Illustrator Jed Henry is pretty deep into this series. Using characters from Nintendo video games, Henry creates digital works in the style of Japanese woodblock prints. The pairing makes sense. Nintendo is, after all, a Japanese company. These lend a certain gravity to the characters, which were originally designed to be animated and simple. They establish the narratives behind the games as some sort of Aesopian fable. Donkey Kong is ten times more badass in this version than the actual games. (via)
Beauty is Embarrassing is a newly released documentary film chronicling the life and work of California artist/designer/madman Wayne White. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to catch a screening of the doc and a Q&A with White and the film’s director, Neil Berkeley. White, who’s worked on countless design projects including Pee-wee’s Playhouse, spends a large portion of his time these days making “Word Paintings”- humorous text-based works done on recycled thrift store landscapes.
White’s had quite the career, and it’s great to see him getting some much-deserved recognition. The film takes you through his childhood all the way up to the present day. A pretty epic life. He’s spent time as a struggling cartoonist living in Lower Manhattan, done a stint working on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, burned out trying to make it in Hollywood, and raised a family. But he’s still just a Southern-bred outsider compulsively making art to deal with the crazy world we live in.
A really great watch. Check out a trailer for the film and some of the artist’s paintings after the jump.
New project from Michael Jason Enriquez, who brought you Cholafied a couple months back. Enriquez, still a student in advertising, is quickly developing a strong track record within the visual realm. It seems that he is able to communicate his pop culture impressions with enormous clarity and ease. Pretty unique quality of execution from someone in such an early stage of his career. Big ups.
The new series is entitled Mugshot Doppelgangers. Enriquez has taken some fairly ubiquitous celebrity mugshots and inserted them into an early 20th-century context:
…Our current mugshots of the rich and famous are plastered with every article, and blog these days, but look uninspired and cheap. That’s why I wanted to bring our celebrity mugshots back to a time when love and care was taken to compose a more artful mugshot – back to the 1920’s…
…We’re so used to seeing celebrity faces on our tv, on blogs, and we even know what their mugshots look like. The tacky looking mugshots we have today are in stark contrast to the mugshots taken in the 1920’s. Vintage mugshots have an eerie beauty to them that’s lost in current mugshot photography…
Definitely someone to keep tabs on in the future. See more Celebrity Mugshot Doppelgangers after the jump.
Interesting paintings done in oil on lexan from Brooklyn-based artist Liza Lacroix. Portraits rendered in lush, swimming applications of color, the works maintain a haunting distance and obscurity. Our faces are the most expressive elements of our bodies by far, and somehow Lacroix’s denial of direct access to such expression makes you want to stare at these tormented paintings even more; to try and uncover the meaning that’s hidden in plain sight.
The artist opens Works, a solo exhibition, this Thursday, 7-10 PM at Candamill Gallery, 89 Mercer St. NYC.
Rachel de Joode is a Dutch artist living in Berlin. Recently, she’s produced a prolific number of sculptural works that break down common perception through the use of unique materials, concepts, and execution. Her work is patently of our time, drawing on themes of technology, isolation, and highly saturated levels of information exchange. But her commentary remains singular, even in the face of some fairly evident influences. De Joode is also the co-founder and art director of META magazine.
We asked the artist a few questions about what she’s been up to lately and the various processes surrounding her sculpture-making. You can find her thoughtful answers after the jump.
Interesting digital illustration from Korean artist/designer Wonman Kim. In these works, animal anatomy is mixed and matched with random, miscellaneous items in compositions that look like neon projections of x-ray scans. You could spend a long time playing a game of “I Spy” with each one. The artist also does some great vinyl toy design as well, which you can find through his site. See more after of the x-ray pieces after the jump. (via)
Desi Santiago recently opened a solo show at envoy enterprises’ 87 Rivington St. NYC. The show includes sculpture, installation, and video works in “an enigmatic environment fluctuating between the realms of seduction and mourning”. Robotic skulls with chattering dentures, glowing pentagrams, and masks cast from the artist’s face are a few of the things you will find in the space’s first floor and basement. This looks really good and should not be missed. Click past the jump to see more of what you can expect from the show, which is entitled This Pop is Perfection.
All images courtesy of the artist and envoy enterprises, New York.
We’re not in Kansas anymore. French artist Laurent Monnet creates warped digital illustrations that decompose the figure into flat applications of mind-bending shape and texture. It’s clear that Monnet, a student of the traditional arts by day, let’s himself go wild with these. I like how they simultaneously recede and melt while bouncing away from their muted backgrounds in sharp contrast. Definitely interested to see what this guys continues to do going forward.