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
German artist Tobias Kroeger (aka “Tobe”), made his career as a successful street artist, but in 2013 turned his attention towards the canvas. He created a series of glitchy portraits inspired by his roots in graffiti and a growing concern for our addiction to technology. Kroeger’s paintings are often described as “Graffuturism”: a combination of graffiti in their influence and futurism in their abstraction and dynamism.
We were talking about dub the other day, and that got us to thinking about who we know that really likes dub, and then we realized that Thom Yorke of Radiohead is a huge dubstep fan, and that he did a track with Modeselektor, which is more of an electro-glitch band, but it just got us thinking of “The White Flash.” Enjoy.