Natalie Pavloski (@nataliepavloskinails) creates art at your fingertips. Her nail designs are sometimes minimal, sometimes metallic and sometimes feature a celebrity, like a tiny Drake or Lil’ Kim. “Nail art dreams, I have plenty of them,” says Natalie, who will be painting nails backstage at numerous New York Fashion Week shows in the coming days. “If I could do anyone’s nails, dead or alive, it would be Dolly Parton or the superstar athlete Flo-Jo.”
Laura Redburn, or cardboardcities, is a 25-year-old collage (and mixed media) artist currently living in Cardiff, Wales. Color, animals, nature, old films, science fiction, dreams and vivid imagination inspire her. She likes to create snapshots from dreams and other worlds in her work, leaving the viewer to reflect upon their own dreams, imagination and experiences to gather their own meaning from the illustrations. To see more, go to www.cardboardcities.co.uk
أسبرين و رصاصة Aspirin and a Bullet (2011) is the first feature film by Syrian multimedia artist AMMAR AL BEIK. The 2-hour autobiographical black and white film follows the conversations and confessions of those souls close to Ammar; mother, brother, lovers. This scene her is of one of the conversations between the filmmaker and his mother. Here is a short synopsis of the film by the artist:
Aspirin and a bullet is the title of a very concise autobiography, the title of a 40 years-long therapy session that I preferred to going to the clinics of psychiatrists who get paid for their time and attention. Aspirin and a bullet is an audio-visual recording full of confession, poetry, pain and cinema. This recording is the film that sets me free from the heaviness of memory and its complexes. My father and my mother, my friend and our mistresses, all sat in front of me to convey about me and them.
Ammar al Beik’s films in general follow a highly reflective and evaluative approach; he doesn’t dissociate himself from the events portrayed. Instead, he places himself as the focal point of the story by sharing the same feelings and responsibilities that the characters share; most of these characters are often representative of his own experiences and of his own people, and aren’t merely fictional.
The full film is officially available to watch for free here(Unfortunately, the video has since been privatized, but you can watch the trailer heremeanwhile).
Is a full time stay at home dad and artist living in the bay area. For the last few years He has been obsessed with collecting boarders, dotted and dashes, frames and all other forms of line from old books and magazines. His collage and mixed media work touch on a number of themes. Personal demons, celebrity culture, and man’s relationship to nature. He strives to deliver something fresh and interesting in every piece and hopes to keep pushing collage in a new direction.
For more of Justin’s work check him out at:
Featured Artist of the Week: Big Hero 6 director Don Hall
1. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Glenwood, a small town in southwest Iowa. I attended the University of Iowa, where I got a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting. I then attended Calarts, where I received another B.F.A. in Character Animation.
2. What inspired you to learn character animation?
I’ve loved drawing since..forever. The Disney animated films, the classic Warner Bros shorts, Marvel comics, as well as live action movies—especially monster movies, inspired a love of storytelling. I was lucky to grow up in a small town, where I could walk to the local theater on Saturday afternoons. At some point, I decided I would work at Disney, and never really thought about doing anything else.
3. If you could do one thing differently on your journey to becoming an animator, what would it be?
I think, if I could do something different, I would have studied acting and cinematography more.
4. What was your first animation job and how did you get it? What other studios have you worked at?
During my sophmore year at Calarts, I did freelance layout/design for Chuck Jones. At the time, they were trying to start a shorts unit, like the old Termite Terrace unit. I was extremely lucky to become an apprentice of Maurice Noble–one of the best designers to work in animation. I stayed friends with Maurice for years until he passed. I also did a very brief stint at Dreamworks.
5. What is the most rewarding thing about having a career in animation at Disney ?
I think the most rewarding thing about working at Disney Animation is working alongside astonishingly talented artists to create something that hopefully will live on beyond a release date. The Disney legacy is important. It’s why we’re all here, and to be able to contribute to that legacy with a group of like-minded people is incredibly rewarding.
6. What is your favorite animated film, and why?
Peter Pan is my favorite Disney film. It’s beautiful, the animation is killer, and the mixture of adventure and comedy is fantastic. Still holds up.
Featured Curator of the Week : Archan Nair [archanN]
Nunzio Paci lives and works in Bologna. His fascination with anatomy begins with an analytical look, observing the matter while dissecting it. Only then does he move ‘from the phenomenon to the complexity of the symbol and of culture.’
“My whole work deals with the relationship between man and Nature, in particular with animals and plants. The focus of my observation is body with its mutations. My intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.” - Nunzio Paci
The sense of humor, and all those hidden messages, thats why we fell in love with the photos of Dina Belenko. Yes, each one is a masterpiece on it’s own, but all those fine details and the multiple layers of messages are so unique in the days. She is übertalented.
All those above could mean one thing, we give her the FEATURED ARTIST title and exhibit these brilliant works in our header gallery for the coming week. As usual we will post them on our Facebook and Instagram as well.
Make sure to check out her entire portfolio, and follow her via these socials!
Amidst the numerous art fairs of New York City’s Armory Arts Week, VOLTA NY continues to distinguish itself by adopting an alternative format in which it asks the invited galleries to focus on one artist. Attracting a variety exhibitors, this years fair showcased projects from emerging international artists to rising stars. This year’s fair was no exception and successfully achieved its primary intention which is to refocus the art fair experience back on the artists and their works.
Born in 1986 in Shropshire, UK, Kieran Sperring is an emerging artist on the handmade collage art scene.
Kieran Sperring specialises in creating handmade collage art to fuel further interpretations and imaginations, using traditional cut and paste methods. Sourcing his images from magazines, particular from the 1950s/1960s.
JFeather works on refining the art of graffiti by taking an instinctive, stream of consciousness approach to his art. He experiments with aerosol, acrylic paint, digital prints, and wheat paste to create his personal rendition of clean lined/stylized urban pop art. Jason takes inspiration from everything from the sultry seductive female body form, pop culture, and even nature.
We give him the FEATURED ARTIST title and our header gallery, and we will exhibit his brilliant works in our header gallery for the coming week, plus we will post them on our Facebook and Instagram as well.
Every other Wednesday at 12:30PM EST/6:30PM CET, Lux Lit features a young aspiring artist. When photography can be so much more than just photos—for example self-expression, therapy, a voice, raw talent and beauty—we all know how important it can be at times to be acknowledged. With this in mind, Lux Lit, along with you, wants to show its support for our young and talented photographers.
This week’s featured artists is Jad Hak (jadhak.tumblr.com) and Lux Lit would like to thank him for his collaboration and wonderful work!