Matthew Craven challenges the sweeping narratives of American history textbooks, appropriating images of historical figures and sites and defacing or reconfiguring them within new aesthetic compositions. With his surreal mash-ups of historical references composed on antiquated paper, Craven creates his own pared-down symbols and mythologies. In combinations of illustration, collage, and painting, a march of tribal chieftains, Masonic leaders, and American generals and presidents appears in his images, their faces blotted out or colonized by Craven’s trademark geometric patterns.
Many of Craven’s images are ambiguous, resisting cohesive narratives or easy interpretation; the artist has said that his compositions are not dictated by any political agenda but are based solely on aesthetic consideration.
Matt Cunningham aka Moon Patrol is currently living in Sonoma County, California with his wife and infant daughter. He is a self-taught artist focusing on the collage technique via the digital medium. He finds the digital process is a streamlined and efficient method in regards to time and resources, while simultaneously allowing for an abundant amount of freedom for image manipulation and revision.
London based Canadian artist Anthony Gerace creates mysterious collages by combining vintage portraits with colorful tiles that fragment the image resulting in dreamy compositions in paper – often working chromatically, and using tiling to abstractive effect. Because parts of the subject’s face are hidden, the artworks leave the viewer to fill in the missing pieces with their imagination.
Prague, Czech Republic based Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu spent most of his years in the 60’s living on the outskirts of society, depending on other men’s trash and surviving cold nights behind garbage bins. In his spare time, Ion would create amazing pieces that can be described as a mix of Pop art, Surrealism and Dadaism. The hermit-like artist had always kept his work under wraps for a number of reasons. Firstly, he had no one in particular to show it to, and secondly, its often biting political nature meant that while the communist regime held sway in Romania, it had to remain clandestine.
Today we can all enjoy his pieces. Barladeanu sees his works as miniature movies, the act of assembling clipped-out artwork on hand-painted backgrounds akin to the roles of screenwriter and director. While many of his works are infused with comedy or light-hearted satire, others are the stuff of subversive film noir.
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.
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1970, Carter is an internationally known painter, sculptor,
photographer and ﬁlmmaker based in New York. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a BFA degree in 1992. In 1994 he studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture, and in 1997 received an MFA degree from the University of California, Davis.
Carter’s paintings and photo collages incorporate dissociate facial features, body parts, and landscape elements into cohesive satisfying wholes, however his use of color and connectivity keeps the primary focus on the act of articulation and on the component relations rather than on the complete combined effect.
Nicholas Ballesteros is a visual artist based in Chicago Illinois. He received his Bachelors degree in Art from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities alongside a design minor. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
While his past work has utilized appropriated media to form collages, drawings, and videos his more recent work takes a new direction. Having taught himself to paint through a digitally mediated paint-by-numbers technique, Ballesteros utilizes a conceptually driven painting practice to explore the depths of domesticity and intimate love. Simultaneously the intimate point of view of his collages also reflect outward to the objectified social world of metadata, virtual realities, states of emergency and financial crises.
Tyler Spangler is a designer, visual artist and punk enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as “a bit obsessive”, at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and sharing them.
Rodolfo Edwards paintings of abstracted cityscapes deal with city narratives and bring together his background in architecture, urban planning and painting. Still young, he has quickly garnered a great deal of success with his dramatic re-interpretations of the urban landscape which he describes as a mixture of Neo-Expressionism, Cubism, and Map Art.
He uses a number of techniques in his compositions including dripping acrylic paint, gridding his canvases with ink pencil and pen and collaging images found in art, photography and fashion magazines.
Mat Maitland is a collage artist based in London. His images and films have been commissioned by a wide range of clients including Kenzo, Hunter, Interview Magazine, Tate Gallery, and Nike among many others.
“My aesthetic is pop with overlapping surrealist and cinematic tones. I love to abstract images and place them back together in a different context, which conjures up new ways of looking at things. Print and motion work are my favorite mediums. In different and yet complementary ways, they allow me to explore new dimensions” Mat Maitland