AOL Artists Introduces Kathleen Massara of Huffpost Arts as the Next Guest Curator

For the second installment of the AOL Artists Guest Curator program, it is no surprise that we stayed close to home. Kathleen Massara, editor of The Huffington Post Arts & Culture, has curated a collection of five existing AOL Canvases by Cate Parr, Dave White, Josh Cochran, Mike Leavitt, and Rebeca Raney.

The Guest Curator program rotates on a monthly basis, featuring leaders in art and technology. Each contributor curates a collection of existing AOL Canvases, lends their voice to AOL Artists’ social media channels, and guest blogs for the AOL Artists Tumblr. The program brings new and respected perspectives to the artists we have worked with and the pieces we have commissioned. 

In November, we kicked off with Annie Werner, Tumblr’s Arts Evangelist. Her collection featured AOL Canvases by Aakash Nihalani, Dee & Ricky, Jen Stark, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and more. We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen as our next Guest Curator. Her posts have become one of our main sources for Arts & Culture.
Comic Artist Explores Friendship And Love In The Age Of Facebook

“Try to meditate on a Yumi Sakugawa comic and not smile while doing so. It’s not easy. The comic artist crafts Facebook savvy, one-eyed monsters, clumsy cats (in human clothes) and possibly, but not certainly, morbid scenarios with the perfect dose of bittersweetness. With creatures that look as though they were picked fresh out of the imagination, Sakugawa transplants the banal problems of the social media age onto fantastical creatures who too are just trying to get by.

"The SoCal based artist is most well-known for her book I Think I Am In Friend Love With You, which chronicles a bashful cyclops with a good old fashioned friend crush. Yet each of her projects establishes within it an entire world that, even if executed in cartoonish drawings and a dash of text, comes across precisely. Sakaguwa’s comics, while being hilarious, are imbued with a quiet magic that somehow makes a glowing computer screen as ripe with beauty and mystery as a night sky full of twinkling stars. We reached out to the artist to learn more…”

Read the interview by Priscilla Frank at HuffPost Arts.

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Everybody's Headlines For The Rolling Redball

Everybody’s Headlines For The Rolling Redball

You saw the Redball get loose in Toledo. You saw the memes it inspired. You watched a seemingly paralyzed Ohioan slam their car door just as the giant artwork hurtled over their windshield. Maybe you said to yourself, surely Jackie will have something on this at Site Specific. Well excuse me, but I was sort of on vacation, I told you that last week! In case none of that happened, let me bring you…

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