Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

vivian maier

vivian maier was a chicago photographer who worked from the 50s to the 90s. her subject was the "street" and her work is fascinating. she was "discovered" when her negatives (thousands upon thousands) were bought from an antiques dealer and then shared with the world, beginning with the blog below. she is getting a lot of press and rightfully so.

the newer website can be found here: 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

jacques auriac

over the weekend i found these great prints by jacques auriac, a french graphic designer who was most active back in the 60s and 70s. he did a lot of event and travel posters for companies like bally and air afrique and you can find many of them online. looking for more of his posters i came across my new favorite design blog: iso50    @

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


mioke is a german artist who i'm loving. between her paintings and cartoons its hard to get enough. her work is surreal and disquieting in a serene kind of calm way, if that is even possible. you can feel the influence of japan and what it must be like to stroll through a european forest and come upon something wonderfully deformed. you can find more at:   

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

más catrina

i've always loved the day of the dead. i went to an exhibit a while back here in chicago at the national mexican museum of art and was inspired by some of the la catrina prints.  still working on the skulls.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


from the art institute, this painting by italian painter antonio mancini is another one of my favorites. you fall in love a little. mancini was born in rome in 1852. a bit of the crazy (he suffered from mental illness) and poverty didn't get in the way of painting.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


the enlightened reasoning of maine's governor aside (he seems to think that workers have nothing to do with actual labor), i thought it would be nice to share a piece of the mural that has roiled up so much controversy. that is if you think it should be a controversy that a portrait of someone who has the nerve to earn minimum wage, deserves a tiny space on the wall of a bureaucratic building.

Monday, April 11, 2011

edward burtynsky


edward burtynsky is yet another reason to go to canada. his photography is at the crossroads between what attracts and repels. somehow he makes he want to hang the gulf oil spill right in my living room. his work mainly looks at nature transformed through industry. i'm looking to get my hands on a copy of a recent documentary film about his work in china: manufactured landscapes.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

francisco zúñiga

francisco zúñiga was a costa rican and mexican artist. his paintings, sculptures and drawings are all one of a kind but i like the drawings best by far. mostly figure drawings, they are simple and soft and really incredibly expressive. i think there is something almost meditative about them. check out the francisico zúñiga foundation at:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lu Cong

i came across lu cong (american/living in denver) earlier this week and think his portraits are amazing. i'm always jealous of painters. i've never really painted so not knowing how this type of thing happens (as if it really happens as all) impresses me. sensual, unnerving tempting, i want one on my wall. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

more dalek

some more dalek. here you can really see the influence of superflat. if you're interested in seeing for about murakami check this out:

Saturday, April 2, 2011


i'm loving the work of james marshall - aka - dalek and this video from NC.  he went to the art institute here in chicago as well and worked for takashi murakami, the japanese superflat king!