Casey Gray’s work is characterized by his commitment to aerosol paint and laborious, hand cut masking techniques resulting in a type of skewed hyper-realism. Through pairing and composing specific content, sourced from both his immediate and online environments, into layered still life arrangements, he is able to form narratives, create identities and discover new truths about the world. He regularly uses historical painting tropes as a point of departure for simultaneous bodies of work, such as cabinets, pin boards and marble ledges. These platforms become a stage for disparate subject matter to mingle, interact and play.
Jordan Jackson uses clean, fine lines to create intricate and sprawling works that detail symbols and icons. His compositions become hand-drawn catalogues of artifacts. Using mainly pen on off-white papers, Jordan’s illustrations feel folk-like and otherworldly in their content but his style keeps his depictions of wiggling coral, ambiguous symbols and indistinct vessels fresh and interesting.
Netherlands based Nicola Kloosterman creates collages using scraps of collected paper and fragments of images that speak to her. She is especially interested in shape and color, the female body, hands, botanicals, and vintage printed material. Kloosterman likes to use a lot of negative space and her images are always quite airy and light.
She likes to think of herself as an explorer and a wanderer. Nicola thinks the process of finding images in the torrent of our daily visual communications, carefully excavating them and them recycling them into a new context and narrative is exciting as she never knows where she may end up. Each collage begins with a single image or piece of paper. She then slices, combines, reduces and composes until a new visual narrative emerges on her paper reflecting the incomprehensible, the invisible, the immeasurable and the infinite.
Brooklyn-based Clark 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.
Minneapolis-based artist Mathew Zefeldt successfully balances improbable combinations – modern with historical, digital with classical, painterly foregrounds with computer-like backgrounds – all by densely rendering them in traditional painting techniques with oils and acrylics. The figures cohesively exist alongside more modern glitch aesthetics, shifting colors, garish patterns, and computer-like repetition.
“These figures are based around my own ideas of the fictional potential of paint. The entities often appear as illustrations of heaps of paint, objects covered in paint, cross sections of imaginary impasto paintings, classical statue heads that multiply into larger heads, studio detritus, or simply figures that are liquefied into gooey, lumpy, colorful painterly abstraction. Exploring the materiality of paint as well as its capacity for figuration, my paintings self-reflexively reinterpret the history of abstraction as a collection of codes to be referenced and reworked.” Mathew Zefeldt
Broome, Australia based artist Joshua Cocking is quickly becoming known for his surreal compositions and hyperrealist style. Within his compositions, Cocking addresses the relationship humans have with their immediate environment, how one can affect the other and that they are inextricably linked.
After 15 years painting, Joshua has found his visual voice and in the last 4 years and has received acclaim in several prestigious Australian Art Prizes. In 2014 he was the winner of the 2014 Cossack Acquisitive Art Award and was awarded a highly commended in the 2015 Paddington Art Prize and 2015 Black Swan Portrait Prize.
Artist Eric Wert’s paintings are a perfect example of hyperrealism – painted with absolute technical mastery but incorporating hyperrealistic colors and compositions that make them seem more than real.
Filip Hodas is a graphic designer from Prague. Very skillful with 3D softwares, he creates during his free time impressive conceptual compositions and imaginary landscapes with very detailed and realistic textures.
TILT’s Panic Room, completed in the hotel Au Vieux and consisting of a hotel room with half-color bubbled graffiti and tags and half pristine white room, just released the video of the making of and process behind the piece. As TILT says, “The hotel Au vieux panier asked me to design a room, I first told them that I wasn’t interested doing just decoration in the room but I wanted to create something that will look more like an installation. I thought about it also as a huge canvas where I needed to think about the composition and play with the empty white part of the room to accentuate more the idea of Chaos on the other part. Then I asked my friend Tober who gat a great
old school style for tags, Grizz who is also the man behind the camera and Don Cho who is a Hip Hop singer from Marseille but who used to be a tagger from my home town Toulouse. It took one week to do the whole thing cause the idea was to exaggerate what you can usually see in some abandoned places. Too much tags, too much drips, too much sentences, too much throw ups … What I also wanted to show is that people can appreciate any type of graffiti, even the more basic, it’s just a matter of point of view … “
Success stories are filled with nostalgia and goosebumps. “Umbro Blackout” illustrates the story of Carlos Alberto Torres. A brazilian soccer players story of his experience with his transition to New York. The black and white narrative and the composition of imagery used will keep you entertained. The ending, that’s when we got goosebumps.