Within Burkina Faso, West Africa is a circular 3 acre complex of intricately embellished earthen architecture known as the village of Tiebele. It is here that the community enlivens the earthen walls of their village by annually adorning them with traditional African patterns. To them the intricate designs have a vast history while an outsider can appreciate them for their geometric splendor and simplicity. The story of this small village brings to mind local community art projects and their worth. An entire community transforming their environment with artistic practices is a testament to the unifying power of creativity and tradition.(via)
Philadelphia based artist Alex Lukas is well known for his self described “Disaster Drawings” in which desolate landscapes are presented with striking clarity in ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and silk screen on paper. In addition to this body of work Lukas has been producing zines and screen prints through his own Cantab Publishing since 2001. Throughout the years he has expressed his love for comic books via a series of superhero screen prints that present well known characters in a signature style. Some of the work is searing and culturally relevant while others are simple tributes to beloved heroes.
We have featured the work of UK artist Adam Batchelor on the blog (here) in the past. He continues to produce provocative mechanical and colored pencil drawings that shine a light on socioeconomic issues. Batchelor explains that he “…explores the breakdown and conflict between humanity, the man-made and the natural world, and looks into the ever rapid transition of developing cultures. I introduce themes of capitalism and consumerism and highlight the threat these have on global issues such as the rights for Indigenous people, the agricultural industry, corruption, health, war and conflict.”
Kueng-Caputo is the Swiss design team of Lovis Caputo and Sarah Kueng. The duo has created a series of colorful furniture they call The Sand Chair Series. Both sculptural and functional these monumental chairs were produced with “…a pigment colored mixture of sand and mortel. Layer by layer is poured in a casting mold. Then the massive object is worked to a stool by hammer & chisel.”
Misha Hollenbach lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Using found and created objects he presents the viewer with absurd and alarming “artifacts” in which the eloquent clashes with the primordial. Swiss publishing company Nieves describes his work as “…merging contemporary culture with tribalism. Working across the mediums of collage, screen-printing, painting, sculpture and installation, his work is often driven by carnal desire, and a return to the basics/basis of human existence.” While speaking of his motivations Hollenbach frames his body of work perfectly stating that “Things can always be a bit more insane.”
Merijn Hos lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands. When he isn’t working on an illustration project he creates drawings and paintings that showcase a multitude of idiosyncratic characters and objects. In a new body of work Hos constructs lively sculptural works out of wood and paint. The simplicity of the materials adds an accessibility to his signature quirks.
Ethan Cook lives and works in New York. He utilizes dye and pigment to create large abstractions that are both earthly and galactic. The press release from a May 2012 exhibition at Ed. Varie in NY states that “Cook’s current body of work is a continuation of his interest in representing time and space through the exploration of traditional craft and process. Through an additive and reductive process of dyeing, bleaching, boiling, painting, folding and staining, the materials Cook employs become a part of the canvas’ weave. The canvases are worked, dried and reworked again and again to completion, resulting in an indexical manifestation of it’s own history.”
Mia Christopher lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Her vivacious paintings are executed in an intuitive manner with a wide variety of materials. Latex, glitter, eyeshadow and more are utilized to create luscious abstractions that immediately storm the viewer. Equal parts exuberant and grim, the dichotomy of her work derives from innermost feelings that are poured out to each surface as a way to communicate and promote personal exploration.