Scene Report: Bay Area

Graffiti // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Gordon Gekkoh delivers this week’s Bay Area Scene Report.

Amiko Li’s “Maiden Voyage”

Photography // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Through the use of subtlety and acute observations, Chinese photographer Amiko Li creates a reticent narrative in his series “Maiden Voyage”. Though the images give little guidance as to what Li’s exact visual tale is, the images’ titles give us a piece of the puzzle. 

Embroidery Butts, Breasts, and Maybe Some Junk by Sally Hewett

Erotica // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tis the season. Think about it. Grandpa opens his package, and instead of a coxy blanket, he gets a pair of embroidered breasts. We think this is safer than a nudie mag subscription. UK-based Sally Hewett creates embroidered art of our privates, from breasts to butts to junk and more. She even leaves a little hair in there for authenticity. 

Best of 2014: Garbage Pail Kids artist Tom Bunk

Vault // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
An overnight success and goldmine for the Topps Company, Garbage Pail Kids were characterized by their ingeniously ill-fated deaths and cleverly named characters. There was no single illustrator but rather a collective effort by a very small group of talented artists. One of those talents responsible for a significant chunk of Garbage Pail Kids art was Tom Bunk.

In the Magazine: Lee Chen Dao

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
While most of us will probably never find ourselves in scenes like these, we have all experienced the same emotions, ambiguous interactions and relationships he describes—confusion, embarrassment, helplessness, phoniness, lust, indulgence, anger and sadness. A self-described “modern day storyteller with an old soul,” Lee Chen-Dao expresses these sensibilities with hints of irony and an air of elegance, employing classical painting techniques to describe timeless human emotions and interactions in a modern context  

Artist Illustrates Her Daughter’s Fashion Choices

Illustration // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rather than capturing endless childhood photos, artist Jenny Williams has been illustrating her daughter Clementine’s excellent outfits. Williams posts the drawings of the tween’s outfits on her blog, What My Daughter Wore, and a book of the same name was just released. Williams also draws the outfits of her sons and her kids’ friends, and has always recorded her children’s lives through drawing.

Best of 2014: Cats That Look Like Pinup Girls

Erotica // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Cats that look like pinup girls is a tumblr blog that gives you exactly that: cats that really look like pinup girls. We're particularly fond of some of these more provocative poses. Sometimes you just have to approach 'erotica' from another perspective..

“Spatial Planes” @ Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
If you find yourself in San Antonio, Texas, don’t miss an excellent group exhibition at Bluestar Contemporary Art Museum focusing on the emotional and psychological perceptions of space. Besides one of our favorite artists of the moment, Angela Fox, you can also see work by Valerie Arber, Jeffrey Dell, Haylee Ebersole, Yuko Fukuzumi, Mari LaCure, Monika Meler, Gary Nichols, Elvia Perrin, Samantha Parker Salazar and Kate Shepherd.

The World of Dania Shihab

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 22, 2014
Shadows, angles, day, night.... that is the strength of Australian-born, Barcelona-based photographer Dania Shihab. We recently came across Shihab's work while doing some looks into new works by Viviane Sassen, and Shihab has been influenced by her work. A good inspiration to work off of. 

Geoff McFetridge for Patagonia

Design // Monday, December 22, 2014
We are huge fans of both Patagonia and Geoff McFetridge. Give us one of those hooded down sweaters and a Geoff painting, we are doing well. While getting coffee at our neighborhood spot this weekend, we saw an awesome mural/installation/product study on Patagonia's down products featuring the art of Geoff McFetridge. That led us to remember Geoff directed a short for the brand and has done some graphics for the SoCal outdoor company in recent years. 


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