The Enchanting, Vanishing Land Art of James Brunt

James Brunt

Using only what his natural surroundings provide, James Brunt produces mesmerizing art. The next time you take a walk along a beach, look down. As stunning as the vista’s hug against the water will be, search the sand for what some artists consider their sole materials: whatever Mother Nature has given them that hour. Now you know what British artist James Brunt does every day. Brunt combs the beaches, forests and brush near his quaint Yorkshire home to do what he does best: assemble twigs, leaves, stones and other nearby foliage into jaw-dropping designs existing in their natural spaces, never to be transported or sustained. When the tide comes in, so go the spiral structures Brunt made with dozens of white stones. When a breeze floats through the trail where he’s laid a circular and colorful arrangement of leaves, the art disappears. But not before Brunt snaps several photos for        …read more

Jonathan Adler Makes His Mark on the Interior Design Game

Jonathan Adler

In an interview, designer Jonathan Adler reveals how his take on “modern American glamour” infuses his products with a design spirit that’s distinctly his own. When Jonathan Adler was 12, he signed up for his first pottery class because he thought the instructor was cute. “But when I first touched that piece of clay, there was something spiritual there, a connection,” he tells me in an interview for Crixeo. That seminal moment whisked young Adler on a journey that would see him run a design empire bursting with 30 stores across the U.S. In his early days, Adler’s family was extremely encouraging of his artwork, he says. “I was fortunate to have super-creative parents. My dad was a lawyer who spent every spare moment painting, and my mom used to write for Vogue, and her ebullient sense of color inspires me to this day.” While enrolled at Brown University, Adler        …read more

Meet Charlene Holy Bear, the Lakota Artist Whose Beaded Vans Went Viral

Lakota artist

When Lakota artist Charlene Holy Bear posted a picture of the beaded shoes she made for her son, she had no idea they’d go viral or be featured in ‘Vogue.’ Charlene Holy Bear first learned how to bead when she was five years old. Her older sister taught her how in an effort to keep her away from messier paints. Three decades later, Holy Bear is a full-time artist, selling her beaded creations through her website, art shows and markets. Her older sister, Rhonda Holy Bear, who adopted Charlene, is an established artist as well, known best for her traditional Lakota dolls. In an interview for Crixeo, Charlene Holy Bear talked with me about the picture of her young son’s beaded Vans that led to her viral fame. “Justus was four years old, and we were going to the Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, and I didn’t have enough time        …read more

The Secret Space of Dreams: Jerry Garcia's Art

Jerry Garcia's art

In honor of his birthday on August 1, get mesmerized by Jerry Garcia’s art. It’s as psychedelic and openhearted as his music with the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia’s art was mostly of the musical variety. He was a founding member of the Grateful Dead, his longest-running project from 1965 to 1995. He was also an accomplished banjo player in the bluegrass group Old & In the Way and a longtime friend of mandolinist David Grisman, with whom he recorded several albums later in his life, not to mention his many side projects, including playing pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Less famously, Garcia was also a visual artist who produced more than 1,000 pieces, mostly after his brush with death in the form of a diabetic coma in 1987. In her foreword to the book Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews,        …read more

Inside the Work of 'Carry That Weight' Artist Emma Sulkowicz

Emma Sulkowicz

One of the most intriguing artists of our time, Emma Sulkowicz opens up about events leading to the viral performance piece and continuing work. Three years before the #MeToo movement went viral, New York–based performance artist Emma Sulkowicz became famous for the 2015 performance piece Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), in which Sulkowicz carried a 50-pound dorm mattress around Columbia University’s campus for nine months to protest the university’s lack of action against an alleged rapist. After becoming a luminary in the art world, Sulkowicz — who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns — performed Self-Portrait (Performance with Object), in which they answered questions from visitors while standing on a platform at the Caogula Curatorial gallery in Los Angeles, California. Questions that objectified or fetishized Sulkowicz, however, had to be directed toward Emmatron, a life-sized robot in the likeness of Sulkowicz, which dispensed prerecorded answers to preset questions Sulkowicz didn’t        …read more

Viva la Vida: The Life Stories behind Frida Kahlo’s Best Paintings

Frida Kahlo

In celebration of Frida Kahlo’s birthday, July 6, explore the indomitable Mexican artist’s best paintings and the stories behind them. Frida Kahlo’s art is haunting, from tortured self-portraits to surreal works blending magical realism with her distinct folk art style. Her paintings are intensely personal, like visual diary entries, and she doesn’t shy away from the gory details of her physical and emotional pain. Every painting tells a story, and each one is a brushstroke on the canvas of her legendary life. According to Frida Kahlo scholar Hayden Herrera in her book Frida Kahlo: The Paintings, Frida was born — and died — in the “Blue House” in Coyoacán, Mexico, which is now the Museo Frida Kahlo (Frida Kahlo Museum). In her short life, Frida created 143 stunning — and sometimes disturbing — paintings. Frida Kahlo had no formal training aside from a few high school art classes, and she        …read more

Rebecca Parham of Let Me Explain Studios on the Rise of YouTube Animation

Let Me Explain Studios

Just one year after Parham quit freelancing to become a full-time YouTuber, her Let Me Explain Studios is among the most popular animation channels on the platform. When Rebecca Parham of YouTube channel Let Me Explain Studios posted a collaboration video titled “How to Creep Out Your Fav YouTubers at Cons” in May of 2017, the freelance animator could’ve never anticipated the reaction she’d get — or the life changes that were in store. The video, which featured lines voiced by fellow YouTubers TomSka, Jaiden Animations and Daneboe, sent her subscriber count soaring. Just two months later, the night before she left for VidCon, she hit 100,000 subscribers. That was only the beginning. In July of 2017 the Ringling College of Art & Design graduate quit her freelancing job and became a full-time YouTuber. With more bandwidth for what she loves, and with the support of the YouTube animation community,        …read more

‘What If?’ Movies Reimagined: The Art of Peter Stults

Peter Stults

In his imaginative poster series, Peter Stults casts classic performers like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean in popular movies of our time. Anthony Hopkins as Trainspotting’s Renton. David Bowie as Doctor Strange. Audrey Hepburn going creepy in Black Swan. Welcome to the fever dreams of Peter Stults, a New York artist who applies his unique casting choices to films ranging from Die Hard to Inception to Captain America, inspiring us to look at Hollywood in a new light. Such intermarriages of Hollywood luminaries aren’t just for surface entertainment. When you look deeper into Stults’ choices, you can see how the affected film could be enhanced by time-traveling into an era of bespoke suits and shaken-not-stirred martinis. Sean Connery would be perfect as The Fifth Element’s main character, played by Bruce Willis, bringing a swagger that Willis might not showcase. Christopher Walken as the T-1000, the villain, in Terminator 2? Yep,        …read more

A Brief History of Shia LaBeouf Doing Weird Shit

Shia LaBeouf

Ahh, Shia LaBeouf. You lovable scamp, you. People say you’re crazy, Shia LaBeouf. They say you’ve lost the plot. They tell me to stop writing you letters — that you’ll never respond. But I know you read them, Shia. I know you’re reading this right now, Shia. I know everything, Shia. I can read your mind, Shia. Oh yeah? Prove it, friend, is what you just said to your screen, Shia. Now you’re freaking out. You’re trying to trick me, trying to think completely random things to prove to yourself that you aren’t crazy and that I’m not reading your mind. But I am, Shia. Purple lemur in roller skates spinning gracefully on an upside-down Toyota. See? I’m in your head, Shia. Accept it. Embrace it. I’m not writing this article for my fans, of which there are plenty. No, I’m writing this for you. See, I’ve been watching you. Studying        …read more

James Rallison on TheOdd1sOut Comics, Animations & New Book

TheOdd1sOut comics

The creator takes us back to the beginning of TheOdd1sOut comics and his enormously popular YouTube animation channel and teases his new book. On June 14, 2012, 16-year-old James Rallison posted the first in a new webcomic on his Tumblr page. It took him 100 comics to gain 100 followers, about a year to settle on a defined style of sketching, and more than two years to make the transition to YouTube. But since these humble beginnings, the now-21-year-old animator amassed a following of more than seven million YouTube subscribers (at the time of this writing) who wait with baited breath for new videos to appear on his channel, TheOdd1sOut. With a quirky sense of humor and self-voiced characters, Rallison’s personality is at the heart of what makes TheOdd1sOut such a hit — his comics aren’t just funny but also relatable. While videos like “My Thoughts on the Science Fair        …read more