Jim Stoten’s illustrations manage to have a distinctly wonky, vintage OZ Magazine vibe while also conveying their modern messages with precision and subtlety. Some things the artist is especially good at drawing include: pirates, bugles, ruddy monarchs, everyday activities such as hanging the laundry or reading a book, and balloons. And that’s just a sample!
Check out Stoten’s website for examples, as well as a blog chock full o’ sketches, updates, tip-offs and works-in-progress.
Luke Ramsey’s zines, prints, drawings and collaborations (like the above collection of monster mug shots executed with Finlay Pogue) could keep an attentive viewer absorbed for days on end.
But there’s more! Along with his wife Angela Conley, Ramsey runs Islands Fold, an independent publisher and artist residency on Pender Island, B.C., Canada, founded in 2006. Available for purchase at the website are a multitude of prints, drawings, shirts and zines, the proceeds of which go directly toward funding the residency. Good work, guys!
Not only do we love Jon Boam’s mural at digital marketing and communications agency Code Computerlove, we love the process photographs on Boam’s blog that illustrate paintings-in-action (as well as selected shenanigans, naturally.) See here for more.
One of Emma Balkind’s many notable efforts is her appearance onInternet Archaeology, an archive of “graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture” established in 2009 and with a purpose of preserving these artifacts to “acknowledge their importance in understanding the beginnings and birth of an Internet Culture.”
Among the standard bits of information embedded within artist/filmmaker/writer Luca Dipierro’s biography is the sentence, “His life is based on a true story.” Cool! We love ontological riddles as much as the next guy/girl, and Dipierro’s work is studded with them in the darndest places.
There’s a lot to explore on Dipierro’s website. We recommend starting with the ART section, moseying on over to the FILM segment, and ending up with a tour of the WRITING archive. Neat stuff abounds—and it’s always refreshing to stumble upon a genuine polymath.
We’re not clear on how we wound up at Travess Smalley’s web page, but we happily spent a solid chunk of time staring hypnotized at the never-ending wall of images Smalley has arranged for all to see. Imagine, if you will, that a Magic Eye puzzle book consumed the entire internet circa 1997, entered a wormhole, took a cat-nap, woke up and shouted “HELLO” to the world. That’s a starting description. We challenge you to come up with a better one.
Nieves has done it again. Time Fears is a sixteen-page zine by Matt Lock (whose previous Nieves-produced work, Hey I’m Tryin’, numbers among our personal favorites) with a beautiful and occasionally chilling array of paintings and drawings. Time Fears was published in tandem with an April-May exhibit in Hamburg, Germany, and it deals candidly with the anxieties of our age. “I was drawing a lot of ruins,” Matt comments, “Ruins of a once high level civilization, landscapes of twisted metal, abandoned buildings and scattered garbage.”
As an artist statement of sorts to accompany the zine, Matt also says, “I seem to live in two worlds: the present and the soon-to-be…I hope that you who identify with my time-based worries will bond with these pieces, perhaps finding your own time fears in my drawings and paintings, and I hope those of you less inclined to worry about time will find something here to ponder on and smile about.”
Gabi Kricheli’s sculptures and paintings are occasionally gruesome, occasionally pastoral and always intricate. We love the colors and the shapes and the abstractions and the crazy nuanced details. It’s not easy to describe, Kricheli’s work, but it is always worthwhile to spend time studying it.
Thank goodness for the web: it allows artists like Mark Mulroney to amass their high-concept weirdness into one viewing zone for home audiences to pore over. We dig the site’s surreal categorical distinctions almost as much as the work contained within: collages, drawings, scanned sketchbooks and more. Give it a look.