Archive for July, 2009

Big Head

Friday, July 17th, 2009


by Bob Dob.

Green-eyed Susan

Thursday, July 16th, 2009


In his paintings, Swiss artist Oliver Zappelli mixes religious mysticism with monsters, hypersaturated colors with hyperexplicit sexual imagery.  Love in the flowers (shown above) is more whimsical than explicit, more nature than Nativity, and much the better for it.


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


by Ana Bagayan.

Untooned roundup

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


Art has been about re-mixes for centuries. Retelling of famous stories, painting and repainting what is essentially the same bouquet of flowers or bountiful still life of food, the same battles, over and over. Another trick is to take an icon from one context and put it into another. Paint a sculpture, sculpt a painting, create an opera from a talk show.

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Celestial Tree

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


By Robert Venosa.

Hop out of bed, kick an elf in the chest

Monday, July 13th, 2009


In Todd Schorr’s epic battle work, Clash of Titans Clash of Holidays, the two most infamous pagan symbols from Christianity face off in what could only be an old rivalry between icons who share a cultural and calender space that’s just a little too close for comfort. Note that baby Jesus seems to have chosen with his stomach.

Photoshop of horrors

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


In recent years, a number of fine arts photographers have begun to work more in front of a computer than behind a lens. Unfortunately, the vast majority of their creations are unexceptional pieces that are scarcely more impressive than what you can find at a Photoshopping contest websites, except that, perhaps in attempt to distinguish their serious art from the dabbling hordes, their images tend to be utterly lacking in humor or nuance. Dominic Rouse’s black-and-white photo collages, often depicting ancient beauty in decay along with a cluttered assortment of generic symbols, are no exceptions.

The attic’s filling up, I crack the basement door

Friday, July 10th, 2009


Travis Louie creates portraits of monsters, done like olde-tyme studio portraits in sepia tone, and most come with their own invented backstory. Shown above: Stack of Demons a k a Mike, Sam & Alex, presented as is.


Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Marc Burckhardt-Proxy

By Marc Burkhardt.

A tale of tails

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


Masterful illustrator Charles Burns penned this image for his graphic novel Black Hole. Don’t miss the lizard.

Ghosts in the managerie

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In Heather Nevay’s paintings pale, slender figures with animal parts and creepy, upsent or dispondent faces share space with plants, furniture and symbolic elements like cages and tripods.

Shown above is a recent work, Madame Lyon.

Whole lotta somethin comin after me

Sunday, July 5th, 2009


As regular readers of this blog may have noticed, I’m a sucker for art which looks like a twisted version of something Dr. Seuss might cook up. The best of these works tread the line between extreme but not so far out that you couldn’t imagine Theodor himself inking it after accedently ingesting a couple hits of acid and wandering down the dark, underexplored back alleys of his mind, those he can never visit sober because they aren’t fully appropriate for little kids. Not way out beyond the pale, but just a couple steps over the line. Shown above is Outlandish by Dave Burke.