Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is having her first major museum survey of her work, Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),  at the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her joyful images make me smile. Happy Friday 🙂

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Worth a Click 09.11.09

40 Stunning Tilt-Shirt Images or Urbanity – interesting photography

Horizontal Navigation Menus: Trends, Patterns and Best Practices – another helpful article from smashing mag

FFFFound iphone app – Don’t know about you, but im getting this app RIGHT…. NOW…. FFFFound is one of my favorite things in life.

Six fonts that piss people off – funny article about typefaces that cause RAGE haha

Poster Cabaret – buy gig posters and artist prints – a good collection

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Practical Tips for Taking Design Inspiration without copying – we are so saturated with the media and internet today that it’s hard to define your own style – good tips for newbies and oldies

NEW Design contests from Veer – $50,000 in prizes – holla

Remembering 9/11 – NBC’s photo gallery from the service today

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SAN DIEGO NEWS

8th Anniversary of Ray at Night – art, music and good people THIS SATURDAY – see you there

Art Walk by the Bay: Sept 12-13

2009 San Diego Music Award WINNERS

Have a good weekend everyone ~

Cause for Drinks – event THIS WED

Holiday Matinee is celebrating 10 years of creativity and they want you to join! The Cause for Drinks event is happening THIS Wed in SD at the rooftop bar at the W hotel, downtown. If the 10 year anniversary isn’t enough cause for drinks, you will be pleased to know that they have teamed up with Friends of TOMS shoes and will be giving 25% back to the charity. *Good Stuff*

OH and there is still time to enter the 10 for 10 contest! They are giving away 10 prizes from TOMS Shoes, W Hotel, Pat & Oscar’s, Furni Creations, Feelgoodz, No Star Clothing, T-Post, Field Notes, EA Sports and a pair of tickets to Def Leppard & Poison. To get these prizes, all you have to do is take a photo/video of yourself doing something creative that you have never done before and email it to HM. CAKE. I think I’m going to try gymnastics. Who wants to video it?!

There will be tons of creative minds at the event, and of course, great drink specials. We will see you there…

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Who is Holiday Matinee? (You want to know these guys)

A Drawing a Day

Studio 1482 has started One Drawing a Day, where you can find daily doodles from the desks to the internet. What a fun project! I’ll find pages and pages of thumbnails and strange sketches strewn all over my desk, but I’m not sure that they are worthy of posting. Sometimes I don’t even remember what they were for! That’s the best… Studio 1482 has some nice work on their site too. Happy doodling!

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20 Questions with Tara McPherson

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If you don’t know Tara McPherson, you must be living under a rock. Her paintings are both beautiful and thought provoking and her awesome gig posters have won her the title of “Princess of Poster Art.” She has had countless gallery shows around the world and has been featured in numerous publications including Juxtapoz, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Sony Magazine, NY Times and more. Her popularity has exploded and you can now find Tara McPherson toys, shirts, laptop covers, lighters, and more! She currently is off and running through Europe, promoting her new book “Lost Constellations.” This just in: Thunder Chunky has lunched an “I Heart Tara” competition where you can win a signed book. Check it. Before Tara left on her tour, she most graciously answered a few silly questions for our blog. Her seductive imagery and kick-ass attitude have launched her into success, but as a painter and a woman, she is an inspiration to us. Thanks again Tara.

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name: Tara McPherson
location: Brooklyn
date of birth: April 7, 1976
nickname: T-monster, Ta-ta, Tara-naranja, T-mac, McFearsome.

1. What inspires you?
Art, music, all the crazy friends I have and their actions and reactions to situations. Lamp. I love lamp.

2. whats your work environment like?
I have a store front art studio, i’m very organized. I’m probably one of the cleanest painters you’ll ever meet.

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3. Do you have a favorite piece that you have done? Which one and why?
No, it’s too hard to pick. I like different ones for different reasons, at different times in my life. But I tend to like the newer ones more. They are all my little babies.

4. how long do you usually spend on one of your pieces?
It depends how long I have to work on something. Anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks. But lately I’ve been working on a whole body of work at once, so I’ll jump around from piece to piece, completing them all at roughly the same time. This can be over a matter of weeks or months.

5. what are you doing when you are not painting/drawing?
Having dreams about painting and drawing. But, this last week during my waking hours when I wasnt at the studio, I played bar Trivia with friends, DJ’ed a dance party, had good brunches, saw rad bands.

6. If you could be a color what would you be?
Turquoise!!

7. what makes you smile?
Chickenbutt.

8. sunrise or sunset?
Sunset

9. Last passport stamp:
England

10. whats one thing you MUST have with you when you travel?
A hairdryer. I battle with curly hair, and I have bangs. If you are a girl you know what I mean.


11. most played in your itunes?

Let’s see… it’s a few that have the highest play count, so to be fair I will list the top 5. These Arms are Snakes, Zozobra, Dead Meadow, High on Fire, and Torche. I just reinstalled my iTunes, so this count is my top from 2009.

12. if you could do something dangerous just once with no risk what would you do?
Skydive. Or a spacewalk.

13. what did you get into trouble for the most when you were young?
Me? Get in trouble? Well I dont know, probably for staying out too late? I was actually a really good kid. I dont remember getting into too much trouble…

14. Who are the designers/artists who have influenced or inspired you?

Bronzino, Botticelli, Schiele, Mucha, Sargent, Hokusai, Yoshitomo Nara, Miyazaki, Terada, John Currin, Mark Ryden, Glenn Barr, Jeff Soto, Viner, Kozik, Tim Biskup, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, Kent Williams, James Jean and many many more…

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15. you now have many different products available, from posters to toys to laptop covers! How do you react when you see your work on products or places in public? Have you gotten used to seeing your work around town?
Yeah I totally love it. I’ve always wanted to make stuff. I love stuff. So it’s super cool for me to see it around.

16. Name the websites/blogs that you bookmark or read daily.
YahooWeather, Expedia, Supertouch, Gigposters, Juxtapoz, Fail, FreeWilliamsburg, Google Translate, Astronomy.com


17. what’s one of the most important things you did as a breakthrough artist? One step/event that really catapulted your career?

Work my ass off! It wasnt really one event for me, it was the slow building of a solid base that I think helped. It all snowballs you know?

18. Have you any advice for new and aspiring illustrators?

It’s the combination of Talent, Hard Work, and Luck that makes it!

19. What are you working on now?
Then next week I continue my book tour in 19 cities for the next 3 months thoughout Europe, to San Diego Comic Con, through Brazil, and then to Dragon Con. After than I’m home painting on upcoming gallery shows again.

20. where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? (with your art career or other)

Doing exactly what I’m doing right now. It’s perfect….

More about Tara:
www.taramcpherson.com

http://twitter.com/TaraMcPherson

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The wearable CD – the music industry shifts

Everyone knows the music industry is shifting and even CD’s are becoming obsolete these days. While reading Holiday Matinee, I came across a post about The Music Tee– a wearable CD. Created by Invisible DJ and LnA clothing, the Music Tee has some sweet art on the front and the complete track list on the back. The inside label has a promo code so you can go online to download the album. Amazing.

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CURVY – YEN Mag releases an all female artist exhibition & book

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YEN Magazine brings you an exhibition and book featuring 120 of the most exciting female graphic artists and illustrators in the world. This ALL-GIRL book, CURVY, is gaining some major attention in the art world and anticipation as they gear up to launch their 6th edition of the exhibition and book.

CURVY kicks off the national tour in Sydney:
April 2nd (tomorrow) @ Mori Gallery
168 Day Street Sydney (on the edge of China Town & Darling Harbour)
8pm-11pm.
They will be releasing more tour dates soon.

The book includes works from:

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Cruz

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Giulia Balladore

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Tanja Szekessy

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Sarah Larnach

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Sara Blake

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Ameesha Earshaw

See the complete list of Curvy artists and check back for tour dates.

YEN Magazine is an Austrailian, independent publication for women that focuses more on arts and society and less on how to look hot in your brand name bikini. Definitely worth a click. 🙂

-Mel