New York based Alfred Steiner describes his work as drawing influence from both “art historical and pop cultural sources, especially those with a penchant for the grotesque,” and lists Hieronymus Bosch and Homer Simpson among his inspirations.
Steiner’s cartoonish watercolors are made through a laborious process: he slowly gathers fragments of unseemly images—including those of toys, half-eaten fruit, rotting teeth, dead insects, sea creatures, artillery, and sexual organs—that he then pieces together into narrative compositions or resemblances of pop culture icons. Steiner’s practice is also informed by the artist’s prior 15-year career as a copyright and trademark lawyer, and his extensive knowledge of intellectual property regulations.
Christopher Kuhn approaches his paintings backwards, meaning his compositions are often built in such a way that what appears to have been added last is often in fact the first layer. Looping gestural line work switches from positive to negative and back, revealing itself to be graphic. What appears to be thin multicolored graphic lines turn out to be silhouettes of gestural marks that were meticulously covered over, save for the edges. Kuhn asks the viewer to piece together the puzzle of his paintings and, in doing so, reassess how they perceive the world of images around us.
Matthew Palladino has taken up multiple mediums, and considers each new shift as “another mutation of the thing that came before it.” Palladino first became known for his works in watercolor, ink on paper, and acrylic paint. He then moved on to three-dimensional reliefs, made in part from candy molds. Both his two- and three-dimensional works share a biting humor, variations on grid-based compositions, references to pop culture and art history, and optical illusions that distort spatial relationships. He cites his main influences as Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson, and Barry McGee.
Till Rabus was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He now lives and works in Neuchâtel. Rabus has a keen eye for arranging inanimate objects in provoking ways. The artist combines these skills in his strange still lifes, where ordinary, discarded objects are found in mysterious compositions that play with symmetry and saturated colors. Rabus eradicates any signs of human presence in his paintings, as if these objects ended up in these orderly arrangements out of their own free will.
Edinburgh-based illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of compositions made up of beautiful color shades and squiggles. Kesterton’s fantastical 2D universe of writhing patterns, psychedelic colors, digitally rendered forms, and abstract, geometric figures are both evocative and abstract in equal measure.
Madrid based graphic designer and illustrator Marisa Maestre is obsessed by the forgotten and decadent environments and creates stories resulting on exquisite compositions based on clippings of newspaper, old photographs, illustrations, watercolors or typographies.