So I was not super productive this week but that's because this was literally one of the hardest weeks of my life and I was not really okay for most of it... but next week should be better and I can crank out a piece but make it really strong and intricate.
Chloe Wise seems like the coolest person. She is from Montreal and now lives and works in New York City making some of the most amusing and interesting pieces. She makes fun of everything but is also super aware of social issues. Her work is a little feminist, but not preachy at all. It is not violent or that heavy. Her work has a lot of social commentary, but not in an annoying way. I don't feel like she is yelling at society for social flaws, but she is making fun of it and it is not obnoxious, I think her work is clever and you have to be clever to make a good statement.
She is really successful. She did a series of sculptures called "Bread Bags" that are literally plastic versions of bread that she put straps and designer labels on. She also did a series making fun of tampon advertising where she made ads for things like horoscope tampons and superfood tampons. I love her work and I love how she thinks.
I think too many artists take themselves way too seriously and Chloe deals with issues but in a way that makes you think without realizing it. There is a lot of subtle commentary masked in a blatant statement. Her work feels like its not demanding anything of the viewer. I want my work to do the same. I have, in the past but not so much now, my work deals with pretty heavy-ish content. penis - jack miller. I don't want to make that blatant of a statement and I like that she is so good at dealing with everything and making it light.
I think she is so cool and I love what she does and she seems really awesome and while her work isn't super similar to mine, I really love it and it makes me happy.
So I've been really intrigued by fashion illustration recently because I love fashion and I love the variance I am seeing across so many major illustrators. One illustrator who is a leader in the business and one of my favorites in Richard Haines.
He lives in Brooklyn but is one of the most successful and sought after menswear illustrators in the world. He worked as a fashion designer for a ton of major labels so he knows the business extraordinarily well and has honed his eye over the years for someone who can pull themselves together and look fantastic, no matter their budget. It is really important to me to look like you put some effort into yourself pulled together a solid outfit and you can look damn good no matter the price of the clothes you're wearing. It makes fashion accessible to everyone, but also difficult enough that you can be unique.
His work has blended the line between fashion illustration and fine art. He has had solo shows in world renowned galleries in Manhattan since he is one of the major players in that genre.
He usually just draws people he sees on the street, but is also found drawing at fashion shows and around global fashion centers. His work is also not purely superficial, which is why I love his pieces and why he is so marketable and so successful. While fashion drives his work and is what attracts him to his subjects, his work is intimately and sentimentally connected to the people behind the style, whether they are models or people on the street. The people wearing the clothes are what inform his renderings and make them special and also allow him to connect fine art and fashion illustration.
He has become hugely successful due to his unique take on menswear illustration. His work is featured in major magazines and he created iconic artwork used in Prada campaigns. His biggest success though, is his blog, What I Saw Today, which is a huge collection of his pieces. He cranks out a few each day, depending.
I adore his work. Like I said, I have been really intrigued by fashion illustration recently because it connects clothing, which is really important to me and which I think should be really important to everyone else, and art. I think that fashion illustration is super marketable, if you are good at it, and allows you to bridge two major worlds that are constantly trying, but sometimes struggling, to interact. Fashion illustration restricts the subject matter, but as a result, I think it forces the artist to really push their creativity and their mark. I am in love with Richard Haines's mark. I find it intriguing and unique, but also relaxed and honest. I can see Richard in his drawings which I think is incredibly important and I would like that to be present in my own work.
He has a fabulous blog:
So, in the end of March I decided, kind of on a whim, to go with some of my non-arts involved friends to Artworks and see their show and eat some of their free food. There were some cool things happening, but I didn't really love the show that was happening at ArtSpace. My favorite pieces were these huge, beautiful, very vibrant abstract pieces by Vinnie Gonzalez. He used metallic paints and a few other materials to create just really interesting and organic, but also almost extraterrestrial images. According to his artist statement, all of his work deals with one's relationship to the unrefined beauty of their environment and his paintings have developed through his allowing the paint to really guide his pieces. His paintings have a wonderful depth to them, but also a lightness. He is very aware of color and uses it to his advantage. I do not see his work influencing mine in any way because there is almost no overlap in subject matter, material, content, etc, but I love his work because it is beautiful and that is more than enough.
This past week I took a little time to figure out what I was doing and find that content and excitement about a piece. Every time a project is wrapped up, I always struggle to come up with something new and it usually feels like I have to come up with something new really quickly. I have not achieved my goal in starting a project that is more content-based and that is exciting to me, but I know what I am doing next. I am using some sort of metallic foil, that I can poke holes in and sew with. I like the reflectiveness of the surface because it reminds me of a mirror, and mirrors are a huge part of my life and they are so powerful, especially to me.
It doesn't photograph well, but this is some planning and experimentation...
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