Sol Linero: Dreaming About Shoes, Poncho and Lupita

Released Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dreaming About Shoes, Poncho and Lupita
, by Sol Linero.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Sol Linero is a graphic designer from Argentina. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. After working for a while at a local design studio, she moved to Miami. She immersed herself in the American vintage style, falling in love at first sight. Sol has exquisite taste in color and a weakness for making cute things.

About the print:
When I start an illustration, it’s typical for me to get stuck in the idea phase. That's when I begin to bug my boyfriend, Jogu, to help me find a good way to illustrate a particular theme. This print was no exception, so Jogu started thinking of some themes that would fit my style. That particular day I was feeling especially blocked, so my response to any suggestions that he made was “mmmm, no". After a while, he suggested that I make a pair of pretty shoes, and being a sucker for shoes, I said yes. The shoe design began, but what else to include in the drawing so that the shoes weren't alone? Our dog Poncho, of course! As a welcome to the family, I added Lupita, our recently adopted kitty.

Dreaming About Shoes, Poncho and Lupita was signed and numbered by the artist. It is a six-color screenprint on Cordenons Insize Chagall 260 gsm acid-free paper.


What has inspired you recently?
Recently I was looking at a lot of home decor blogs, as we were remodeling our first house. That has been, and still is, a great and unexpected source of inspiration. I'm going crazy for Scandinavian furniture and strong wall colors. In general, I find inspiration in everyday objects, in things that catch my attention.

Your work seems to be highly narrative. What are the stories that inspire you or that you are working within?
A lot of my work is in animation. Many of them are narrative videos, which is why I think my prints tend to tell a story, too. I love cute, girlie, childish things, and I tend to go in that direction whenever I have the chance. I also love science fiction and adventure movies, and like to incorporate those elements into my work, too.

You print your work mainly through the medium of screenprinting. Does that inform the way that you design and your end product?
Definitely! Because I screenprint I use a limited color palette, which has translated over to the animation work that I do, too. I use a lot of transparency and superimposed colors. It's so cool to see how two colors mix together to make a third one!

Why did you choose to pair Médecins Sans Frontières with your print?
I already knew of Médecins Sans Frontières, and due to the recent catastrophes in Haiti and Chile, I decided that this was a good way to help the victims.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Over the last two years, I've been working on several pro-social and environmental projects. I see how art plays a big role in communicating these issues - not just on the advertising side, but also as a way to raise money through projects like The Working Proof.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Charley Harper! I wish he had been my grandpa and had taught me to paint. I absolutely adore his work. The simple, yet strong illustrations he did are so perfect; the way he represents anything with just a few lines and basic shapes never ceases to amaze me.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I think everyone should know about Marc Boutavant - he is my favorite illustrator right now. His characters are simply gorgeous! These are other excellent artist that I admire: Juliana Pedemonte, Jesse Lefkowitz, Kali Ciesemier, Gemma Correll, Apak, Little Friends of Printmaking, Meg Hunt, Lauren Gregg, and many more!

Olivia Jeffries: My Secret Self/At Rest

Released Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Secret Self/At Rest, by Olivia Jeffries.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Transportation Alternatives.

Olivia Jeffries lives in Norwich in the East Anglian region of the UK. She graduated in 2000 with a degree in fine art but feels that she has only really come to find a voice through her work over the past three years. Olivia works from home in a small, light-filled room where she aims to clear her mind and make simple, intuitive drawings on old paper as often as possible.

About the print:
This is one of my favorite drawings that I have created in the past few months. I enjoy repetitive mark making in my drawings, and use the time spent making these marks to lose myself in my thoughts and process – it almost becomes a meditation in itself. This piece is not particularly about me, despite its title. I hope it can be appreciated by all people who enjoy their own company and seek solace in the meditative qualities of purposeful isolation.

This print was signed and numbered by the artist. It is a giclee print made with Epson Ultrachrome inks on 285 gsm Hahnemuhle Torchon paper.


What has inspired you recently?
I spend a lot of time gazing out of the window of my studio, looking up at the seemingly weightless birds and clouds in the sky. If you watch them for long enough it becomes quite hypnotic.

Why did you choose to pair Transportation Alternatives with your print?
I chose Transportation Alternatives, because whenever I'm in New York, I literally fear for my own life when crossing the road. It would be great to see some positive changes made to transportation in such a sprawling metropolis.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
It's hard to say why art is capable of causing change, or how we can quantify the effect of art on people and places, but it's undeniable that it happens.

For me personally, when I send a drawing out into the world - whether it's to a gallery or directly to a new owner - I think about the chain of events which have occurred to get the drawing to its new home. Of how an old book has travelled over the years to eventually be in my possession; for parts of that book to be paired with the perfect drawing, and then to go on to its new place in someone else's home. A succession of subtle, small changes in place and purpose for people and objects continuously evolving is intriguing to me.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I can't say that I can think of a specific artist who I would like to mentor me. However, I would like the opportunity one day to live away from the bustle of modern life, in as much isolation as possible, and see how that could shape my work.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I particularly enjoy the work of Iris Schwarz, Hollie Chastain and Claire Loder.

Irwin Barbé: Bleuités

Released Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bleuités, by Irwin Barbé.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Computers For Youth.

Irwin Barbé is seventeen years old. He is home-schooled in France, which enables him to travel around Europe. He works both in film and video, and his dream is to become a filmmaker. At the moment he photographs kids and teenagers. Irwin likes beaches in the winter, indie pop from the nineties, ginger kids, rooftops, and plastic bags. His biggest fear is not succeeding to earn a living with his movies and photographs in a few years. (Curators note: We don't think he needs to worry!)

About the print:
Bleuités is meant to be halfway between a typical family photograph and an art picture. The subject is quite common, but I tried to make it look unreal, with the fading colors, and the blurriness. The word “bleuités” is a neologism invented by Arthur Rimbaud, in his poem Le Bateau Ivre/The Drunken Boat. In English, it would mean something like “bluenesses”. I think it suited well because my picture has some strange blue tones.

This print is unsigned and was numbered by The Working Proof. It is printed on acid free, glossy Mohawk 100lb cover paper.


What is the typical process behind your work?
Basically, I just travel alone or with my friends, taking pictures of what I see. I think a lot about the aesthetic but I don't plan each picture precisely. I like leaving space for unexpected elements. That is why I shoot with film, rather than digitally - you can never be sure of what the picture is going to look like. To me, this is much more exciting than taking a hundred pictures with a digital camera. Shooting in film also makes me more careful about what I shoot, and the way I shoot it.

What has inspired you recently?
I watched the movie Badlands, by Terrence Malick, during a night without sleep a few weeks ago. I was astonished by the light. The spirit of Badlands seems really close to the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

More generally, much of my inspiration comes from movie snapshots. Each time I watch a movie on my computer, I take snapshots of the moments I like. I've got a big collection of them. It gives me ideas for photographs, but also story plots. For example, I put a few snapshots from different movies together and I try to imagine a story that would link them.

Why did you choose to pair Computers for Youth with your print?
I decided to pair my print with Computers for Youth because I believe that computers are the best way to discover new cultures, through the internet. It is a much better media than TV because you can choose what you see. The internet has enabled me to discover many bands, photographers, movies, and so on, that I wouldn’t have ever discovered without it. The best thing is that I have been able to contact some of these people that I admire. On the internet there are no monetary boundaries: if you have talent, or if you’re just curious, you will find what you need. That’s why I think it is important to give computers to young people.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Art sometimes seems useless. However I do think that art can transform people. It shows them different lifestyles, new ideas, and therefore it might change their life. It can create the desire to live a more interesting life. To me that's how you should judge a work of art: does it give you the feeling that you have discovered a way of life? Does it make you want to travel? Does it seem real?

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Many people make comparisons to Ryan McGinley when they see my photographs. I would like to meet him, and see how he works. I feel close to his photographs and to his world in general: the bohemian lifestyle, the youth…He would definitely be a good mentor.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Sofia Coppola for her delicate, ethereal movies. Alfred Kubin for his incredibly imaginative drawings. Thieves Like Us for their songs both euphoric and melancholic. Auguste Renoir for his fresh colors. Jerry Hsu for his rad photographs (and his perfect style on a skateboard).

Lauren Gentry: The Bear Trap

Released Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Bear Trap, by Lauren Gentry.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Farm Sanctuary.

Lauren Gentry is an illustration student currently studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland. We loved the illustrations that she submitted to our Follow the Leader project, and so we invited her to make a print for The Working Proof.

About the print:
The print began as a simple sketch of a treehouse. As I began to add more detail, the drawing took on a narrative of its own, becoming ‘The Bear Trap’. It is the dark depiction of a hunter using fresh bait as a means of catching the bears for their meat and fur.

This print was signed and numbered by the artist. It was screenprinted onto 160 gsm, nutmeg, 45% cotton, acid-free paper.


What has inspired you recently?
Olle Eksell has recently caught my attention with his bright colours & naïve illustrations. There's a playful charm in simple work such as his.

Why did you choose to pair Farm Sanctuary with your print?
Fast paced factory farming is cruel and unsustainable, and I think that it is great that charities such as the Farm Sanctuary are acting against this problem. Regarding my print, I felt it suggested a theme of animal cruelty and taunting, which is what Farm Sanctuary is working to change.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Having been immersed in art college for the past two-and-a-half years, I don't think there has been a day when I haven't seen or been around art, and so I couldn't say, to be honest.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I have such fond memories of pawing through Janet & Allan Ahlberg's The Jolly Postman that I'd love to ask both of them to share a few tips. Cops & Robbers was another favourite of mine. I couldn't tell you why exactly, but I think any picture book which captures your imagination at a young age is a brilliant thing.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Sylvain Marc, Jon Klassen, and Stuart Kolakovic.