Boston based artist Nick Zaremba‘s (previously featured here) artwork ranges from small drawings, paintings, prints, and large scale murals to web graphics and t shirt designs. When making work, Zaremba combines influences from his youth, skateboarding, DIY ideology, fascination with nature as well as the topics of color, space, time, psychology, semiotics, childhood, and symbolism.
Since 2001 Nick has exhibited on the East Coast of the U.S. as well as globally from Hong Kong to Montreal. Most notably, he was part of a two-person exhibition at Gladstone Gallery in New York, as well as featured as one of the “40 Artists You Should Know” in the nationally juried publication; New American Painters.
The online identity of Boston-based artist Mike Parisella, Slime Sunday’s motion graphics and collages are a view into an alternate reality – where disembodied heads and digital babies play in a sea of saturated color, and endless shapes find joy in repetition.
If trippy, outlandish digital visuals are your thing, then Slime Sunday is a name you need to know.
Boston, Massachusetts based Rich Pellegrino is an artist and freelance illustrator who seems to have exceptional ability at creating iconic pop culture works of art in a one of a kind, traditional painting style. His ability has led him to having a specially commissioned painting by Wes Anderson for use in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to countless magazine articles and media publications around the globe.
“My latest series of paintings split in two parts of pop culture icons and figurative works. Depending on the subject, I usually find myself keeping things light and fun but never at the expense of quality and character, which is what is most important to me artistically.” Rich Pellegrino
Boston, MA based artist Nick Zaremba is a Drawer, Painter, and Installation Artist. His constantly evolving and morphing artwork ranges from small framed drawings and site specific 3D installations to large scale commissioned murals all the while translating what he does by hand to digital graphics able to be placed on products such as snowboards, apparel, and packaging.
Zaremba draws influences from his youthful adventurous side, the colors in nature all around him, psychology, and semiotics. These influences along with his curiousity of the human condition mixed with lifelong ingredients including skateboarding, graffiti, DIY culture, are his driving force to create.
Los Angeles-based artist El Mac took his first trip to Boston to complete a mural at Northeastern University, as a signature piece of the university’s Public Art Initiative. The large-scale mural is based on a photo El Mac took of his wife. It is meant to celebrate the intersection of arts and sciences at Northeastern, as part of the university’s ongoing effort to enhance the campus.
The image features a woman with long braids, wearing a toga. A bolt of lightning extends from the fingers on right hand, while she grasps a paintbrush in her left hand. El Mac described her as a “Greek Muse”.
The mural at Northeastern University is particularly significant to El Mac because his father attended Northeastern and his mother grew up in Boston. This was the LA-based artist first visit to the city.
It may be hot as hell in Boston in August, but the Os Gemeos museum retrospective at the Boston ICA, the first for the Brazilian twins in the United States, will be a good reason to go. Known for their immersing installations and playful characters, Os Gemeos will surely turn the museum into their own playground… look forward to this one… it opens August 1, 2012.
If you happen to be in the Boston area this weekend, we highly recommend checking out Swoon’s new installation that she has prepared for the Boston ICA. The piece, Anthropocene Extinction, is composed of streams of intricately cut paper which connect key sculptural elements within the installation, including a 400-pound, suspended bamboo sculpture. The exhibition is accompanied by an ICA-produced video featuring installation footage and an interview with the artist.
The installation is up through 2011, so you have time.
We didn’t know this, but Times New Roman, the default font for our entire childhood, was from the mind of Stanley Morison, who “oversaw” the design for The Times of London newspaper in the 1930s. But their is a controversy surrounding Morison and if he actually created it.
According to BoingBoing and their research, “Evidence found in 1987 — drawings for letters and corresponding brass plates — suggests that the real father of the font wasn’t a typographer at all, but a wooden boat designer from Boston named William Starling Burgess.Burgess is famous in his field for having designed inventive, beautiful yachts (including three that won the America’s Cup), planes for the U.S. Navy and Wilbur and Orville Wright, and some experimental cars.
“But before he accomplished any of those things, Burgess — in 1904, when he was only 26 — had a brief and brilliant flirtation with typography. He wrote to the U.S. branch of the Lanston Monotype Corp. requesting that a font be made to his specifications. He planned to use it on company documents at his nascent shipyard in Marblehead, Mass. He penciled letters and mailed them in. Some work went into creating the font on the corporation’s end — a few brass plates of the letters were cut — but then Burgess abandoned the project to partner with the Wright brothers. Lanston Monotype tried to sell the fledgling font to Time magazine in 1921, but it declined the offer, and Burgess’ unfinished project, simply labeled “Number 54,” was shelved for more than half a century.”