Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan where he developed a love of drawing. After many years of having people tell him “You should be an artist”, he decided to attend The Maryland Institute College of Art where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in illustration. These days Jon can be found doing freelance illustration for many editorial publications. He has also enjoyed success with his fine art, having shown work in galleries across the country.
Artaksiniya is a Russian girl who’s “lifeblood is fashion for the moment.” Her illustrations are whimsical and odd yet altogether quite endearing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her work in Vogue sometime next Spring or something.
The most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK, Turning the Place Over is artist Richard Wilson’s most radical intervention into architecture to date, turning a building in Liverpool’s city centre literally inside out. It runs in daylight hours, triggered by a light sensor. The piece consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions, resting on a giant rotator usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, it cts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours. Amazing!
Pedro Ramos, of Sydney, Austrailia by way of Madeira Island (Portugal, I had to look it up), has a nostalgic, snapshot kind of style to his photographs. Looking at his photos, you feel like you were there during all of these adventures he’s documented.
Chris Ede, who now lives in London (jealous), calls himself a “freelance contemporary illustrator who has recently relocated to London in search of his design fortune. [His] digitally manipulated fusion of hand-drawn and photographic elements equates to an exciting, multi-textured, conceptual and often humorous illustration style.” His illustrative style blends different layers of photography, computer graphics and hand-created elements.
Scott Listfield simultaneously lives in the future, the past and the now with his futuristic/retro astronaut paintings that seem to comment on the state of America. (That was deep, eh?) He also has a small plastic dinosaur friend, Dinosaur, who has traveled all over the world. The captions on these pictures are quite clever.
Alexandra Newmark weaves mohair, the silky soft stuff of holiday caps and scarves into into these horribly creepy characters. Their forms are a little bit frightening, sort of contradicting the nature of the material being used.
Jan Dunning manages to transform the rudimentary device of the pinhole camera and create strange and wondrous scenes with them. I love the idea of these expansive macrocosmos unfolding from the microcosm of a single point of light…kind of baffling! I remember using a pinhole in one of my first beginning photography classes and the most I got from the lens-less, shutter-less coffee can cam was blurry black and white blobs at best.