Posts by James McBride

Sam Kirk Shows Chicago Her Love

February 16th, 2016 Posted by Art, Chicago, Featured, Murals, Paintings No Comment yet

Chicago natives may be familiar with the work of artist Sam Kirk. Her paintings – often gracing public spaces and always offering a passionate social message – draw their inspiration from Chicagoland’s urban life and in particular the experience of her upbringing on the city’s South Side. Kirk is an outspoken advocate for the local communities that give Chicago its vibrancy, and she sees her mission as one of expressing their stories and their identities.

Lorna Simpson’s Artwork Delves Into History with Abstract Ink Portraits

December 1st, 2015 Posted by Art, Collage, Featured, Mixed Media, New York, Paintings, Photography No Comment yet

Simpson’s sparse, sepia portraits depict women with anonymity – we see only the line of a shoulder blade or the sweep of a collarbone. This universalizes their bodies but also confronts us with an almost unnerving intimacy. These photos are then interwoven, thematically and literally, with the artifacts of a dark history – braids of hair, lonely shoes, empty dinner plates, and abandoned slave quarters.

The Emotional Landscapes of Igor Vitomirov

November 2nd, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured, Photography No Comment yet

Igor Vitomirov is a photographer with a particular reverence for the power of nature. Based in Malmo, the Swedish city sandwiched between the Baltic and North seas, some of his most striking work focuses on the presence of vast waters.

Methane Studios: Interpreting Music Posters With a Vintage Pen

August 10th, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

Today, McDevitt and Lee’s enterprise has expanded to become Methane Studios, a design company with its roots still firmly in the music world but which has expanded to create logos, illustrations, and posters for clients as diverse as Honda, Turner Broadcasting, and Sony.

Landscapes of A Modern Mind by Anyes Galleani

June 8th, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

Los Angeles-based photographer and graphic designer Anyes Galleani has been mixing and re-mixing genres for several decades. Born and raised in Italy, Galleani made the pilgrimage to the LA Arts District pursuing a career in fashion photography. She created portraits for the likes of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Paramount Pictures. Soon, however, her ambitions pushed her to innovate new ways to portray her unique visions of the people and landscapes of her adopted city.

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, Slapstick Comedy With a Literary Bent

May 13th, 2015 Posted by Featured, Film No Comment yet

Nicloux harnesses the real fear of the kidnapping. Houellebecq is certain that, because his accosters are not wearing masks, he is to be killed, but this mortal tension dissolves as it becomes clear that they are merely middlemen who personally bear the novelist no ill will. Their initial impassivity soon turns to curiosity at hosting such a celebrity, and finally – in a sort of reverse-Stockholm syndrome – the kidnappers develop a palpable affection for the crotchety old writer.

Jean-Luc Godard Pushes the Boundaries of 3D Film with “Goodbye to Language”

March 30th, 2015 Posted by Featured, Film No Comment yet

More important is the mysticism at the heart of the film. For Godard, art allows us to access a more fundamental reality – one deeper than language can communicate. All of the film’s dialogue is just a way of circling around that inexpressible point, a point well made with a line of Claude Monet’s: “Paint not what we see, for we see nothing…but paint that we don’t see.”

Nordic Artists Take a Lens on the Modern Voyage to the Virtual

February 23rd, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

Voyage to the Virtual, a New York-based exhibition, brings together ten Nordic artists whose work uses digital, moving image, or light-based techniques.

Ryan Hewett Delves Beneath the Surface

February 2nd, 2015 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

Ryan Hewett’s portraiture explores the complex terrain of expression through vibrant, surreal visions of his subjects.

Perpetual Motion: Jeffrey Zachmann’s Kinetic Sculptures

October 6th, 2014 Posted by Art, Featured No Comment yet

Jeffrey Zachmann is an artist from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who specializes in a form of industrial sculpture, combining found pieces of scrap metal, wire, and chain.