Chris Koelle just hit me up to share an exclusive preview of his illustrations for the new book Bike Snob. They are fantastic. The go perfectly with Bike Snob's mercilessly, sharp wit. If you have never read the Bike Snob blog and you ride a bike you should for sure add it to your blog roll. It's hilars and informative. To celebrate the launch of the book, Chris is offering at 15% discount in his own personal etsy shop, Sweet Ride. Just mention "Bike Snob" at check out. You can pre-order the Bike Snob book here.
Cole Gerst's new group of work Turf Wars focuses on the continued chaos we inflict upon wildlife and the world around us. The heavy portrayal of power lines in his work is deliberate, as Cole was shocked as a child and in his words "continues his obsession with electricity". I'd like to say "oh that's neat", but uhhh, that would come off pretty callous and we all know that's gotta suck as a child, but what is neat is that Cole was and still is able to turn a painful experience into something creative. Right on. Turf Wars opens April 3rd at Ghetto Gloss Gallery.
Kime Buzzelli's solo show, Fashion Lovers Makeup, at the Candy Store Collective in SF opens this coming Thursday. Kime sent over a sneak peek of some of the work that will be on show. I just adore Kime's work. Her work and her blog, had a huge impact (and continue to) on ML4U when I first started it back in 2006. Her paintings are an awesome jaunt into her own personal style. Often influenced by catwalk shows, European magazine spreads and her own
vintage sensibility, they give me a clear idea of what Kime's very own fashion shoot would evolve into.
Chris Koelle recently shared with me progress on his latest project; illustrations for the upcoming graphic novel Battle Surgeon. It's taken him almost a year to complete and judging by the sneak peek, it's proving to be well worth it. You can see more on his blog.
I am really excited to post these images of oil paintings by Pakayla Biehn. Her show Every Single Where opens this Friday at Gallery 6 in SF. Jillian Mackintosh gave me a shout about the show and I had to ask her if they were actual paintings...because as you see Pakayla's work is so serene and concise it looks like photography. Just looking at these paintings I feel completely moved, I can only imagine what they'll be like in person. If you are in the Bay area make an effort to stop by the show. Then tell me what you thought, ok? A little bit about the show:
Six is pleased to present “Every Single Where” a collection of new
works by San Francisco based artist Pakayla Biehn. Miss Biehn is a
California native who now calls San Francisco home. Decidedly
resourceful, she creates environments of curiosity and intimacy that
resonate within painting, installation, drawing and mixed media. “Every
Single Where” marks her first solo show. Please join us for the opening
reception on Friday, December 18, 2009 from 7 to 11pm.
Pakayla Biehn’s most recent body of work concerns her congenital
vision disability, called Strabismus. Her eyesight consists of mutually
exclusive images trying, unsuccessfully, to bond into a cohesive
impression. She uses her own embodied identity as a starting point for
her paintings and installations. Her goal is to find a visual language
to negotiate the intersection of imagery and create a similar
perspective to give the viewer an understanding of her own optical