MATTHEW CHARLES CRABE (NSFW)

NJ-native Matthew Charles Crabe pulls his imagery out from the deepest parts of his mind-gutter. There’s all sorts of fleshy things teleporting out of, or going into, strange orifices, then there’s the spillage of lactated milk, 40oz malt liquor, doo-doo, female and male juices, complete with the ageless beauty of symmetry. This wonderful mixture makes me think of one of his horrific, yet funny, images being diagrammed for there beautifully symmetrical properties in the way a celebrity’s face might be. Be warned, all images after the jump are certainly incredibly gnarly.

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JASON RUSNOCK

New Jersey/Philadelphia-based photographer Jason Rusnock has just that right mix of humor, beauty, simplicity, and charm to ensure that his pragmatic shots won’t go unremembered. In an age of photography that falls so heavily upon who has the best chops at Photoshop, or who has the most money to buy this 200-megapixel monster, Rusnock hunkers down with his 35mm rolls and rocks out on formal arrangements and the intrigues of everyday life. In the post below, I’ve done my best to retain the notion of relational precision he hunts after daily, but for a better sense of his arrangements, see here and more generally here. He doesn’t just stop at photos, oh no, he can make a mean video, drawing, sound, or sculpture, and one of his latest series explores the medium of sequential art (no doubt stemming from his love of comics). Rock on.

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Michael Massaia’s New Jersey

Michael Massaia is strictly a large format photographer making classic Platinum/Palladium prints.  This process creates beautiful results especially for his series “In the Final Throes- New Jersey.”

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Lauren Utter

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Lauren Utter, a New Jersey native, documents her punk rock inspired, pan-handling, train-hopping adventure filled life through her aggressive yet delicately drafted drawings. Lauren briefly attended the School of Visual Arts, but decided that her experiences outside of the institution’s walls were what truly inspired her.

Every little mark on the surface is stark, rigid, and untamed. Lauren isn’t interested in dressing up her subject for the purpose of comfort or aesthetic. She wants to bring to the audience her encounters exactly as how she found it. Yet upon closer inspection, you are guided to notice the underlying beauty, and appreciate the aggressive approach of Lauren’s work. This is where the irony in her work is present. It is the moment, confrontation, and/ or eye contact captured. The kind of transient situation most of us rarely have the time or guts to pay closer attention to.

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