Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly (previously featured here) uses turpentine and hand sanitizer to melt the faces of his portraits into rainbow rivers. Inspired by an interest in human identity and vulnerability, Donnelly paints from real life, portraying features of his subjects with realistic precision. These portraits show all kinds of distortions, unsettling mutilations that deny any trace of socially accepted beauty or fragmented facial features that reveal human limitations and speak of vulnerability.
Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness.
These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.
Australian artist Lionel Bawden works in sculpture, performance, installation and painting. Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor.
Bawden explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity. Bawden’s sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body, personal themes of desire, longing and interconnection become abstracted in a generative process to create form. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations.
Wakama Yamazaki is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Her style of illustrations and drawings are rough and different. The color, psychedelic vibes, humor and the occasional nod to Japanese heritage is greatly influenced by artworks from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the animation work of Heinz Edelman for Yellow Submarine, the psychedelic poster works drawn by Victor Moscoso and underground, independent comic titles. She tends to illustrate in this way more than the traditions of Japan and the Far East.
Derek Ercolano was born and bred in New York. His detailed and delicate style of drawing has embraced the city’s vibrancy and results in distinctive series of colorful comical illustrations. He does a lot of these weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way.
Brooklyn-based Emma Stern‘s work is a condensation of fantastical figures, nude humanoids, and a unique brand of web-enabled surrealism. Stern has a focused and distinct style and approach to making her work, which involves creating renderings in digital sculpting programs like Cinema 4D and translating her creations into painted renditions.
Although her work functions well as a cohesive whole, it also makes us question what inspires her to paint such disparate figures like melting flamingos, a close-up detail of someone with braces, nose pipelines, and nude women donning devil horns and elongated tails. The answer is simple: the internet.
Stefan Gross has a new exhibit, Sustainable Trash, at Harlan Levey Gallery in Brussels, in which he melts plastic toys, gives toy soldiers, organs, and basically taken a culture of familiarity and melted it. The shark is great. (via)
The work of Bonsoir Paris, like Salvador Dali come to life. DesignBoom writes, “”the shape of a picture frame has been manipulated to a point where it can no longer function as such, but still remains recognizable. the forms have been carved, sanded and finished by hand.” (via)
This is pretty intense work from lo17, using vinyl records to create this skull suicide punk rock scenario. We are really into this. Something tells us it takes a bit of time to do this; the melting, molding, sculpting.