Grenoble, France’s Aurelien Arnaud‘s art work is not something you would walk by without looking twice. Arnaud’s designs are sharp, bright, and some, a little risque. Interesting none the less. Not only a very skilled designer, Arnaud founded PNTS studio with Denis Carrier.
When looking at the photographs of Sarah Palmer you can’t help but notice the playfulness with light and colors. I find her body of work from the series, “The Riddle of Lumen”, quite interesting, and although clearly documenting an urban landscape, I also find it quite mystical. As if unfolding an urban exploration of a city, or finding a hidden gem in plain view. At least when I look at her work, it almost seems to portray and unidentifiable sentimentalism of the unknown urban setting depicted. It plays quite well with the colors and spacial composition in the photographs.
Zachary Stadel covers unexpected objects with globular and surprisingly tactile dobs of paint, laying bare paint as pigment and object, and throwing its use to create illusionist realism out the window. His objects sort of remind me of Allison Schulnik’s work in their beyond-impasto application of paint. These sculptures somehow transform paint into sculpture, and sculptures into paintings…inhabiting a lovely middle-realm of shape-shifting.
Svetlana Jovanovic is a Netherlands-based photographer who imbues portraiture with a surreal edge. Drawing on her experience studying psychology at Belgrade University, Jovanovic knows how to access the models’ personalities, and by extension, the viewers’ psyches; women—often dressed in white and washed-out pastel hues—confront the camera with an otherworldly presence, embodying both deep alienation and sublime euphoria. Like images from a haze-filled dream, some of them look vaguely threatening, with horns, multiple tongues, and masks accentuating their otherwise calm postures. Model selection, set design, props, and digital image manipulation play an important role in the way the artist composes her scenes.
Also key to Jovanovic’s impressive style is a subtle exploration of gender, sexuality, and media representation—subjects that are important and highly politicized in her field of work. She does not portray femininity in conventional nor overtly sexualized ways; as her artist’s statement eloquently states, “Although slight stylization and eroticism might at first glance suggest analogies with fashion photography, Jovanovic stays well away from it. Instead, her work can be interpreted as the intention to develop a conceptual approach to photography by exploiting some conventions of fashion photography, examining its potential to visually shape an idea or subject matter” (Source). Instead of complacency, the unease and ambiguity that surrounds Jovanovic’s photos encourages the viewer to recognize on their own objectifying practices and expectations of the female body in fashion and photography.
Bradford Lynn is an artist and illustrator fairly new to the Los Angeles art community. He is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in illustration. Bradford’s work really struck a cord with me when I first saw his website. He has pretty apparent raw talent in not only his technical skills, but I really enjoy how he portrays people. His portraits are highly rendered, and feel very fresh to me. He illustrates youth, and positivity through airy and fantastical environments. His online portfolio demonstrates that he can work super large, and isn’t afraid to be experiment. You also can’t beat the hyper-realized portrait of Reggie Watts above. Bradford is also involved in the newly founded Los Angeles based artist collective Space Camp.
Robert Ryan Cory is an animation character designer currently working on Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Over at his flickr (linked to his name at the beginning of this post), Cory has posted some fantastic character sketches from the show. I haven’t watched Spongebob in a few years now but I don’t remember it being quite this violent and grotesque. His drawings are like Ren and Stimpy meets Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Perhaps the show is taking a turn towards the weird(er)?
Gali Erez is a graphic designer and illustrator from Israel. She is a CalArts graphic design graduate currently living and working in Los Angeles.
I’ve always enjoyed her playful use of proportion, fearless use of color and youthful connection to her content. She loves to mix markers, colored pencils, Micron pens, crayons, chalk, pencil and anything else she can get a hold of to create her work.