The Gravity-Neutral Space Between

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
Naomi Reis's work features parallel architectural universes assembled from the detritus of discarded utopias and realized paleo-futuristic structures. Taking compositional and aesthetic cues from Japanese painting (in particular the graphic flatness or frontal qualities) and Western pre-computer era architectural drawings, she's adapted manual drafting techniques to explore these worlds.

You Are Rad

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
'We have reached a point in technology where it is possible to make any fantasy a complete virtual reality. These realities are navigable, and can be experienced on a limited sensory level, but always with a sense of remove. You cannot breathe the air, feel the temperature, taste or smell. Most importantly, you cannot touch anything. In essence, you are always just a viewer, and any sense of participation is illusory. This relationship is similar to the way we experience paintings which are also not to be touched.'  Michael Dotson

Norwegian Folklore and Surrealism

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
Ingri Haraldsen's practice is based around themes like the unknown, physically unreachable areas, our thoughts, the untold and the undescribed. She finds some of my inspiration in the Norwegian folklore, science-fiction and surrealism and her drawings are usually produced impulsively and can sometimes be seen as series where the pieces are created based on each other, like a chain reaction.

Luke Painter's Practice

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
This combination of mystery, fantasy and disparate elements has been the basis of Luke Painter’s practice. Whether it’s making illustrations that resemble prints or prints that resemble paintings, he’s always creating something that straddles the boundaries of both material and subject matter. With his boundless imagination and consummate technical skills, he consistently makes something new and fresh seem old and authoritative.

Insanity and Luminosity

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four.  She began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”

WTF did that Cheeseburger just say to me?!

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
So, there was like, this house right? And it was dripping and oozing this galactic raimbow sludge, the walls seemed to be melting, wait am I floating, WHOA- check out the babes, is that a rocket ship?? Who invited the rabid unicorn? Is the floor growing? I think its growing man!? Mike Bertino?? I think we took too much....

Nicomi Turner and Nature's Legacy

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
  Alchemy and Nature are the base studies and themes in Nicomi 'Nix' Turner's pieces. Her Southern Oregon upbringing and an early interest in alchemy, kindled an infatuation with the study of plants, animals, their symbology and properties. Using this knowledge and self-taught hand, the pieces created often reflect subject matters pertaining to Religion (specifically Paganism and counter-religious belief), Nature's Legacy, Alchemy, Fables and Anatomical Deconstructionism.

R. Crumb "Kafka" at Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 12, 2011
For some of you, including ourselves, putting Kafka and R. Crumb's names in the same header is reason to be excited, with or without an exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in NYC. But the latter is true, with Kafka's life as well as his most famous stories including "Metamorphosis" and "The Trial," are told through Crumb's pen & ink drawings.

Santos Bleeds Ink

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Thanks to the magick of the internets, Santos Illustration just recently came and bashed our brains out our eye sockets.  Eloquently decorative, darkly romantic with heavy, heavy metal undertones- Santos is quickly rising up from his lair in the depths of Bleak Village, WA to greet the white at the end of the tunnel, where the dawn breaks and black light bleeds.

Bill Connors Fking Rules

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The clean, psychadellic, swamp gut illustrations of Bill Connors. Crayola pentagrams, multi-color Black Babbaths and a stench in the air, no hippies allowed.


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