Austin Watts’ work reminds us of all the finer things the 80’s had to offer, like VCRs and Huey Lewis. It’s that fabulous, American Psycho lifestyle that Bateman personified so well, minus, of course, that nasty business about human mutilation. His unique aesthetic has attracted some big names, including MTV, and we’re excited to see where Watts will go next–as long as it’s not to his remote storage unit where he hides the bodies.
The last month or so we’ve been extremely busy, putting the finishing touches on our “Art Works Every Time” exhibition. We sifted through hundreds of submissions to pick 10 of the most exciting emerging artists around today. Since we teamed up with Colt 45 to present this one of a kind exhibition, we got to brainstorm all kinds of creative giveaways we thought you’d enjoy: free Colt 45, free T-shirts to the first 100 visitors (with Colin Strandberg’s award-winning graphic, above) and even never-before-made (or tasted) Colt 45 ice cream by local fave Scoops! Trust us, it’s delicious.
To top off the night, we’ve invited comedienne Charlyne Yi, who will perform with her band Flesh. Yi’s debut album was produced by none other than Tenacious D, and her live performance has to be seen to be believed!
Whew! Now we just have to hang the show! Can’t wait to see all of you at the opening!
Christian Cuoco is an illustrator and graphic artist working in New York. Cuoco states his fondness of “existentialism, books on improvement, and films by Stanley Kubrick.” He currently works with Gojiberry NYC building websites and does freelance graphic design. His mixed media pop art is inspiring to say the least.
Vladimir Kato grew up in the urban environment of Yugoslavia in the 1980’s, influenced by the anarchy, graffiti and punks that inhabited his city and surroundings. Much of his imagery comes from comic and pop artists of the time. After moving to Canada, he gained an education from The Interpretive Illustration and Classical Animation Programs at the Sheridan College of Art and Design . He is now an artist, illustrator, and cartoonist for several recognized magazines and clothing companies. His new show examining wild animals, entitled “Wilderness,” opens June 4th at the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto, Canada.
Richmond artist Ryan McLennan’s new inaugural art book, “The Cost of Comfort,” goes on pre-sale today to be officially released July 1st. The book is a loose-leaf art book featuring 20 prints. McLennan’s paintings explore the dualities of nature: innocence and savagery combine to create a world that we, as humans, have become increasingly out of touch with. The book is published by Triple Stamp Press.
This video is bananas. Two design teams from Cologne, Germany, Lichtfront and Grosse 8, produced the video using a number of methods. First, making the sculpture and then placing four projectors “around the object. The graphics were done in AfterEffects. [They] worked in a composition that was cut into the four output movies at the end. Then played the four videos on two computers, synchronized by a vvvv patch,” explains a member of Lichtfront. Now, that makes exactly zero sense to me, but maybe you’ll understand their wizard-talk.
Michael Bussell, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is already creating some beautiful photography. His most recent series “Shrines” is a study of habitual human practices and how they relate to religious iconography. Maybe cleanliness really is next to Godliness.
What do river raft tents, taxidermy Paul Frank characters, and crumbling cubeoids have in common? Zlatan Vehabovic! This Croatian painter has some interesting subject matter. I’m not entirely sure what it all means but it looks right pretty.