Derek McDonald & Scott La Rock are keeping the art of the hand-painted sign alive at Made For Glory Sign Co.! I had the opportunity to watch these two in action last weekend at the Tiger Rose Tattoo & Music Festival where they demonstrated, in person, their steady hands and their unique art form. This duo hails from the California’s Bay Area but their work can be spotted around the world; from Barcelona, to Spain & even Japan
Kristina Diamond‘s photography series, “I Will Be Dying and So Will You,” makes you feel like you’re having one of those dreams that you don’t particularly care to wake up from. You know, the one where you’ve finally discovered the other fantastic and terrible world residing just around the corner of your consciousness. You have those dreams too, right?
Well, Diamond does. She has developed a moody sort of wonderland in which man is not king, in fact he, or she in this case, seems to be struggling to maintain her very existence. Falling from rocks, blotted out by shrubbery–I don’t believe our flaxen-haired heroin is long for this world.
It’s this sense of anxiety in Diamond’s photographs that is most intriguing, the sense that something awful is about to happen. Diamond captures that bittersweet lull before the storm with delicate accuracy. But is our heroin simply afraid of waking up? Or is the disquiet caused by something more menacing?
Chicago based illustrator and type designer Jesse Hora will make you smile with his delicate designs. Hora’s dainty line work and limited pallet lend his designs that warm, fuzzy feeling, while his humorous commentary maintains elements of surprise.
Working out of Hamburg, Germany, Falko Ohlmer is a man of many talents. Utilizing graphic design, typography, and illustration, Ohlmer creates other-worldly landscapes with his playful designs. His colorful aesthetic has been featured in design compilations, on tee shirts, and even on kite boards.
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.