Four score and seven years ago, shortly after college, I worked a certain retail job at a company that shall not be named (American Apparel) and had the pleasure of working with Max Wittert. Max was famous store-wide for his amazing and humorous doodles lampooning everyone who came into the store…and all of us employees. Max…I would kill to find those illustrations again, do you still have them? Anyway, we ran into each other again after many a long year at the Renegade Craft Fair last weekend, and much to my delight I discovered he’s now following his heart working as an illustrator. Wonderful work!
The other day I ran around to get some food and look at some art. But before I got the art viewing festivities started, I decided to go down to the nonofficial “Bicycle District” to get some food and more importantly some delicious dessert. If you live in LA, you know how quickly this neighborhood has transformed in just a couple of years. Everyone loves this area as evident by the above graffiti.
Flemish artist Filip Dujardin often uses digital manipulation to create not-so-unbelievable architectural fictions. Juxtaposing his Orwell-ian structures of corrugated metal against antiquated fireplaces he shines a rather dismal light on our architectural future. But, if there’s one thing HGTV has taught me it’s that with some new drapes and a fresh coat of paint nothing is impossible!
Russell Leng’s paintings have an immense depth to them; his latest series, “Nature Systems,” features floating geometric shapes that look like faceted crystals. On his site Leng says he wants to “explore the relationship between constructed and natural terrains,” (which might explain why the organic yet jagged shapes suggest both a harmony and a dissonance.) If his paintings make you think he’s too calm and cool, check out his website to see him shovel cake into his face in his short film, “Let Them Eat Cake”.
Erik Osberg seems like one of those photographers who documents happenings, letting images come to him naturally, and unadulterated. His portfolio is an understated mix of beautifuly simple photos, wit, surprise, and humor. I especially love his personal section, “Layla, Ryan, Erik, and Carl”, a collection of his photos featuring his friends/roommates, (such as the last one after the jump).
Pepa Prieto is very much in touch with her inner kid; her playful doodles are complex while maintaining the spirit of innocence and fantasy. Prieto is truly multi-talented, designing not only for print, but also television, and even airplanes for MTV! Did I mention that she was also a pro snowboarder?
Warren Thomas King describes his work as “Brococo,” a combination of his interest in Rococo styling and the modern day bromance. If for some reason that doesn’t make perfect sense to you, from what I can gather, Brococo translates into paintings of dudes with crazy facial hair. You know, like jack hammer beards and mustaches shaped like space shuttles. These guys may not be mild-mannered Watercolor’s usual house guests but that’s what makes them awesome.