I am pleased to bring you the latest works by the very talanted illustrator Kristofer Porter. Porter's portraits depict family scenes, people interacting, social situations, calm sundays, and melting faces. When looking at his work from previous years, you can see a definite progression that bears clues about whats coming next. Excellent art brut inspiration.
William Blake was a 17th century London artist and poet, who started as an engraver and manuscript illustrator (using copper plates!). Many of his prints were only a few inches in size yet contained complex detail. Blake was a nonconformist and was deemed a sympathizer of the revolution. Blake's work depicts very graphic metaphysical and fantastical religious scenes which came from his 'visions'.
Erik Mark Sandberg is an awesome California illustrator who has a proclivity for adorning his world with heavy fur. The beastly juxtaposition of unkempt fur is a microcosm of our own hair-sprouting laden skins. He explains about his own culture shock from moving from the midwest to glittery LA. Eric's process involves printmaking--screening, etching, alternative photo, as well as painting, glitter, and resin.
Maruo Suehiro is an acomplished manga artist and painter who has authored several legendary Japanese horror comics. Most of Maruo's manga is known as erotic grotesque, or ero-guro, and his naaratives often occur in 1940's Japan. His works depict fetishistic sex and violence (muzan-e, ukiyo-e). Common themes are duplicated body parts, physical deformity, floating eyes, blindness, eye sex, war, snakes, vampirism, circus freaks, bondage and flying insects.
Mia Mäkilä's art is definitly minimalist and cartoony, yet still acopmlishes a realistic aesthetic that touches the primordial subconscious. The works explore uglyness with human features and bitter putrid expression. Through daubs of paint, color splashes, and often blood, she folds in a realistic smirk, unibrow, or genitalia. Her creep portraits have an earnestness which jumble fear and humor. It's not easy to cultivate an impressive proboscis using a scrappy minimalistic stroke. I hope to see more of this splendid art.
Glitch sound / video artist and cultural hacker Ben Kelley (Mikrosopht) has done it again. You may recall my post earlier this year about his short film glitch endless, where he datamoshed raw video codec to create gushing LCD blood for 10 straight minutes. His newest work Freedom to the Galaxy examines the popular film Star Wars through a glitch lens. FttG is an investigation into the meaning of electronic error as aesthetic ideal.My mind was blown by FttG and so I asked Ben if I could chat with him for this article. Ben explains that using XVid and corrupting the encoding algorithm by short circuiting torrent downloads to randomize frame fragments allows him to manipulate the video. By intentionally embracing the glitch to formulate a specific spontaneous datastream, the result is a nonrepresentational fluid state which is actually sophisticated codec architecture containing massive quantities of extreme compression.
Ben comments that he doesn't like pre-packaged datamosh software's and prefers to hand corrupt the video. He explains that his motivation doesn't necessarily come from a place of making maximalist texture mash's either. His focus is more of a discovery of the unusual and unrealized. For him the high is searching within unconventional methods of stimulating conceptual artistic experimentation that strike a strong surrealist chord.
Ben says he worries about the temporary nature of bytes, and is afraid to zone in too hard and get lost. I must discourage this apprehension, since his video experimentation thusfar results in the most epic data orgy of our time. FttG is pure gaussian lossy fructose, erratic semi-forming juxtaposed waves of distorted multicolored bits. An LSD nightmare / synesthetic ylem you can grasp with your eyes.
William-Adolphe Bouguereauwas was a French traditionalist and academic painter (1825-1905). Many of his works are of the female form, babies with wings, and people along the French countryside. Some of his darker works are pretty cool.
Artist Dariusz 'Yogoro' Zawadzki's works are a window into a surreal dream. Texture melted elements are wax dripped in permanent impermanence. Bird parts are fused with humans, and there are scenes from a mythical and wonderous world. The works seem to continue along a direction started by Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński, who's works similarly explore magical realism with ominous and syndactylous tones.
Ludovic Levasseur is an artist from Papua New Guinea who etches some very strong existential art brut macabre gore engravings, the etchings take him many months and are provocative in challenging. Aside from his artwork, he experiments with taxidemy and sculpts "Ludoviande's Poupees" which are morphed DIY-material dolls that resemble maggot ridden corpses. A profound and muffled statement comes across through the timeless creepiness and stimulating aesthetic imagery. Spotted via Le Dernier Cri.
Visionary multi media artist Larry Carlson's culture / reality hacking artworks are a jarring treat. The works are composed with a rugged, sloppy, and broken minimalist adolescent aesthetic, and contain conceptually powerful archetypal symbology that explores the mystical edge. The juxtaposition of his shamanic sentiments with the distressed aesthetic shows little regard for fanfare or polish. His ideas are strong in their own right. Many of his works seem like a cross between Laffoley's datagraphics and homeade collages, and some are remnicent of earlier century anatomical and occult illustration.
Hieronymus Bosch was a 15th century Netherlandish painter who drew detailed triptychs showing religious concepts, sin, pain, hellish landscapes, and disproportionate sizing of elements. Humans and animals in mythical interaction, nature and scenery borrowing textures from unexpected objects. Ubiquitous forms are molded obtusely to create an odd assemblage. It is as though the viewer is tossed into a nightmare mid-scene, this world is dazzling and a bit worrisome. Art historians have scarce data about Bosch's personal life, but his work connotes heretical points of view and obscure hermetic practices, as well as some of the beliefs of those times.
Christopher Conte, micro-sculpture metalsmith and professional prosthetist, has been experimenting with the fusion of anatomy and robotics for many years. Using circuits, metal, bronze, rare materials and carbon fiber, he creates hyperrealistic bio mecha insects, that look like they crawled out of the Matrix. His cyborg anatomical models are inspiring, and heading in a most dope direction. Conte lives in New York, and works with engineers and model makers for Northrop Grumman.
Sculpturer/painter/artist Kris Kuksi knows his victorian flourishes. Kuksi assembles a divine ensemble of scrolls, toy soldiers, human and animal parts, and thermosetting polymer. He adorns impermanently posed humans and beasts with tiny worlds upon worlds getting smaller the more you zoom in on his micro detail.His works are a combination of macabre sculptur, with influences of DaVinci's Scythed chariot combined with a serious lego fetish. Many of Kuksi's themes touch on the previous world, where artwork from bones had an entirely different meaning. It seems Kuksi picks up where Frantisek Rint left off (Czech woodcarver, known for his legendary work on the Ossuary in Sedlec).
Kris's work is meant to inspire us with the fragility that truly exists under the veil of skin, which keeps us oftentimes frivolous and materialistic. His hopes are that his art exposes the fallicies of our undeservedly proud mortal sense of greedy entitlement.
Karl Persson is a painter from Melbourne Australia with strong detail skills and some top culture challenging artworks. His paintings are a meaty subconscious dream that needs analyzing, first you are shocked into trying to decipher his message and symbolism, then feelings of human empathy creep in. His subject matter is direct but his message is vauge and ambiguous and his works definitely incite wonder. There are nose pipes, meat slabs, Gigeresque elements, agony and issues of mortality. High octane psy trippiness.
H.R. Giger is a Swiss artist, painter and sculpturer who deals with the connection between human and machine, and speculates several thousand years ahead. His marvelous works accurately depict that world in all its unfathomable epic glory. Humans connected to machines, the solipsistic mortality and dire reality of our captivity. Giger stares it in the face and calls the shots like he seem them. Raw eroticism permanently affixed to machines made to contain their subjects, a macabre landscape of latex, technology, wires, and guts. Giger's book 'Necronomicon' was the inspiration for the set design of the film 'Alien' and he created furniture for the film 'Dune'. His artwork has inspired physical design as well as interior design at several bars and clubs worldwide.
Whi†e, is a young artist I discovered on flickr who's work shows alot of promise. His style is exploritory-doodle leaning toward skulls, mod robots, and tentacles. David Whi†e delivers high octane fantasy graffitti. I suspect I shall be updating this thread with more goods from him soon.
A prairie girl born in Alaska, karin uu draws trippy pen and ink portraits of birds and human fashions, often in horror vacui style, with a dreary aesthetic undertone. Karin uu has assembled some lovley art drawings and objects. In her words "I draw, paint and play with colour".
The psychedelic, visionary and fantasy art of Jay Levin. Psychedelic worlds, planets and stars, fantastic landscapes rivers and seascapes with kaleidescopic skies. Hippy culture, surreal and trippy art, space age, sci-fi fantasy.
Laurie Lipton is an underrated master of the hand-drawn perspective. She uses sick detail and intensive techniques to produce cartouche laden Gigeresque scenes of epic creep factor, often with skulls (in the style of Jose Guadalupe Posada), masks, themes of people, and watching. Her recent volume 'The Extraordinary Drawings of Laurie Lipton' (published by beinart) has an in depth interview with the artist, and is afaik her most comprehensive collection in print. A necessity for any psychedelic art library. Rated 666 stars.
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Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study in the School of Visual Arts. In the year 2000 he received a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts and also he was numerous award from many art competitions and he has been published in many art magazines. Of his work, he says: "My vision is like a dream, whether it's a sweet dream, a nightmare, or just a trippy dream. I try to see what's really going on in my mind, and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it i and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create my own vision."
jdyf333 (Davivid Rose) is an outsider artist / poet / acid tester from California with a wicked sick drawing hand. jdyf333's brilliant textures are secretly encoded alien circuits from the future, embedded with autonomous holy lsd patterns.
Jamal Vrno is doing some brilliant exploration into hand drawn glitch artwork. He is gloriously capturing this adolescent crayola aesthetic with bright colors and glitched comic americana. Check out vrno on flickr
Datamosh/ glitch electronic music artist Ben Kelley (Mikrosopht) succeeds at creating the inside view of an LCD screen getting stabbed a million times. G O D X I L I A R Y presents GLITCH ENDLESS: godxiliary.com/glitch. The bleeding lossy gauss is a visual psychotropic masterpeice, engineered to corrupt the viewers brain pattern, and engolden their holy hallucinational visuals. Top glitch. +∞
more of this awesomeness at mikrosopht.godxiliary.com & flickr.com/photos/mikrosopht/sets/72157614353716276/
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