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Got a Girl Crush On: Kooky animal lady, humorist, & illustrator, Lisa Hanawalt

I first was introduced to Lisa’s work by getting bold with a friend and posing in our birthday suits for Mike Perry’s drawing collective marathon, Get Nude, Get Drawn series and was smitten by her take at the could be tried age-old format of live figure drawing (editor’s note - the is not me in the previous link). Upon seeking out her actual portfolio, I can’t stop giggling at the world Lisa creates (like Coyote Doggirl, or Tuca the Toucan who lives in the city).

Check out more of her work over at www.lisahanawalt.com!

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Got a Girl Crush On: Toronto-based artist, Jamiyla Lowe

(photo from Boots & Pine)

Got a Girl Crush On: Sadie Benning

Born in 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sadie Benning is a lesbian videomaker who began making videos when she was 15-years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning’s early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity. Evoking in turn playful seduction and painful honesty, Benning’s floating, close-up camera functions as a witness to her intimate revelations, and as an accomplice in defining her evocative experimental form. Her work emerges from a place half-innocent and half-adult—with all the honesty, humor, and desperation of a personality just coming into self-awareness, trapped and uneasy. Her more recent work moves beyond the Pixelvision camera and into animation, film and installation. [video databank]

In addition to her personal work, she has made work for Le Tigre and Julie Ruin.

Got a Girl Crush On: Ellen Grossman, artist also known as the “adorable older lady that met Jay-Z on the subway”

1-4 Foldover/Green 9”x12”green gel pen ink on black paper 2010

2-11 Elucidation (detail)  25”x39” metallic gel pen on blue paper, 2011

Via the NY Times piece by a friend of hers:







"To what does she attribute this new found celebrity? Given the economy, the wars and talk of the end of the world, “I think the world is in the mood for a sweet, old lady,” she said."








Yes we are!

Got a Girl Crush On: Ellen Grossman, artist also known as the “adorable older lady that met Jay-Z on the subway”

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1-4 Foldover/Green 9”x12”green gel pen ink on black paper 2010

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2-11 Elucidation (detail)  25”x39” metallic gel pen on blue paper, 2011

Via the NY Times piece by a friend of hers:

"To what does she attribute this new found celebrity? Given the economy, the wars and talk of the end of the world, “I think the world is in the mood for a sweet, old lady,” she said."

Yes we are!

Got a Girl Crush On: Jean Grae

Nikola Tamindzic, Jean Grae (for Jezebel 25)
South African-born and New York-bred, Jean Grae is widely regarded as one of the most underrated MCs in the game. Coming up in the mid-’90s in the hip hop group Natural Resource, Grae later struggled as a solo artist to find her footing in a rap landscape that was overpopulated with hyper-sexualized female artists. Refusing to assimilate, Grae has truly epitomized the spirt of an independent artist. At her core, she’s an innovator, with raw and incredibly personal lyrics that touch on the kind of shared female experiences that no other rapper has dared explore, like the complexity of mother/daughter relationships.
— Tracie Egan Morrissey, Jezebel.com


(via homeofthevain)

Got a Girl Crush On: Jean Grae

Nikola Tamindzic, Jean Grae (for Jezebel 25)

South African-born and New York-bred, Jean Grae is widely regarded as one of the most underrated MCs in the game. Coming up in the mid-’90s in the hip hop group Natural Resource, Grae later struggled as a solo artist to find her footing in a rap landscape that was overpopulated with hyper-sexualized female artists. Refusing to assimilate, Grae has truly epitomized the spirt of an independent artist. At her core, she’s an innovator, with raw and incredibly personal lyrics that touch on the kind of shared female experiences that no other rapper has dared explore, like the complexity of mother/daughter relationships.

— Tracie Egan Morrissey, Jezebel.com

(via homeofthevain)

Got a Girl Crush On: Nina Katchadourian’s “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style”

Improvising with materials close at hand, Seat Assignment consists of photographs, video, and digital images all made while in flight using only a camera phone. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing. At present, over 2500 photographs and video, made on more than 70 different flights to date, constitute the raw material of the project.

I can’t gleefully look at this enough! Nina makes due with the limited space and accouterment of an airplane bathroom and creates these beyond clever improvisations of Flemish-style paintings that really freakin’ hit it. She’s also a talented artist who creates a lot of environmental and animal inspired work (like her super adorable "Mended Spiderwebs" series).

Got a Girl Crush On: Prudence Fenton (Animator, Director, Producer, Imagineer)

Animation Director, Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986-1991); Executive Producer, Liquid Television (1991-1994)
Not long after the debut of MTV, my grandfather called the cable company and asked if he could have the channel scrambled. In the early days MTV was a showcase of bizarre animation, giving airtime to experimental work. At the time Prudence Fenton was a young animator just out of art school, hired by MTV to make station IDs. She continued throughout her career to push ideas and technologies as far as she could. By 1986 it worked! Far-out creativity made its way into network television with the legendary Saturday morning children’s program, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, where Prudence Fenton worked as the animation director. She brought the Penny Cartoon and other stop-motion wonders to the show.
Then in 1991, along with Japhet Asher, she worked to make Liquid Television a reality, which further embraced the experimental by commissioning independent animators to make short segments and creating a venue in which to show them. With Weird Vibes, the resurgence of Liquid Television, and new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head, maybe television is ready to get back into that territory again.When I called her up asking for an interview, she was surprised I knew who she was. I thought, “Shouldn’t everyone?” She is a pioneer.
VICE: How did you start working for MTV?Prudence Fenton: In art school I started doing my own animations by doing things with flip cards and shooting on Super 8. From there, I was hired by a company called Broadcast Arts that was about to do station IDs for MTV.
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PENNY!

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Got a Girl Crush On: Prudence Fenton (Animator, Director, Producer, Imagineer)

Animation Director, Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986-1991); Executive Producer, Liquid Television (1991-1994)

Not long after the debut of MTV, my grandfather called the cable company and asked if he could have the channel scrambled. In the early days MTV was a showcase of bizarre animation, giving airtime to experimental work. At the time Prudence Fenton was a young animator just out of art school, hired by MTV to make station IDs. She continued throughout her career to push ideas and technologies as far as she could. By 1986 it worked! Far-out creativity made its way into network television with the legendary Saturday morning children’s program, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, where Prudence Fenton worked as the animation director. She brought the Penny Cartoon and other stop-motion wonders to the show.

Then in 1991, along with Japhet Asher, she worked to make Liquid Television a reality, which further embraced the experimental by commissioning independent animators to make short segments and creating a venue in which to show them. With Weird Vibes, the resurgence of Liquid Television, and new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head, maybe television is ready to get back into that territory again.

When I called her up asking for an interview, she was surprised I knew who she was. I thought, “Shouldn’t everyone?” She is a pioneer.

VICE: How did you start working for MTV?
Prudence Fenton: In art school I started doing my own animations by doing things with flip cards and shooting on Super 8. From there, I was hired by a company called Broadcast Arts that was about to do station IDs for MTV.

PENNY!

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Got a Girl Crush On: Keren Richter's personal style
notkeren:

Recently my friends Kathrin and Julia came by my apartment and interviewed me for their German fashion blog, Two For Fashion. They asked me to talk about the designers I love, about my ‘style’ and then I bopped in and out of a few different looks. Their blog is all in German, but you can see a video of me and some various photos here! 

Major drool-worthy stuff!
Check out our previous post on Keren.

Got a Girl Crush On: Keren Richter's personal style

notkeren:

Recently my friends Kathrin and Julia came by my apartment and interviewed me for their German fashion blog, Two For Fashion. They asked me to talk about the designers I love, about my ‘style’ and then I bopped in and out of a few different looks. Their blog is all in German, but you can see a video of me and some various photos here

Major drool-worthy stuff!

Check out our previous post on Keren.

"Rituals" by Jeana Sohn

Got a girl crush on: Jeana Sohn

You know how there are those people who just decide to  pick something up and are immediately awesome at it? Yeah, Jeana Sohn is definitely one of them. The L.A.-based artist recently started posting movie shorts on her blog and the cinematography, styling, and music are so on point. I’m excited to see more!

At Home With Jenny Holzer, the Artist / The New York Times
Got a girl crush on: Jenny Holzer

“21. Item that most represents her: A raincoat that my buddy, the artist and fashion designer Helmut Lang, gave me. When you see it hung in the house, I am there. Helmut Lang and I traded stuff. Because I never go shopping, it was a great deal for me.”

I’ve never been good at brevity and have always reveled in Jenny Holzer’s talent for text. I’m a bit disappointed to find out that I’ve been following an imposter all this time.
(via britticisms)

At Home With Jenny Holzer, the Artist / The New York Times

Got a girl crush on: Jenny Holzer

“21. Item that most represents her: A raincoat that my buddy, the artist and fashion designer Helmut Lang, gave me. When you see it hung in the house, I am there. Helmut Lang and I traded stuff. Because I never go shopping, it was a great deal for me.”

I’ve never been good at brevity and have always reveled in Jenny Holzer’s talent for text. I’m a bit disappointed to find out that I’ve been following an imposter all this time.

(via britticisms)