Jay Schmidt is one of the more perplexing guys I’ve met, because he appears like a very clean cut, normal guy in his fifties (slacks and a dress shirt) – but there is something right under the surface that you can’t put your finger on. I am hesitant to say madness, but maybe what passes for madness in a consumer culture. Once you see his paintings it comes into focus, they present a parody of the world in a queasy wobbling, agitated, cartoonish iconography that lets you know exactly what he is thinking!
Andres Salaff serves up a steaming sub sandwich of revolution in his latest animation, Spaghettis Burger Dress. Word around the campfire is that he plans to make a whole series of these animated paintings. Salaff’s films have played in festivals around the world and now they’re available online. Check out Andres’s videos on his YouTube channel.
Aaron Axelrod is a Los Angeles based painter, who you should definitely keep your eye on. He’s painted portraits of famous musicians from Madonna to Kanye West, for the Coachella Music Festival. Axelrod exhibited paintings in Manifest Hope, an art show supporting Barack Obama’s movement (which featured the likes of Shepard Fairey and Ron English). Lately Aaron has been scrambling everything from political imagery to pornography, probably even down to his eggs. Believe it or not, the above image is a scrambled painting of Chris Matthews. Aaron is represented by the David DeSanctis Gallery.
Beautiful/Decay Apparel artist, Pablo Alfieri, has updated his website… in Neon HD!! Pablo has put up a lot of new work. You don’t want to miss it! And, if you like what you see, check out some of his t-shirt designs for our Artist Series Apparel line after the jump, which are available on our online shop.
Artist Ria Brodell aspired to don Freddy Mercury’s tight white jeans and signature ‘stache, and the Miami Vice Dude’s cool calypso-linen pantsuit rather than play princess or tea party. What I love most about her achingly sincere self-portraits posing as dubious icons of masculinity is the tangled web of complications it weaves. What does it mean for a queer woman to paint herself in goache as Carey Grant, a gay man playing a straight man in sexuality-restricted 1950’s Hollywood? Hmm….what do you guys think? Any of you boys rather play with Barbie than GI Joe’s?
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Here’s a lovely German artist to start your Thursday morning off right. Elisa Strozyk makes work that is beautiful and clean, but often seems to have a functional purpose. She creates wooden textiles, hand cuts her own wallpaper and even made a radiator that changes color as it heats up. Elisa has upcoming exhibitions in Frankfurt, Cologne and Milan.