At first glance at London-based Benedict Radcliffe’s work, I thought, “Oh, a computer generated drawing of a car…okay.” Then I immediately realize it is not as boring as I had first assumed! No! These are, full scale, actual wire-frame representations of a Lamborghini, Subaru, etc.
“To accurately portray the reality of living with mental illness for prisoners in an effort to call attention to the increased imprisonment of the mentally ill in the US” is the stated goal of Jenn Ackerman’s series Trapped.
Ackerman began photographing inside Kentucky State Reformatory in 2008. Over the course of her time there she gained trust of the inmates and guards and unprecedented access to their facility and procedure. The resulting series is a stunning look inside the experience of the mentally ill shuffled through a prison system not equipped to withstand, care for, or rehabilitate them. A system in dire need of attention and reform. (via)
Some people live life large not having time for life’s small obstacles. such is the case with street artist Aryz whose massive murals start with size xlarge and go up. Aryz’s murals of invisible men, bathing beauties, and humble farmers in fields of flowers demand our attention not only with their massive scale but with their gorgeous and bold colors which can be seen from miles away.
Milan-born artist El Gato Chimney combines illustration, painting, and street art in a blend of whimsy and surrealism. In his bio, he lists his studies as: “alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, primitive art and spiritualism.” Though it might seem like too broad a net, all these influences can indeed be seen in his work.
His illustration is dualistic: brightly colored, they look like pages from some charming, nonsense tale meant for children. Simultaneously, there’s something darker simmering underneath, like the fairy tales of old where women danced in burning shoes and decapitation was nothing more unusual than a particularly large yawn. Occult symbols are sprinkled throughout, and figures are occasionally found in ritualistic poses, like small animals mid-pagan festival.
El Gato Chimney’s bio ruminates on this undertow: “When in front of these works it is impossible not to wonder what hides in the woods, where that road will lead up to, why these beings trust in such a blind way this primitive religion, partly attributable to preexisting cults, partly made up.”
German creative Bartek Elsner has an impressive track record when it comes to both commercial and non-commercial work. Illustration, Art Direction, Graphic Design- he does it all. But I’m most hyped on his sculptures made completely out of cardboard. Dubbed The Paper Stuff, this ongoing series includes cardboard fireplaces (installed on the street), CCTV cameras, automatic weapons, chainsaws, and animals. Taking a look at the project’s page, there is a really evident progression in skill with the medium on Elsner’s part. He keeps getting better and better. Really excited to see what he does next. (via)
Yesterday I posted the work of Sophie Crumb and I know we’ve posted R. Crumb‘s work at some point or another so it only makes sense to keep things in the family and post Sophie’s mother, Alina Kominsky Crumb‘s work as well. The three of them put together make a trifecta of underground comics and illustrative genius.