London based artist Nathan James argues the idea that mass media and materialism can deliver the kind of leisure and happiness it promises but at the expense of one’s humanity. His photo based paintings are of young, trend-oriented people who are interrupted with strips of neon, cuts, graphics, typography, etc.
Shelby DiMarco is a Los Angeles based artist who creates these whimsical collages while working over at Urban Outfitters. I really enjoy her use of composition, I feel it is one of the strongest aspects of her work. (That – and the stories these illustrate.)
Luis Dourado’s Famous and Dreaming series literally made me say “Wow” out loud. My fave from the group is of JFK pictured above. I also included two other images that I liked at the end of the post that are from other projects.
Stephen Aldrich carefully cuts woodcut prints, steel engravings, and other printed epehemra from the Victorian Age to create these sardonically surreal new vistas of the era. Yes, Garret, I like this because it’s Victorian!
He will be showing his work at NYC’s Foley Gallery from September 9- October 23.
Grace Miceli is an artist based over at Burlington, Vermont. I am really enjoying her portfolio of collage, and photographs. Her collages in particular are pretty interesting as they range from satirical to full of humor.
Yi-Hsin Tzeng uses various mediums to construct and communicate her sense of black humor and outside viewpoint. Her recent series on defacing and appropriating public images (magazines, political figures, fashion, etc.) is an attempt at regaining some control over the surreal absurdity that comes with the fake, posed, and plastic nature of public images.
Amsterdam artist Mark Boellaard has a simple approach to collage. He uses new techniques marked by overtones of Surrealism. Follow his blog for more works by him. Or, for those fellow Flickr users, follow him on Flickr!
Marek Haiduk is a designer form Germany. I like the interplay of black and white photography, a Minimalist color pallet and geometric shapes. Haiduk currently resides in Vienna, Austria. His work has been featured in publications like Computer Arts and recently exhibited at Lumas, a Berlin based gallery.