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posted on 05.14.09

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Dotlife
Wood Cut
Diana Kim
Steven Lawrence
Marc Lafia
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Diana Kim is an illustrator breaking out of the traditional mold. Kim has constructed a scene of partygoers using paint and wood.  It can be described as a look inside an interior of a home with a cast of 20 something’s living up to the stereotype of young kids. The more I look at little details the more I find myself laughing at the little nuances that make me recall similarities between this party and the ones I’ve frequented in the past. Kim’s usage of space and dimensionality in this project is nothing like anything I have seen. Kim uses wood cut outs for the people of the party in some creative and spot on gestures that help show how talented Diana Kim is as an artist. Because this project is dimensional, it allows Kim to utilize placing people in the foreground, middle ground and background in a visually intriguing way that causes at times an overlapping effect. Each character is unique and individual and key to the party atmosphere. 
What is interesting to the look of the display is its flatness. The background is reminiscent of a movie set or play fantastically painted and with personality.  The qualities in the design and painting of each room fit very well with the party style aesthetic. From the wood cut bottles of beer on the hardwood floor to the 1970’s or 1980’s style wallpaper applied to wood with great care. The way Kim takes the wood cut characters and applies them in the space without feet is also an intriguing and unexpected aspect. By doing this, I like to think by doing this; Kim emphasizes how much these people are a staple of the party, almost like an extension of the rambunctious home. Diana Kim’s work shows an interesting young illustrator not afraid to venture into uncharted territory. “What inspired me to do dotlife was to do something fun, different, and to make something from a personal experience. I first started making wood cutouts of my close friends, showing their characters and my relationships with them. Then that lead to something bigger, why not make a whole party? I thought "if I put all my friends together at a party, what would happen?" So I just went all out and began creating my own world using all wood cutouts and mixed media. I also wanted to challenge myself in doing something out of my comfort zone, which was creating something 3-D.” -Diana Kim


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posted on 05.13.09

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Can the average reader of Esquire Magazine afford a pair of 400.00 jeans; probably not. Esquire magazine is man at his best. I read the publication because I know having a pair of insanely overpriced jeans does not equate to man at his best, just a man spending too much for denim. Inside Esquire though is lessons, achievements, practices, a man should be aware of. It answers the question for a thin to large built man what type of suit looks the best on him. It provides a list of the top 75 things everyman should know how to do. From cooking eggs three different ways to being able to give important life changing advice to someone in a mere one sentence to being able to satisfy a woman without question. Reading the first hand accounts of Iraqi veterans I find give perspective and shed light on positives and negatives that make up American society. It is about articles that trace the details of world explorer Steve Faucet's last days. Oh yea, and there is art in the magazine too! As an illustration nut, illustrations in Esquire are impressive for a huge corporate outfit like Esquire. A who's who of illustrative do-gooder's grace the pages of Esquire every month. Not too shabby. Especially if you listen to those who will tell you print is an increasingly diminishing industry.

Another terrific magazine is The Stranger boasted as the only magazine in Seattle Washington.  So much underground obscurity happens here its head spinning. A must read is the illustrated comment of the week. Where a person has submitted a phrase or comment and an artist draws it out. One of the more recent highlights is the illustrated comment in the May 5th edition involves an illustration to accompany the comment, "A greater percentage of people have had sex with an animal than have gone to a professional dominant. This mag is the voice of Seattle, Washington and it has by far the best illustrated covers of any magazine being printed today.

My third is a classic publication known as National Geographic. It is thought provoking, penetrating, informative and still going strong after several decades. As the world is changing and man is continuously affecting the environment I read national geographic for ideas for many of my social and eco driven imagery. As a citizen of the world I try to remain aware of my carbon footprint and understand that what I do affects other parts of the world not just my immediate surroundings.

Lastly, Epilogue a diverse online publication bringing a variety of art styles and medium to its readers also makes my list. More of a literary journal, Epilogue is unique in that it has no borders or guidelines to fulfill. It is free form and features up and coming artist to more seasoned designers Painters photographers, graphic designers all come together here. It's administrators are located on both coasts which help to bring a by coastal perspective to the magazine's content.


 

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posted on 05.11.09

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Marc Lafia
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Wood Cut
Diana Kim

Hi. This is my first post on Art + Culture. Mr. Marc Lafia kindly invited me to take part in the Magazine, so here goes. I am Steven Lawrence, an artist from southern California. To see my work go to www.stlawrenceart.com. I have a growing knowledge of the art and design world as each day goes by and nothing thrills me more than the prospect of blogging about the ever exciting world of art and design. I look forward to connecting with as many artists and art lovers where ever they may be. As a global citizen, my areas of interest are widespread and far reaching. It will be my goal to bring to the fold my varied and diverse taste in art, architecture, fashion, literature, film and so much more!

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