• Mbhero
Graphic Design

Introducing...The colourful, delicate graphic treats of Brooklyn-based Morgan Blair

Posted by Rob Alderson,

When it comes to dealing with hangovers, there’s two broad approaches – softly softly with an aspirin and a cuddle or the take-no-prisoners full English breakfast blow it out the water route. As London wakes up this morning in post-Olympics grog, memories already fading and TV schedules bewilderingly bereft of judo and beach volleyball, we needed a pick-me-up and Brooklyn-based Morgan Blair’s work is just the thing. On first glance it’s the kind of technicolour blast we need, but look closer and you’ll see the delicacy in her composition and faultless skill in her execution. So it’s kind of like the big breakfast followed by a hug, which is perfect. In danger of murdering any more metaphors, we decided to find out a little more from the woman herself…

  • Desk

    Morgan’s desk

Where do you work?

I just moved studios to a corner within an area within an awesome 5,000 sqft raw space off the Lorimer stop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We are calling our area within the space “Friendly’s.” I have a few tables and some shelves and a bunch of holographic junk and cassette tapes that I like to look at.

How does your working day start?

Eating something with mango cut up into it, answering emails, listening to/channeling Robyn, riding my bike to studio. Then turning on HOT 97 and/or NPR, then staring out the window for a little while, then working.

How do you work and how has that changed?

I have been trying to be more free in my approach, as far as relinquishing control and letting the piece evolve on its own. I used to be more concerned with planning out every detail ahead of time, which I think is either a real or made-up symptom of having started out doing illustration.

With editorial work, you’re supposed to keep the final piece as close as possible to the approved sketch, and working that way was sort of strangling my ability to think creatively. Now I’m trying to make decisions more spontaneously and not be so concerned about keeping everything super clean and flat. I’m sort of neurotic, so it’s challenging. It works sometimes.

Where would we find you when you’re not at work?

When I’m not at work in my studio I’m at work at another artist’s studio, making other money to pay for my own studio. I can also sometimes be found at my house in Ridgewood, or at the grocery store. Sometimes I am on the subway going to or from a place while doing sudoku and listening to Mama by Genesis, on repeat.

Other times I am in Massachusetts picking through the best Salvation Army, or in my parents’ basement working on a project too messy for other places. Right now I have two bike frames at their house which I am in the process of stripping so I can paint them with all pastel gradients. Hopefully you will be able to find me there again soon, doing that.

Would you intern for yourself?

I probably would, but it would be a really silly internship. If I had an intern I would be really overly apologetic all the time about asking them to do stuff. And then I would be like “I’ll totally buy you lunch!” but then I would always just get really cheap tacos from the same place and force them to listen to Bros and Bronski Beat and Sparks all day.

Then my intern self would start showing up later and later and we would both be like “what is the point of this” and maybe just agree to hang out and be friends in real life, and then we would eventually come to realise that we are the same person.

  • Fleshclubontexastoastwitholivesslipnslime

    Morgan Blair: Flesh Club on texas Toast with Olives

  • Nationsoftheworldtapestry

    Morgan Blair: Nations of the World

  • Brickflag

    Morgan Blair: Brick Flag

  • Bricksituationsnewconstruction

    Morgan Blair: Brick Situations New Construction

  • Plantsoverlookedbymodernsociety

    Morgan Blair: Plants Overlooked by Modern Society

  • Singularflagwithdropshadow

    Morgan Blair: Singular Flag with Drop Shadow

  • Toxxxie

    Morgan Blair: Toxxxle

Ra

Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

  1. Main7

    There was a time when we at It’s Nice That were inundated with internet art – we were having so much submitted to us on a daily basis that it was pouring out of our ears in waxy gifs. It’s pleasing to be faced with it again, a year or two after the craze has kind of died out, when it’s created by someone who actually has a passion and an eye for this stuff and isn’t just jumping on a weird bandwagon.

  2. List

    It feels like Max and Adele at Atelier bingo lead a pretty charmed life. Camped out in the middle of the countryside with their converted studio/barn, it would be easy to resent the life they lead – in fact sometimes it’s very easy indeed. But the work they’re producing – stunning screen prints and collages of abstract forms – keeps me returning to their website time after time, and I just can’t find it in my heart to resent their rural idyll. Though if they called me up tomorrow to invite me to come and live with them, I’d definitely have a hard time saying no.

  3. List

    Here at It’s Nice That we spend an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and writing about creatives but ultimately we don’t get too many chances to really see what goes on in their day-to-day working lives…until now. Our new collaboration with super-cool eyewear brand Ace & Tate is taking us inside the studios, and inside the minds, of a host of some of our favourite creatives.

  4. List

    Some artists, immensely talented and original though they may be, simply don’t make work that fits in the grandest art galleries of the world. Fortunately for them there are super-cool concept stores created specifically to house such work, and queen of all of these is Colette. Hiro Sugiyama’s surreal, hilarious and altogether unsettling artwork is a natural fit for Paris store Colette’s carefully curated collection of the avant-grade and the offbeat.

  5. List

    Few forces shape the modern world more than the internet and yet it’s an invisible presence that we just understand is there. But PhD student Luis Hernan has changed that by designing a system which scans for wireless networks and creates images where different signal strengths are represented by different coloured LED lights. The results, in essence, allow us to see the WiFi around us.

  6. Main9

    Anyone in New York had better gallop over to Ed. Varie gallery to catch a new show by the ever-wonderful artist Ana Kraš. We’ve posted about Ana a few times, mainly about her beautiful lamps and designs to make your home/life better, and her fun collaborative photography projects. Her show at Ed. Varie entitled Mothers with Spoons and Relationships is an exploration into her more recent love of drawing, using predominantly back-to-basics art supplies such as wax, crayon and oil pastel.

  7. List

    When we last encountered Essex-based painter Simon Monk he was busy preserving toy superheroes in plastic bags and rendering them with hyper-real precision. Secret Identity explored the strange imbalance of the powers ascribed to superheroes and the powerless inertia of their model representations. Since then he’s focussed his attention on one plastic superhero in particular, treating Batman with torturous sadism and restricting him with any binding he finds to hand. He’s been netted, taped, cling-filmed and roped down, trapped forever in a compromised position thanks to Simon’s dangerously accurate brushwork.

  8. Main

    I came across Graham Little when going through content from the site, he was one of the first people I ever put on the site about three years ago. To revisit his work reminded me just how much I loved him the first time around, particularly as he’s been very busy in the last few years and has created some absolutely stunning new work. There’s something about the poses, and the calm nature of his nymph-like female subjects that makes me slightly uneasy.

  9. Main9

    I’m the third person to take a turn waxing lyrical about the art of Bryan Olson (he was discussed here and here in the past), but I don’t mind, I’m just happy to have the opportunity. The North Carolina-based artist is arguably the master of his medium; a creator of collages so delicately crafted it’s often impossible to tell they’ve been made from hand-cut paper. Though it’s by no means his only concern Bryan focusses a great deal on the cosmos in his work, leaving strange portals into the unknown at the centre of his images or placing earthly objects within inter-planetary scenes. It’s a heady combination that lures viewers in, making them feel like children gazing at a dense night sky or an adult on one hell of a trip.

  10. List

    The phrase “artistic intervention” has a chequered past, but we’re struggling to think of a more impressive example than Frank and Patrik Riklin’s BIGNIK. The ongoing project aims to build a huge picnic cloth by 2040, made up of 252,144 panels – one for every person in the Appenzell region of Switzerland.

  11. Main

    Sure, here at It’s Nice That we love fine art. You may even walk past us on the weekend ambling around in galleries, or poring over art books in libraries. We champion some of the most exquisite architecture, sculpture and filmmaking along with some of the most groundbreaking works of art made in modern times. What you define as “art” is a personal thing, but I can tell you now that when it came to voting on content for the site (we decide on content via a voting process around a table FYI) this Presidents with Boob Faces was a unanimous “YES” from each knowledgeable, art-loving member of the It’s Nice That team. When you can see hard, skilled craftsmanship and evidence of a brave artist taking one small idea and running really, really far with it, how can you resist loving it? These are amazing, and artist Emily Deutchman should be very, very proud of herself.

  12. Main

    When something is well-designed, be it a magazine, building, fashion collection or car – it should be well-celebrated. To honour the spectacular and cutting-edge design of the brand new Lexus NX, a new digital art exhibition entitled NX-Perspectives has been launched. Gathering together some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, makers and doers, Lexus have assigned them to create a special piece of performance art inspired by the Lexus NX to exhibit in the digital show.

  13. List

    London-based artist Aleksandra Mir has been busy over the past month investigating the process of drawing in a collaborative experiment that invites participants to contribute to a giant collage of the London skyline, rendered entirely with Sharpies. The process of creating the work was part of the exhibition itself, with Aleksandra and her team engaged in drawing everything by hand during the first days of the show. But for those that missed it there’s also a beautiful time-lapse film of the process, providing context and insight to this giant piece of collaborative draughtsmanship.