When I dropped by his sunlit Brooklyn studio Aaron Johnson was busy preparing for his show at Stux Gallery in Chelsea, which opens Thursday September 15th. In this new body of work Johnson invites us to chow down on a writhing smorgasbord of Americana: severed heads, demonic Uncle Sams, sausage crucifixes, fried eagles, mashed guts, f-burgers, camel roast, and mutant sea creatures sucking down oil oozing fresh from the rig. His new work is opulent and glitters like jewel-encrusted Faberge eggs despite picturing disturbingly grotesque and violent imagery – totally Beautiful/Decay!
In 2002 Benetton commissioned James Mollison to photograph some of the 17 million people that the World Food Program (WFP) feeds. The images from the famine in Ethiopia in the early 80’s had a big affect on Mollison while growing up, but since then he had felt somewhat desensitized to images of povert. Mollison decided to take his mobile studio- and take away the exotic backdrops and present them as people. He became interested in how the WFP uses food as a tool to get people to change their lives, a kind of bribery for social change.
Tim Groen is one of those creative types that can do just about anything from photography to design but my favorite work by him are these surreal collages made from vintage advertisements and paintings.
Andrew B. Myers is a photographer and image maker that lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His work is often characterized by its use of color and composition as well as it’s humorous take on pop culture. Not only are his images bold and captivating but his titles are fantastic. The above image is titled “Buyers Remorse.”
Aidan Koch is a pretty talented lady. Her work overlaps between comics, illustrations and collaborations. Her comic style is completely her own, showing her mark making process throughout. She’s just finished a collaboration with Finnish artist Jaakko Pallasvuo on a comic called Pages.
Qui est Paul? We may never truly know who he is but apparently he’s got very good taste in outdoor furniture. The French firm’s designs boasts bubbly, slick and upbeat pieces that fit just as well in a home as a five star resort. I especially love the Sardana seating that wraps around a tree and can be lit from the inside.