Originally from Armenia, artist Ana Bagayan studied illustration at California’s Art Center College of Design. Her many paintings and drawings are populated with doll-like youths and human-alien hybrids, showcasing the artist’s special interest in the metaphysical. In particular, many of her hybrid creatures were inspired by the stories told by avowed alien abductees while under hypnosis. Bagayan’s drawings and paintings have been displayed in galleries across the US, including most recently at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California. Take a look at more metaphysical marvels after the jump.
Jake Winiski creates blurry deconstructed alien worlds using 3d sets that are photographed and then drawn on top of with ink. His multimedia process opens the door for a free-associative exploration, which is directly drawn from contemporary folklore laden with blurry photographs in which the human myth-building impulse has found Sasquatches, Chupacabras, aliens, and devils.By painting directly into the photographic print with an airbrush and India ink (aping the photographic surface) Jake explores the image as a shared space between the fabrication of the model, it’s expansion and metamorphosis behind the window of the photograph, and the free-associative manner in which internal fantasy can project itself into the world.
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Ronit Baranga‘s ceramic sculptures of open mouths and flickering tongues remind me of a mix between Aliens and the drawings of Julia Randall’s drawings.
AIDS-3D is a collaboration between two American artists, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas, both of whom were born in 1986. Their work, and the documentation of it, is about as cryptic and brash as their mysterious name. Their influences are clear – low brow 1990s cyber-culture, space mysticism, aliens, etc, etc – but the work revolving around said themes can be quite clever and subversive.