One Minute Portraits

Melbourne-based graphic designer offers original art in a minute or less

Perhaps Warhol was the first to open up the art world to the idea of fast art, smashing the notion that the quality of art is parallel to the time spent creating it. Granting more than just a nod to Warhol’s ideology is UK artist, Benjamin Hammond. After years of sketching his colleagues during weekly work meetings, the now Melbourne-based graphic designer began getting requests …

Inner Views

Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa's stunning large-scale images of life in his native South Africa

With a careful eye, South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa‘s highly-saturated, large-format photos of migrant workers and urban natural disasters document the state of his native country and its inhabitants today. Depicting everyday people in their natural environments, Mthethwa’s upcoming exhibit, “Inner Views” at Harlem’s Studio Museum, shows a particularly human side of the photographer’s strength as a portraitist. Curators divided the exhibit into three themes—Interiors, …

Ghost in the Machine

Portraits channel rock's finest using cassette tape

Erika Iris Simmons’ one-year foray into cassette-tape portraiture happened after noting how similar the coiled, stringy reels of old cassettes resembled Jimi Hendrix’ hair. Since then the 26-year old self-taught artist has added similar likenesses of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, and other legendary musicians and icons to her impressive body of work. Simmons, who lives in Atlanta and works under the …