We have featured the work of San Francisco based Alexis Anne Mackenzie in the past (here). She continues to master the art of hand-cut collage with her pieces that spell out various words entirely with found imagery. In recent works she has disregarded letters in favor of abstract compositions on found paper. New forms are constructed from tenuous slivers of paper layered over book pages of flowers and various plants. The result is a meticulously crafted body of work that addresses natural beauty and fragility.
Matthew Lock lives and works in New Jersey. His drawings and paintings are steeped in science fiction and almost always feature a post-apocalyptic landscape. The subjects that litter his work are both futuristic and decrepit. Death, decay, and disorder are prevalent in Lock’s grim wastelands that are rendered in a rough yet cultivated style championed by Raymond Pettibon. Lock takes inspiration from dark medieval imagery and filters it through his brand of futuristic grunge.
Steve Nishimoto lives and works in New York. He creates large pieces that approach abstract painting with a sense of humor. His paintings frequently examine modern subject matter such as the anonymous character featured on the display of generic ATM machines spread throughout the city or the word “Time” written as if it were a CAPTCHA on the internet. Another trademark is his magnification of the mundane and overlooked, from the security patterns within envelopes to 99 Cent Store tags Nishimoto reminds the viewer that anything can inspire.
Christopher Norris is Steak Mtn. His fascination with horror films is immediately evident as a heavy sense of dread and decay courses through his designs. His newest body of work employs a limited color palette and extremely confident line work on vintage book pages. Skulls, dripping flowers, reapers, and grotesque faces are rendered with vibrancy to create a series that explores the afterlife with exuberant clarity.
Shane Tolbert lives and works in Houston, Texas. He utilizes a piment dispersion technique on dyed fiber to create ethereal works that blur the line between abstract painting and sculpture. Some of the pieces appear cavernous, others are infinitely expansive. Frequently works resemble “light writing” as if performed in the cosmos on a galactic scale. The spontaneous manner in which the paintings are produced allow for surprising compositions that present a journey into the unknown.
Liam Devowski lives and works in San Francisco as an Art Director at ad agency Mekanism. His bold colored messages and sharp imagery always have a way of looking at the bright side. One reoccurring motif in his work is the PBS logo with a single tear. This added design element playfully changes the meaning from “Public Broadcasting Service” to “Pretty Bummed and Sad”. Devowski takes pleasure in occasional sadness and uses it to fuel optimistic and enlivened design work.
William Edmonds primarily creates quirky illustrations as one third of the UK based art collective Nous Vous (see previous B/D post here). He has recently begun producing a series of ceramics that mirror his fine art sensibilities. Intuitive use of color and free-forming shapes are prevalent. There is a sense of jubilation that runs throughout his artistic output. In his own words Edmonds is informed by “Mark and timbre, line and verse, form and play.”
We have featured the work of Chicago based Steve Seeley (here) in the past. He continues to combine pop culture elements (super-heroes, celebrities, and wrestlers) with classical depictions of nature and animals. His exploration of disruption and serenity have led him to a series of Heavy Metal animal paintings. We see the famous logos of Danzig, Motörhead, and Slayer spliced with animals to form new beasts. Another piece features a wolf and monkey with “corpse paint” commonly seen on Norweigan Black Metal musicians. The paintings comment on the “darker” side of nature as well as our cultural impact on the natural world.