Valerie Phillips, known for her previous 8 photo books, challenges societal standards for youth and girlhood with photos that highlight the youth. Some photos resonate a little more than others, and I feel as though Phillips should potentially have a bit of a tighter grasp on what draws that resonance, after 8 other photo books.. But regardless, the photos are below. Personally, the first and last really draw my attention.
Itallian photographer Raffaele Petralla just unveiled a new photo series documenting the secrecy and danger of being transgender in Bangladesh. The gorgeous photos below show the beauty of a highly stigmatized sect of people.
I love the over arching color themes of light pink (and the feminine undertones) paired with dark muted city photos, and the teal undertones in a lot of shots.
I was able to make it to the opening reception of the sticky note art show at Willimantic Records, hosted by Vulturetown Arts on 9/1. Photos below, and you can read more here. Cerise Montclair and others played, and it was overall a really welcoming environment. Patrons were urged to draw on a sticky note and add it to the collection, and my contribution is below.
Check out some gnarly horrorcore art in bright colors from Panteha Abareshi below. Abareshi did a great interview with Dazed that you can read here, and honestly it's so good I can't pick a quote to feature, so please read it. You can see more art from Abareshi here.
Sally Nixon's illustrations are beautiful, accurate representations of daily life for women. The Creator's Project noted:
They’re not posing, smiling, or doing anything all that interesting, and this is what makes Nixon’s works fascinating. Women live in a world in which our appearance is constantly evaluated—unless we’re utterly alone, we rarely have the privilege of not having our physical presentation judged. Seeing women in art who aren’t being watched and aren’t being assessed, who aren’t sucking in their stomachs, arching their backs, or dewily parting their lips, is wonderful, refreshing, and deeply relatable.
They remind me of Edward Hopper's women, but more intimately, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Check out more of Nixon's work here, and shop Nixon's Etsy here.
..Over the course of my collective ten weeks in Europe between two study abroad trips I have been to roughly 16 cities and towns in four countries and I have seen a lot of street art. Now I will be the first person to admit that I am not an art expert, but I know when something looks cool and it took time and talent to complete.
Of course my favorite city in all respects, including graffiti, has to be Florence. There are so many different pieces, a class favorite is definitely the sculpted 3D blue man, who tragically lost his face between summer 2014 and summer 2016. Everyone also loves the stick figure man, who is very simple, and appears in many different situations. Stick figure man was also spotted in Siena which was very exciting to see him outside of Florence. My personal favorite reoccurring Florence art is the classics wearing scuba diving gear. I have loved these ones for two years, and they are always on what look like electrical boxes on the outsides of buildings and they’re normally intricate and colorful. There were two new discoveries this year, more 3D pieces like a nose and ear, and a knit Where’s Waldo. And the best part about Waldo is that he was missing when I walked down that same street two days later, that’s Florence...
A very close second for street art has to be Dublin, and while I was only there for two nights and barely three days I saw a ton of awesome art. Most of them were much larger, colorful and more intricate than those in other cities. I found most of them in the Temple Bar district, except the two window paintings which were on the windows of a Japanese restaurant near the Ha’Penny Bridge. After Florence and Dublin there are just a few pieces that really stuck out to me in a few other cities and train stations.
Venice and Burano
various train stations
VSCO released their 22nd newsletter featuring Type in the Wild, a collection of various typefaces from different VSCO users. The account showcases fonts and words from signs, graffiti, storefronts, and lettering across the world.
I wouldn’t normally be attracted to such a simplistic idea, but I was glad to have looked at the profile. Seeing the collection of photos side-by-side is almost as interesting as seeing each individual work. It’s a surprising interesting and visually satisfying concept.
I’ve included a few of my favorite pictures below, and suggest you check out the full profile if you have a chance (it only has 6 pages).
Laura Callaghan is a kickass artist, and you've probably seen her work for Refinery 29, NYLON, MTV, and even Urban Outfitters. According to her website, "I'm an Irish illustrator based in South East London. I graduated with an MA in Illustration from Kingston University in 2010. My work is hand drawn using a mixture of watercolour, indian ink and isograph pen."
Below is some of her work, none of the photos are ours!
Photographer, Olivia Bee, is releasing a book of her photos on November 22 titled Olivia Bee: Kids in Love. I saw a Slate article, and checked out her photography, and loved it. The first gallery of photos below is Kids in Love, and below that is a second collection titled Enveloped in a Dream. Finally, below that, is a collection of her new work, which I think is incredible, and shows a lot of growth. Preorder her book on Amazon.
Note: photos ALL belong to Olivia Bee, and not us, and we take no credit for any of this loveliness.
Enveloped in a Dream
i-D recently covered Anny Lutwak's photography, which depicts how often the very real hardships and struggles women face, are turned into aesthetically pleasing images and ignored. The series is called "Female Trouble" and images from her website can be found below. Lutwak told i-D:
The photos themselves triggered the thought process more than anything else. I started photographing this project with the intention of making a study of performance, and relating that to the way many of the issues women face are ignored or seen as false. As I began putting together the ideas and the photographs, I began to question my authority in the situation. I don't believe I have the qualifications to talk about some of things I'm dealing with in these photographs — which is difficult because I took them and take full responsibility for the images I created. It definitely made me think a lot about how far I can and should go with my photographs in terms of ethics.
Note: photos belong to Lutwak and were found here.