Artist Obsession: Nicole Crock

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

I’m such a sucker for vintage photos. The mystery and nostalgia totally gets to me. I do, however, think it’s quite difficult to use vintage photos in contemporary art without having the whole piece look dated and frumpy. Nicole Crock’s photo and installation series,Tessellate, updates vintage looks into something completely modern and really captivating. It is very cool.

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Plus, she describes the whole process and inspiration really eloquently on her site.

Tessellate is an ongoing project that uses vintage photographs of people and their homes found in thrift stores and antique malls. These left-behind images are disconnected from their origins but retain the vague ache of unknowable history as they are transformed into abstract, nostalgic tessellations. With each installment of the project the images and sculptures morph and multiply.

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tessellate 2I love the 3D installation aspect, but the flat images have a really strong dimensionality as well. They are crisp and clean, without sacrificing depth or meaning. That’s a difficult balance to strike so needless to say, I am impressed. And some of them are available on Etsy! Score! I am moving across the country next month and will be settling into a new apartment (and life) so the themes here of estrangement and home are resonating especially well with me at the moment.

I’ve moved many times in my life, making the idea of home and community very significant to me. Ignited by this interest in location and movement, I tell the stories of place and transformation using found and constructed materials. I examine the elements of home through varied mediums including sculpture, installation, and performance.

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Millennials in Museums

Art World News

I found this on Tumblr recently and thought it was kind of fabulous. You’ve gotta love the irreverence millennials have for ancient art and museums. It’s ridiculous.

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There is, however, a lot of serious and merited debate currently happening in the museum world over this very topic. Should we embrace this type of behavior or condemn it. A lot of museums are starting to do away with or readjust their iphone policies.

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Adventures, Mixed Media

I showed my art to people! This week was the Scripps Student Art Collective’s biannual gallery show. They feature work from students of all five colleges and  put on a really good show. Yummy food. Catchy tunes. Talented artists. An all-around jolly good time. Last month I submitted some collages I had been making for my independent study project and they selected me as one of their featured artists. It was exciting and terrifying but I am so glad I did it! Besides, any art show could use a little more 70s soft core porn…

 

I’ll probably write another post later about this particular project and my exploration of women’s bodies in appropriation art. It’s been kind of an ongoing obsession and is sort of the topic of one of my thesis chapters. So clearly I have a lot to say.

Fly Art: A Fresh Take on the Classics

Adventures, Art World News

fly artI feel like by now everyone on the internet has seen this image with “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS” written over Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. If you haven’t then you’re welcome. It’s quite clever. Enjoy. But if you’re an Art History major like I am, then I’m willing to bet that at least a few of your friends wear this t shirt on the regular.

So yes. Queen Bey and The Goddess of Love. It’s a thing. I’m way behind.

But I had no idea how many of these incredible Hip Hop/Art History mash-ups existed. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously, there are so many good ones! I’m just going to share a couple of them but check out Fly Art Productions and visit their shop on Rad.

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Hopefully this can brighten up someone else’s Monday because it definitely brightened mine.

Artist Obsession: Lisa Hedge

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

Who said commercial product photography can’t be whimsical and beautiful and fabulous? And all while appearing to be completely effortless. Artist and Art Director Lisa Hedge proves that it can be done. She has an immense body of work and proves that sometimes having assignments with strict parameters can produce the best results. From wedding stationary, to event posters, to product shots, clothing campaigns, and everything in between, Lisa Hedge is a creative genius. (And probably a total perfectionist.)

Who knew I could be so attracted to clear-framed reading glasses? These Warby Parker product photos look like so much fun.

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Plus I kind of want to get married just so I can send out these “Save the Dates.” LisaHedge_Card_04_1000Or these…LisaHedge_Green_02_1000

 

There are so many cool things on her website. Seriously. I am barely scratching the surface with these. Tons of variety but still a really coherent aesthetic. I’m impressed.

 

 

The Gap

Life

Since I started this blog I have discovered a lot of insanely talented people. Often they are only a few years older than I am. And often they are wildly successful. This is absolutely inspiring but it’s also pretty intimidating.

I set out on this internet-documented journey in order to grow creatively and and express myself. But it’s easy for me to look at these incredible artists and start to doubt my own ability to contribute, making less and feeling worse about what I am making.

I stumbled across this video and the words of Ira Glass a couple days ago. It has really reinvigorated me and I am hoping for some good creative karma by spreading it around. Get inspired!

Artist Obsession Georgiana Paraschiv

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists

Georgiana Paraschiv’s patterns and prints are on a whole new level regarding bold color and geometric abstraction. Clearly she has an exceptional eye for proportions and division of space. Plus, her understanding of color theory and mixed texture is seriously impressive. From pomegranates to watercolors to crazy angular designs, Paraschiv’s aesthetic comes through loud and clear in every single piece. I am absolutely obsessed.

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Sunrise by Georgiana Paraschiv

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Busy Shapes by Georgiana Paraschiv

Pomegranate by Georgiana Paraschiv

It was so hard to chose which images to feature here because she has SO MANY gorgeous and interesting images online. Seriously, this woman must be busy. She’s got profiles on Behance and Society6; plus her portfolio website is chalk full of her prints and designs so if you’re into weird fruit and bright pops of yellow and pink, I would recommend looking her up.

Artist Obsession: Eugenia Loli

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Mixed Media

Okay so if you spend any time at all on Pinterest or Tumblr (or just on the internet in general) then you have probably seen Eugenia Loli’s work. She is a prolific collage artist with a massive digital footprint and has inspired a ton of young artists (including myself) to use vintage photos in new and interesting ways. I would definitely suggest digging around on her Cargo Collective site. There are tons of gems. Gold Digger gets a lot of internet circulation, although my favorite series would have to be Mind Alteration. These images are trippy and strange and absolutely wonderful.

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Spring Crop at the Rosseland Crater

Seriously! How cool are these? Die in Despair /  Live in Ecstasy

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All It Remains

Modern Citizen

This woman is incredibly talented. I highly encourage anyone and everyone to check out her website. (Particularly the Worshipped Women series. It’s a close second favorite.)

Los Angeles Adventures: Doug Loves Movies

Adventures, Life

My friends and I have dubbed this year as the “Year of Adventure.” It will be that last time all three of us are living in the same place and we are determined to make the most of it. The result of this declaration is that we have been going into the city more often and trying lots of new things: art shows, science museums, concerts, comedy festivals, networking events, bowling! You name it, we’ve done it. So last weekend we went to a live taping of the “Doug Loves Movies” podcast at the Nerdmelt showroom. My friend Martha is obsessed with Doug Benson (and Scott Aukerman who made a surprise appearance.) I was just along for the ride.

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The venue was awesome. A comic book store / comedy stage with really good vibes. As expected, the taping was super fun and I even got picked to participate! Anyone who listens to the show knows that audience members make “nametags” (movie posters altered with some sort of pun) and then the celebrity contestants pick someone to play for. It’s really fun for anyone who likes to goof around on Photoshop as much as I do. The night before, Martha and I popped open a bottle of wine in the computer lab and cranked out these kooky movie poster masterpieces. Don’t I make a great Angelina Jolie?

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It was a blast! I think the podcast is on itunes, if anyone wants to hear them talk about my poster and do hilarious movie trivia. They even call my friend Alexandra a shithead. It’s incredible!