Morgan Blair grew up in rural Massachusetts, graduated from RISD in 2008, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her recent work explores the balance of control and freedom in her process, manifested in a mashing up of low contrast flesh tones with wild, neon color schemes; hard edges with fuzzed out airbrush gradients; smooth, flat shapes with brush marks and rough, sandy textures; and wonky, irregular forms with geometric curves and angles.
The resulting optical abstractions play on the absurd in pop culture, current events, the mall, the internet, common street trash, consumerism, and personal experience.
Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.
Yis “Nosego” Goodwin is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. His art combines patterns, bright colors and imaginary characters, which stem from his imagination and his environment. His artistic career started in 2004, during the last year of high school. In the previous years he followed traditional painting lessons that allowed him to immediately combine murals to graffiti.
Nosego’s works are dreamlike visions that lead us to the realm of the unconscious, which he transports into reality to ennoble space and matter. The viewers are first captured by the colors that animate subjects, then they notice the thriving of details and their meanings and are carried in a thousand crevices of a timeless world that combines observation with deep reflection.
It’s interesting to think about life from different perspectives, and paper artist and sculptor, Rogan Brown, does just that. Well, it’s even more interesting when it’s a perspective you don’t really notice or consider and its beauty and mystique is brought to your attention. Behold the cellular level invisible to the naked eye and brought to life in incredibly detailed and sophisticated paper sculptures! These are Brown’s recreation of cells, microorganisms, plants and fungi that accentuate the patterns found in nature in micro or macroscopic levels. Each fragile and durable piece in his sculptures are made layer upon layer of hand cut or laser paper. Some of his pieces can take several months to complete.
In 2014, Brown created an awe-inspiring installation called Outbreak, inspired by a meeting with microbiologists organizing an exhibition on the Human Microbiome. He created this piece that depicts an outbreak of pathogens to showcase the inner world associated with science and microbiology.
The art installations resemble fractals found in the universe when we zoom in or out of living organisms. On a broader perspective, viewing the earth from space, one can view human beings as these microscopic pathogens infesting the earth. It all depends on how you look at it. Thanks for keeping us looking, Rogan.
Chilean artist, Santiago Salvador Ascui, captures the repetitive beauty and conformity of brightly colored patterns in his work. On a macro or micro level, Ascui’s paintings reveal the nature of perspective.
In his paintings, graphic art, and photogrames Pavel Hayek focuses upon visual material at his direct disposal, which also reflects his approach to living nature and to things within his current reach and contact.
He does not want to attract attention to the exclusiveness of his models; quite the other way round: he focuses upon their ordinariness, their everyday character. Just the patterns the shapes of which we may not realize during the “normal”, the utilitarian contact, appear to be essential for him.
Beyond any doubt, the most important feature of these Hayek’s works is obviously his understanding of the whole picture area as a certain stucture sui generis.
Since 2004, English artist Simon Beck treks miles and miles of fresh snow each year to install massive large scale installations outdoors at Le Arcs ski resort. Each snowfield is strategically installed by Beck walking on his snowshoes step by step to reveal complex geometrical patterns and shapes. His ability to scale the massive areas with precise direction through deep snow for hours on end is really impressive.