Monday’s zine- What Makes Me Smile, A Guide to Being Happy by Christie Powers
A light-hearted threefold zine, full of hand drawn typography and writing about ways to be happy.
Again all drawn with fine liner (0.3mm and 0.5mm) and coloured with horrible felt pens.
Lisa Hamilton has studied in New York, Germany and the Netherlands. She is a painter, sculptor and creates art with ink, paint and pencil.
On her website you can see a clear development in her work. It begins in 2006 where her work is oil on canvas, crazy brush strokes create amazing pieces. As the years go on her work merges into geometric block shapes with a small amounts of detail, then onto her sculpture work, made of paper, glue and paint, she has created a sculptural portrayal of the paintings she has done previously.
This is the first in a series of movable object works based on an investigation of color and shape that began in paintings. Forms have developed out of a desire to literally ‘play’ with the idea that shape and color are largely dependent on perspective. The shapes have migrated off the surface and into a hinged series of forms that can be rearranged; retaining an object’s rationality whatever position they are set or perspective they are encountered. The viewer is encouraged to play with the work and, if they like, ponder the notion of how an object might pose as a painting or pose a riddle to the understanding of a painting.
Here is the set.
Emma Kunz is one of my artistic idols, as soon as I came across her work I fell in love. Kunz was born in 1892 and died in 1963 and is described as a healer, researcher and artist. As a healer she performed successful treatments bordering on miracles, yet she denied the term ‘miracle’ and she believe the power is in everyone. In 1941 she discovered a healing rock called AION A. From then on she created large scale prints using graph paper and personally I find her work incredible.
George William Hart was born in 1955 and he studies geometry. He creates sculptures, computer images, toys and puzzles.
His sculptures have been featured in articles in the New York Times, Science (magazine), Tiede (Finnish), Ars et Mathesis (Dutch), Наука и жизнь(Russian) and other publications around the world.
His sculptures are what I will focus on, as you have probably realised I currently have a love for shape and geometry which is what drew me to Hart in the first place. Not only does he create visually appealing sculptures he has skills in using a wide range of materials such as, wood, paper, metals and acrylic.
This is one of my favourites, called No Picnic it is in mobile form hanging from the ceiling… and it’s made of spoons and forks. Unfortunately it was damaged whilst on display, idiots.
The balls were made of 180 spoons in six different colours, 150 knives in three colours, and 240 forks in six colours.
There were three very different arrangements, but all with the same symmetry.
There’s not much I want to say about this set . But when I look at them I feel a sense of relaxation and peace.
Tyrol Silent Mountain
Zvi Hecker is the Israeli architect, another architect who followed a frequent theme using symmetry and geometry. He was born in Poland and later moved to Israel to study at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Two years after he graduated he studied painting then he finally decided his career was in architecture. He often used concrete as it was low maintenance and wasn’t effected by ‘sandy winds’.
What I also enjoy about Hecker’s work is his artwork.
Some of my favourite of his architectural projects is his Spiral Apartment house.
Whilst researching his work I also came across this poster for an exhibition of his work which i really enjoy.
Wasted Rita works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Mostly, I love her typographic work but the illustrations of people are also hilarious. Not only does her work attract me because of the freehand style but her brutal honesty is comical.
I’m not really an avid fan of architecture, I find that modern building is not for artistic value but to house the growing population. Whilst researching architecture everything I came across I found ugly. However, I did find photographs taken by Frédéric Chaubin, the buildings themselves are all located in Soviet Russia. Whether I fell in-love with the photographs or the almost futuristic buildings themselves I’m not sure but I really enjoyed looking at these.
The book in which these photographs are published is called Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, in the book there are 90 buildings all in Soviet Russia.