The Kopeikin Gallery announces Moby: Destroyed photography exhibit opening Saturday, September 10, 2011. Destroyed features photography taken by Moby all over the world. The gallery will host a reception and book signing with the artist will on September 10th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Read more about the show after the jump.
Australian born and now London based artist Nick Sheehy illustrates awesome quirky, street art inspired scenes of fantastical hybrid characters. His work marries ideas from both aspects of low and high brow art; the playfulness and sort of dark humor moments of skeletons and overwhelming string that is reminiscent of veins (or, perhaps they are veins that are reminiscent of string?) winks to the aesthetic from both graffiti and comic book culture. Yet, there is a true classic beauty within each drawing, highlighting Sheehy’s talent and admiration for traditionalist draftsmanship. It is clear from his work that his attention to detail and disciplined drawing style has been developed from an intense labour of love, employing master technique and classic methods. Sheehy originally studied bronze sculpture “in the wilds of Tasmania,” (perhaps giving him the inspiration for such inventive animal-creature centered work!). He then “gave up on art only to re-discover his love for drawing whilst living in London.” Each of his pieces is unique to his practice and full of imagination, cleverness, and sophistication. Sheehy‘s work, he notes, “explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination.”
It’s always interesting to see what graffiti writers do in the fine art world. Some keep rehashing the same work on canvas, losing all of the power that energized the work by having it in the streets. However some artists such as the legendary Dutch graffiti artist Delta take what they’ve learned through their years of painting letterforms and create amazing new works that re-imagine architecture, space, installation and painting. Wondering what Delta’s graffiti looked like back in the day? Click the read more button and check out the last image.
Dan McPharlin is an illustrator who is concerned with the “future past or past future,” as he notes on his webpage. His artwork live in a realm of speculative reality, where space is the final frontier — or perhaps the first of a civilization beginning to rebuild itself.
There are dystopian touches in his illustrations: in one, an astronaut gazes on temple ruins; in another, we see the haggard remnants of a bridge that looks like it used to be golden. It’s a little reminiscent of the final scenes of Planet of the Apes, a familiar monument from a world long lost. McPharlin’s work utilizes rich colors that are once neon yet muted. His palette is one that includes the golden rod yellow of futuristic smog as well as the earth tones of somewhere decidedly not-Earth. There is certainly a quality of nostalgia to his work, though for what, we don’t necessarily know.
“These are the worlds of dreams and half-memories,” McPharlin says on his webpage. “The collision zone of past-futures and futures-past, derived from blueprints laid down decades earlier on the pages of battered sci-fi paperbacks, fantasy art books, and mid-century design quarterlies.” (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)
Viktor Hachmang is a designer and illustrator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Though visually influenced by ’60s psychedelic posters and ’80s postmodern design, he takes his inspiration from a wide variety of sources and his work often alludes to famous artists and artworks. Central to his work is the illustrative imagery which focuses strongly on decorative details. The concept of collage is also apparent, as his portfolio is a deliberate hodgepodge of various eras in art history and different ways of image making. Hachmang combinines the banal and the beautiful in one image, often mixing intellectual and naive imagery of strict geometry with hand drawn forms. He also co-edits the blog theeyestheysee, an ongoing collection of artists, artworks and other sources of inspiration.
Mexican born artist Ana Teresa Fernández “erased” a portion of the U.S. and Mexican border. Using a fifteen foot ladder, a spray paint gun and a generator, she painted a portion of the metal wall that separates Playas de Tijuana and San Diego’s Border Field State Park. By applying a powder blue paint, Ana Teresa Fernández was able to create the illusion that some of the border had disappeared into the sky. During her performance she wore a “little black dress,” representing the Mexican tradition of “luto,” which is to wear all black for one year during a period of mourning. This act is the artist paying homage to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives attempting to cross the border, getting to the true heart of the matter. Border patrol between the United States and Mexico has been a controversial topic for decades. Depending on which side of the border you are on, the large metal wall means something drastically different. For many Mexicans, the border represents being kept from opportunities and the ability to have access to a better life. Despite the project having nothing but optimistic intentions, the artist did face some objection. In the middle of painting, Ana Teresa Fernández was stopped by the police who attempted to arrested her. However, after a half an hour of explaining her concept, she was let go. Following the projects completion the artist received hate mail and was called a “Mexican terrorist.” She believes her project is feared because it “re-contextualizes a possibility” of peaceful coexistence.
Lisa Rienermann‘s Type the Sky series is reminiscent of the big city tourist’s point of view. The tops of metropolitan buildings squeeze in the sky to form a unique alphabet. Rienermann uses the negative space, the small patches of cloudy sky, between roofs to as the structure of a fun typography. The font has been understandably popular. The series received an award from the Type Directors Club New York. It was also used by Mercedes and Renault for respective advertising campaigns.
Jesse Fillingham is an emerging illustrator who holds burgers, mythology, and unicorns close to his heart. His work holds a lot of energy, humor, and powerful storytelling. I especially love his series on mythological hunters.