Alessandra Marie: Artist 

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Alessandra attended the Pratt Institute where she graduated in 2012 but remaining in New York where she currently lives and works.  It’s been a pleasure to see her style evolve and to see her art embraced into the eyes of countless viewers and I’ve always wanted to sit down and talk to her about all of it. She has gained a lot of recognition though interview, blogs and social media which I guess is a sign of the times.

All her works are with coffee stain, ink and pencil then Alessandra adds gold leaf details. This creates these wonderful dreamy pieces with an almost art nouveau feel I think.

  

My favourite interview answer when asked about her work :

Alessandra: Well – I don’t work with color! It’ll start to come in eventually (in certain areas), but my mind doesn’t work like a painters’ does. I see and compose work in terms of pattern, as opposed to light.. At first I perceived it as a serious disadvantage, but now I’ve found that it enables me to overcome some obstacles in interesting ways. It goes back to that Picasso quote, “If you have five elements available, use only four. If you have four elements, use three.” You can’t keep the intention of the piece pure if you’re too focused on balancing a bunch of irrelevant parts.

And yeah, Klimt was where the initial idea for gold came from! Growing up, my grandparents had some lovely Japanese lacquer boxes with gold that were great too.. I’ve always thought they were beautiful, and the execution on them inspired the work as well.

  

Having a go myself was going to be a challenge. I didn’t have gold leaf so I just used metallic pens to match the iridescence. I have to say learning to control and predict what the coffee stains would do took several test attempts.

My attempts:

   

 

Final piece…

  

Satirist Pawel Kuczyński 

Pawel Kuczynski is a modern satirist who was born in 1976 in Szczecin, in northern Poland near the German border. In 2001 he graduated in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. He worked as an illustrator for several newspapers in Poland honing his skills as a social commentary artist. In 2010, he won 19 awards including 2nd prize in the 49th International Festival of Knokke Cartoon in Heist and 1st prize at the International Cartoon Contest in Croatia; proving the effectiveness his style of visual communication has on public opinion.

Kuczynski’s art is extremely evocative. His drawings always confront the viewer with specific current problems known from the media, but presented in an altogether different form from the more usual cartoon or comic strip style associated with satire. In his surrealistic work, full of visual metaphors and black humor, Kuczynski confronts the viewer with contemporary problems.

He is very committed and hard in his political and social diagnostics. The sad truth about human condition, about social, political and environmental threats takes definite shape and is no longer abstract. Most of his works deal with serious themes such as poverty, greed, politics and finitude. However, the grotesque perspective allows him to tame fear and make unpleasant facts bearable.