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Surface Brings Back Avant Guardian Photo Contest

(mario testino)Surface magazine’s Avant Guardian contest is back—and better than ever. Among the tantalizing opportunities up for grabs in the competition (returning after a few years’ hiatus) is the chance to share an issue with the man, the myth, the Mario Testino, who is fronting the October Surface in honor of his upcoming “Alta Moda” exhibition at Dallas Contemporary.

“The contest is all about nurturing rising talent—from getting entrants’ work in front of an exceptional jury, awarding free studio time to produce an original spread in the magazine, and exhibiting their work to a crowd of influencers in New York and Miami during Art Basel,” associate editor Aileen Kwun tells us. Among those who have signed on to judge the submissions are architectural photographer Iwan Baan and Johan Lindeberg of BLk DNM. Entrants may submit a portfolio of up to ten images in one of five categories (fashion, architecture, portraiture, fine art, and technical/still life) before the July 24 deadline.

Photo: Mario Testino

SEN One Creates Cover for Time Out New York

Time Out New York - Uptown coverYou’ve still got more than two months to catch the Museum of the City of New York’s “City as Canvas” exhibition of graffiti from the Martin Wong collection. For a bite-sized dose, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Time Out New York, on newsstands today, which features an original cover by George “SEN One” Morillo. The graffiti artist, a lifelong Upper West Sider, was an ideal fit for TONY‘s uptown-themed issue. “Being born and raised uptown, and seeing the gentrification process all my life and seeing everybody coming up, it fits who I am,” he tells the magazine. “That story connects to my story.”

As for how that story connects with the street art of today, Morillo points to the humble origins of slick tools with names like Krink and Grog. “We made markers by popping the balls out of roll-on deodorant, putting in the soft stuff from school erasers, and filling the containers with ink. Those techniques, as primitive as they might seem, led to the markers they sell now,” he says. “Vandals created an industry, and it all comes out of the Upper West Side.”

Kickstarter Debuts Journalism, Crafts Categories

pencil sculpture by makendoSure, Kickstarter is a swell place to raise funds for your performance art institute, innovative tape dispenser, architectural flashcards-cum-wall art, and animated film starring Paul Giamatti as a museum curator slowly losing touch with reality, but how do you go about tapping into other peoples’ pockets to realize your dream typeface inspired by the elusive giant squid or a Steven Heller fanzine or that edible (and delicious!) form of paper mâché you’ve been working on? Also Kickstarter. The crowdfunding plaform recently debuted 94 new subcategories, including typography, space exploration, and vegan food, and today unveils official homes for the fields of journalism and crafts.

“We really love the journalism projects we’ve seen already—ProPublica, CIR, Planet Money, The Texas Trib, and lots of lone innovators,” a Kickstarter rep tell us, “and we wanted to give them a proper home, and send the message that we want to see and support more of these.” As for crafts—everything from knitting and glasswork to woodworking and taxidermy—the new category is a way to shed light on smaller-scale projects. “There’s a lot to love about these crafts, from the rich traditions behind them to the imagination that comes out in each work,” notes Kickstarter’s Nitsuh Abebe. “From now on, you can see all of that artistry under one banner.”

Now Read This: Codex, Journal of Letterforms

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Summer reading alert! Font fans will delight in Codex, a journal-magazine hybrid “for people seriously in love with type.” Founded by writer, designer, and publisher John Boardley, the visually entrancing periodical celebrates and analyzes “the people, tools, and type associated with this craft, from the man carving beautiful cherubim into wood blocks in the 1400s to brilliantly formed modern interpretations and departures.” The latest issue includes a foldout of Gastrotypographicalassemblage (pictured) designed by Lou Dorfsman and Herb Lubalin for CBS.

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Mark Your Calendar: Dwell on Design L.A.

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Just two weeks stand between you and Dwell on Design, a veritable feast of modern design in the form of thousands of products, oodles of presentations, modern home tours, and demonstrations galore. This year’s West Coast ideas- and inspiration-fest takes place June 20-22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the highlights in store is a keynote address by designer Stephen Burks, who will discuss his passion for craft and how to marry personal goals with marketable design, and a series of panels, including those that focus on designing L.A. The crew from Commune DesignPam Shamshiri, Ramin Shamshiri, Roman Alonso, and Steven Johanknecht—will take the stage to talk revitalization ranging from major residential multiuse projects to the recently opened Ace Hotel. And we hear that Coolhaus is whipping up a new treat, the Dwell ice cream sandwich, especially for the show. Ready to register? Save $5 on your show pass by entering the code: UNBEIGE.

Wanted: Art Director to Do a Capital Job

washingtonian mag coverThere’s more to Washington D.C. than monuments, symmetry, and Frank Underwood. Locals read all about it in the pages of Washingtonian, and as the magazine approaches its fiftieth anniversary is in want of a new art director for its flagship publication as well as the offshoots Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Washingtonian MOM, and Washingtonian Welcome Guide. Bring your strong editorial design experience, passion for magazines, and “the ability to balance multiple projects in a highly collaborative environment while problem-solving under tight deadlines.”

Learn more about and apply for this art director, Washingtonian magazine job or view all of the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

Elle Décor Welcomes Pitches on Travel and Up-and-Coming Designers

Elle Décor, the magazine where style lives, takes the creativity of designers and artists from around the world and brings it into its readers homes. Articles focus on under-the-radar designers, artists just creating a name for themselves as well as new and interesting places to travel.

While the magazine limits the areas to which freelance writers can pitch, the “Talent” section is always open to writers who have their ear to the ground on an up-and-coming designer, artist or stylist. Another area to focus on is the magazine’s travel section. Features director Vicki Lowry invites more writers to pitch travel topics:

We are always looking for intriguing places to go and talented writers to cover it. They should really know a place: the right streets, the great shops, the best restaurants and hotels, the museums. They should be very cognizant of that particular area and know what they’re talking about.

For more about Elle Décor and what editors want from a writer, read: How to Pitch: Elle Décor.

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Pitching Professional Artist, ‘The Artist’s Guide to Making It’

prof-artist-304Professional Artist (formerly known as Art Calendar) has been a vital resource for visual artists since 1986. The mag differentiates itself from other art pubs with its focus on the business side of being an artist.

The pub has become the unofficial “artist’s guide to making it.” Packed with advice on everything from portfolio development and exhibit presentation to sales techniques, the pub is a vital resource for struggling artists. Oh, and the mag is 90 percent freelance written and on the lookout for new writers, too:

[Jannett Roberts, publisher] is open to pitches from all writers. “We have a dedicated crop of freelancers who are industry pros and successful working artists, but we are always looking for new voices and perspectives to fully represent the entrepreneurial art community,” Roberts says. Photo submissions are requested with editorial submissions. However, “We don’t typically accept stand-alone products,” Roberts says, adding that multimedia content can bolster a pitch.

To learn more about the pub, including what not to pitch, read: How To Pitch: Professional Artist.

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Comme des Garçons Collaborates with Raw Vision Magazine

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raw visionRaw Vision turns 25 this year, and the UK-based outsider art magazine is marking the quarter-century milestone in style: by collaborating with Comme des Garçons. As part of the partnership, which officially kicks off next month at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, Raw Vision has allowed Comme des Garçons to delve into its vast archive of images and layouts to create 20 to 30 mini-magazines that will be dispersed around the globe. Get a first taste of Rei Kawakubo and co’s picks on the Comme des Garçons website, which has been wallpapered with outsider art by the likes of Howard Finster and Anne Grgich.

Quote of Note | Lorin Stein

spring 14 issue“We don’t have pressure to publish anything, or to satisfy a million subscribers. We have the luxury of being able to follow our own sensibility, wherever it takes us, at whatever length, with whatever kind of content. We can publish things that are risqué, or would put some people off. Until recently a clothing chain was carrying the Review. They complained that there was too much nudity in our last issue; they said they trusted that it would never happen again. We sent them the proof for the next issue, which sure enough had some nude photos from Francesca Woodman and they cancelled their order forever. And no one shed a tear. That’s a luxury not every magazine has.”

-Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, in an interview with Svbscription.

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