DISTURBING SCENES BY FOLKERT DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based Folkert de Jong is best known for his theatrical narrative that address themes of war, greed and power. A sense of tragedy and absurdity, a comically desperate psychological state, permeates his work, particularly through the sculptural material for which de Jong became known: industrial Styrofoam and Polyurethane insulation foams.

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ABSURD COLLAGES BY RAF CRUZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lisbon, Portugal based collagist and graphic designer Raf Cruz is influenced by various different things he sees and hears – politics, news, emotions/gestures, jazz, colors, book covers and graphic arts, the Russian avantgardists, the dadaists, the renaissance and sustainability just to name a few. Since childhood, Cruz has created images from scratch using collage as a paradoxical tool to escape from reality yet remain in the midst of things. Some pieces are totally disturbing, others are simple and fun. Colorful and colorless, they bring relieve even if they are not as sweet as we are expecting.

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He uses old print materials like magazines, books and even school manuals to crafts the collages and builds them either by hand or in digital form. Anyway, the results are illustratively absurd and vivid ensembles expressing an emotional and dramatic world, where the dark, ironic and even comic elements are living side by side in beautiful harmony.

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MYSTICAL ALIEN SOCIETIES BY LALE WESTVIND

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lale Westvind primarily focuses on the potential madness of futuristic and alien worlds. Often depicting simultaneous perspective and motion, her characters bounce and blast their way through desolate deserts and impenetrable tangles of organic and mechanic matter. The expansive quality of her sprawling intergalactic terrain ranges from the outer limits of the cosmos to the inner-workings of the mind.

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Her early influences are punctuated with intellectually weighty comics from the likes of R. Crumb and spastic capers on the lawless fringe of civilization like Tank Girl. She also devoured the works of Moebius and Jodorowsky, and her work is steeped in the traditions of otherwordly environments these authors operate in, often constructed to reveal deeper truths of modern life and the desire to return to the spiritual in a world saturated with technology. Westvind has a knack for seeing the potential in seemingly absurd or outlandish ideas.

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VIVID SATIRE BY ALEX JENKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alex Jenkins is an illustrator and cartoonist based in the suburbs of South London. He graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 having studied an Illustration BA.

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In his work, he explores satirical and critical subject matter through a distinctive and vivid style. Jenkins tries to avoid the pretense but wallow in humor, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal.

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ABSURD SITUATIONS BY RALPH PUGAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Ralph Pugay makes modestly-scaled paintings of humans in situations that are often as absurd as they are mundane. Pugay creates his work around contradictions as they relate to different kinds of human alienation. The figures are rendered in a naïve, almost cartoon-like manner and the colors tend to be bright.

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Alex Pardee and Zerofriends in support of MALDEF

Alex Pardee and Zerofriends has a message. Fight racial inequality with absurdity. Its not as simple as that, but there is a new tee-shirt and manifesto written by Mr Pardee in regards to the message. Read that here.

And this is one of the colorways of the tee in response to absurdity. There is a black and sea foam shirt. Buy them here. All profits from the sales of the ALIENS VS. PREDATOR shirt featured in this video will be donated to MALDEF to help continue to battle Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070.