I just had the great pleasure of spending 20 minutes watching the most absurd of videos. Check out this post by Art Fag City for more info on why it is in fact quite a normal video, even if it really feels… weird.
Jaimie Warren’s work feels really familiar, mostly because I am a child of the 80′s and her absurdist take on art harkens back to an era when weird was the norm.
There was a time when things like 1980′s Forbidden Zone were almost normal? Crazy and groundbreaking for it’s time, but there aren’t many contemporary artists touching this kind of stuff.
Anyways… If you’re not hip to Jaimie’s work, check out her website. There are some stunning self portraits. Here she is as a pretzel!
I had the pleasure of watching Sign Painters last night, and I highly recommend you check it out! It’s a graffiti writer, and graphic designer’s wet dream! It’s also a depressing commentary on progress and technology.
From the official press release:
“There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.”
So I’m in Chicago on a business trip, and I’m staying at an AirBnB apartment. First thing I notice as I enter my room is this striking piece of artwork. It’s messy and angry but also full of lovely little details like cut pieces of patterned paper. It’s a college telling a story I’m not entirely sure I understand. And at the bottom of the print is a large signature screaming “BEVERLY FRESH.”
Of course I hit google, and immediately stumble upon BeverlyFresh.com. I was surprised to find that not only is this feller a visual artist, but he’s also a hip hop artist!
Not only is he a visual and hip hop artist, but he lives just north of me in Detroit! And not only does he live 45 miles away from me, make art and music I love….