We live in a world saturated with images of what (many think) is the ‘perfect body’. One week it’s slim thighs, the next week it’s big butts. And don’t get me started on how the ‘perfect face’ should look. One artist decided to shine a light on our culture’s obsession with beauty and though her work is shocking, it illustrates just how far we are willing to go to seek perfection.
Feeling a little bored on that flight home? Got some artistic skills? You might want to take after artist Claire Harvey and illustrate your hours away! Using paper and clear tape, Harvey creates the illusion that teeny characters are standing on the wings of flying planes.
‘At 17, I lost every possession I had accumulated in my short life span. Ever since, I have been a collector’, says Oakland-based illustrator and installation artist, Lauren Napolitano, who works with found materials – wood scraps, old bottles, paper torn from old books, tattered lace and dried flowers. Self-taught, Napolitano uses her thin, fragile, art-deco-inspired linework […]
Inspired by his daughter, volcanos, patterns and black metal aesthetics, Jakob Feltsen from Gothenburg, Sweden creates illustrations of cute-meets-occult monsters. He works exclusively in Montana markers and has described his work as “advanced doodling.” He’s half way through his studies in illustration but his work is just as radical as any “professional” in the industry. […]
By Daniel Emerson in New Art on Friday 15 March 2013
Dylan Garrett Smith is an artist/printmaker. Growing up in the punk and hardcore scene of Northeast Pennsylvania, he began exploring forms of printmaking at a young age to create shirts and patches for friend’s bands, as well as his own, using cardboard stencils and spray paint. Through this basic method of image making, he was […]
APP ART is a quirky exhibit of new works by Chris Georgalas and Peter J. Ketchum at the scruffy TNC Gallery on 1st Ave, New York. With warped sensibilities Ketchum investigates the past refelected in vintage printed matter: ads, card games, matchbooks and black and white photos from the 1860s to the 1960s. In repurposing these words and images, the new work becomes uniquely his own. Actually, who else would claim them? Georgalas combines images with found objects – a full BED! – to make funny, melancholy, challenging pictures. He’s been called the new Duchamp. Yikes! The exhibition runs until October 26.
Amsterdam-based artist Martine Johanna creates illustrations that define beauty. Her surrealist works are created from graphite, paper and sometimes ink. She states that when she draws or paints, the world becomes translucent and fluid. She is the dark wanderer over rooftops, sliding into our dreams.
See your favourite illustrators working together in this game of buzz. Start with one bored artist drawing something off the top of their head, pass onto to another artist who only gets a hint as to what the last artist has done, and finally, it’s onto to a third artist to finish off the illustration. […]
London-based artist Ben H presents some genuinely current and engaging works from his Paid and Played series. Politics, social media and humanity are continuously addressed in a style that’s beautifully comic, fun and dead-pan in places.
Sam Vernon is a close friend and a damn good installation artist. She’s dealing with some dark themes that are really interesting — racialization, historical memory and Black fiction. The way she uses the process of drawing and Xerox reproduction creates spaces that transcend reality.
‘Artist’ and ‘illustrator’ are two terms that are sometimes seen as contadictory, but in his work, Ryan Hartley marries the two effortlessly. Motivated as much by his engagement with social justice as by his passion for drawing, Hartley’s projects tackle political issues of the moment in a way that always feels heartfelt and lived in. For his piece, Media at the Crossroads, Hartley investigated differences of ideology and perspective at the US/Mexico border and produced a body of drawings that underscore the human element behind the headlines.
Star Wallowing Bull is a self-taught visual artist whose work consists of drawings and paintings which combine traditional Native American symbols with pop cultural references.
The drawings and paintings by LA-based artist Karlin Collette combine saccharine sweet imagery with quiet, somewhat dark symbolism. She uses bright, saturated colors to paint her heroines and enjoys incorporating detailed pencil work into her pieces. She’s inspired by old children’s books, travel and anything vintage.
These are a few pieces from an ongoing group of abstract drawings created from an aerial vantage point that vacillates between macro and micro in terms of scale and distance. Inspiration and references come from satellite photography, microscopic imagery, radial irrigation systems used in large scale commercialized agriculture, as well as symbols and marks found throughout major cities.