Alex Wein’s Smoke-Filled Photography Series

 

Alex Wein is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. The photography work on his site is really diverse, but I’m particularly into these smoke-swathed figures in black and white. (via)

Spooky (But Quirky) Graphite Sketches From Renee French

 

Renee French has been making comics for a long time. But for a few years now, she’s maintained a sketchblog full of spontaneous, faded graphite drawings that draw their appeal from creative character design and dubious narrative elements. Think of the black and white surrealist aesthetics of a Travis Louie painting, scaled and repackaged for children’s book production.

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Horrifying And Surreal Paintings From The Twisted Mind of Chris Mars

 

Chris Mars packs his compositions with awesome texture and gruesome characters. With Todd Schorr levels of craftsmanship and imagination,┬áthese paintings warrant long viewing sessions. But good luck spending any extended amount of time among them without getting sufficiently creeped out. A lot more images at the artist’s website, which also features a soundtrack and in-depth writing from Mars on his sources of inspiration.

Kyle Jorgensen’s Ethereal Paintings (Far Out, Man)

 

Portlander Kyle Jorgensen combines ethereal, cosmic subject matter with explicitly tactile media selections, and it really works. In the age of Photoshop, a lot of this type of imagery is often generated through digital means. It’s really nice to see a guy just go all out homegrown. Great palette here as well. Click past the jump, and then check out his blog for more.

Flying Fortress’s Graphic-Based Work At Mighty Tanaka

 

A new batch of character-driven, graphic paintings from Teddy Troops progenitor Flying Fortress was recently on display at Brooklyn’s Mighty Tanaka Gallery. As always, lots of clean lines froms FF’s steady claw. This show is closed, but the gallery is now holding a promising group exhibition entitled “Generations”.

Dramatically Lit Portrait Photography From Trevor Appleson

 

Trevor Appleson is a photographer out of London. Appleson travels the world, stumbling upon one fascinating subject after another. Overall, he has a very dramatic, forthright style that stems, often, from his placement of solitary figures against stark, black backgrounds.

Everton Wright’s Huge Drawings Created By Groups Of People Walking In Formation

Everton Wright (aka Evewright) has been designing and orchestrating these “Walking Drawings”, a series of huge-scale “drawings” carried out by people (and sometimes horses) who interact with the natural landscape in a way that is regimented. The end results are striking designs that snake across the earth. Wright films the creation of each piece, and the documentation becomes a part of the artwork. (via)

Basketball Hoops Designed To Look Like Trees By a/LTA

Drawing inspiration from our oxygen-producing friends the trees, French architecture firm a/LTA created this basketball hoop. You can say a lot about the piece (which I guess is kinda functional) that may or may not be on point (“beautifying our public space so that our communities can grow and be healthy“), but mostly it’s just really cool. (via)