On the heels of his massive autobiographical undertaking of a show at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman came to New York for the launch of his contribution to The Guest, a series of figures created for high-end porcelain house Lladro, designed by artist Jaime Hayon. Following prior contributions to the series by Tim Biskup and Japanese studio Devilrobots, Baseman’s Guest figures arrived fashionably late.
French artist Vincent Junier‘s work occupies the fine line between whimsical and creepy, evoking a peculiar combination of preschool toys, voodoo, textbook clippings, and mutilated baby dolls. Junier creates collage, sculpture, and explores the area in between those distinct spaces with a multitude of abstract shapes and found objects that invite the viewer to make their own interpretation.
California-based artist Brian Scott Campbell creates some wild and abstract landscapes through his black and white works in graphite and charcoal that juxtapose highly detailed and representational imagery with abstract cartoon figures. Describing his work as “a reflection upon our strange but urgent longings, as well as the aesthetics of false utopias found in contemporary life”, Brian’s images are moody, surreal still lifes that move freely between the real and the unreal.
Jamian Juliano-Villani is an artist based in NYC whose paintings are an interesting mix of reappropriated cartoon pop culture and surreal, unsettling, and sometimes narrative scenes in a flat, graphic style. Jamian’s work is similar to some contemporary nostalgia-referencing artists but retains a uniquely mysterious quality.
I love coming across new work that puts a unique spin on illustration rooted in abstraction. Brooklyn-based Illustrator Michael Molfetas has a smart and reduced graphic style that has one foot in the Keith Haring school of free-form intuitive linework and the other in character-based idiosyncrasy.
I’m a sucker for weird, tripped out, colorful imagery–especially in motion. NYC-based multidisciplinary design studio EyeBodega is thoroughly all of those things, describing their work as “post-apocalyptic modernism.” With a focus on work for underground art and music culture, founders Rob Chabebe and Joe Perez have created a body of work spanning print, interactive, photography, and video that is jarring, glitchy, and perfect for the contemporary music scene it often finds itself in.