BODY MEETS WORLD

I really enjoyed this interview of Sara Hendren, a designer who amalgamates design with disability justice, creating critical works centered on needfulness and accessibility. She speaks really well on how we should be looking to design functional objects centered on ‘what if’ needs, not being limited by present imagination. Altogether, her artwork, and her recent…

An Anamorphic Mural Transforms a Montreal Street into Undulating Sand Dunes

This article showcases an amazing mural in front of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada. Although in reality, it is completely flat, the mural manipulates undulating lines, shading, and strategically placed shapes to its advantage in order to mimic the topography of sand dunes with peaks and valleys. This optical illusion was extremely…

Elliot Ulm

I really enjoyed seeing a feature of graphic designer Elliot Ulm’s work. He has published a series of satirical artworks making fun of situations he encounters in his field – from struggles with self-learning Adobe Illustrator to calling out the phenomenon of stealing the work of artists who put their projects online (or claiming that…

We: A Shape-Shifting Animation Explores Connection and Constraint

I really loved this animated piece by Rita Louro and Martina Stiftinger. Titled “We”, it is not only extremely visually appealing – the full animation in the below article is mesmerizing – but it also alludes to interpersonal connections and dynamic social norms and constraints. This is mirrored in the way different forms constantly meet,…

“Isolation” by Artist Preslav Kostov

This piece is a series of somewhat impressionist paintings about life during lockdown. What struck me was how each painting was not simply a view of a person’s actions, but a literally magnified image of aspects of their life – their dripping faucet, hand in the mirror, or ear donned with earphones. It reminded me…

Isaac Aden: Vespers and Auroras

Isaac Aden crafts masterful paintings made solely of gradients, with colors blending beautifully into each other. I think his words on the paintings are especially interesting – he says that abstract paintings are a form of representation, as they allude to (but do not depict) landscapes, cosmologies, patterns, and more. His work draws one’s eye…

Jennie C. Jones: Passing Tones and Broken Chords

The artist Jennie C. Jones makes art which connects visuals with sound, focusing on the interplay of structure and freedom in jazz, and this exhibit is no exception. It reminds the audience of tonal shifts, of rhythm, rests and restlessness, and regeneration through abstract form. I am especially taken by her usage of negative space…

Jeffrey Gibson: Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House

Artist Jeffrey Gibson creates a three-tiered plywood ziggurat with inscriptions on power, the future, the present, and respecting occupied indigenous land through his sculpture recalling a vacant pedestal in the midst of reckonings over public monuments. The sculpture is arresting, almost psychedelic in a way through its use of curved lines and bright, neon colors….