Examples of Exotic

Normally I find music to go along with my posts for the end of the week. This time, I re-discovered the music before the artwork through my son’s Facebook thread, who knew…..

I just ran across this song, Kiss Them for Me by Siouxi and the Banshees. I loved in the 80’s and that still hasn’t changed. I forgot what a fun song this was, especially to Kick Start the weekend.

Now for the artwork, again, just happened to see this Ford ad. Grabs your attention right?! And it happens to be the perfect lips for Kiss them for me. What I also like about it is the use of textural art, instead of forming the picture as in previous examples, here the words overlay on top of the image — great Photoshop and clever idea.

Kiss_Ford-ad_as seen on Art Is Everywhere

I’ll also add some exotic artwork — or what I think may be — by Katherine Bowling, from an article I read in Elle Decor. Her paintings do not depict the usual composed perspective. They appear off-center and focus on the mundane, every day aspect of the scene. They seem to evoke a mysterious, exotic, fantasy-feel of images of familiarity. I also appreciate their liquid painterly style as if realism is obscurely viewed through glass. She captures the detail yet glazes over it. The lighting in her work reminds me of the sensuality one might feel while experiencing just the perfect outdoor scene, when everything falls into place as being serene and memorable above all other similar days. This is like when you notice that sunset, that you know occurs every evening but you’ve never quite seen it so beautiful before.

Katherine-Bowling_via Elle Decor, October 2010 issue, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Article on Katherine Bowling featured in Elle Decor, October 2010 issue

Finally, since I started with how I found my music for this post, I’ll end with with a link to a post about my son Jackson’s artwork by Taylor Kavanaugh, a classmate who graduated with Jackson from high school. I had not seen this photo below and agree with her take on Jackson’s keen photographic eye. Somehow he’s able to capture what we might all take for granted and present it in a intriguing and mysterious way. I wonder where this structure is in the vast Sewanee woods?

Jackson's+photo via Taylor's Art Blog, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Jackson's photo via Taylor's Art Blog

Hopefully, you’ve been listening to the song above, all while reading this post. If not, get to it and start kick-starting your weekend early. It’s almost Friday.

Typographic Mural

These murals painted at the new Queens Metropolitan Campus in Forest Hills (including Queens Metropolitan High School and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning Middle School) in New York by Paula Scher caught my eye as being  graphic, colorful and even having geographic significance when you read all of the wording. See for yourself. It’s a map of Queens and then some.

Solarium_13902_620 via New at Pentagram blog on Art Is Everywhere

Paula Scher's Typographic Mural photos via New at Pentagram blog

Solarium_13895_620, Paula Scher's mural via New Pentagram on Art Is Everyhwhere

As the artist state:

“These works marry my love of painting maps with my love of environmental design,” says Scher. “When the viewer enters the atrium, they have entered the painting. They are enveloped by it. Space is altered by it. For that moment in time, all perspectives are skewed. The viewer gets to inhabit Queens in a manner at once, totally familiar and bizarre.”

Solarium_13861_620 via New Pentagram, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Solarium_13931_620 via New Pentagram, seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Scher Mural_620 via New Pentagram, as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

I find her layout, what every practical muralist should do, even more mesmerizing in that it appears to have been followed to the tee, so that what appears to be random graffiti is actually very thoroughly and thoughtfully planned.

Scher Mural_620 via New Pentagram, as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog, on ArtIsEverywhereScher Typographic Mural_Unfold1_620 via New Pentagram, on Art Is EverywhereAnd since this is painted at a school, it is incorporated nicely into the setting as such.

QMC_2Chairs_Typographic mural via New Pentagram, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Also, using Golden Paints is wise and I even hope they were donated for such a fantastic, educational project. I think they are fabulous and the most accommodating for all types of mural situations. I have used them for tinting in decorative painting and for outdoor murals and even their anti-graffiti top coating in anticipation of some tagging. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any.

Paint for Scher Typographic mural via New Pentagram, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Here’s a 3D view of the entire mural via Creative Review:

Mural at Queens Metropolitan Campus from Pentagram on Vimeo.