Seurat’s Circus Sideshow // The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Seurat’s Circus Sideshow, running through May 29, 2017 at The Met, displays the excitement around circus sideshows in the nineteenth century.  Georges Seurat’s painting “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” serves as the central theme, and a number of his conte crayon drawings are featured as well.  The exhibit is supported by work from other artists such as paintings, posters, drawings, journals, and film, all showing their individual take on one of the oldest entertainments.  Scroll through our photos below and be sure to check out this show.  More information can be found here:

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/seurat-circus-sideshow

 

 

The Museum at FIT // Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968

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“Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968” recently opened at The Museum at FIT.  The exhibition features a mix of over 100 creations from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Pierre Cardin, and Cristobal Balenciaga.  It begins with impeccably tailored couture pieces from the late 1950s and moves through the fashion-forward and innovative ready-to-wear pieces of the 1960s.  The show highlights the significant impact ready-to-wear had on the Parisian couture industry at that time.

Below is a collage of photos we took at the show.  More information can be found here: https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/paris-refashioned.php

Girls & Boys Spring/Summer 18 Mood Boards

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Our latest mood boards are here and ready to view!  Contact us for a link to view all 8: info@fivepointsgraphics.com

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For 13 x 19 300dpi versions, send us an email at info@fivepointsgraphics.com.  Free of charge, no strings attached.

Kid’s Trends: 2017 Blockbusters

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We’ve scoped out the movies for the upcoming year to predict how we think they will influence placement graphics and print trends.  2017 looks to be a huge year for kid’s films, and based on the number of super hero action movies set to be released, we’re  expecting “Super Hero” to be a major theme.  We’ve already seen an upswing in the category this year and it seems it will only continue to gain steam.  Here is our list of the upcoming films and their influences.

The Lego Batman Movie – (Influences: Super Hero / Action & Adventure)

Spider-Man: Homecoming – (Influences: Super Hero / Action & Adventure)

Wonder Woman – (Influences: Super Hero / Girl Power / Fantasy / Action & Adventure)

Justice League – (Influences: Super Hero / Action & Adventure)

Thor: Ragnarok – (Influences: Super Hero / Action & Adventure)

Power Rangers – (Influences: Super Hero / Action & Adventure)

Smurfs: The Lost Village – (Influences: Magic / Action & Adventure / Friendship)

Barbie – (Influences: Fashion / Friendship)

Beauty and the Beast – (Influences: Fairytale / Fantasy / Monsters / Romance)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – (Influences: Pirates! / Sea Themes / Action & Adventure)

A Monster Calls – (Influences: Monsters / Fairytales / Fantasy)

Emojimovie: Express Yourself – (Influences: Emojis / Social Media / Technology)

The Lego Ninjago Movie – (Influences: Ninja Warriors / Marital Arts / Monsters / Action & Adventure)

My Little Pony – (Influences: Horses / Unicorns / Rainbows / Magic / Adventure / Friendship)

Coco – (Influences: Dia de los Muertos / Sugar Skulls / Mexican Culture / Adventure / Family)

Monster Trucks – (Influences: Cars / Trucks / Transportation / Action & Adventure)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions – (Influences: Anime / Magic / Dragons / Action & Adventure)

Rock Dog – (Influences: Animals / Music / Rock Star / Travel / Adventure)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – (Influences: Animals / Animal Humor / Adventure)

Cars 3 – (Influences: Cars & Transportation / Racing / Action & Adventure)

Transformers: The Last Knight – (Influences: Modern Robots / Technology / Action & Adventure)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – (Influences: Space & Galaxy Themes / Sci-Fi / Fantasy)

See you at the movies!

 

Artist Spotlight: Evan Schwartz

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Evan Schwartz, a Brooklyn-based mixed media artist, took time out to chat with us about his work and process. Read on for a peek into his world.

Hi, Evan!  Can you describe your artwork and share what you’ve been working on?

My art has a distinct surreal, dream-like, and urban feel to it.  Currently, I have three main bodies of work: Who We Are—explores the complex lives of inner-city teenagers, Dreamscapes—gather together visual fairy tales that revolve around a central protagonist named Alice, and Through My Eyes, which is geared more towards the politics and observations of the world around me. The common thread that runs through all my work is a ‘worlds-within-worlds’ affect where there is always something more to be discovered.

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after-the-world-died“After The World Died”

 

Tell us about your background and when you started creating art.

I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Other than listening to and collecting music, I never had another hobby or interest in my whole life other than art. When an art magnet school was built near my home town I was among the first to be accepted to and attend it. In high school, my art teacher would send my assignments off to contests without telling me—and I ended up winning a number of awards as a result. After high school I moved to the big bad city to attend both Pratt and SVA.

beyond-the-veil-of-childhood“Beyond The Veil Of Childhood”

 

Did you have any major sources of inspiration when you were young and green behind the ears?

As a young child I would devour anything art related that came my way from comics and graphic novels to modern and classic art. As a tweener (and even now) I remember being distinctly influenced by album cover art, especially the albums and posters of Iron Maiden and their mascot ‘Eddie’. In addition, total and complete boredom, Robert Williams, Robert Crumb, punk rock, Bukowski, psychedelic drugs, Red Grooms, and most of Salvador Dali were major influences as well.

its-complicated“It’s Complicated”

 

What inspires your work now?

I am most inspired by my life in the city, especially because that city is Brooklyn. To a further extent, having the good fortune to live next to a major art museum (Brooklyn) has shaped my art in dramatic ways. My most pivotal experience as an adult artist was seeing the Fred Tomaselli exhibit in 2010 at the Brooklyn Museum and being floored beyond belief. It was the first time that I not only saw resin used in artwork, but I was able to glimpse its limitless possibilities as a medium. Since then resin has become one of my main signature styles and have used it in every artwork I’ve made since.

Besides that, Instagram, where I can see amazing art from around the world keeps me inspired every day and makes me work even harder so that my work will continue to grow and evolve.

yo-majesty“Yo Majesty”
the-ringmaster“The Ringmaster”
rise-above“Rise Above”

 

Can you tell us about your process?

I have a unique process, as my artworks are not so much painted, as they are built. Allow me to explain: Once I’ve designed an artwork, significant parts of the middle and foreground are drawn and painted separately from the background; the background is on the canvas itself, the other parts are drawn and painted on sheets of acetate. Once painted, these significant parts are cut out and mounted on to layers of foam core, which are then cut out again and glued on to the surface of the canvas. The result is that there are layers of images that come three to four inches off of the surface of the canvas giving it a tactile look that creates lights and shadows of their own. It’s difficult to see all of this in the digital photographs of my work that appear on the screen and I feel they must be seen in person to fully appreciate the work. Finally, each artwork is caste in resin, which leaves my art with richer colors and a smooth glass-like finish.

rippleeffect“Ripple Effect”

 

Where can we find your work?

If you are interested in my work I have a fantastic promotion going on. Each person who goes to www.evanschwartzart.com and signs my mailing list will have a limited-edition art print sent right to their home.  Also follow me on Instagram @blackarts78

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Artist Spotlight: Fashion Designer & Stylist, Julie Mollo!

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New York City based Fashion Designer and Stylist, Julie Mollo, shows us her new pop-up shop at Chelsea Market and shares the inspiration behind her fun & flirty, retro-inspired lifestyle brand.

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Tell us about your background and when you started designing and styling.

I grew up an only child in Grafton, MA – a super small rural town. My mom is super crafty and is always knitting and quilting. Her mother and grandmother made all of her clothing growing up, so the creative gene is in my bloodstream. In middle school I started dressing a little differently and experimenting with my closet but it wasn’t until high school that I started to become serious and understand that I could design something and create that design. The art department was super tiny in my high school so I took classes wherever else I could- RISD, MassArt and local art museums, filling all of my free time/school vacations with more classes to learn as much as I could. I knew I wanted to live in NYC, so I only applied to FIT and Pratt for college. Eventually I chose Pratt and moved to Brooklyn immediately after graduating high school when I was 18! 10 years later, here I am!

Did you have any major sources of inspiration when you were young and green behind the ears?

I was raised on monster movies and Hitchcock films, which makes a lot of sense to me now, I love the fashion in the Hitchcock movies and the kitsch of monster movies. I always loved ballerinas, shapes, a good theme, love and the 1950s. Music has always inspired me and since 3rd grade Gwen Stefani has been my #1 style icon. Her inspirations have always inspired me as well, even if we translate them differently. I’ve loved putting two juxtaposing ideas next to each other, like my mid-length feminine full circle skirts with a big metal zipper running the entire length of it.

What inspires your work now?

My inspirations have really never changed. I’m constantly inspired by the same things, and if you really look at my work over the past 10 years you can see that they all have the same ideas behind them, each season the pieces are just a little more grown up. It’s fun to see my babies (designs) grow with me. I have a rack of my history of designs in my studio and its wild to see the evolution of my thoughts hanging next to each other!

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Describe the Julie Mollo aesthetic for us. What is the spirit of the brand?

Fun, flirty, retro, rock & roll!

You have an impressive list of celebrity clients. Can you share who you’ve worked with and how it came about?

Katy Perry was my first client ever. She was the first person, besides my teachers or myself, that I had made clothes for. I reached out to her manager via MySpace as soon as I saw her photo I knew she would love my designs. “I Kissed A Girl” had just hit the radio and she was about to blow up. I was 20 and entering my junior year in college, designing for the VMAs, Tonight Show & Today Show between my homework assignments. Tagging onto my inspirations when I was “green behind the ears”, my inspirations for Katy Perry’s costumes were very obvious- I was inspired by a strawberry/banana/ watermelon, so here’s a strawberry/watermelon/banana dress. I was so naive in those days, and I learned a lot. Since the KP days, I’ve worked with many musicians- YouTuber/Singer/Songwriter Megan Nicole is my #1, we’ve done over 50 pieces over the past two and a half years for stage, award shows, events and everything in between. We were connected through a friend in the music industry and basically fell in love aesthetically. We are perfect for each other. She’s become a great friend over the years, too. We work very closely. I’ve also worked a lot with the incredible Andra Day, making custom pieces for her to perform in at Live! With Kelly & Michael, Late Show with Steven Colbert, and of course…The Grammys. That was a huge career goal of mine that I got to cross off this past February. I used every connection I had ever made to get in touch with Andra and finally was put in touch with her publicist via a friend at Buzzfeed last summer. There’s no clear cut way to get a new high-profile client, always remember to be nice to everyone- you don’t know who you’re going to work together with in the future.

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Do you have a favorite project?

Hmmm…My favorite project ever? I love my entire idea of Retroversible (“retro inspired reversible clothing!”). I vividly remember having the idea hit me. It just felt right. Retroversible really changed the game for my company. It was the first time I was able to put out an actual line of product to girls everywhere, rather than only custom work.

Tell us about your pop-up shop!

So exciting! I’m really trying to expose my brand to a new audience and thought that Chelsea Market would be an ideal way of putting myself in front of thousands of new eyeballs every single day. Artists and Fleas have been a company I have been shopping with since I moved to New York. I love the brands that they work with and was so excited to I have 50 square feet that i am making as cute as humanly possible and I am very excited about it. I will be up and running August 29 – September 11.

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Along with your pop-up shop, you’re launching a kid’s collection. What inspired you to take the leap into childrenswear?

I’m trying to expand my womenswear line into more of a lifestyle brand. I’ve always loved childrenswear and it makes a lot of sense for me- most of my silhouettes are very young and transition easily into smaller sizes. Little kids always really like me because I usually just look like a bigger version of them!

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

The end result. Seeing people wear my pieces online and in person, shipping orders off to clients and seeing my custom pieces being performed in on stage. Being in the audience while my designs are performing on stage is the best feeling in the world. That’s what makes everything else leading up to it worth it.

How does living in NYC influence your work, life, and/or style?

My style has become much more practical, and that is definitely due in part to the physical aspect of living here. New Yorkers are always on the go and need to be able to dress for any temperature and environment. My style has definitely influenced my designs because I design things that I would want to wear, I am my customer. Living in NYC has definitely made my style and designs more comfortable and as a result i have added a lot of comfortable knit pieces to my collections and have designed multiple tee shirts, sweaters and cardigans for layering…all with the same fun flair and retro feel.

Where can we find your work?

Right now at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market through September 11, online at http://www.juliemollo.com and at Slapback in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

And of course, you can see what I’m up to at all times on social media @juliemollo (except on twitter where i’m @fashionosaurus because another Julie Mollo won’t give me my name).

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