Colombian illustrator Juan Osorno’s surreal astro-anatomical illustrations are not only an expression of the imagination but of the very experience of drawing. Faces that cave into landscapes and galaxies, anatomically precise studies of a hand that spill into a cascade of blood vein-like roots.
Osorno’s work is imbued with the scientific precision of botanical drawings and an almost mathematical examination of perspective and space within the two-dimensional paper palette. The combination of beautiful natural elements like geometric shapes, constellations and the human body make very interesting images, showing a deeper, more emotional, layer than the images you find in anatomical books.
Zurich based artist Heiko Blankenstein has a focus on extra-terrestrial landscapes, galactic phenomena and the efforts of scientifically explaining them. His obsessive drawings and lightboxes with their figurative imagery and multiple narrative levels place his own work into existing iconography.
Not all motives derive from Blankenstein himself, but instead converge as a result of unrestricted combinations, embedding studies of nature as well as art history in a new state of aggregation. He works on astronomical and alchemical illustrations of early modern times, depictions of cosmologic models, the prospectus of old master landscapes and interior spaces of historic examples of architecture.