Working in oil, spray paint, and collage, Todd Kelly creates geometric, painterly and textured paintings. He often extrapolates successive degrees of abstraction from an initial figurative approach, such as a still-life or old-master painting. The same sized canvases are meant to hang in groups that can be endlessly rearranged, and interact in unexpected ways that create a sort of puzzle imagined by the viewer, resulting in a post-structuralist approach wherein the viewer’s journey supersedes the creator’s intent.
Mesa, Arizona-based artist Matthew Houston‘s cartooning overflows with experimental and original ideas in form and content. Put another way, it overflows with personality. He uses figures and symbols to express the longing for an unknown past and the pervading rootless confusion of the present. His works are largely improvised, naive, and amount to a frightened man scrawling on a cave wall, creating a refuge from modernity in imagined shibboleths.
To commemorate City Hall’s 100th anniversary, the San Francisco Arts Commission has selected Jeremy Fish as City Hall’s first ever artist in residence.
The internationally renowned local artist started his residency on July 8th, 2015, and is currently working to create 100 pieces of art celebrating San Francisco and City Hall. This large body of work entitled O Glorious City will be exhibited at City Hall from November 4, 2015 to February 12, 2016.
“As San Francisco City Hall celebrates its centenary birthday I want to document 100 things all San Franciscans should love about their city. I love City Hall and feel it is often overlooked as a local architectural treasure.”
Fish is interested in how people interact with City Hall, and throughout his residency he will be observing the day-to-day activity in the building, meeting with City Hall historians, and attending public meetings.
Charlie Gregson is a freelance illustrator creating abstract designs. His images are records of probabilistic experiments presented through a language of strict geometry and color, yielding complex yet balanced structures. Gregson strives to give his forms a sense of mood and visual presence that best transmutes the human connotations of this mathematical interplay into the pictorial realm.
Jim Stoten is an illustrator based in London, UK. Over the last several years Jim’s unique style and fun illustrations have been commissioned for an impressive list of clients. His diverse output includes illustration for major clients, music, moving image and podcast work. His drawings consist of vast, intricate landscapes which are filled with the lives of tuba playing elephants, joyful, dancing robots and crocodiles eating ice cream.
Based on the idea of kintsugi in repairing what is broken and adding a new concept of beauty, São Paulo, Brazil based Cezar Berje’s work suggests an investigation into patterns of rays, fragments, cracks and imperfections, using saturated colors, organic elements and an idea of a world chaotic and distorted.
Bogota, Colombia based Pablo Gerardo Camacho (previously featured here) is a graphic designer from Venezuela. He likes the shape of cigarettes and snakes because he says they are beautiful and they also can hurt and kill.
Vancouver-based artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang‘s visual and intellectual reconfigurations draw from a range of pop culture and art history as a way of exploring themes of cultural appropriation and hybridity. Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learn to appreciate the ceramic medium.
“My artistic practice embodies the influences, tensions and contradictions that define the postmodern world. At once, my works exhibit the paradoxical tendency to be irreverent, frivolous, and playful, as well as thoroughly engaged in critical reflection. Admittedly, my aesthetic is driven by a hedonistic engagement with visual culture, yet I remain apprehensive about the all-encompassing diversions of contemporary society. Although my works are non-functional, I often employ vessel forms, or otherwise allude to incongruous functionality (for example, “wiring” of non-electronic parts). These apparent tensions may be particularly salient to my chosen field of ceramics, a medium interested in the notion of art versus craft.” Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Mexico City based Hilda Palafox aka Poni‘s work is nostalgic, feminine and childlike. It is influenced by the work of artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Mark Ryder, Toshio Saeki, among others. She uses pencil, watercolor, felt tip or acrylic paint to craft absorbing illustrations that often contain the female form. She creates gentle balances amongst colors and black and white. She enjoys mixing and matching techniques, for each piece the results are always held together by gracefulness.
While studying design at The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico she started posting her work online. She has since worked as an editorial illustrator for many different magazines but in recent years decided to break away from commercial work and has just worked on creating her own unique style.