Pick of the Week: Ree Artwork
This week’s artist is illustrator Ree from Venezuela and Florida who sells prints and originals. She posts videos as well on Youtube of her work and process which I enjoy since she uses Copic markers which I am trying to learn techniques for. Her gorgeous style really attracted me to her work and I just had to pick something up s0 I bought an original of a mermaid and a few prints that I adore. I’m really happy with her work and always looking forward to see what she does next. You can check out her blog, and her store for more of her work.
Fischerspooner: “New Truth”
Fischerspooner: New Truth edited by Meredith Mowder is a book about the art and journey of the band Fischerspooner in the beginning. It`s 336 pages, and large format bombard you with a well curated and exact viewpoint of how Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner formed the band in 1998 and made their amalgamation of sound, art, and everything performance art, the art pop project that just happened to release music. Fischerspooner is one of those bands of my 20`s who were my soundtrack to everything I did, even though their music itself seems so random and hard to pinpoint what exactly made it brilliant and meaningful. For my group of friends at the time Fischerspooner was EVERYTHING, and I think out of us 10 or so people we had never actually even seen Fischerspooner madness live. We just fed off of the music and videos, insane interviews and the rumblings of what happened live in New York. These two art majors from the Art Institute of Chicago made this happen from what appears to be a shear will to make music and preform, and I can tell you the amount of time in the book during interviews that Casey Spooner talks about experimental theater will make you roll your eyes a little. The book is love letter to this aspect of the band, as it documents the 1998 to 2003 period of their `band ‘career in-depth to an extent I think only a truth lover of art would appreciate (and maybe an appreciation of the band). The art pop performance project entailed a group of 25 performers and artists at the beginning and this book shares much of their story as the two central figures. There are ticket stubs, slides, album artwork, set lists, grainy photos of shows, professional photography of set and props, and wigs. There is also essays by curators and others in the art scene and an interview of Casey and Warren to give context to what you`re viewing. The book is largely trying to give the background to the project itself, and all the little elements that were obsessed about and apart of each unique performance during the beginning. Yes, there is a full page of a fake moustache, followed by a press photograph of a member of the band wearing it. That`s what you should expect when going through this book, if nothing else. And yes, I loved it, every moment of it.
a look at book:
Featured Artist: Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak
This week’s featured artist is painter Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak from Poland. Her mythical and breath taking paintings seem to capture the essence of spring and metamorphous. I love the ribbon detail to her paintings and the way it conveys the movement of the subject as well as her rich and bold color choices. Her surreal portraits of animals are my favourite and such a fresh interpretation. You can check out a selection of her paintings below and links on where to find her.
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak.
(I’ve shared a lot of artist in the last 2 years but I am feeling like I should take a break and recharge and discover more so until Falll I will only be sharing artists through my Pick of the Week posts.)
This month’s zine pick is Burbles by Montreal artist Simon Fortin. Burbles is a 30 paged illustrative zine containing the character Burbles in a variety of cute and adorable costumes. I love this zine so much and Fortin’s work is always very colorful and playful and this is face meltingly cute. One of my favourite zines I picked up in the last year. If you want to pick up the zine for yourself check out Fortin’s store here and for more artwork check out Tumblr. Below I’ve included a look at the zine and one of the stickers packs (Sailor Moon!).
Burbles by Simon Fortin
Pick of the Week: Cailiflower
Today’s pick is from the adorable and babelicious world of Cailiflower. Through her Storenvy she sells stickers and mini prints of her illustrations so you guessed it, this is another sticker haul like last week! Her series of spooky and alien babes are super cute and I fell in love with her pastel color palette. You can check out her store here for stickers and for more of her work, Instagram.
a closer look at the stickers:
Lastly a mini print.
Inspiration for me whether it’s for my art or just for getting through the day has always been music. There was a time when I couldn’t even fall sleep without passing out to the sweet sounds of a good punk/rock album. I even had my own radio show for 4 years at a local university (CJSF at SFU) and I occasionally DJ’d events, I love it that much. For some reason though I’ve always struggle to incorporate my love of music and inspiration into this blog. Sure I’ve mentioned it in my 52 Weeks project but I wanted to find something more I could do to share my music love and inspiration with you. So I thought once a month this year I’d share you an album that inspired me, that gives me the butterflies still and hits me to this day even after perhaps listening to it 1000 times before. And I am going to start monthly mix tapes as I really want to get back into sharing musical artists I love and this way I can share a good hour of music with you much like I did in my dj days. This month’s mix tape is a random selection of favourite tracks by At the Drive-In on Spotify (next month I might consider doing a Youtube, or Soundcloud version as well). This month’s music inspiration…
At the Drive-In Vaya
At the Drive-In was always going to be the first band I shared, not only have they provided me with endless inspiration over 15 years but in my teen years they literally got me through nights when I didn’t think I would. That sounds dramatic but as teenager I was highly dramatic and the fact remains they did keep me going at times when all I could do was cry and sing along to their songs on full blast. They also just recently got back together after 14 years and are touring this summer (I have my tickets for the Toronto show – couldn’t be more excited). I first started hearing about them in 2000 after they released Relationship of Command, their first mainstream record, although technically their 5th. It’s the album everyone knows, if they heard of them and the sound was new, political, and post-hardcore with elements of punk. The music hit a nerve and I immediately felt the connection. The moment I really started getting into them, they had already broke up which is weird way to start getting into a band. In fact the first ever interview I saw of some of the band members was about the break up. Regardless of the band breaking up I couldn’t get enough and tracked down every record and song they had ever made and for years they become the soundtrack to daily life including their new projects Sparta and the Mars Volta who I’ve seen live many times and listened to since their inception. They have 5 albums total but I decided to share Vaya, the EP that was release just before Relationship of Command, in 1999. Over the years the songs have never changed in how they make me respond, timeless as ever and one of those records where you want to listen from the first song to the last and experience it all in one sitting. This record just feels special to me, and beyond that I could not quantify why I chose it over their other records. My recommendation is to listen to them all if haven’t already but start with Vaya. My suggestion is to listen in proper order as the record as a whole gives a different feeling than its individual parts. My personal favourite track is 198d.
As you can see my Vaya cover sleeve has gotten a little love, and yes I do own cds, like a grandma. I just can’t get rid of my collection that I slaved away for in high school and college, although who the hell knows that last time I’ve listened to one.
Listen to Vaya here: