I just about fainted when I got some behind-the-scenes studio pics back from Skinner, one of our featured artist from Book 3, including his van?! Holy triumphant-unicorn from hell-monster-mash-Crystal-stash-Wizard-spell lightening bolt riddled beast of awesomeness! His studio is like a headbanger’s ball, topped floor to ceiling with multi-sided-die, long lost relatives of Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head, the occasional red plastic party cup, and treasures that seem to exceed a greedy dragon’s doubloon pile indeed.
I’m excited to check out the new works that will be up at San Francisco’s White Walls August 14th. In his words, the exhibition will include: “large old timey halloween mask replicas of my own design, 24 epic psychedelic fantasy paintings inspired by my own unhealthy feelings of global dread…one epic painting (a week for six months was the goal I set and im well under way and about to finish my 17th piece). And they are getting larger as well…” And a partridge in a pair tree. According to Merlin’s crystal ball, the future holds great things for Skinner indeed- we’re excited to see what he comes up with!
Juan Arata is an artist from Argentina now living in Berlin. His paintings are nothing other than imaginative and provocative.
In the “About” section of his website, Jo Wilmot writes: “Juan Arata’s nihilistic paintings explore the contemporary consumer culture and installation. He state that we are almost completely shaped by the brands we interact with. The characters in Arata’s paintings are miserable, trapped, branded and confused. The miserable, ugly subjects appear to be attempting to copy the lifestyle they have seen depicted in the media but fall short. They are just not good looking enough, they are too unhappy, too stupid or too old…”
Pedro Lourenco, a Portugal based artist and illustrator, presents some really interesting drawings, gifs, T-shirt designs and more on his blog, “Ink and Paper.” Each piece has a simplicity and uniqueness all its own.
Michael Werner is a photographer from Germany. His work has been exhibited internationaly and is included in several private and public collections, such as the Museum Hanau, Germany or Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York and published in many catalogs to the exhibitions.
John Parot, who was featured in our B/D Book 3, and Rachel Niffenegger currently have exhibitions up at Chicago gallery Western Exhibitions./(which, coincidentally enough, also stocks B/D Book 3!) John Parot, with his exhibition “Hobbies,” continues his poetic musings on gay urban living, and focuses in on internet dating to reflect how identity, meaning and love are constructed under the auspices of Web 2.0′s arrow. A multi-hued pie chart displays Facebook-esque likes and dislikes: “hot fudge sundae,” “enough with the man-scarves,” and “no beige!”
Rachel Niffenegger, in Gallery 2, creates sculptures and ephemeral-washed paintings dealing with the grotesque nature of the human body, executed with a hauntingly beautiful hand. Drawing its title from an ancient epitaph, “As you pass by and cast an eye as you are now so once was I,” the exhibition seems to conjure the ghostly spirits from beyond the gravestone she references.
Dale Edwin Murray is both a designer & and illustrator, and apparantly a good fellow to know if you’re in the market for an original, playful t-shirt design. (P.S. Anyone want to play “spot the banana”?)