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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

you are art

Silhouettes by Karl Johnson

When I was in elementary school, my third grade class did a silhouette project for our bulletin board. Each student posed in front of the light projector while his or her partner traced the enlarged image onto pieces of pastel paper, which would later be mounted onto dark cardstock to make a modern cameo. I cannot remember which classmate was my partner, but I remember thinking they needed work. Call it artistic license or premature cosmetic surgery, but I took my scissors and started to nip/tuck--much to my teacher's (and now my) dismay. I did not understand the value of the project until after it was completed and our classroom wall was smattered with a series of variable portraits as unique and interesting as each student.

This idea has been adapted by Los Angeles artist Karl Johnson, who practices the almost extinct art of cutting to create amazing and individualized portraits. Johnson's work has graced the walls of trendy homes of the Hollywood elite, been featured in a slew of publications from InStyle to Martha Stewart Weddings, and appeared on television shows and movies.

Johnson's silhouette portraits are a fresh take on a vintage tradition that dress up any wall. In addition, pet silhouettes and specialty orders are available. Just email your profile photo and receive a fabulous 5"x7" one-of-a-kind portrait for just $25.00. The website also offers cool signed prints ready to be framed and hung.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Holla, it's me. Still reading! Keep up the good work!