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.
How do we love Jillian Tamaki? Let us count the ways. The Canada-born and Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist illustrates for a huge variety of publications (everything from The Atlantic to Esquire), produced Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin, and updates a delightful process blog whenever the inspiration strikes, which is (thankfully) often.
We love spying on Tamaki’s projects as they develop, including the tiny paper quilts made of rainbow squares which mingle with her thoughts on color theory and her spectacular, surreal collages. Check out the process blog here and don’t come crying to us if you get inspired to start your own!
Looking for a one-stop shop for all your zine and small-press book needs? Search no further than Famicon Express, which deserves permanent status on the ole’ bookmarks list.
The shop provides a vast selection of comics, special projects books, travel adventures, ghost stories, prints inspired by Grand Theft Auto imagery, and more, all of which are immaculately designed and many of which feature special crafty bonuses (like hand-pulled silkscreen covers or neat stitching).
Australian photographer Scottie Cameron’s photos are big and vibrant, even when they’re diminished to the size of your computer monitor. Like WLYS favorite Sleigh Bells, Cameron’s work comes across as large and loud even when it’s technically shrunken down to the system requirements of whatever machine you’re accessing it on. We’d still kill to see the photographs in real life, though!
Come join me at master illustrator Albert Reyes’ solo show, Never Dies the Dream, at Mastodon Mesa tomorrow night! His maze will reel you in and then his illustrations will melt your mind. Deep in the recesses of room B210 at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, you will have a one night only chance to enter a world of mystery, beauty and despair.
We love the weird, wild, and kitschy illustration and artwork of Theo Gennitsakis, who lends his prodigious talents to everything from type illustrations to flyers to album covers to the (above) ingenious memorial to Malcolm McLaren. Gennitsakis is also the Creative Director and Founder of La Surprise, a design agency whose slogan is “Audacity is the safest path.” That’s a good one.
Svartkonst— the Swedish curators of art and culture whose magazine and website we refer to constantly for inspiration—has now released Grim Pseudonym, a zine by artist Patrick Kyle. The full-color publication comes in a numbered edition of 99 and is available for order from the Svartkonst page. Another thing: it looks rad.
Seth Papac makes jewelry that looks like sculpture. Or jewelry that looks like a miniature primitive drawing rendered in 3D. Or jewelry that looks like an alien artifact. In short, he makes jewelry that looks like no other jewelry you’ve seen. These are more like talismans than, say, necklaces or bracelets— objects the would seem to bestow superhuman powers on their wearer.
Alex de Mora has an unerring eye for complicatedly beautiful scenarios, panoramas, and models in Metallica accessories. It’s important, these days, to be versatile, and de Mora fits that bill. He’s equally astute at photographing live music and adorable cats— a range to be envious of, for sure!
The artist’s blog is a running document of his adventures in picture-taking, and we highly recommend a visit. Not to mention the portfolio—which is truly a thing to behold.