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Sophie Lécuyer

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Every now and then I stumble upon a new artist that has me instantly transfixed. Sophie Lécuyer is definitely one of those artists – I have a feeling I will be returning to her work again and again.

Ralph Barton

Images by artist/caricaturist Ralph Barton taken from “The Last Dandy, Ralph Barton, American Artist, 1891-1931” by Bruce Keller, published 1991.

{via Michael Sporn}

 

Angie Hoffmeister

Artwork by Angie Hoffmeister.

{via Colossal}

Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour creates these installation pieces using a sewing machine and thread. Because thread is so thin and flat, the final piece looks like a colored pencil drawing that has been taken off the paper.

Artist Statement:

“In my work, I use a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. This fabric makes it possible for me to build up the thread by sewing repeatedly into my drawn images so that when the fabric is dissolved, the image can hold together without a base. These thread images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works actual raveled strength.

I am interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.  I am interested in the connections between process and materials and the way that they relate to images and spaces.  Tracing actions and environments through a process of repetition, translation and dissolving, I hope to trace absence.  My work is a process of making as a way of tracing and preserving things that are gone, or slowly falling apart.”

{via The Jealous Curator and Blethering Crafts}

Shayna Leib

 

Glass sculptures by Shayna Leib. To create each sculpture, Leib pulls over a mile of thin glass and cuts it into tens of thousands of pieces. Check out the process here.

{via Colossal}

Ronald Searle

“Morbid Anatomies”  by Ronald Searle. Note the artist’s ink-pen shoes up top!

Searle is one of my very favorites; I’ve posted about him before, and in all likelihood I’ll be posting about him again soon.

{via Ronald Searle Tribute}

Lille-lle

Artwork by Lille-lle. Her blog is full of fun work – definitely check it out.

{Thanks Elle!}

Lorenzo Duran

Leaf cut-outs by Lorenzo Duran.

{via Kathy Akey}

Greg Constantine

Illustrations by Greg Constantine, from his book Vincent Van Gogh Visits New York. It is a fun game for fans of art history to pick out who’s who.  Head over to Michael Sporn’s Splog to see the rest!

I’ve had this Chuck Close quote saved on my computer for months, and seeing as Chuck Close was included in Constantine’s illustrations, I finally have an excuse to share it:

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.

{illustrations via Michael Sporn}

 

50 Watts Polish Book Cover Contest

50 Watts just held a book cover contest in which participants were challenged to design the “Polish edition” of their favorite book. Directly above is the winning book cover designed by Ben Jones.

I like this contest idea for many reasons, but mostly because everyone got to choose their own book. You can tell that participants have chosen books that mean something to them, books that they know. The resulting entries are energetic and exciting. I highly recommend taking a look at the rest of the book covers (winners posted here; all entries posted on flickr here) Major props to 50 Watts and to everyone who submitted!

{the artists from top to bottom: Agnes Legowiecka, Andrew Evan Harner, Elena Giavaldi, Ted Houghtaling,  and once again Ben Jones}

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