Gabe Gonzales uses a variety techniques, including risograph and silkscreen prints, to render chaotic and lively visual art. Gabe also runs a brilliant little publishing co with some friends, entitled Never Press. They’ll soon be publishing a comic by Michael Olivo, featured here recently.
There’s a pervasive toxicity to billboard ads (or moreso advertising in general). Whether you’re of a different opinion in qualifying advertising as ‘toxic’, it’s undeniable that they fill the visual space around us — on metro walls, sidewalks, screens, and even in some rare and unjustified cases being draped over people’s apartment windows.
I have a feeling Berlin-based artist Vermibus also feels a slight toxicity emanating from advertising posters. In fact, he takes this idea of ads being toxic in a very literal ways: after grabbing the posters from behind their glass frames, he uses chemicals like gasoline, thinner and acetone to mutate the faces and skin of the featured models.
‘My gaze travels slowly and wearily down over this forehead, these cheeks: it meets nothing firm, and sinks into the sand. Admittedly there is a nose there, two eyes and a mouth, but none of that has any significance, nor even human expression.’
I have a particular soft spot for artworks using old and obsolete media or technologies for new and different purposes. In Benoit Jammes’ case, his use of old cassette tapes is entirely irrelevant to their original purpose, and yet a wonderful idea with impressive and humorous results.