Creative Brief: FrankNitty3000

I first encountered FrankNitty3000's work while combing 3d animation hashtags and artists on Instagram. The only way that I can describe his work is animated collage. He simply refers to them as "video doodles." Both labels are an understatement IMPO, but whatever you call them- they'll suck you in. I reached out to Frank a couple months ago to ask him a few questions about himself and his work. 

Between our initial phone conversation and now, Nitty has completed several notable collaborations. One with HK based photo blog DRKRMS... Another with Plastik Magazine. And last but not least, a series for Gucci. 

I've linked his IG after the feature. Definitely worth a follow.

- Stephan


little beast: Where are you from, where are you based?

Frank Nitty: I'm from a small town in The Netherlands, then moved to Tokyo and and now based in Hong Kong.

little beast: Would you say that the majority of your work is brand collaborations, or more personal work?

FN: I would say its a mix. Most of the work you will see from me on social media is personal work, but now that brands are opening up more to social media I'm also starting to create more work which is specifically made for small screens or square frames. Sometimes I post brand work if its up to my standard. 

little beast: We've shared a number of your works on Instagram. When did you start these collage animations and what inspired them?

FN: I started doing these short loop animations about a year ago. This was mainly out of boredom with brand work. I've done a lot of really "creative" stuff over the years, but rarely do you have full creative control so I never found it worth it to share my work with people. It's just a nice outlet to show some fresh/fun ideas. The stuff you'll find on my Instagram are basically "doodles" - just quick ideas that are fun to watch. Not trying to be too fancy. 

You can see more of Frank's work on his Instagram page (@franknitty30000)

Creative Brief: Cole Bryant

Cole Bryant is a bit of a nomad. I met him through mutual friends in Portland, who became close with him during an 8 month stint he had in the North West. He was born in Huntsville, Alabama and currently drifts between Alabama and Georgia. I saw his work and asked him to contribute some pieces to the journal. You can find bits of our conversation below.

-Stephan

 

littlebeast: How do the South and Pacific Northwest differ creatively?

CB: I think it’s hard for me to speak for Portland generally, let alone the Pacific Northwest, but art and music is definitely welcomed and appreciated more so there than the South. I think the South has a much more approachable scene though. Portland has had such a longer history in different subcultures that it takes more effort to get injected into something. I think that the South is not quite as appreciative of the arts and music. Not yet. It’s not completely against it, but it’s harder to find. It’s more concentrated into a handful of cities and demographics. Relatively speaking, there’s a lot more variety in the arts in Portland. There’s much more contemporary art that deals with a wider variety of new media, and there’s a lot more galleries to visit.

little beast: What mediums do you work in?

CB: I mostly work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. When I’m not on my laptop, I do a lot of ink drawings and I do some film photography. I often try to incorporate these tools together. But right now I primarily focus on digital media. 

little beast: What are "digital experiments?"

CB: I call my digital work my “digital experiments” because that’s what I feel towards them. I see them as visual experiments utilizing digital tools. My work right now is very experimental, because these tools seem to beg to be experimented with. The works are explorations of visual elements that push me, and push the technology in a direction that is often kind of uncomfortable and unorthodox.

You can find more of Cole's work here on his site and on Instagram (@butchankles).

Creative Brief: Nikki Pecasso

Nikki Pecasso is an artist based in Vancouver B.C. She illustrates a cast of characters and scenes that reflect her interest in contemporary society. 

Nikki originally submitted some of her work via email and it seemed appropriate to ask her a few questions about sex, feminism and Western culture. I love her work and am amazed that she still has an active Instagram account. You should follow her, it's linked after the interview.

-Stephan


little beast: When did you begin this current body of work?

NP: I began this body of work around a year or so ago.

little beast: How is our sexuality changing with technology?

NP: I think sexuality will always fuel advancement in technology....Especially porn.   

little beast: Why is nudity and sexuality so repressed in Western culture?

NP: Because of the foundations of what the West was built upon.  White Puritanism.  Which is why the new movie "The Witch" is so fucking good.  

little beast: Do you feel that this creates problems? If so, what?

NP: YES it creates so many issues and problems...For example- women who celebrate their sexuality get slut shamed, verbally harassed, assaulted or frowned upon.  These are the "double standards that Western Culture society sets for women.... I feel like there needs to be more sex-pos spaces created for those subverted and subjugated by patriarchy can feel safe to explore and celebrate their sexuality :) That's why open Queer spaces are so fucking important.  In these spaces we need to be more like " YES I AM A WOMAN AND YES YOUR ARE A WOMAN LETS FUCKING CELEBRATE OUR WOMANHOOD" ( Aka the last scene in the new movie "The Witch") 
 

You can see more of Nikki's work by visiting the links below.

Tumblr: nikkipecasso.tumblr.com

Instagram: @bonercandy69

CREATIVE BRIEF: Linda Lopez

I had a light chat with ceramicist Linda Lopez about her work and the balancing of two very involved careers. You can find our conversation below, along with images of her recent work. She is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami.

As you know, I keep these interviews very short and introductory. I encourage you to look deeper into Lopez's work via her site, which I have linked at the end of this entry. 

-Stephan

little beast: How would you describe you work?

LL: My work is an abstract view of the moments that surround us everyday.

Little Beast: Love that. When did you realize that this was an important conversation, and why?

LL: I realized this when I was in New Zealand. I had walked an entire trail in search of glow worms. There was not even a glimmer of a glow, so we decided to walk the trail again. We walked slower, we didn’t talk and we practiced seeing. Then all of a sudden the forrest was covered in thousands of glow worms. It was that moment that made me realize that I wasn’t seeing the things around me everyday. 

little beast: What are you listening to right now in terms of music?

LL: Mariachi Flor De Tolache and Future Islands

Little Beast: Have you listened to the Lil Yachty album, "Little Boat"? You should.

LL: No, I am so out of the loop with music (makes me feel old).  I will definitely take a listen to Lil Yachty’s Little Boat. 

little beast: Do you feel like social media has been an asset to your work?

LL: Yes, I started using social media to follow artists, galleries, and museums to stay updated on their projects. It’s really great and convenient to curate a feed of all your favorite creatives in one app. It has also allowed me to share things from behind my studio doors, which have led to exciting opportunities.

little beast: Any opportunities you care to mention?

LL: Mathew McConnell (my husband + artist) and I will be teaching a two week course at Ox-Bow School of Art in July. The class is about finding your ghost collaborators. I am also working on pieces for a solo show at Mindy Solomon Gallery opening in September!

little beast: How do you balance your professional life as an educator with your career in art?

LL: It’s a tricky balancing act and there never seems to be enough hours in a day. I had a professor in graduate school tell me “sleep is for the dead.”

little beast: Any upcoming exhibitions?

LL: Yes, I am currently working on new pieces for a solo show this fall at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL. 

little beast: Name five artists we should know:

Julia Haft-Candell

Francesca DiMattio

Elad Lassry

Alina Tenser

You can find more about Linda Lopez on her website.

IG: @linda__lopez

CREATIVE BRIEF: Moto Guo

We first discovered Moto Guo in February of 2015 after stumbling into his inaugural collection, " A Litho Odd". He has since followed with two equally intriguing collections and been short-listed for the coveted LVMH fashion prize.

We've been tuned in like fan girls. Sometimes you see a person's work and know instantly that they are unique and important and will inspire masses.

Find a brief interview between our Creative Director, Stephan Alexander, and Moto Guo below. 

little beast: Where did you grow up in Malaysia?

MG: A small town called Teluk Intan in a state called Perak.

little beast: What was your childhood like?

MG: Simple, carefree and without worries.

little beast: How long have you known that design, specifically apparel, was in your veins?

MG: I started doing fashion quite late, in 2011, which was few years back, but I picked up really quickly. Most importantly, fashion filled up a void in me, that is one of the reasons I fall for it. 

little beast: I really love the narrative of your collections, especially for The Pencil Pusher, Edition One. Tell me about your love for story telling.

MG: To me, my work is an extension of myself, my individuality. I'm always inspired by my own experiences in life, for all of my work; eventually I'm telling stories of my own, it's quite personal. Story telling is a medium for people to understand my work and me myself, and I feel like I just want to do it.  

little beast: If you could collaborate with anyone, fictional, modern or otherwise - who would it be? 

MG: Bjork.
 

You can see more from Moto Guo here.

IG: @motoguo