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On first glance Buff Monster and his art present a picture that's the opposite of your typical "grown-up". Giant Mohawk, heavy metal music, graffiti, heck--even a installation of porn-related art. But there's a chink in that facade though, and it comes in the most exuberant shade of pink. It's the kind of color that's hard to hate and it dominates Buff Monster's work. Loud, cartoonish, and fun, even Mohawk-haters would have to agree. So when Buff's rep emailed me to get some press out for his fall openings, I was happy to probe a little more into this interesting artist.
Wandering the streets with her camera Jitka Kopejtkova captures the graphic decay of Prague's event, product and political posters. The fragmented and juxtaposed images in her work reveal not only unexpected color combinations but the age rings of visual communication and the consumer market itself. The indiscriminate combinations of color, shape and form raise curiosities of each individual designer's original intent, and the event(s) which lead to the current state of these ever-evolving public canvases.
"In the ‘Sunset’ series, the spectrum colors were originally printed from one single negative. This image has no real object to provide an anchoring point for true grey. Therefore no substantial evident to what was ‘true’. The result is whole spectrum of colors being printed in a desperate attempt to circumscribe the truth within a mass of imagery."
Step right up and take a shot at capturing the colors of Ann Woo. The best palette will forever be remembered and praised in this blog post :) you can see a few of mine accompanying the images.
Fun thing! Courtesy of our bff The Internet, where nothing is lost, I just discovered that there are entire blogs dedicated to archiving vintage album art. Project Thirty Three, Groove is in the Art, and Stereo Sack are three such sites run by Seattle used vinyl shop, Jive Time Records. Everything from jazz to classical to psychedelic abound with a rainbow of colors and cheeky typography, all of which I am filing away as design inspiration fodder.
It's just amazing how well these have aged, design-wise.
Whether it's with graphic design or business planning in general, the tendency to add lots of features, color, graphic elements, bells, whistles, and whizzbangs is incredibly common. It's an irresistible and misleading strategy for people who want their product or project to stand out and aren't really sure how. More often than not it will distract the audience and is going to be more expensive to produce.
So how to cut the fat without the impact? Start by hiring a great graphic designer, limit color choices, and use high quality printing. That will get you there every time. Better still, explore printing alternatives like screenprinting or letterpress. Often times they are on par with traditional offset printing, and in some cases, cheaper if it's a small enough run of prints. Not to mention it affords the obvious wow-factor that just ain't happening over at Ye Olde Copy Center Plus. Plus it supports an age-old craft, and the person behind it.
Still not convinced? Take a look at these beautiful printed pieces, all designed with just one or two colors. Budgets are included for the projects that listed those details.
If something art-related has gone viral, then it would be these geometric patterns. Such a simple colorful idea can be translated into a kaleidoscope of ways, it's no wonder it's contagious. Painting, illustration, collage, branding, and even traditional Nesting Dolls get a modern spin. And yes, there's a bounty of geometric COLOURlovers patterns for drooling over too.
Most of the info on the internet about Chicago-based Joey Potts is a little dated, but his color schemes are definitely not. The mix of bizarrely detailed characters and retina-scorching color palettes is what makes his work a standout for me. It really runs the gamut too: painting and installation work, custom painted toys and sneakers, and apparel design. He's one of those rare breeds whose work crosses over traditional design and fine art equally.
Ed Paschke (June 22, 1939 - November 25, 2004) was an american painter who spent most of his life in Chicago. Paschke's influence in both his subject matter and pioneering use of color continues to influence artists around the world. (wiki)
Paschke made use of an overhead projector to layer images, which he then rendered using the traditional and time-consuming medium of oil painting. He began with an underpainting in black and white, then addressed it with refined systems of colored glazing or impasto to enliven the optical and physical textures of his painting. With this original and painstaking process he created a formal parallel with the black-and-white-to-color progression in the historical development of printing, film, and television images, at the same time moving the subject matter from the particular to the non-specific to allow a wider range of interpretation. In his later work, once again forms became more solidified, moving back towards certain kinds of psychologized presences and the edgy tension that characterized his earlier work. - New City Art
"Ed was always about helping others. He was humble, sincere, generous and confident. It is Chicago art and artists that benefits most from proximity to Ed." - Paul Klein