i've written in the past that john casey's work creeps me out in a good way, and i'm not the only one. nick capasso director of the decordova museum has described john's work as "little exorcisms" . well, he continues to exorcise and i don't think anyone can complain. john's work in general is pretty incredible, his line work is delicate, clean and impeccably drawn. his sculptures are just something else all together. impressive, bizarre and just down right awesome to look at. i asked john what was/is the inspiration behind his new work for his upcoming show at TAG art gallery in nashville w/ josh keyes...
"i often don't try to conceive a specific narrative before i begin a body of work. i try to tap into an intuitive, subconscious, inner narrative and allow it to remain secretive. i let the meaning come to me after the work is done and often it takes weeks and sometimes months to decipher it. this batch of work that is showing at TAG art gallery in nashville in february is still pretty new to me. my approach was to remove the literal references to the human figure and replace those references with a non-flesh but still supple material. this new body of work contains some characters that seem to be made of a sort of burlap. i left some clothing references on the figures to re-inforce the human presence but used the cloth-like material to stand in for people."
you can see more new work of john's on his website. keep tabs on new work in continual process and other musing's like art and such on his blog, and of course go to the show which opens february 2nd at TAG gallery.
my gram always said no rest for the weary. she was also a fan of no rest for the wicked, depending on her sweet little grama state. craig atkinson would prolly agree w/ that statement, as he just finished his new handmade book w/ his "tired bleeding hands". his words, peeps. dialogue is a 40 pg, full color limited edition of 50 numbered copies. it's ten pounds (if i could find the gosh darn pound symbol on this keyboard...) which makes it what...in the state of our economy, jeez...twenty bucks or so? not bad at all for a limited edition book that craig so lovingly poured his sweat, blood and tears over. so keep him weary and most definitely happy, snap up dialogue here.
drawing on walls has always been appealing to me. there is something wonderful and exhilarating about changing your surroundings. miucca prada thought the same, commissioning la illustrator james jean for prada's spring collection. (miuccia is some fashion mastermind that's for sure.) james jean collaborated w/ miuccia on everything from the back drop of the spring show right up to the wallpaper for the prada beverly hills and soho stores.
will you please just get a load of these images? so amazing. the wallpaper roughly runs 17x2000 ft. goshdarn...and look how lovely those knee socks look. i was already sold when i saw the ads but now i'd be more than happy to shell out the clams just by looking at these beautiful nymphs. james also designed fabric for the spring collection, and there are bags as well. yes, ladies, handbags!
check out the complete length of the wall in process on james' site. it's truly stunning. to see the prada spring campaign w/ james' fabric and finished wall paper in action go here. also be sure to check out james' blog, process recess, where he updates often w/ sketches and things he's up to.
amylou from if the birds knew just turned me on to brieana ruais. brieana's work is so dynamic. she works w/ cloth, embroidery, leather, paint, pen, pencil, photography...the girl is renaissance to the core. along w/ her own work brieana is part of the collective saviour scraps. she recently sent me the images you see here. brieana traveled through india and worked on this piece in her travels. pretty sweet.