Bottomless Lakes of Michigan

Illustration // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Bizarre scenes of spec­i­mens in old sci­en­tific vol­umes were com­monly recorded third or fourth hand from far-off reports or expe­di­tions. By the time these printed forms reached their audi­ences, they were often wildly dif­fer­ent than their orig­i­nal descrip­tions. Todd Freeman's etchings are rooted in the tra­di­tional lan­guage of these tax­onomies; clean float­ing pre­sen­ta­tions that grant their sub­jects plenty of room for exam­i­na­tion. The sim­ple yet sharply author­i­ta­tive for­mat can val­i­date even the most implau­si­ble sub­jects.

Hurricane, but you can call me Slurricane

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Conceptually confusing, surreal and unsettling ink and pencil works by Uzbekistan artist, Dmitry Ligay. With an illustration style based off of some twisted narrative realism, a mix of styles and elements, Dmitry's works are difficult to pinpoint, and with a hurricane of imagery- throughly entertaining.

Ville's Clean, Beautiful & Bizarre

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Finnish artist Ville Savimaa did not always see illustration as his career path. Having a particular flair for character illustration he’s immersed himself in the world of design. His background in advertising is evident in the iconic figures and concrete messaging in each piece. Pulling from mysticism and fantasy as reoccurring themes, Savimaa’s signature style lends well to dark and jovial pieces.

Bec Winnel's Sensual Beauties

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Bec Winnel creates unique feminine portraits, delicately detailed and dosed with sensuality and emotion. Her subjects have been described as melancholy souls, staring out at you through disguised, beautiful faces. She achieves her dreamy ambiance through blending layer upon layer of mixed mediums including soft pastels, colored pencil, acrylic and aerosol paint, white china graph and makeup.

Tangled Confrontation and Identity

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Ricardo Fumanal's scope of action is located in a non-place where speed and stillness exist side by side, implying that his current work arises from a fragmented, multifaceted and versatile gaze. His images follow a diagrammatic procedure that provides for their reinterpretation as collage and subsequent analogical postproduction. His compositional identity is thus defined by simplicity and a confrontation between figures and background, resorting to a network of references, icons and spontaneously topical items, all tangled with resources, recollections and pre-generational links.

Psychadelic Gutter Heshers and Christopher Kline

Illustration // Saturday, May 07, 2011
Hallucinations from Naked Lunch and Beetlejuice set sometime in the future, Christopher Kline's illustration work is weird, consuming and totally necessary.  I don't know whats better, an alien wearing an orange life preserver or a dog-faced child, missing a shoe on a green leopard print rug in the streets.  Thank you Christopher, you make me strive to be better and by better I mean drugs.

Dawn is Breaking, Smoke Fills the Room

Illustration // Saturday, May 07, 2011
The fluctuating monotony of dampness in the air... the familiarity of a reptilian taxidermy museum, something you're sure you've known. You know he's working, he's always working. The comfortable solitude of Chicago's brick and mortar shyly mocks the dawn rising over New York City.  Matthew Hamilton Woodson is as succeeded a man as I've ever almost met. An illustrator, musician and enthusiast, he knows himself well, and you know its going to be a long night.

The Aura Never Ends

Illustration // Friday, May 06, 2011
Erin McCarty is an explosive force. The energy of the Northern Lights in Alaska is known to emit a luminescence that can crack the sky.  The glowing eyes in the endless dark, hallucinations due to the ceaseless light- Alaska is perfect grounds for a daydreamers mind in the solitude of natures spirits. McCarty is summoning something unseen in her illustrations, there's something out there. 

Pizza and Tetris and Pizza and Tertis

Illustration // Friday, May 06, 2011
I like drinking beer in the shower.  Joe Van Wetering enjoys eating pizza, watching Lost and playing Tetris- and I'm gonna cross my fingers that he's multi-tasking. Whats better than combining the best of the best, like the deepest caverns with the most galactic outer space??! I'll tell you. Nothing. Inspired by the contrasting visions of pop culture and nature, Joe explores the continuously developing relationship between color and space, creating abstract visions of everyday life through his artwork.

The Contemporary Mythology of Caitlin Hackett

Illustration // Friday, May 06, 2011
Caitlin Hackett’s work is an intoxicating combination of beautiful, grotesque, and morbidly romantic imagery, similar to a Dark Crystal dreams and Victorian nightmares; she creates work pulling from a wide spectrum of myths, fairy tales and natural fantasy. Mostly rendered with ballpoint pens and watercolors, it exhibits a level of detail, skill and patience that is difficult to surpass.

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