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Artist of the moment……..Street Art Collective Hygienic Dress League



Hygienic Dress League is a street art collective based out of Detroit, Michigan.

The company was started as an art project by artists Steve and Dorota Coy. Below a great interview with the duo talking about what inspires them and their artwork:

In this fantastic clip we see a wonderful street project by H.D.L. that involved streaming images over steaming sewer caps creating exciting holograms:

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With the concepts of marketing, branding, and advertising Hygienic Dress League reminds me a great deal of Andy Warhol when he first moved to the factory. Warhol at the time was just making his foray into mass marketing with his reproductions of the Brillo Box.

Hygienic Dress League also tried to sell shares in their collective. This reminded of when the artist Thomas Kinkade successfully listed his company on the N.Y.S.E.


Artist of the moment……Ken Kalman

Ken Kalman is a wonderful sculptor who uses animals,insects, and maps as his subject matter. Ken Kalman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1955. For his artistic education Kalman attended Boston University , the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico earning a bachelors degree in painting. The artist also earned a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kalman creates his artwork  out of cast aluminum and found materials.

The artist works in varied sizes from table sized works to public sized commissioned works made out of cast aluminum.

In this clip we view a show featuring the sculptures of Ken Kalman:

Kalman was also a teacher at many colleges and universities in California including the San Francisco Art Institute and Modesto Junior College.

Kalman is part of many prestigious collections including the United States Department of State located in Washington D.C. and the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks.

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Its great to see insects portrayed in sculpture. Kalman has a great sense of design. Some of his sculpture animals works remind of the graphic artist Charley Harper.


Artist of the moment……David Zinn

David Zinn is a wonderful street artist renowned for his drawings of cartoons that appear all over the sidewalks of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The artist began drawing with chalk on the sidewalks in 2007.

A main character is Sluggo. The character sluggo started out as a drawing of child pulling a wagon. He then transformed the character into his signature character. Zinn didn’t like to sign his street art, so this character became his signature.

His characters usually are doing something funny.

Zinn has worked as the host of a radio program. He has also worked as a theater performer, director, and designer of makeup.

The artist was inspired by Maurice Sendak.

In this clip we see many of David Zinn’s street art!:

I love the fun design and colors the artist uses in his characters. Its like having a character from a Maurice Sendak book come to life. Its great to see his characters doing such modern activities as withdrawing money from the ATM. I really enjoy art that inspires children to create art.

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