The incredibly detailed pen and ink illustrators of Toronto based artist Paul Jackson take on the form of animals and humans, with their insides ascending from their bodies. His rendering of skeletal structures of wolves, dinosaurs, and humans is anatomically something to be admired. His illustrations have a dark aura, as he portrays different animals with layers of organs erupting from their skin. We can see Jackson’s well-refined skill in the very believable texture of the fur, skin, and bone in his work. Each illustration remains very realistic, despite their mystical nature. His creatures are like spirit-animals that are attempting to rise out of their earthly shell, erupting out of their exteriors.
There is a strong element of life and death his Jackson’s work, as many of his drawings contain half living creature and half skeleton. Pushing this boundary of the living world even further, many of Jackson’s works contain a visible “glitch.” There is a disruption in the composition. A face slowly turns into waves of “white noise,” like a sound wave encountering interference. This interference literally blurs the line between a creature, like Jackson’s bear, that is alive, with one that is dead. The artist has created his work on a large and small scale, and even has many of them available as prints, t-shirts, and patches. Make sure to check out his website for more astonishing illustrations and a great time-lapse video of the artist in action.
Aaron Storck’s paintings of piled up debris and excess junk will have your eyeballs jumping from one corner of his paintings to the next in a game of visual ping pong. The paintings are covered in literally hundreds of patterns, textures, logos, and other delicately painted details. He also does some installation and video work that you can check out on his site. A word of caution his site has a ton of audio and videos that start once you click on a link so if that sort of thing drives you nuts you might want to click on the mute button.
This weekend, hundreds of artists will paint their faces and hawk their handmade wares in a cornfield. What is this, a Woodstock documentary? No! It’s the Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair! Please come visit the B/D booth, we will be selling special surprises such as limited edition shirts, never-before-seen samples, magazines and more, all at a discount!
Ross Kemp Folds is a site dedicated to foldings of photos of award winning British actor Ross Kemp. Hundreds of users from around the world have submitted their own foldings, each outdoing the next. I can’t tell if the site is a tribute fan site to Ross or a very creative way to make fun of the actor but with over 360 user submissions the site has a plethora of inventive, playful,and downright laugh out loud foldings of Ross’s rotund head in every shape possible. Below are a few of my favorite foldings from the site.
I recently discovered “Richard III”‘s cooky portfolio. It’s replete with unknown highly layered symbolic structures and bizarre ideas. Geodesically interesting. This is a snippet of what the artist wrote in an email to us: “Expect 2000 and 1 thank you’s to be delivered in vapor form in a fortnight’s time… or perhaps you would prefer my Lord Humongous style leather riding vest for your commutes to and through the gauntlet that is Hell A.” Pretty great. Visit Richard III myspace site for more!
Beacon, NY based sculpturist Emil Alzamora enjoys exploring the human form through his artwork. He focuses on ideas like what it actually means to inhabit the human body occur throughout his work in one shape or another.