The way Alex Garant creates, makes her painting realistic, but surreal at the same time. Traditional techniques of making portraits are combined with graphic quality, making her artworks widely recognizable. The core of her work is the pattern, she will duplicate elements, use symmetry and image superposition, creating an almost perfect optical illusion. Her unique pieces make the viewers have a hard time focusing on a face of each figure portrayed. By simply looking at her paintings, a journey begins. The journey that will make you get to know yourself, but also the artist.
Tim Molloy is a New Zealand illustrator and comic artist, living and working in Melbourne. Since 2006 he has collaborated with writer Adam Lachlan to produce Life on Earth cartoons. Recently he has published two graphic novels, ‘It Shines and Shakes and Laughs’ and ‘Mr Unpronounceable Adventures’.
Barcelona based artist August Vilella frequently describes his oil paintings as images of “his past and future through the subconscious mind.” The large central figures of his work are monstrous creatures with giant, protruding eyes drawn from his imagination. With their long, deformed and almost insect-like bodies that seem to dissipate into the air, we should feel repulsed by their appearance, and yet their big-eyed expressions evoke feelings of empathy; loneliness, despair, longing, and hope are all themes represented by Vilella’s creatures.
UK based artist Sophie Ryder sculpts surrealist eyes made mostly of wires hung in an outdoor setting for all to ‘see’. The striking scale and texture of the ‘Eye’ creates a sketched or drawn effect making it an impressive optical illusion for the viewer.
Her other works with similar techniques are equally striking:
Casey Weldon is making some really good and interesting paintings but this one takes the cake. We are already fans of a good cat portrait, but a really strange and bugged out one is even better. It also starts to hurt your eyes after a while which is just one more reason to love it.
This is the really underrated Radiohead song that not enough people reference as a great song. But we are trying to change this. This is one of the latter tracks of Amnesiac, and its still strong in our eyes today and holds up in the great Radiohead experimental phase. Enjoy.