Archive for the ‘web’ Category

Grim Pseudonym

Published May 12, 2010 by Molly

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Svartkonst— the Swedish curators of art and culture whose magazine and website we refer to constantly for inspiration—has now released Grim Pseudonym, a zine by artist Patrick Kyle. The full-color publication comes in a numbered edition of 99 and is available for order from the Svartkonst page. Another thing: it looks rad.

Go With The Guts

Published April 23, 2010 by Molly

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Go With The Guts is an excellently-titled online shop for purchasing limited edition prints. The pieces are hand-printed using traditional printmaking techniques like lithography, wood-block, monoprinting, etching or silkscreen. See guys, this is what the internet does best: collect and curate the best that’s out there and bring it to the world in controlled doses.

Contributors to the project include Lukas Zimmerman (prints from cardboard cutouts) Linus Bill (silkscreen prints), Eric Anderson (wood-block prints) and many more. If the individual efforts are all completely respectable, the cumulative effect is radder than rad.

Petra Cortright

Published April 21, 2010 by Molly

Sometimes it’s not a bad thing for art to be inscrutable— provided that its inscrutability invites further attention rather than repelling it. Petra Cortright’s work is nothing if not a cypher, but it certainly makes for alluring objects of interpretation. Cortright’s animated gifs, videos and still image pieces take their aesthetic inspiration straight from the lore of the internet, drawing on misspellings and trailing cursors and emoticons to form genuinely stunning experiences.

Cortright has talked about her love of google image search, weirdo software effects and default settings. “I am a really impatient person,” she said in an interview last year. “Gifs and webcams are so fast, low file size, load fast, they are almost scraps. I like not having the commitment of working with hi-def vid/images.” Viewers need not be scholars in internet history to enjoy the work, however: “Even if the internet references pass over some heads all my work is so extremely visual and people can enjoy it on that level alone,” Cortright clarifies.

Sabotagem

Published April 21, 2010 by Molly

Bruno Dicolla’s video Sabotagem is a technicolor dreamscape of hopping bunnies, squirming organic forms (is that a butterfly or a millipede or a flying millipede?) and what look like migrating amoebae. See more of the work on Dicolla’s website and flickr page. In a world designed by us, this is what the iTunes visualizer would look like. Simply beauteous.

Holly Wales

Published April 12, 2010 by Molly

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London-based illustrator, writer, art director and lecturer Holly Wales has an amazing eye. Her website is a trove of her works (both published and unpublished) as well as a running commentary on all matters relating to design, art, and research. Highlights include scans of recent research, well-turned thoughts on authorship and sign-painting, sinister Swedish cats, the relationship between illustration and journalism, and more!

Fabulas Panicas

Published April 9, 2010 by Molly

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Fabulas Panicas comics are surreal, goofy, and never less than gorgeous. The Chilean artist’s strips from the late 1960s have been scanned and collected here for your browsing pleasure.

The comics cover such topics as ambitious microbes, bearded dudes, anthropomorphism, love, ferocious lions and trees— a wide range but to be expected from a comic book writer who also happens to be a scholar, mime, actor, composer and psychotherapist!

It’s Nice That #3

Published April 8, 2010 by Molly

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Ahoy! Looks like the new issue of our favorite art journal is out. It’s Nice That Issue #3 is 128 pages of brainy, eye-popping fun. Numero tres includes interviews with photographer Dan Tobin Smith, a feature called “Graphics vs. Poetry” by WLYS fave Geoff McFetridge, work by Adam Voorhes and Taizo Yamamoto (among others), and an interview with the esteemed graphic designer Milton Glaser (AWESOME.)

As eternal students of the creative process, we’re equally charmed by the Flickr set documenting each step of Issue #3’s production.

Three cheers to Will Hudson, Alex Bec, Florencia Soto and the rest of the team for their impressive contribution to bookshelves everywhere. Y’all should get your orders in swiftly!

Thirtydays NY Launches

Published April 7, 2010 by Rubin

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Something amazing is brewing in NYC. In case you haven’t heard some of the folks that help make WLYS real are helping to make this real as well : a new live events/gallery space will be opening at 70 Franklin St. in Tribeca from April 8th-May 7th. There’s also a pretty killer site to go along with it, to help document the entire process. Go explore!

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Mina Fina

Published April 2, 2010 by Molly

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Mina Fina, in her own words, “wakes up everyday with good intentions but ends up eating cakes.” Oh, but she does so much more! Living and working in Slovenia, the artist is a wellspring of creativity. She makes videos, books, drawings, websites, zines, keeps a Polaroid diary, sends exquisite cards to her friends and collaborates on installations.

If it were possible to reproduce Mina Fina’s entire portfolio right here, in this blog post, we’d do it. We like it that much, and want to share it that much. Given the constraints, however, you’ll have to go spelunking on your own. The best we can do is supply a bouquet of links and point to the news page of Mina’s website, which keeps us up to date on her output.

Finally and also worth mentioning is the artist’s interactive experimental comic book project Enoletnica/YearBook. We were lucky enough to obtain a copy of the book project, which is a gorgeous, sturdy diary-calendar divided into twelve months. Cryptic drawings, prompts and designs cover each page, and a sheet of stickers is included for customizing the book. Instructions and further keys to interpreting the book are available each month the book’s corresponding website.

Rob Wakshinski

Published March 31, 2010 by Dallas

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WLYS best bud Marcel Dzama just turned us onto another Winnipeger whose work is now making us very happy. Click here to explore Rob’s world for yourself. Get Happy!