Karen O’s Costume Designer Makes Her Printmaking Debut

Heads will roll at Joy's inventive use of glitter and abstract shapes.

by Diana Shi
Jun 12 2016, 11:30am

Cathedrals. Images courtesy the artist

An artist with a history in costume design for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and the Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard has carried her outlandish costumes into a print collection. Christiane Hultquist, whose artist's moniker is Christian Joy, debuts her screen printing series Surfaces  at PONY in New York. Within the collection, abstract designs cartwheel with high energy across sprawling canvases. Hultquist’s secret weapons are a wide palette of colors and an accent of loose glitter. 

In a press release, the artist explained the peripheral elements of her artwork: “In my work I want to give the feeling of crash landing on another planet. You awake confused, unable to read signs or decipher the sound of the language. But almost at once you begin to recognize colors, symbols and shapes. The planet feels less threatening,” she continues. “[A]nd you are able to navigate your surroundings and begin to understand and feel [comfortable] in your environment.”

To that effect, the artist broadens her expertise with a new heat press vinyl approach, premiering the method  as move away from traditional screen printing methods. Hultquist’s show will highlight a few pieces from the artist’s planning period, such as paper collages, as well as three-dimensional sculptures.

Hultquist tells The Creators Project that she wants viewers, “to feel good. I think color and shape can have a really soothing feeling on your brain. I want them to feel like they've been dancing or running or like they just ate a really great dinner or had great sex.”


Plant Life

Going West

Palm Springs

Summer Garden


View more of Christiane Hultquist’s works on her official site, here, and her Instagram, here


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