The incredibly improvisational Los Angeles-based duo, The Clayton Brothers (aka: Rob and Christian Clayton,) create autobiographical and narrative pieces of work through an intuitive process. One brother will start a painting, pass it on to the other to work on, and go back and forth until the painting comes to a finish. What I genuinely enjoy about their work is that though they work in sync through a shared childhood, they don’t try to recreate it. They look into their world as the adults they are now, which is what I feel makes their work so dynamic.
Adam Friedman is a painter who is drawn to the similarities between the geologic process and human institutions (financial, governmental, etc.) He is interested in showing a million years on one canvas through the changes the surface, ridges, etc of the earth undergoes through time. But more importantly, he attempts to show a world that is healed of the human intervention it is currently suffering.
If the black mask on the cover wasn’t an indicator to you that theme was unorthodox, then I don’t know what is! It’s definitely interesting how he places a black mask over the faces of his subjects. In the one instance that he doesn’t, he removes the model’s eyes. Just a little creepy. Maybe it’s a shot at the fashion industry or maybe a comment on the concept of beauty itself. In any case, Bryan Schnelle’s work has definitely struck a nerve with me.
In the future buildings will crumble and burn, graffiti will warn about the end of the world, drugs will be rampant, creepy guys with black eyes will lurk in the dark, and skinny european bgirls with airbrushed t-shirts will roam earth. Oh and faint electronic music will be the soundtrack to our lives.
If you’re a fan of Batman and Joker like I am, then you would know who Jerry Robinson is. Jerry Robinson was part of the original Batman team, and the creator of Joker (my all time favorite superhero and villain.) So I was particularly excited that we received this book about him and all his work in the mail today. This book is not only filled with his time on Batman comics, but even goes into his other projects. I was also pleased to find out that this book was created in collaboration with Jerry himself. It is filled with old comic pages, sketches, paintings, illustrations, photos, etc. It was very fun to look through and find weird illustrations like the Penguin getting away from Batman on an ostrich (what?) I’ll have to find time to read through this thing one of these days.
T. Reilly Hodgson sent in his ‘zine to the offices today. Another edition of raw photography from the 22 year old Canadian.
Hodgson started taking pictures of graffiti and his friends skateboarding with an old point and shoot in the 6th grade. But it wasn’t until high school when he started taking art seriously. Hodgson uses photography to document his life as a memory building experiment. It seems that he has a very easy going approach to art and doesn’t like to force it out. At the moment he and a friend, Dimitri Karakostas work on a zine called “Blood of the Young Zine” as a means to share the photos and art work with the public.
Prior to opening up this gem, I had no idea what to expect from T. Reilly Hodgson. Especially since this was my introduction to his work. What I found between these covers were shockingly raw, snapshot-esque photos. These are not your everyday photos. The content may offend some, but I feel there’s something magically alluring about the subject and message behind each image. It’s life in its purest form. It just goes to show, that you don’t need the fanciest equipment to make the biggest statement.
I had only one class with Tom LaDuke, but he became was of my most beneficial and most enjoyed professors. Much like his work, Tom is very perceptive; I always felt he was a few steps ahead of us. He inspired many of us to notice aesthetic details, a more clever title, a deeper level of thought – just something more than where our minds stopped at.
Even outside of class, Tom is still encouraging me to be better through his work. He works with challenging mediums, such as, sculpting with graphite, pencil leads, fingernails, eyelashes, and other fragile or unorthodox materials. He is always up to something. You notice this when you start seeing the different layers he puts into all his work, most notably his recent series of paintings where you become very aware of your process of perceiving images.