Eddie Martinez details a strange and wonderful world of googly-eyed pots, Cosby sweater wearing owls, recurring characters and colorful, quirky compositions. In a recent interview, Martinez details his no-nonsense, back to basics approach to creating work. Unlike the intense philosophical considerations and conceptualizations inherent in so many artists’ meandering methodologies, Martinez takes an almost blissfully ignorant approach in the laconic tradition to making his works: “Sometimes an idea will work its way into a drawing … I don’t know…I don’t really make plans for [the painting] so much.I usually just start it.”
Decaying structures house the oddest assortment of memories. Without an explanation for why it’s there, a newspaper on the wall of an empty room can get pretty Murakami-esque. Mou Hoo, a young photographer working out of Beijing, explores the mysterious clutter of abandoned buildings.
Wow! I absolutely love the illustrations and design work by Grant Coghill! There isn’t much information oh his site as to what the medium is exactly but I loved the retro 80’s airbrush look mixed with dense and layered imagery. One of my new favorites illustrators for 2012!
Recently stumbled across the work of Patrick Brennan by way of his most recent solo show @ HalseyMcKay. He provides a really fresh take on painting. Lots of interesting material decisions, color usage, and compositional arrangements. I dig it…more after the jump.
The focus of Chrissy Angliker’s painting style lies in creating a balanced relationship between the controllable and the uncontrollable. Paint drips from every deliberate brush stroke, challenging it. By contrasting form and free-falling dribble, she seeks to illustrate the duality in life between our best-laid plans and the host of chaotic shit that can befall them.
When artist Amanda Burnham first moved to Baltimore, Maryland, she didn’t know anyone. So, she spent a lot of time in her 7th floor apartment that had interesting views of the city. The time spent observing and recording her surroundings later informed her temporary, site-specific installations that are a patchwork representation of Baltimore. Burnham draws and paints street signs, fire hydrants, architecture, and store fronts, piecing them together in a manner that’s fractured yet cohesive. Taking elements of a neighborhood (or neighborhoods), she fashions her own view of the city, creating work large enough for a viewer to walk around and between. In an interview with Dwanye Butcher of Visual Baltimore, Burnham explains why she chooses to work this way (and why she reuses paper and boxes):
The idea of things being layered and pieced together is important to me. I see this city, and really all cities, as these giant ad-hoc organisms – collectively authored, chop-a-bloc, joints exposed – an ongoing melange of edits, adjustments, negotiations. I hope to suggest that with the deliberately collage-y, visually dense, maximalist aesthetic of my drawings. I also love paper and what it does when treated as an object – the shadows it casts, the way tears and cuts are line. Most of the paper I use is really cheap stuff – low grade drawing paper that comes in rolls, kraft paper, packing materials. Boxes. That’s important because I’m not rich, but also because I see it as conceptually significant – resourcefulness is an ethic I sometimes see evidenced in the forms of the city, and it’s one I really respond to.
Burnham not only takes the outdoors indoors, but creates a whole new environment in a matter of a few days to a week. Lighting, astro turf, and electrical tape craft an ambience that’s unique to the city.
I am an avid admirer of Allison Healy‘s illustrations. She is an illustrator based out of Boston, Mass. Her work strikes me as the colors are rich and vibrant possibly implying digital coloring but I know for a fact she uses watercolor and only watercolor. I find this refreshing in the mass digital illustration age. Check more of her intricate works out after the jump.
Ward Roberts was born in Australia and currently lives in Hong Kong and Australia. His work of quiet images depicting various lonesome landscapes are impressive. His contemporary eye has caught active locations and made them obsolete. Pretty neat.