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Web and graphic designer Seth Hardie recently posted the accidental creative process behind an image he created.  Hardie used his iPhone, the Grid Lens app and the Image Blender app to layer several images together.  Visit his blog here to read about the process behind this image:

Image by Seth Hardie

-Jayme Catalano


The Compound Gallery in San Francisco has an answer to the ubiquitous wine and produce subscription services:  art subscription!  Just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), subscribers answer a few questions about their likes/dislikes and how often they’d like to receive their $50 deliveries.  Instead of organic produce, however, they receive artwork in a variety of mediums by Bay Area artists.  Featured artists have included ceramicists, print makers, painters, etc.

A recent subscriber box containing work by Jeanne Lorenz.

Visit Art in a Box to sign up.  Click here for more work by Jeanne Lorenz.

-Jayme Catalano

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before:  a 25-year-old eBay entrepreneur acquires a boxful of film negatives, develops the negatives and in so doing discovers a brilliant but obscure and heretofore unknown artist.  John Maloof did just that in 2007, uncovering the work of Vivian Maier while searching for street scenes of Chicago for a book project he was working on.  After crowd sourcing the internet for feedback on the work, he decided to pursue an exhibition.  Mr. Maloof is now in possession of more than 100,000 negatives and several hundred rolls of film.  More than 12,000 negatives and 70 homemade movies are in the hands of another Maier collector, Jeff Goldstein.  An exhibition was staged at the Chicago Cultural Center last January and a documentary on Vivian Maier is in development.

Vivian Maier, courtesy of

Images taken by Vivian Maier including a self-portrait, bottom middle. Courtesy of

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-Jayme Catalano

The artist commonly known as Weegee was an expert at Photoshopping, more than forty years before the software was invented.  We are so used to seeing dramatically airbrushed and digitally manipulated imagery that an image such as Weegee’s “Marilyn Monroe” seems unremarkable until we remember that he was doing this manually, without the aid of computer software.  That he could turn a beautiful movie star into a character from Dr. Seuss’ Who-ville without the Liquify filter is nothing short of amazing.  Weegee employed a variety of techniques while creating his Distortions, using curved glass or translucent paper during enlargement or boiling or melting the negatives to achieve the effect he was after.

"Marilyn Monroe" by Weegee was created in 1960 using analog film distortion techniques. The photos at top right and bottom were manipulated using the Liquify filter in Adobe Photoshop.