Kit Mizeres (previously featured here) is an artist and illustrator currently based out of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a focus on Illustration. She is currently enjoying a smooth transition back to her traditional roots in painting and drawing, and is taking time off from commissioned illustration work at this time. With that being firmly enforced, she is also very content with sleeping in her car and living off rice and potatoes at this point in time if it means she can continue drawing ridiculous things.
Carl Jara (aka Grain Damaged) is an award-winning, professional sand sculptor from Cleveland, Ohio. Jara says he has known since high-school that he wanted to be an artist. After studying Illustration and Graphic Design at the Myers School of Art, Jara realized he did not want to become an illustrator or graphic designer and that his true passion was sculpting.
Kurt Perschke is an artist who works in sculpture, video, collage and public space. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project, is a traveling public art project that has taken place around the world and received a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network.
However the giant red ball installation recently made news for a different reason when it escaped in Ohio for a stroll around the neighborhood. Loosened by powerful winds the 250lb ball tumbled down the street as people were chasing after it.
No damages occurred to the cars or people it had contact with but the ball it self was slightly damaged. The repaired ball is now back in place in its original installation spot tied down by rope.
Watch David Choe scour through Detroit and Cleveland with folks Scrapping to survive. People are literally ripping apart old schools, homes, hospitals and factories for raw materials to sell to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal being one of the biggest US exports to China, has an interesting life cycle that often starts from places like Detroit and Cleveland. David Choe as correspondent for VICE explores the situation on the ground and looks into the life cycle of scrap metal “from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy”.
VICE episode 13 will air Friday, March 28th, 8PM EST/ 11PM PST on HBO and available HBO On Demand starting March 29th, 2014.
We just recently stopped by a very clean, but solid showing of two of our all-time favorite artists, Chris Johanson and the late Charley Harper, at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco. The sparse space, both in the amount of artwork on display and the gallery itself, lent itself to being able to view art that had room to breath. Johanson’s work in particular, that at once can be strikingly simplistic and at times distractedly chaotic (one of the reasons we appreciate seeing his work in person) held the room together with a few customary and signature pieces. Over the years, Johanson has grown on us because of these settings, whether it be at the SFMoMA or a few prints here and there at Park Life… he is one of the few artists that we like to see on white walls.
Charley Harper, on the other hand, is just an artist that we admire in style. He is like the Mad Men aesthetic. Straight lines, modern subjects, and a terrific color palette, the small drawings in white frames were impressive. The Cincinnati-born Harper, who passed away in 2007, has recently seen resurgence due to his illustration books, and to us at this particular setting, Harper’s work with post-industrial subject matter was the highlight.
If you are in San Francisco, this is a good way to waste a bit of time and see some great artwork. The juxtaposition of modern and a unique brand of post-19990’s San Francisco contemporary painting works well in a setting devoid of distraction.—The Citrus Report staff