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  1. Swell Things No. 51

    January 31, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

    1. One of my current obsessions on Instagram is @fashion_for_bank_robbers. The account is curated by German-Iranian artist Carina Shoshtary, who makes wearable art and jewelry. Carina showcases the work of other artists in addition to her own creations on the account. Each post is thought-provoking and delightful, playing with form and identity.
    2. I am a bookbinder. My husband creates animations for a planetarium. This Book is a Planetarium marries our interests so beautifully. This pop-up book includes 6 interactive spreads including a 3-D dome that projects constellations.
    3. I’m constantly wowed by the work of Taili Wu. Her work is colorful, imaginative and filled with whimsy and humor. I particularly love her ceramic work, but her range of skill with animation is also quite engaging.
    4. Alok is a fierce dresser. I am captivated by their bold choices in color, pattern and silhouettes. But more than that Alok is an inspiring figure for the LGBTQ community and how one can express themselves in ways outside of the traditional norms or expectations. Alok travels around the world, speaking about their experiences, breaking down stereotypes and just being a completely amazing person.
    5. Magical Circle Variations is a body of work by sculptor Rogan Brown. In this series, Rogan makes a connection between the human microbiome and coral reefs. After extensive research, pastel-colored papers are intricately cut and arranged to mimic the equally vast and diverse habitats that make up coral reefs.

    6. I’ve been a fan of Michelle Kingdom‘s work for sometime now. Her dense embroidery is so expressive and lively. Michelle paints so beautifully with thread to create a perfect balance of light and shadow within her characters as they dance across the canvas.
    7. I am awestruck by the illusions make-up artist Mimi Choi is able to create on the human face. Most recently she styled Ezra Miller’s face for the Met Gala Camp in 2019. Mimi is incredibly talented and teaches her techniques at the Blanch Macdonald Centre in Vancouver.
    8. A few years ago while taking a workshop at Penland, I had a chance to visit their gallery. I was wowed by the sculpture work of Kensuke Yamada. His bulbous characters are filled with emotion and delight. I love his use of color and texture. His work is really engaging and even more rewarding to see in person.
    9. In this mesmerizing short, filmmaker Rus Khasanov developed a technique for capturing the seamless mixture of two or more droplets of pigment. This is done without any human intervention. The dazzling colors explode together and make new shimmering ones. It’s quite amazing to witness in his film Unity.
    10. The sculpture work of Susannah Montague is alluring. Her main subject is cast from toy baby dolls and adorned with bouquets of flowers, butterflies, skulls and chains. The angelic white ceramic is sparsely decorated with splashes of gold, pale pink and blue, and black.


  2. Swell Things No. 30

    February 29, 2016 by Erin Fletcher

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    1. After the Spanish civil war, the Church of Santa Barbera in the Spanish town of Llanera was neglected and fell into disrepair. That is until just recently, when Madrid street artist Okuda San Miguel painted it’s walls and ceilings with rainbow patterns and surrealist figures. In addition to the new decor, the church was also transformed into an indoor skate park.
    2. Check out the beautifully detailed illustrations of Whooli Chen.
    3. As a student at SAIC, I created a volume of seven books (one for each day of the week). The text for each book was an alphabetized transcript of what I said on that given day. Since, then I’ve been fascinated by non-traditional alphabetizing. Like Of Oz the Wizard, the entire film of The Wizard of Oz has been re-edited with each word of dialogue now in alphabetical order. Now you can easily know how many times the word kansas was uttered.
    4. In 2013, the Tate exhibited the work of little-known artist Hilma af Klint, a Swedish woman who may be regarded as the pioneer of abstract art (a title often given to Wassily Kandinsky). You can read about Hilma’s journey to becoming an artist in Issue 27 of the Tate Etc.
    5. I’m in love with these warped quilt paintings from Anna Buckner.

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    6. On the walls of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, hang 29 abstract paintings. Unless you are privy to walk through this building, you would have no idea what they look like and who painted them. Upon discovery of this secret collection, Portland-based artist Johanna Barron set out to recreate each of the 29 paintings by scouring for any information regarding the artworks. When her request through the Freedom of Information Act was denied (several times), she had to dig deeper. Read the article to find out more.
    7. A book. A book about dreaming. A book with embroidered elements. A book called Traumgedanken by Maria Fischer.
    8. The Captured Project was developed and is led by Jeff Greenspan and Andrew Tider. The idea behind their project is simple, but speaks to our government’s inability to take action against some of America’s most powerful businesspeople who commit crimes on a national and even global level. Each portrait of these offenders was commissioned and painted by people incarcerated in the United States. The project’s tagline sums is up quite nicely: People in Prison Drawing People Who Should Be.
    9. Korean artist Sungseok Ahn carefully lines up images of the past in front of their present landscape. The photographs of these scenes make up the series Historic Present. I really enjoy work like this. I think we expect change to happen over several decades, but it can be surprising when no real change occurs.
    10. Rogan Brown creates these amazingly intricate paper sculptures that are hand and laser-cut. The patterns are inspired by cell structures, tree moss, bacteria, coral, diatoms and radiolaria. His works are quite lovely.


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