Robert Hardgrave: Black Mass

Released Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Black Mass, by Robert Hardgrave.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Teach for America.

Robert Hardgrave, born in Oxnard, CA, raised in southern AZ, has been a Seattle resident for the past 20 years. He is in the practice of old fashioned drawing and painting. Improvisation is his strength and he enjoys employing "mixed" media whenever he can. His latest work utilizes sewing, not only as a means of combining materials, but as a way to draw and apply colors in a graphic manner. Robert has been published in numerous artist survey books and magazines in addition to a monograph of his own work called "Magic Beans". Robert is represented by  EC Gallery in Chicago and Fetherston Gallery in Seattle.

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About the print:
Black Mass was an experiment I wanted to attempt with all the bits of drawings that had collected at the studio. I found these round pieces of paper and started adding the bits, improvising the composition organically. This was the first of many of sewn mandala designs that came out during that time.

This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof. Learn more here.
 
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Do you have any process drawings/sketches that led up to this finished piece?
I have been interested in Mandalas since I discovered Jung in the early 90's. There have been many different iterations. Here are a couple from a couple years ago:



What has inspired you recently?
I have been interested in how people make large images or compositions from smaller pieces. People like Paul Noble, the Tobias twins and African American improvisational quilts.

Why did you choose to pair with Teach for America with your print?
Teach for America seems like an organization I can stand behind. Education in all it's forms should be an opportunity available to everyone.

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How have you seen art transform the world around you?
It's certainly transformed my world. I can't speak for anyone else, but through making work for myself I have discovered things I wouldn't have found otherwise. It filters experience in unique way. I feel lucky to do what I do.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
As of late I have been reading the writings by Anni Albers. Her insight into not knowing through inexperience thrills me every time I read it.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Kimberly Trowbridge
Hibiki Miyazaki
Anni Albers
Warren Dykeman

Andrea Wan: Zebra Bandits

Released Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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 Zebra Bandits, by Andrea Wan.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Andrea Wan is a visual artist and illustrator based in Berlin and Vancouver. She has a background in filmmaking before studying illustration in Denmark. Her work has been featured and exhibited worldwide.

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About the print:
Zebra Bandits was originally illustrated to accompany a short children's story published in Nido, a German parenting magazine. The story is about a small  lurch who saved the smell of the circus from a group of Zebra bandits.

This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10, 14x11, prints are numbered by The Working Proof, and the 20x16, 30x24 and 30x40 prints come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Learn more here.
 
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What has inspired you recently?
Places, architecture and people.

Why did you choose to pair with Doctors Without Borders with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Doctors Without Borders because I think their work is brave and unconditional.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Art makes people think, question, and experience outside the norm. Art making is an on going process that leads me to understanding myself better.

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If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I'd choose to be mentored by one of my favorite artists and filmmaker Miranda July because she is an amazing story teller with an original voice.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Allison Schulnik
Romy Bluemel
Yosuke Yamaguchi
Misaki Kawai

Lizzy Stewart: Solitary House

Released Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator currently living in South London and studying for a masters degree at Central St Martins.  She is interested in storytelling, personal narratives and drawing as a primary method of communication. Her work is concentrated around traditional drawing with a pencil and paper.

Lizzy graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and since then has been working as a freelance illustrator for a variety of clients. She enjoys the daily challenge of commissions but relishes the opportunity to make personal work in her free time. Recently this has involved keeping a daily diary in drawn form as well as releasing a number of small publications featuring short, illustrated stories.

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About the print: I have a thing about chilly, wintery landscapes and this one adheres pretty closely to that. I love the idea of houses sitting quietly in bewildering locations, standing stoic and firm against the elements! I dream of houses like this; maybe one day I'll find myself in one but for now drawing it will have to suffice.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.

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What has inspired you recently?
At the moment I'm thinking a lot about people and narratives; the stories we keep in our heads and our hearts and how we carry them with us like precious relics.

Why did you choose to pair with Doctors Without Borders with your print?
I've chosen Doctors Without Borders because their work is unutterably brave and worthwhile. I'm in awe of people who throw themselves into dangerous situations out of sheer compassion for humanity and a desire to help. I wish I were such a person.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I don't think I see it in a measurable sense. I don't think I've witnessed anyone have an epiphany in front of a painting or anything like that. I'm not sure that art makes a tangible difference to most people's lives but the lack of it certainly does. A familiarity with art, be it film, painting or literature offers an insight into the lives of others, a route for compassion and understanding that it would, otherwise, be hard to find. So whilst I cannot plainly say that art transforms in a concrete way I think, without it, I do fully believe in its subtle ability to tell us the stories we need to understand the world.

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If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I'd like Doris Lessing to teach me how to write and to have Robert Rauschenberg looking over my shoulder as I splash paint around. That'd be good.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Ping Zhu has enviable drawing skills, she is also my studio mate and cohort in a life of crime! Rose Blake makes clever, playful work that i really adore, and Kaye Blegvad's work is dark yet inviting.

Overture: MoonHare #09

Released Tuesday, July 10, 2012


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MoonHare #09, by Overture.
15% of the sale of this print goes to 826 National.

Overture is a creative unit of Jason and Aya Brown exploring the unconscious through storytelling in animation, illustration and live performance. They have developed collaborative processes, improvisational in nature, that enable them to reach creative places neither could arrive at on their own. In this way they tell stories that are for everyone, strange but familiar, reaching toward a common human core.

Neither attended art schools but with their self-grown methods and seeing all work they produce, personal, commissioned or commercial as equal, connected expressions of their joint vision, Overture has managed to expand into the world and continues to grow.

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About the print:
This illustration is from a larger series that tells a story about a great earless hare, The MoonHare. The MoonHare is a character we originally came up with for an animation we completed recently and which will premiere later this Summer, called Ludic Chase.
The MoonHare was a great hare that was pinned to the moon by its ears after losing a battle with the giant, Hobomuck. The power of the moon ran down into the hare's tale, collecting and growing heavy until the weight was too great and it tore loose of its ears and fell to the earth. Still containing the power of the moon, it became the MoonHare and now travels between this world and the dream world, bringing dreams of significance to those whose path it crosses.
This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof, and the 20x16 prints come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Learn more here.

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What has inspired you recently?
Recent inspirations: Plant life, events in Japan since 03/11/11, long distance running visions, dance, water

Our most recent big inspiration has been dance. What dance is and what motivates us to dance, and what happens to us when we dance is something we are studying deeply right now. We both love to dance and it has played a role in some of our work, but the depth and power of dance we are just starting to get into.

Why did you choose to pair with 826 National with your print?
We've chosen to pair our print with 826 National. We have been fans for a long time! Doing good things for children always deserves lots of support and doing it with creativity and a lightness of spirit should stand as a model for anyone embarking on any endeavor.

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How have you seen art transform the world around you?
In too many ways, it transforms all things, all the time. It is the catalyst, the change and the result and works on folks' conscious and unconscious, causing all sorts of related outcomes. It is the division of cells in the development of new life of this world.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Ah! Picking one is too difficult. If we went with a living artist we'd love to be mentored by Alejandro Jodorowsky. His work and approach to life and art has deeply informed our own. Any opportunity to learn closely from him would be incredibly beneficial.

For deceased artists it would be a toss up  between Michael Ende and Hundertwasser, both are huge inspirations to our work and our lives for different reasons and learning directly from either of them would be life changing.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Ah, a recent new artist interest of ours is Allison Schulnik! We saw her show, Mound, at ZiehrSmith gallery in New York last fall and it was really great. Her animation, Mound, is beautiful as is her ceramic work.

Adrien Rhodes (aka rec.tangle) is another artist people should know about. He is a musical artist and we worked with him on Ludic Chase, our upcoming animation, and are working with him on some other projects as well. He hasn't released anything in a while, but his last album, Heavy Maple, is wonderful!

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Nick Lu: Lotus

Released Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Lotus, by Nick Lu.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Nick Lu is an illustrator/designer living and working out of Los Angeles. He spends most of his time dreaming up weird, interesting, eclectic things to draw and design for various publishing, music, apparel, and advertising clients.

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About the print:
Lotus was originally a mixed-media illustration created to accompany an article for PlanSponsor magazine.

This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof. Learn more here.

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What has inspired you recently?
I've been looking at vintage Indian match box designs and Swiss graphic design a lot lately.

Why did you choose to pair with Doctors Without Borders with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Doctors Without Borders. I remember watching the documentary Living in Emergency a few years ago, and was really touched by the compelling story of the people and the organization.

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How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Tough question. It could be a little piece of art my friend gives me as a present and makes my day, to a piece of art that is so impactful that it makes people aware of important social issues. I do like the idea that art is everywhere nowadays and for everybody.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Hmm...too many. I think that Chip Kidd would be pretty cool to hang around with.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Michael Swaney
David Jien
Oliver Jeffers
Hiro Kurata
Lasse Skarbovik

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