When given the opportunity to gaze upon Henry McCausland’s work, it’s hard not to let the adjectives pile up willy-nilly. One’s eyes glaze over in delight and a series of words come to mind: enchanting! vivid! smart! detail-oriented!
Maybe this isn’t such a bad response to have. Maybe this is what good illustration should do: provoke the imagination, please the eyeballs, stymie the brain. In any case, there’s so much to see.
Among the standard bits of information embedded within artist/filmmaker/writer Luca Dipierro’s biography is the sentence, “His life is based on a true story.” Cool! We love ontological riddles as much as the next guy/girl, and Dipierro’s work is studded with them in the darndest places.
There’s a lot to explore on Dipierro’s website. We recommend starting with the ART section, moseying on over to the FILM segment, and ending up with a tour of the WRITING archive. Neat stuff abounds—and it’s always refreshing to stumble upon a genuine polymath.
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.
Wish we knew how to say enthusiastic things in German, but alas! Gotta do it in English. Thomas Wellmann is a comics maestro who recently released Der Ziegensauger, a 100-page comicbook adventure in his signature style. (This is where the “wish-we-could-speak-German” urge kicks in really strongly; for now we’re gonna rely on a heavy visual exegesis plus basic dictionary for our reading strategy.)
Book aside, Wellmann makes nutty/awesome fantasy illustrations and game designs and more. His sketchbook/zine Schulheft is one of our all-time favorites: an intimate, prettily-produced pocket of sketchy joy.
Norwegian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Espen Friberg is a wizard of various mediums. We like his collages and amazing collection of papercuts for the Helsinki Biennale, to start, but there’s also the captivatingly “primitive” animation piece, the tee-shirt designs, the incredible posters, the fanzines, the adorable children’s book published in collabration with Øystein Dolmen (too bad we can’t read it), and, last but not least, a tumblr called Pimple Zoo which collects various digital shots by Friberg, because why the heck not?
A nice selection of Friberg’s work is available here, and we especially love the limited-edition silkscreened tote bags. Perfect for toting your colored pencils around the city.
There are countless ways to assess a work of art. One method we ascribe to is the “Whoa Dude” factor. If a piece of art brings forceful thoughts of “Whoa Dude” into your head, that piece of art can be said to possess serious intellectual and aesthetic strengths.
“Whoa Dude” is what we think of when we look at Joey Ryken’s work. Ryken makes drawings, installations, moving pictures and sculptures, as well as other, unclassifiable works. “My work is based on an attempt to connect personal anecdote, occult ritual/symbology, and references to both popular culture and sub-cultures, dismantling them through shambolic mimicry,” writes the artist. To this we can only nod with a look of studied concentration. This is art you can spend a long time looking at.
Nice to see an artist who isn’t afraid of deploying the color pink in a judicious fashion. Kyle Pellet dabs his paintings with Pepto Bismol-pink, flamingo-pink, cotton candy-pink and other variations of that difficult shade. It certainly makes for a pleasant viewing experience. You don’t realize how much you miss the color until you see it in action.
Procrastination is Johnny Kelly’s graduation film for MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. An investigative study into the practice (and art) of putting things off, it offers the thesis that sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first. Sound familiar?
Callous and/or deluded authority figures, insipid peers and a beguiling first love named Sheeni swirl about the bizarre world of Nick Twisp, an awkward yet determined teen terror sharply rendered by Michael Cera in Miguel Arteta’s hilarious new film, Youth in Revolt. Arteta carved out a name out for himself with his audacious low-budget debut Star Maps, before directing some of the decade’s best episodes of television on Freaks and Geeks and Six Feet Under. He also helmed two great films written by Mike White: The Good Girl, and the mind-blowing cult classic Chuck & Buck, one of the most extraordinarily awkward romances of all time.
Whether he’s telling the story of a Hollywood hustler, a frustrated midwestern woman or a pair of star-crossed teen lovers, the consistent throughline in Arteta’s body of work has always been the stellar performances he conjures from his actors. Youth in Revolt is no exception: it’s jam packed with brilliant performances—even in minor roles played to perfection by Steve Buscemi, Mary Kay Place, Zach Galifanakis and many more.
Arteta took time out on Youth In Revolt’sopening weekendto talk with We Love You So about making Michael Cera movies, animating the internal world of C.D. Payne’s beloved source material, and why acting should be like jumping into a swimming pool, chest first.