Paper Plane Gallery by Jessica Jack

Recently, we decided we didn't have enough to do...so we opened an art gallery! Dedicated to American works on paper and printmaking, PAPER PLANE GALLERY represents the freshest work from both emerging and established artists.

We hope you'll come visit us in beautiful College Park, GA during your next trip to the ATL. We're just ONE stop down MARTA from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, directly across from the train station.

Our inaugural show, NEW AMERICAN WORKS 2016, featured work from 23 artists from both the East and West coasts. The grand opening party hosted more than 220 people from metro Atlanta; Athens, GA; and even folks from out of state.

We hope to see you soon!

Hello, Bitter Southerners! by Jessica Jack

We're excited and honored to be offering our Southern Series prints exclusively through that epic literary and cultural beacon, The Bitter Southerner

Please let us know how you love your prints, where your new art will live, and why the one you adopted is meaningful to you!

Have any thoughts on The Southern Series at large? We'd love to hear from you. Our contact form is the finest way to reach out!

Happy Friday, y'all!

Beth Cavener: a short film by Jessica Jack

I'm in love with this short film by Like Knows Like about sculptor Beth Cavener. While the visual exploration of her creative process is stunning, it's her emotionally intimate dialogue that drew me to watch this gem twice in a row. Too often, we connect with a brand or a body of work, but are discomforted by the human elements that go into the creation of the entity. As Mumford and Sons would say, "...the plague of loving things more than their creators". I become uncomfortably aware of this phenomenon whenever I post an Instagram photo of anything that doesn't actively have ink on it, and I lose ten followers. Beth Cavener's willingness to be a person - and also a practicing artist - in the context of this video was an unexpected reminder that we should carry the sense of deep focus and profound ideological pursuit we nourish in the studio into every corner of our lives. If your social media and public life - your real life, edited to reflect YOUR priorities and personality for the world - isn't what someone wants, then let them cut themselves loose. You'll feel richer for who and what remains.

DAMN FINE ARTWORK: DAN BLACK // LANDLAND by Jessica Jack

I know it's a Dave Matthews gig poster, and I don't care. I'm pretty obsessed with the illustration and print work of Dan Black and the Landland crew.

Image courtesy of landland.net

Image courtesy of landland.net

A little about Landland, from their website:

Landland is a very small graphic design & illustration studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota that was started by Dan Black, Matt Zaun & Jessica Seamans in early 2007. 
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The Landland studio doubles as a fully-functional screenprinting shop, mainly focusing on producing art prints, posters for touring bands, and the occasional record sleeve, t-shirt or book project. We make these things with computers and scanners and photocopiers and drawings and fun printing techniques and whatever we need to use to get the job done. We've also launched a publishing arm of sorts (called "Landland is Not a Record Label") for releasing limited-edition records and short-run books. 

Where we live tends to get very cold, so a lot of times the only thing that makes sense is to stay inside and draw tessellation patterns or the names of bands or messed-up billboards or things that you remember from back when it was fun to go outside.

Greil Marcus: the division of "high" versus "low" art robs culture of its essence by Jessica Jack

" Who, really, could argue that the sense of transportation, even in the religious sense — taking of oneself out of oneself, connecting oneself to something greater, something you know in the moment, in your heart, that every person who was ever born must experience or their life is going to be poor — who can argue that that sense of transportation is not as present in The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” … as in the art most exalted in motive, most revered in history? "

Overnight Success (from Bill Watterson) by Jessica Jack

" I tell you all this because it’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along. It’s a good idea to try to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you’ll probably take a few. "

LESS MARKETING, MORE MAKING by Jessica Jack

Image courtesy of Vice.

Image courtesy of Vice.

For most people, social media is a highlight reel with occasional outbursts of honesty. Point being, it's just one thin slice of your complex and resonant life. Don't let it get you down. Don't let it consume you. It sure as hell doesn't define you.

One person who does social media incredibly well is Ruthie Lindsey. She's a Nashville-based photo and event stylist, traveler, and ray of sunshine extraordinaire. Check out her Instagram for a genuine and inspirational example of balancing life's highlights with its shadows in a brand-consistent way. And I mean, look at her. Have you ever seen anyone more fearless and transparently real in the way they smile? I can't believe it's free to follow her on Instagram - it seems like we should have to pay for this kind of self-help inspiration and wholesome feels.

Image courtesy of Ruthie Lindsey's Instagram, @ruthielindsey.

Image courtesy of Ruthie Lindsey's Instagram, @ruthielindsey.

 

SUMMARILY: make less, market more; publicize less, do more. Keep it authentic. Think of it as a journal for yourself, and a way to expand your brand's reach....not as a performance for others. 

Autumn in the New Yorker by Jessica Jack

Images courtesy of newyorker.com.

Autumn is finally here! The time of crisp darkness illuminated by warm light; the season where creative introverts blossom and buckle down into tea-and-coffee-fueled pursuits; the season where Fleet Foxes and Tom Waits and Iron & Wine are always good choices (which, to be fair, is every season). Welcome to the world, Best Season!