Today Shantell is joining us for
1. Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy of
They are so inventive and self-reliant. They make really smart, clean design choices, and everything they make I want to own.
I was able to visit the Auckland Art Gallery in 2019, and it absolutely blew me away. The collection of artworks plot a visual history of New Zealand. I was delighted by their outstanding collection of works by Māori and Pacific Island artists that were the front and center experience there, and yet they also celebrate international artists from all over the world.
Kennedy Yanko’s work is astounding. It’s both intimate and cinematic and involves a lot of intuitive design that creates a very deep impact on the audience and the space it inhabits. This piece, Crow, is from her collection “Because It’s In My Blood”. The copper and paint skin pieces – luminescent bodies with languid, alive material housed within them – invite viewers to intimately examine and reexamine them.
I suffer from dyslexia, so reading has always been really hard for me. But this year, I made a goal to read at least one book a month. I loved receiving the new Penguin Classics Science Fiction Series. The collection includes ten books written by authors from all around the world, all unified by refreshingly minimal line drawings, sparse designs, monochromatic color schemes and purple spines. It brings together pioneers like Lovecraft and Zamyatin, New Wave classics by Lem and Vonnegut and a plethora of different exciting sub-genres, including dystopia, satire, slipstream and speculative fiction. Some covers even feature works by line drawing virtuosos like Le Corbusier, Hans Arp, Picasso and Saul Steinberg.
It’s super odd to me that it’s been almost a year since I was last on a plane and traveled outside of the US. I’m definitely beginning to feel a bit… claustrophobic, and dreaming of traveling to my favorite cities across the globe. One of my favorite places is Toronto. It’s such a quick flight from New York, and yet feels completely different. Closer to London or Auckland even. I’ve done quite a few projects there and something about the city really inspires me creatively and feels familiar.
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