Morgan Blair (previously featured here) is a freelance illustrator, fine artist, and desperado. She is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), now living in Brooklyn, New York and continuing to advance her interest in trees, legos and excellent music.
Blair’s recent work explores the balance of control and freedom in her process, manifested in a mashing up of low contrast flesh tones with wild, neon color schemes; hard edges with fuzzed out airbrush gradients; smooth, flat shapes with brush marks and rough, sandy textures; and wonky, irregular forms with geometric curves and angles. The resulting optical abstractions play on the absurd in pop culture, current events, the mall, the internet, common street trash, consumerism, and personal experience.
Brooklyn, New York based Clark Goolsby‘s abstract paintings spring from an interest in how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life-ending situations. Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions.
His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.
Derek Ercolano (previously featured here) is a Brooklyn based illustrator who’s work is super rad. He does a lot of weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way. When you look through his portfolio it’s also cool to see how he’s progressed over the last couple years. His newest stuff is absolutely killing it.
Brooklyn based illustrator Cute Brute‘s images (previously featured here) are pure insane-pop-art-genius with each piece telling at least a thousand stories. Cute Brute’s sense of humor is wickedly on-point, as the illustrator’s style is cartoonish yet polished and so acutely observed, the images always remain on the right side of smutty. The quirky and clever work of Cute Brute appears solely on Instagram.
Ryan Lauderdale is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Cushing, Oklahoma, and graduated from Hunter College in 2012 with an MFA in Combined Media. His work slips between associations of Modernist furniture and architecture into other realms where similar codes have been borrowed and particularized such as the aspirational marketing of exercise equipment, transcendental meditation, and the faux-fancy gaudiness common to cheap casinos and strip clubs. His combination of design nostalgia with minimal art just works. It amounts to a precisely observed American Mannerism that is simultaneously earnest and cheeky.
“What we think of as a tidy and linear historical timeline becomes wholly strange and interconnected when looking at specific visual historical threads such as car design or mall architecture. We see how hopes and dreams were passed from one source only to be modulated to different aims by another. The Internet, with all of its archiving potential, further establishes this rhizomatic worldview as reality. Nodes of information collide, mix and hybridize. It is here that the potential for new cultural material can grow.”
Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Now she draws and creates imaginative worlds in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced art for books, products, posters, magazines, and store installations from clients all over the world. Her sculptures and illustrations often depict cute characters with a bizarre edge to them.
Bryce Wymer is a director, designer, visual artist, illustrator and musician, currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. Wymer develops, designs, and directs within a variety of platforms, ranging from live action and animation projects to interactive to experiential design. He also operates Flat Earth Studios, a visual arts space specialized in fine art narratives and image making. Check out some of his illustrations and sketches.
Jonathan Chapline is an oil painter and digital artist living in Brooklyn. Each of his scenes look as if its parts have been pixelated and rendered smooth on auto-loop, the remaining shapes melodramatically lit.
He makes art that reflects the transition between interiors and exteriors of the suburban landscape that outwardly conform to societal pressures, and which hint at the reality that exists behind those facades representing the neighborhoods of everyman. The work reveals the contradiction and tension between appearance and reality, giving the viewer an opportunity to consider what subsides beyond and between the veneer of their own life experiences.
Brooklyn-based painter Torey Thornton creates abstract, crudely rendered forms to explore the picture plane as both a spatial field and a medium for conjuring images and sensibilities. Thornton rejects the canvas, instead preferring the textural possibilities of paper, found wood, and slatted panels, all of which serve as the grounds for spray and acrylic paint, as well as collaged objects. His paintings exhibit various influences, from color field and monochrome painting to biomorphic abstractions. Certain elements suggest recognizable forms—cars, the sun—while others are more cryptic, such as the repeated appearance of perpendicular lines.
Brooklyn based Christian Rex Van Minnen‘s paintings are part Old Masters, part mad scientist, part carnival. Classical still life and portraiture are reimagined with sumptuous beauty that paradoxically can be hard to look at. But it is van Minnen’s masterful technique and eye that draw the viewer again to consider that which looks impossible.
“I think it’s interesting to take away the eyes and mouth. In a way it makes it easier on the viewer, myself included. It allows for a more prolonged voyeurism and freedom to explore the figure. Like staring at a blind man.” Christian Rex Van Minnen