1. Original posts I wrote about “Amanda Marie”
  2. Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam
  3. The Marcy Project, New York
  4. Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  5. Bunnie Reiss episode
  6. Cave Gallery, Venice Beach

 





maz dixon

Do you love spray tans, red swimsuits, and giant pineapples? Well then have I got an artist for you! These mixed media collages are the work of Australian artist Maz Dixon. I wrote about her paintings, also featuring large fruit, waaaay back in 2013... 4 years without mentioning big pineapples? That just seems much too long. Oh, and if you happen to be in Sydney, keep your eyes open for Maz’s Bondi wall mural

When you see the big pineapple, you’ll know you’ve found the right spot! Happy Friday!





raquel rodrigo

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What!? Urban cross-stitching… oh my word. This is the work of Spanish artist/set designer Raquel Rodrigo. Wire mesh and some very colorful rope working together to create lovely gardens on the walls around Madrid. Sigh. Yeah, I need her roses all over the front of my house.

{via Colossal}





cheryl sorg

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Um, yes… this is my kind of graffiti! Wait, can I call it that? Street art? Tagging with tape? I don’t know what to call it other than GORGEOUS! I have been carefully stalking, I mean watching, the evolution of California based artist Cheryl Sorg for awhile {hence most of these photos coming from her Instagram feed}. I’ve seen her working on these beautiful, colorful designs made from carefully cut metallic tape, and then just the other day… gasp! There they were on forgotten corners, concrete columns, skateparks, and under bridges. And I repeat… gasp!

ps. these are just her “minis”. Yeah, there are also really BIG ones ♥ 





#creative UNblock no.12

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December 1. Wow. We did it. An entire year full of unblocking projects! {If you missed the other projects, no problem, you can catch up right here.} I thought this was the perfect assignment to finish with… it’s from Toronto based artist Amanda Happé, the artist who painted the cover of Creative Block! This unblocking project sums up everything this year has been about for me… making lots of work, not being too precious about it, and sharing that work with others. Well, get ready, because we’re really going to share this one:

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#creativeunblock // december // by amanda happé, pg.113

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“I challenge you to make something and leave it somewhere public — somewhere it might be found. Something not too grand or careful, but honest and perhaps lovely. When you’re creating it, think about one person happening upon it. Make them a message. If you enjoy this feeling of caring about something without feeling precious about it, do it again. And again.”

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Ok, how perfect is that for the holiday season!? When you leave your piece somewhere {exciting!}, post it to Instagram… I want to see where all of your special pieces have been left {I’ll do a big recap post in January}. Hashtag it #creativeUNblock, and as always, have fun!

*I’m in denial about this project being almost over, so instead I’ll spend this month acting like an artsy elf… yes, that might help.





maya hayuk

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Whoa. This is the work {painting (1), screenprints (2,3), murals (4-14)} of Brooklyn based artist Maya Hayuk. Gorgeous, colorful patterns that “recall traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.” My first thought was wow, she must go through a lot of tape, but I’m pretty sure it’s all freehand, which is even more amazing. On one hand, they’re so precise {the patterns, color choices, angles}, but on the other side they’re so free {no tape, drips, wavering lines}… what a stunning combo! Her work is so vibrant and full of energy… and it looks like she is too! I’m going to start posing like Maya in every photo from now on! #handsoverhead

{via spitfiregirldesign}