Illustrator Jason Polan is on a mission. A mission to draw every person in New York. Jason is spending 2 minutes a piece drawing people he sees in the streets of New York City and blogging the results daily. The result is fun doodles of interesting characters and even some famous names. If you’d like to be a subject, check out the blog and email Jason, and he may inconspicuously sketch you at your decided location. More NY portraits after the jump.
When you hear the phrase “Iphone oil paintings” you’re probably not thinking of rubbing your phone all over face to make a greasy abstraction on your phones screen but that is in fact what NYC artist Jonathan Keller Keller has done. Working at the intersection of craft, collection, and computation, Keller seeks to transcend & transform everyday digital elements through obsessive, iterative, and generative processes. A good example of this is Keller Rubbing his phone all over his face with gusto (see the above Gif of him in action) transforming the dark phone screen into a canvas full of possibilities for abstraction. Yes it is weird and this may make you cringe if you’re a germaphobe but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that the gifs of the oil shining this way and that way weren’t a tad mesmerizing. (via)
Curiot is a Mexico City based artist who combines indigenous and street art to make some incredible, mythical murals. I would recommend making the trip south to see some his murals in person; it’s 100% worth it. If you get there and can’t find any, you might be able to pick up some of his sculptures at La Vamp skateboard shop in La Roma.
Noa P. Kaplan is a visual artist living in Los Angeles, California. Last year I had the pleasure of walking through Kaplan’s giant dust bunny, installed at UCLA. It was a weird feeling, feeling both small and large at the same time… Her larger body of artwork examines the impact of technology on production processes, material structure, and scale. This piece in particular, however, is specifically interested in providing a new scale to something small, a dust bunny, in order to design new associations and emotional connections with the clump of dust that we would otherwise sweep under the rug in disgust. The artist explains the context of this piece so beautifully: “Though mundane, a dust bunny bears unexpected symmetry to the most complex and baffling systems, such as the accretion of cosmic matter or the organization of memories in the brain.”
The work of the street artist known as 108 is much like his pseudonym: simple and mysterious. Often large black masses of abstract street art inhabit walls. Devoid of most or any detail, these masses are frequently punctuated by bursts of color. In a way the colorful abstractions feel like offshoots or biological growths on the larger black masses. There is a larger flow to his murals that are somehow familiar. The shapes, the way interact with their surfaces, and the way in interacts with itself feels organic. 108 explains this idea in a 2006 interview saying:
“Usually I work in public spaces, you know, and the background is the most important thing. I must find a good shapes for that place, usually I prefer old walls and abandoned places, and my “thing” grow by it self, as a tree or moss did, but I know nature do that really better than me! It’s very hard for me to work on a blank white surface… in that situations I must find a good inspiration elsewhere, maybe in another work I did before or working with a good friend with good ideas.”
Other times his abstract murals almost hint at an iconography, symbols, or recognizable shapes. Like much abstraction there is a lot of room for interpretation. Still, he goes on to say:
“Most of my works come from my unconscious and are totally irrational. You can see the abstract, soft and gloomy shapes… My works are also very symbolic. The same old example of the wheel, I found it in my unconscious, it was a big fixation for me… usually I have drawn it with 8 rays inside… In fact it was the sun wheel, one of the most important symbol in ancient Indoeuropean cultures (you can find it in a lot of Indian and Celtic stuff). This is just one example.”
If you were ever a fan of Powell Peralta in the 80’s and 90’s then you know that Rodney Mullen was the king of freestyle skating. Hands down he was one of the most skilled skaters inventing tricks that left viewers scratching there heads in disbelief. Freestyle skating doesn’t get much hype these days but Kilian Martin is taking the torch and bringing freestyle back with a vengence. I don’t even know if there are names for half the tricks in the above vid! Amazing.
ps. I put Rodney’s part from Questionable after the jump for all you old schoolers. I
Dale Dreiling takes inspiration from the everyday occurrences in Los Angeles, highlighting icons that are often overlooked, from street vendors and other characters, to liquor stores, swap meets, and catering trucks. Though his paintings bring color and focus to those images that go unnoticed, his subjects are often eerily faceless. Perhaps this is just for the sake of anonymity, or maybe Dreiling is attesting to the idea that we are not as different from others as we think.
Nice outdoor work from mysterious artist 2501. Applying undulating zebra marks all over the place, his style flows nicely from piece to piece, whether he’s doing a huge scene involving horse-riding bandits or understated characters intriguingly placed within the landscape. It seems he’s moving more and more toward a black and white direction this year, and the resulting high levels of contrast produce a nice dynamic between the walls and their surrounding environments. Click past the jump to see more street work and head over to the artist’s site for works on canvas as well.