Eye on Art / 21

Hello, hello!

Happy June, dear friends! Is your weekend going well? June is shaping up to be a busy month – theatre internships in full swing, a summer job at Brown well underway, a family trip to Paris (!) – that this quieter weekend to read and write has been a welcome pause. In addition to digging into my newest library finds, you can also catch me listening to “Wait for Me” over and over and cheering on my favorites tonight during the Tonys (the theatre love never stops).

Nor too does my love of good art. I haven’t shared an Eye on Art in ages, and so I figured it was about time for the feature to make a return; it’s an opportunity for me to showcase artists whose work I’ve been enjoying as of late. Take it as a creative escape for your weekend enjoyment, then feel free to share your own finds – my list of favorite artists grows forever long, and I’d love to add to it with your suggestions!

Nathaniel RussellTo start, I’ve been crushing on Nathaniel Russell’s artwork for quite some time, finding it first on my social media feeds before coming across it again in an old New York Times article. I love art infused with heavy doses of humor and optimism, and Russell never fails to deliver, matching his signature wit with bold use of color and text across a variety of mediums (silkscreens! woodwork! painting!).

While each of his works is a delight, his many renditions of fake fliers might top my list. They are wonderfully inventive, finding humor in the world around us, but too serve as calls for reflection in contemporary times. Browse them on his online portfolio, or see them for yourself in his published book. Options aplenty! {website}

Ashley Seil SmithWhen I first came across Ashley Seil Smith’s illustrations, I fell head over heels for the colors that span across her body of work, a palette of golden yellows, warm pinks, and complementary greens. The themes of her work have been described as “the strength, resilience, and grace of women,” and it’s easy to see why: Smith’s pieces are crafted with a gentle, yet confident, eye and readily invite you in the lives of the women they depict.

Needless to say, her extensive portfolio is work to be savored, whether her portraits grace an online article, find a home on your own house walls, or make up what might be the coolest picture book around. I fear I repeat myself, but I’ll sum it up by saying it’s just all so good. I’m excited to see what she creates next. {website}

Christine Sun KimFinally, consider me a fan: I can’t get enough of the visual and performance art of Christine Sun Kim, a Deaf artist who explores her personal connection – as well as the larger societal relationship to sound – through a myriad of forms. She came to Brown this past spring, and while I sadly missed her presentation, my interest in her “quirky, playful, and rule-bending work” was certainly piqued.

Kim began her career as a visual artist but has since made her mark in the world of sound art. That in mind, I’ll leave it to Kim to describe how she incorporated both sound and Deaf culture into her work: “It wasn’t until I started delving into the world of sound that I found my voice.” Needless to say, I think it’s pretty darn cool. {website}

Here’s to a terrific Sunday!

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