Detective Jason Harvey, a forensic sketch artist who has worked for the NYPD for over 10 years, draws fun and flamboyant portraits using the same techniques as he employs in his police work. His drawings might be recognizable to some New Yorkers, as it they are featured on “wanted” posters hung all around the city. However, Harvey has been given the opportunity for his work to be seen in a new light. Adam Shopkorn, owner of Fort Gansevoort Gallery, noticed Harvey’s work on the NYCAlerts Twitter and wanted to put it on display, allowing Harvey to jump from detective to artist. The NYPD wouldn’t consent to showing the actual sketches (as they are criminal evidence), so instead, Harvey has created a series he calls Fantasy Composites. Within this body of work, Harvey uses the same renderings and facial feature creation process as he would sketching up potential criminals, yet this time he is depicting imagined faces. Harvey explains the difference between this body of work compared to his detective sketches; he states, “when I’m interviewing an eyewitness and drawing from their memory, I have to strictly adhere to what they’re telling me about the person’s face.” He notes that the forensic work is “not creative at all.” Nonetheless, his imagined series is full of creativity and exuberance. Each work truly has it’s own character — there is a real sense that Harvey has seen it all. Nothing is too obscure or obscene, every portrait seems absolutely genuine, if not almost recognizable. The caricature quality adds a playful element to his work, allowing them to exist between the realms of cartoon and reality, between satire and actuality. (via booooooom)
It’s always fun getting zines, books, and artist editions in the mail. Recently we got a cornucopia of goodies in the mail so we thought we’d share.
1. Jammer Slammer – Makeout Creek Books
R. Nicholas Kuszyk and his gang of robots have been part of the B/D family since the beginning. You’re probably used to his massive murals painted all over the world but from time to time Mr. Kusyzk puts down the spray paint and paint brushes to do a bit of publishing. His new book Jammer Slammer is part robot comic book part epic futuristic philosophical musings.
2. The Rattling Wall– Narrow Books
Our good buddies at Narrow Books have teamed up with PEN Center USA to bring you this ongoing literary journal featuring sophisticated short fiction, travel essays, and poetry alongside cutting edge illustrations by Albert Reyes and B/D’s very own Lyndsey Lesh. Get both of their current releases here.
3. Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd Zines– Fun Chicken
Illustration guru couple Easther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd recently handed over a small mountain of their zines, books, and stickers over to me. They have too many titles to list here so just head over to their shop and stock up now!
Beautiful/Decay’s own Creative Director Amir H. Fallah will be exhibiting new work, alongside artists Clark Goolsby, Jessalyn Haggenjos, Stella Lai, Jason Redwood, Mark Schoening and Mike Swaney, in POV Evolving‘s “Pop of Colors” show. The show is based around artists who use vibrant, Pop Art colors in a new way, either conceptually or as a decorative tool within their works. If you are not familiar with each of these artists, I’ve included an example of their work after the jump. If you are in town this Friday, October 9th, from 6-10, be sure check out this not-to-be-missed round up of LA’s best & brightest young artists! (And I really just ain’t sayin’ this ’cause Amir’s my boss- check out the works after the jump if you don’t believe me!)
Get in touch with your third eye with Heidi Norton‘s new age still lifes.
Satan as a headless-masquerade holding ghost on an abandoned island floating in the deep, dark void of space creating life from clay and striking them down, all in front of tiny children. Yes! Amazing excerpt from a stop motion version of Mark Twain’s Mysterious Stranger, by Will Vinton. Censored from many TV stations. Yes!
New Zealand high school student Liam Martin has created quite the buzz with his Instagram account (@waverider_), where he has currently amassed over 1.5 million followers due to his humorous recreation of memes, and more popularly and recently, fashion photographs of female celebrities (and the occasional cartoon). He’s creatively recreated images of Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Tyra Banks, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, and Taylor Swift – it seems he grabs whatever is available around him that resembles celebrity clothing and accessories and constructs his own comically similar versions of high fashion. Much of Martin’s comedy emerges from the facial expressions he gives the camera and the energy he exudes in each photo. Martin says, “I’m very weird and open. I think that’s why I get so many followers, because I’m myself.”
New York based photographer Christopher Herwig travels the world documenting war torn countries for the United Nations. One of my favorites series on his site has to be the collection of Soviet Bus Stops. The scale, design, and variations of these architectural structures are both a mesmerizing and fascinating reminder of the diverse and historically rich population in the former Soviet Union.
In life, there’s always one goober buck-toothed bell who messes it up for the rest of the dignified, monocle-rocking mustachioed bells. As Will Vinton animates- the solution? Get a slingshot.