Michael Willis‘ visual language doesn’t consist of any single point of reference. Rather, it is a syncretic blend of multiple styles and influences – a sort of hodgepodge of 60s psychedelia, 80s computer graphics, and a modern view of pop culture. Imagery sometimes includes figures that are in the American cultural unconscious – Frank from Blue Velvet, for example, makes an appearance in a drawing. But more often than not this outlook on pop culture, especially looking back towards the 60s and 70s, is expressed through the utilization of stock imagery of anonymous, yet clearly old, photographs of people from days of yore.
Gordon Magnin, an artist currently residing in Los Angeles, California, works with found images to turn high fashion magazine layouts into bizarre portraits. I like the way he cuts up the found images and pieces them back together to create something completely new, each having their own personality.
Weird digital sculptures (?) and installation scenarios by Ben Vickers. His work is all a big inside joke, and while I don’t get it, I think that not getting it is actually getting it? Regardless, I am chuckling along mirthfully.
Iron Grey Mammoth AKA Jairus Tonel presents some great mixed media work that combines cartoon icons from way back with current events. In the work above, Tonel is transforming the traditional republican elephant into “dumbo” a timeless disney character. This collision of conceptual and physical materials works together with current events to create something very relevant, thought-provoking, and comical.
Continuing on my Flickr curatorial mission, here is oh carlyn, an artist based in Portland, Oregon.
One of my favorite things about her work is her method of documentation, which is basically for lack of better words, poor quality mobile-photography. But there’s something really nice about the way a cellphone takes pictures. It really captures the atmosphere… the intimacy of the air and dust.