Thursday, December 10, 2009


Kokkugia is an international design practice based in London and New York that operates through design, research, experimentation and teaching. Kokkugia works across scales on design projects in a range of fields including architecture, urban design and industrial design. Their ongoing design research involves the creation of generative design methodologies developed from the complex self-organising behavior of social, biological and material systems. Drawing from this expertise and research, kokkugia provides consulting services in algorithmic design and computational geometry - working on projects with clients such as Cecil Balmond at Arup [AGU] and with a leading european manufacturer on the development of a concept car.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gizem Vural

Gizem Vural was born in Istanbul in 1988 and is currently attending Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Turkey studying Graphic Design. Her illustrations are minimal, imaginative, and carry a nostalgic naivety that pulls you into her own little world. In her own words, "Minimalism is cute."

Her visual diary is a fun way to follow her work. She was also recently featured in an issue of Blue Canvas magazine.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alexandra Grinevsky

Alexandra Grinevsky was a stage actress when she married Russian-born artist, filmmaker and illustrator, Alexander Alexeieff. She took up etching when Alexeieff was hospitalized with a collapsed lung. Alexeieff was sought out by Claire Parker after she had seen his illustrations in a Paris bookstore. She came to stay with them and he had an affair with her. Of course this resulted in his divorce from Grinevsky. The interesting thing is their aquatint etching styles are almost identical begging the question of who influenced who.

The illustrations posted here are for Valery Larbaud's "Deux Artistes Lyriques" from the collection of Richard Sica. Richard Sica shared these images from his collection with A Journey Round My Skull.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rosemarie Fiore

Rosemarie Fiore creates art out of a volatile medium: fireworks. Enveloped by sulfurous clouds, she resembles a latter-day magus casting spells, donning heavy gloves and a gas mask. The idea came to her on the 4th of July, 2001 when she accidently dropped a smoke bomb on the cement floor and it created a perfect line of dots. Her latest works, "Firework Drawings," is a collaboration between herself and the explosives, an unpredictable and violent working relationship.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ian Davis

Ian Davis creates large scale paintings reminiscent of New Yorker magazine covers. His subject is maleness, whose omnipresence, ineffectiveness and herd instinct he conjures up in small identical figures that he deploys with the marshaled repetitions of a Minimalist. The figures can be businessmen, hundreds of whom sit passively in convention halls or stand on banquet tables with their hands raised, as if enacting some inane ritual. Or they can be British redcoats who march across fields of graduated grays, or strip trees of their branches for no apparent reason. Somewhere in the twentieth century men are gathering . . . waiting and watching.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Patrick Leger

North Carolina artist Patrick Leger creates action oriented pop art illustrations under the influence of printmaking and comics. Most of his linework is done with either ink and brush or a felt-tip brush pen. All of the vintage-like coloring is actually done digitally. Color is often placed off-center, overlapping another value to create the not-so-perfect feel of an older art. His current work is editorial. The artist says he's never illustrated a comic, though one may be in the works.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Alyson Shotz

New York City artist Alyson Shotz replicates nature as many of us experience it—interfaced with technology and filtered through culture; tamed, trimmed, and patented. Working in a variety of media, from large-scale installations to digital photography and painting, Shotz is intrigued by the notion of nature as “purely a human construction.” Some of her artworks are artificial versions of living things like trees, plants, and flowers. In one of her installations, bamboo reeds are made of wrapped cotton swabs, pools and droplets of water are suggested by mirrors, insects and flowers merge in suspended swarms of glossy petal and wing shapes, and house plants are equipped with their own rubber feeding tubes and wheels for easy transport.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Anna Fidler

Anna Fidler is an artist based in Los Angeles and creates paintings, film, and music. Her paintings are psychedelic landscapes with swooping, rainbow-like arcs to undulating tentacles that depict the vibrant geography of some distant universe buried deep in her mind. Her paintings give the sensation of peering into a glittering rock cavern or rolling along a colorful lunar landscape. She has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Chicago, Seattle, and Tokyo.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Emily Barletta

Emily Barletta's artwork explores ideas of emotional and physical memory and survival. For most of her life, she has been in physical pain due to a spinal deformity. Making art started out as a way to express this and filter the pain’s affects out, but it has evolved into much more than just that. Each object is a physical container that counts and records the passage of time in her life while it was being made. The thoughts, emotions, and experiences she had during this time are funneled through her preoccupation with inventing imaginary forms of flesh, blood, muscles, cells, organs, molds, diseases, plants, and topography.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Laura Laine

Laura Laine is a 24-year-old illustrator based in Helsinki. Her work reminds me of art nouveau artists Gustav Klimt and Aubrey Beardsley. Recent clients include Zara, The New York Times T magazine, Tommy Hilfiger, Elle Girl, the Guardian, I.T Post magazine, Iben Hoej, Wunder and Daniel Palillo.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ABCD3D by Marion Bataille

Marion Bataille’s simple in concept, yet cleverly designed book, ABCD3D, is an engaging, exciting and modern piece of 3D art. Pushing the notion of the simple pop-up book, it impresses from the moment you are grabbed by its lenticular cover. Marion Bataille lives and works in France. She is widely published there and this was her first book to be published in the UK.