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ARTmonday: Natsumi Hayashi Levitation Photos

When I have time, I like to get lost inside art websites. During one such journey, I started collecting images of women floating. Last night, I was poking around for more photos to add to the collection of floating female figures, when I came across an entire such series on Artsy, by Japanese-based photographer, Natsumi Hayashi.

Natsumi Hayashi, who lives in Tokyo with two cats (that’s pretty much all she listed in her bio), documents levitating self-portraits on her website  Yowayowa Camera (“yowayowa” means “weak” or “feeble” in Japanese). She also gives a bit of explanation of how she achieves this feat, though it was too technical for me to really get it. (I’m so not mechanically inclined, which puts a damper on my own photography skills.)

These levitating self-portraits are a lot of fun. I love her cute outfits and varied settings, from urban transportation centers to verdant fields. She seemed to do them practically daily back in 2011, not sure what she’s up to now. . .

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-14-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-29-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-19-2011

 Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-21-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-23-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-22-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 01-11-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-27-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-03-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-15-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-20-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-31-2011

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ARTmonday: Holly Andres’ Photographs of Young Girls

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Holly Andres was born in Missoula, Montana in 1977. She earned her BFA in painting at the University of Montana and her MFA from Portland State University.

Andres had her first solo exhibition Sparrow Lane in Portland, Oregon in 2008, which continued on to shows in San Francisco, New York and Istanbul. The Sparrow Lane images depict four young women and explore the female transition into adolescence and the loss of innocence, with allusions to Nancy Drew, Alice in Wonderland, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock.

Stories From a Short Street is a suite of eight photographs inspired by Andres’ experience growing up in rural Montana, the youngest of ten children. She posed groups of kids based on her own siblings to enact a specific moment in her memory. 

Holly Andres is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.

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The Golden Pillow, Holly Andres

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Amber, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 

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 Outside the Forbidden Bedroom, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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Fiona II, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 

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The Caterpillar, Holly Andres

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 The Lost Mitten, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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Picture Perfect, Holly Andres
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Carli Davidson, Holly Andres

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The Magic Elixir, Holly Andres
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The Missing Bird, Holly Andres
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The Red Purse, Holly Andres
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The Heart-Shaped Locket, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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ARTmonday: 12 Retro Style Campers

Everywhere you turn there’s a vintage retro camper, or glamping scene. Granted the two are totally different, but still, two sides of the same coin. While I could be convinced to glamp, you won’t catch me in a camper, ’50s style chic or otherwise. I am, however, charmed by some of the images. I also kinda love the idealization of the old-fashioned camping trip, in artwork mind you, not in real life, thank you very much.

A few months ago Rise Art asked me to curate a summer-themed art collection—”Summer Is Coming“—which features some camp and road trip inspired artwork. One of my favorites from that collection is this first piece, a technicolor blur of a family camp scene.

I searched for other similar images, but wound up finding illustrations mostly vintage campers, so I figured I’d just go with it.

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Camping  •  Jack Addis  •  Rise Art

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Camper & Mountains  •  Amy Lighthall  •  Etsy

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Camper Trailer RV  •  Cece & Coco  •  Etsy

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Camp Hawk  •  J. Austin Ryan  •  Etsy

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Campfire Retro American Landscape  •  Jazzberry Blue  •  Etsy

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Camper  •  Tom Hammick  •  Art.sy

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Happy Camper  •  Susanna Jarian  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper  •  Paper and Canvas  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper •  Just Print It

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VW Camper  •  Wyatt Design  •  Society 6

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Wallowa  •  Rachel Austin  •  Etsy

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Boler Camper  •  O’Reilly Ink  •  Etsy

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ARTmonday: Clint Jukkala

Missoula, Montana-born artist Clint Jukkala went to college in Seattle, and earned his M.F.A. at Yale University, where he stayed on, and is now an Associate Professor of Painting/Printmaking.

Jukkala’s recent work explores the ideas of light, filters, lenses, and frames. His colorful, geometric, and sometimes textural paintings, while for the most part abstract, at times resemble figures, namely ones with seriously large eyeglasses.

Clint Jukkala is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. His work has been shown at Feature Inc. and Envoy Enterprises in New York City, The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA, VOLTA NY 2013, The Currier Museum, and Soil Gallery in Seattle.

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Cosmic Trigger

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Cosmic Trigger

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Around the Outlines

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Off Course

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Out Look, Look Out

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Either Or

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Carry the Zero

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Over the Under

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Reconnaissance

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Inside Out

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Psychosoma

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Sunshine in the Shade

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Terrasoma

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ARTmonday: Bowls From the Kitchen Cupboard

I’ve been collecting cute and colorful tabletop and kitchen trinkets, like dipped wooden spoons, little patterned bowls, graphic tea towels, flowerpots,  and such, because this summer I’d like to attempt to take more original photographs for the blog. I’ve recently attempted to style a few shots (like the ones for the Raddish Kids post), and I think they’ve come out decently. And, of course, I’ve been practicing my still life tablescape and flower photos on Instagram almost daily. The last think I need is more stuff to store, but I figured the items would be good inspiration.

That reminded me of these artworks of bowls that I’ve been saving for a while, and figured today is as good a time as any to post them.

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Orange Still LIfe  •  William Scott

Kitchen Art Fruit Bowl Drawing Mzscreations

Bowl of Fruit  •  Mzscreations  •  Society 6

Kitchen Art Vintage Pyrex Bowl Print

Vintage Pyrex   •  Pocono Modern

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Vessel  •  Edel Rodriguez  •  Gallery Nucleus

Kitchen Art Bowl Stack Graphic Print

Bowl Stack  •  Strawberry Luna •  Etsy

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Vintage Pyrex  •  Elizabeth Graeber

Vintage Pitcher And Cup With Flowers Artwork

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Fruit Bowl  •  Colourbox  •  Society 6

Dorothy Coldwell Still Life Of Bowl

Dorothy Caldwell

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Midnight Blue  •  Akiko Kobayakowa  •  Etsy

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Retro Kitchen Bowls  •  Charming Shop Love  •  Etsy

Ashley Goldberg Drawing Thermos Mug

Ashley Goldberg •  Etsy

Red Cast Iron Pot Illustration Kitchen Art

Yusuke Yonezu

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ARTmonday: Andrea Heimer

Sex, shrubs, and UFOs pretty much sums up the work of artist Andrea Heimer, who, in her own words, paints “the dark/weird/hidden sides of the suburban landscape.”  Heimer creates small scale acrylic and pencil works on board that have the feel of Hindu miniature paintings in that they present detailed depictions of complicated narratives within a small space. (My graduate thesis focused on such Rajasthani miniatures, but that’s a whole other story.)
Andrea Heimer, who hails from Montana, did not go to art school. The scenes she paints are inspired by the strange events and relationships she witnessed in her own suburban neighborhood growing up. The images are cheerful,  cheeky, and irreverent, showcasing the perverse side of suburbia. Many of the works’ titles are mini stories that help illuminate just what she’s drawing. 
Heimer has shown her work around the country and abroad, including at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City last month. This summer her work will be exhibited at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City,  Hooloon Gallery in Philadelphia, and Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, Washington. For Fall, she has shows lined up at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, and Yard Dog Gallery Austin.
Here are ten pieces of subversive suburban landscapes by Andrea Heimer.
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“Betty Patton Lived Such A Solitary Life That She Welcomed Any Attention, Even That Of Thugs And Criminals”
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“Interruption at the Intersection of Cherry and Birch Streets”
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“A Dangerous Party Happened At The Bolands On Birch Street In 1998″
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“On July 24, 1989, Attendees Of The Annual Johnson Pool Party Said They Saw Lights In The Sky Then Everyone Went Crazy”
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“In The Summer Of 1989 Mr. McManus Cut Down A Rosebush That Was Growing Directly On The Border Between The McManus’s Back Yard And The Black’s Back Yard. The Resulting Donnybrook Was The Most Brutal Thing Us Kids Had Ever Seen In Real Life. Years Later I Figured Out The Fight Wasn’t Really About Roses.”
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“Lilly Peterson’s Parents Were Members Of The Neighborhood Sunshine Cult So She Was Too. Boys Came From Far And Wide To Listen To Her Preach The Gospel But I Strongly Suspected They Were More Interested In What Was Under Her Pink Cloak.”
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“Mr. Leland Had Served In The Military For A Time And When He Came Back My Parents Said He Was A Little Off. Everything Had To Be Perfect, From The Way The Lawn Was Cut To How Mrs. Leland Shaved Her Legs. He Almost Always Chewed Cinnamon Gum And We Were Terrified Of Him.”
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“In 1987 A Group Of Cat Burglars Ransacked The Neighborhood Stealing Jewelry, Artwork, Panties, And Other Valuables. The Situation Turned Everyone’s Fathers Into Amateur Detectives But When Rumor Had It The Thieves Started Bringing Two Hyenas As Protection During The Robberies We Chose To Let Them Be. Eventually The Robberies Stopped.”
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ARTmonday: Archivast

Archivast is a new site that offers classic black & white photography prints. The founders, John Chaisson and Stephen Bridges, sift through photo archives in search of striking images that would appeal to today’s market, reproduce them.

Motivated by the fact that many newspapers have thrown away its glass negatives from the 1800s (and that Chaisson ahd a hard time finding a unique birthday present for his wife),  Archivast is a platform for discovering, saving, reproducing, and exhibiting the best of classic black & white photography.

Designer John Derian curated the debut collection, “Heritage New York City,”  from the archives of the New York Times and the Museum of the City of New York.  Images illustrate the storied past of New York City, ranging in subject from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, to a snowy Central Park, to glamorous society women draped in haute couture.

In celebration of its launch, Archivast presents the “Heritage New York City”  Curated by John Derian for Archivast Pop Up Gallery on Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, from 12-5 p.m.  at The High Line Loft, 508 W. 26th Street, 5th floor, NYC. If you’re in New York, you should certainly stop by, and let me know how it is.

All prints start at $295 for 11×14; printed on highest quality, archival paper. Each size has an edition of 100. Framing also available.

Here are three prints from John Derian’s collection and three from Archivast Eye NYC.

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FASHION SHOW FOR THE UPTOWN LADIES, 1965

 An afternoon fashion show with models in feathered masquerade masks, at the Crystal Room of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, which hosted countless events for New York’s high society ladies.

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ROOFTOP BALLET, 1925

Famed Vienna-born ballerina Albertina Rasch poses as she captures members of her ballet troupe with a box camera on the rooftop of the newly opened Steinway Building on 57th Street. The newly built Sherry-Netherland Hotel is in the background.

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DINOSAURS ON THE HUDSON, 1963

Life-size dinosaur replicas are transported via barge along the Hudson River to their final destination at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

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CIRCUS ELEPHANTS & SCHOOLKIDS, 1966

Skipping school children follow a parade of elephants in town for the circus. Thearches of the Triborough Bridges in the background echo the elephants’ silhouettes, while the children holding hands mimicking their trunks.

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SNOWSTORM AT LAGUARDIA, 1940

Four workers struggle to secure an American Airlines flagship DC-3 to the frozen tarmac in a February snowstorm at La Guardia field in 1940.

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NEW YORK BAY, 1890

An early view of New York Harbor, photographed by Robert L. Bracklow, most likely taken from the crown of the Statue of Liberty. It pictures the Hudson and East Rivers teeming with barges, steamers and masted ships. In the distance, are the rising buildings of lower Manhattan and the newly built Brooklyn Bridge.

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ARTmonday: Stephen Sheffield’s Fort Point Studio

Our friend, photographer Stephen Sheffield, held an open studio at his loft in Fort Point on Saturday.

We love spending time with Stephen and Alison, whether we’re grabbing a drink at The Hawthorne, which Alison and Stephen designed together, hanging at our house, or, in the old days, at the playground. They’re even a pleasure to follow on Facebook, thanks to plenty of lunches accompanied by oversize glasses of wine, disgruntled kid anecdotes (the boys make appearances around town on Stephen’s Instagram too), and a family trip to Disney in a Winnebago.

We’re longtime fans of Stephen’s work (click back to ARTmonday: Stephen Sheffield), but we’d never been down to his studio. So glad we made the trip. It’s in a Fort Point loft building called Mondo Condo, with a funky old elevator , exposed brick walls, wood beam ceilings, and worn wood floors.

Stephen shoots most of his photographs (he uses actual film) on location, including a fair amount on a lake in northern Maine, where they spend summers. His studio has lots of little work spaces where he makes stuff (he creates mixed media pieces too), and his darkroom is just down the hall.

The studio is filled with his work, plenty of cameras, props like his bowler hats, other interesting odds and ends, a swing he rigged for the kids, and a chandelier he concocted from mannequin limbs.

Stephen grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, attended Cornell University, earned his MFA at California College of the Arts, and teaches at New England School of Photography. Stephen Sheffield is represented in Boston by Panopticon Gallery.

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ARTmonday: Hunt Slonem

Artist Hunt Slonem, who was born in Kittery, is best known for his paintings of tropical birds, though he also does butterflies and bunnies. His bird paintings are often based on the 30-100 birds of various species that he keeps in his own aviary at his studio.

DTR Modern Galleries, a fine art gallery specializing in modern and contemporary masters, which is on Newbury Street in Boston (with additional locations in Palm Beach, D.C., and NYC) represents Hunt Slonem, and often has his work in the window. It’s around the corner from the elementary school my son went to, as well right next to Starbucks, so I’ve seen it often.

Earlier this year, Victor Oliveira, the former Retail Operations Director at the ICA Store, emailed me to say he’d landed at DTR Modern Galleries as a, and that I should come by. Now that temps have thawed, and I’ve taken to wandering the neighborhood again, I did. Not just because I wanted to say hi, but because I was quite drawn to the cockatoo painting in the window.

Turns out there’s currently a Hunt Slonem show at DTR Modern. This Friday, May 16 is the opening reception, and Slonem will be there to celebrate his new work and his new book, Bunnies. (The gallery sent me home with a copy, so I’ll have to go back to have it signed.) Many of the pieces were already hung, so I took plenty of photos, below. I’ve added images of other new pieces here too.

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Fruit Doves & Conures, 2013, oil on panel

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Golden Butterflies, 2014, oil on panel

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Lories, 2013, oil on canvas (detail)

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Untitled (Aviary), 2014, oil on panel

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Catelayas, 2013, oil on canvas

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White Bunny, 2013, oil on canvas

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Metallic Bunnies, 2013, oil on canvas

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Purple Bunnies, 2013, oil on canvas

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And a few other new pieces of Hunt Slonem’s work I found online: 

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Untitled (Butterflies), 2014, oil on canvas

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Catelayas, 2014, oil on canvas

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Finches, 2014 oil on canvas

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Untitled (Bunnies), 2014, oil on canvas

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ARTmonday: Arts District Printing Co.

Arts District Printing Co. is a collaboration between photographer Jonathan Ventura of  Anon_Y_Mouse and Hammer And Spear, a design collective founded by HGTV’s Kristan Cunningham and husband, Scott Jarrell. Inspired by Ventura’s nostalgic landscapes, the couple invited him to create a series of prints showcasing DTLA’s Arts District. The line was a smashing success, so the trio formed a partnership in 2014 with the goal of bringing their travel-inspired art to a larger market.

Arts District Printing Co. prints are printed in three sizes on either handmade or cotton paper. Prices range from $15 to $40.Here is a sampling of the work.

 

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