Rob Simons

Grainy, dreamlike images from Rob Simons. In addition to being a photographer, he also had a collection of his stories, Things Kept Burning, published in September 2006. He also collaborated with German director Werner Herzog on the script for Rescue Dawn. He also used to be an English Professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Basically, he’s pretty talented.

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws extremely lifelike, accurate and detailed cityscapes. If that wasn’t hard enough, he does it strictly by memory, sometimes after having only observed the cityscape very briefly. Last year he made an 18 foot long drawing of the entire New York skyline after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter overhead. He’s also made panoramas of Rome, Tokyo, Dubai, London, and a bunch of other major cities around the world. This guy’s work is extraordinary in every sense of the word – go to his site and read about his childhood, it’s a crazy/inspiring story!

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Jesse Hazelip

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Awesome show from California artist Jesse Hazelip, ‘Sentimental Journey’ at White Walls in SF. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the bay area because Hazelip’s work is up all over the streets, so it’s no surprise the show is chock full of large wheat-pastes and images on found materials. Much of the work comments on failures of our past seemingly ignored by the actions of the present, and attempts to open a dialogue about the repeating mistakes of American history. The show is up until January 30th, so go before it’s too late!

Matthew Porter

‘Wow’ is usually the first thing I say when I look at Matthew Porter’s photographs. Big, bold, and wildly imaginative, Porter fabricates iconic images straight out of a teenage boy’s day-dream. All critiques aside, it’s pretty cool to see a muscle car flying through the air, no? His latest show “High Lonesome” runs through January 23rd at M+B in LA, so hurry up and check it out!

Conor Harrington

Fresh amalgamation of styles from UK artist Conor Harrington. A little bit of renaissance influence mixed up with some graff inspired strokes, all executed with a masters touch… what’s not to like? Find more of Conor’s work at Kinsey/Desforges in LA.

Scott Hassell

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Fable inspired drawings and paintings from LA artist Scott Hassell. Looking at his work puts me in that half-awake-half-asleep, wildly surreal dreamy state of mind that I always enjoy. Reminds me a little of David Jien from B/D Book 1 fame. Scott is also an accomplished printmaker, so be careful if you bring up the subject of oversized etching plates with him.

Elle Perez

“My name is Elle Perez and I’m a photographer from the Bronx, I’ve been working on a documentary for the past like…. four years (consciously anyway, i photographed it before but didn’t know what i was doing) about the afam/latino punk scene in the Bronx that no one really knows exists…I really have a hard time editing this ’cause I’ve been working on it so long. i have like 5,000 images on film and over 30,000 digital files ’cause I’ve been photographing it since I was 12 (I’m 20 now).”

Eugenio Merinos

Hilarious sculptures from Eugenio Merinos, infused with a large dose of biting political and art-world satire. Think Ron Mueck with a large ax to grind. With appearances at Artefiera 2010 in Bologna, and ARCO 2010 in Madrid, 2010 promises to be a big year for this up and coming Spaniard. More at ADN Galeria.