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The Cult of Cute

July 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I use the word “cute” to describe this wave of independent art which has a peculiar aesthetic, mixing the light nature of children’s art with adult quirkiness and more serious tones. Whereas Japanese anime and childrens’ book illustration, both influences of this genre, stick to a visual code that is obvious and transparent, this art can have a darker side. For me it can, at times, feel a bit sad, but whatever the reaction the take-away is that this art is not as one-sided as it seems.

Despite the subtle complexity, this art celebrates the silly little things in life that make us content: pets, tea, knitting, rain. It un-apologetically takes a low-brow and childish bent- unsophisticated colors like pink and yellow and plain compositions of quirky little animals. It’s art that is unpretentious in nature and pleasing and happy.

Artist Crush: Pretty Little Thieves

March 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The heavy rain we’ve been having in New York is getting old fast. But I happened upon LA-based artist Nancy Mungcal of Pretty Little Thieves and was delighted to discover how many of her drawings include rain. I mean, how appropriate? Below are a sampling of Nancy’s rain-focused work. Funny that she’s based in LA… I’m guessing she grew up elsewhere – like Seattle.

1. another day of rain

2. rain keepers $38

3. seeking rain $32

4. the rain and my heart $32

5. the school girls

6. waiting for the rain (print) $20