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Lonesome Neon Typography Searches For New Context

Aleksi Hautamaki - Photography

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From Futura Standard to Helvetica Neue, designer Aleksi Hautamaki refits vintage neon letters, previously destined for the bin, with a touch of LED lighting to resuscitate their glow for another 10 years.

Character, his company, sells each piece to the public, intending to cultivate a “second life cycle” capable of creating “new value for everybody involved.”

Likewise, portrayed here in a series of artful photographs, each previously abandoned bit of font now haunts the city, with a fresh sense of freedom, searching for a new artful context, home, or environment outside its previous life in advertising.

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Sara Cwynar

sara cwynar paranoiaFeel free to blame Canada for the fun artwork of Toronto-based photographer Sara Cwynar.  The above image is a ‘fictional manifestation of paranoia’.  The cluttered composition and mischievous raccoon makes me a bit paranoid, even though I enjoy it.  Sara was even featured in The New York Times magazine, and she’s still in school!  You can also see Sara’s work on her Tumblr page.

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Montgomery Perry Smith: A Delicate Blend

 

Chicago based artist Montgomery Perry Smith finds beauty in the unexpected.  His process often includes taking discarded elements of once functional objects (i.e. the base of a papasan chair or a broken lamp) and coupling them with meticulously handcrafted details.  The end result of which is a strikingly sophisticated body of work.  Smith’s sculptures are as sexual as they are formal, but he is never hitting you over the head with it.  Drawn forms are delicately paired with altered materials to create elegant compositions that reveal subtle references to sexuality.  Since graduating with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the spring of 2008, Smith’s artistic career has been steadily gaining momentum.  A recent solo show at Sabina Lee Gallery marks Smith’s first foray into the Los Angeles art scene, but if the prediction of Smith’s future success by Chicago publication Newcity as one of nine “Breakout Artists” to watch in 2010 is as prophetic as I think it might be – we will be seeing much more of his work in the years to come.

Jonathan Zawada

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Jonathan Zawada does, in simple terms, just about everything! He’s been on both ends of production, as an art director and as a designer for 2D design, but has also dabbled with fashion design, and has a few tshirts out for Japanese label 20 Million Fragments and Urban Outfitters.

Alma Haser’s Origami Portraits

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Photographer Alma Haser has often incorporated origami into her work.  However, in her series Cosmic Surgery the origami is brought to the forefront.  For the Cosmic Surgery Haser photographs a series of portraits.  She next makes multiple prints of the portraits and folds them into complex origami objects.  The origami pieces are placed back into the portrait and a photograph is taken of the final composition.  Haser mixes the meditative nature of origami and transposes it onto the face of her subject, somehow injecting simple portraits with an esoteric atmosphere.

Ben Grasso

proposal_6Ben Grasso is wired for telekinesis.  Before painting he warms up, surrounded by mystic runes and burning incense, by bending spoons with his mind.  Just kidding, but that is what I want to believe.  His paintings are filled with magical forces; it’s to do with buildings and de/construction, but there are other characters – namely beer cans, explosions, and scarecrows.  It’s entertaining to be presented with something walking the fine line between real and totally illusory, Grasso is making work in that sweet spot.