Harold Ancart is a Belgian artist living and working in New York, transformed the trunk of his jeep into a studio and set out on a road trip across the United States. He wanted to experience the vastness of the country he now called home. Along the way he would pull his car over whenever he saw something that moved him to draw.
Ancart’s creative process involves drawing and space. Allowing for chance and repetition, he often works in situ creating sculptural installations with found objects, minimal traces, and graphic underlining to reveal the surfaces, the specificities and the situation of the place.
Peter Elson was an English science fiction illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels, as well as in the Terran Trade Authority series of illustrated books.
Elson, whose illustrations often placed detailed, brightly liveried spacecraft against vividly colored backgrounds, influenced an entire generation of science fiction illustrators and concept artists.
Enter a fantastical space village imagined by Korean illustrator Lookandraw. Illustrations of astronauts, cats, and a cheesecake-dwelling narwhal populate Korean artist Lookandraw’s space-faring Instagram account. Each drawing feels like a small puzzle piece of a vibrant community that happens to be freefloating in space.
Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.
With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.
Zurich based artist Heiko Blankenstein has a focus on extra-terrestrial landscapes, galactic phenomena and the efforts of scientifically explaining them. His obsessive drawings and lightboxes with their figurative imagery and multiple narrative levels place his own work into existing iconography.
Not all motives derive from Blankenstein himself, but instead converge as a result of unrestricted combinations, embedding studies of nature as well as art history in a new state of aggregation. He works on astronomical and alchemical illustrations of early modern times, depictions of cosmologic models, the prospectus of old master landscapes and interior spaces of historic examples of architecture.
Denver-based artist Travis Hetman touches on themes of space, time, and an endless frolic between meaning and meaninglessness, through drawing, painting, and installation work. In his work, you’ll find a portal to a landscape and a seat constructed on a glimmer of infinite space. The blank space of the page is an invitation to sit, to think and to contemplate, but you can’t take it with you.
Karen Lynch is an Australian artist, focussing on hand-cut vintage paper collage. She sources material from vintage magazines, catalogues and books. Architecture, nature, space and time are common elements within her visual dialogue. Central to her art is the resuscitation and transformation of pieces of the past into retro-futuristic or surreal landscapes.
Obsessed with color and geometry, Karen’s collages can be playful, often tell a story and try to inspire the viewer. Using old school scissors and glue, Karen creates surreal and retro-futuristic worlds using vintage magazines and books found at thrift stores and markets. She loves the process of juxtaposing 2 or more disparate images and transforming them into impossible landscapes that feel almost real.
Brooklyn-based artist Kelly Denato works in a variety of industries and mediums. She works professionally in animation, illustration, and design. Denato also regularly exhibits her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and soft sculptures in galleries across the US. What inspires Denato is the beauty of optimism, and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment. Her paintings, which are marked by darkness as well as gleeful exuberance, are emotional expressions of this elusive pursuit for meaning and the simultaneity of ill-fated happiness.
Denato’s painting technique is characterized by meticulous and tiny strokes layered on a textured background. Her colors are glistening and candy-like, often lifting her characters out of darkness as if they have been carved by lacerating colors. Her genius is her ability to richly layer paint while still employing economy in the use of her line, maintaining an empathetic sense of gesture. Her characters are often floating and tangled, drawn with a masterfully delicate illustrator’s hand and an eye for the whimsically sardonic.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has commissioned a series of posters celebrating the future of space travel with retro-inspired designs. Evoking a golden age of exploration, the Visions of the Future campaign imagines a time when one might travel to Jupiter for weather balloon rides the same way we seek out Hawaiian vacations for their sunsets, and encourages us to think not only about the kind of future we want but how we might get there.
Brooklyn based artist Michael Kagan draws upon themes relating to space and man’s triumph over nature in his texture-heavy paintings. His self-described obsession with space imagery began as a child, when he would look at the moon through a telescope with his father, and later on, joined Space Camp.
Kagan’s paintings are striking in their interpretation of astronauts and rocket launches that recall the shining glory days of space travel.