pic of the day:
pic of the day:
Abstract, enigmatic and visually disconcerting collages by Ryan De La Hoz:
“I am interested in Halloween. The basis of it is similar to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. The idea is that you are celebrating the gift of life from the dead. People go wild because they are happy to be alive. My Dad died in 2005 and ever since I have been analyzing the duality of life and death – love and loss – joy and misery. I use the skeleton glove to signify the remains of a person or society that is no longer. I have an affinity for the Reaper because my last name de la Hoz means “of the sickle,” and when I was little I attributed a sickle to the Grim Reaper’s scythe.”
Jesse Fillingham’s work brings so many of my favorite visual art elements together it’s hard to know where to start. His style combines highly detailed characters, such as the eerie figures or hands which appear in his most recent pieces, with a minimal composition full of striking geometrical shapes. I love how reminiscent some parts of his work are to a lot of contemporary graphic design, and yet other parts take a nice distance from this through use of non-digital materials.
“Two things that seem to be present in a lot of my work is an emphasis on nature/natural phenomena and mythology/fantasy. Rendering is also a process that I put myself through in most of my work, which I find to be extremely rewarding.”
Psychedelic, layered and stripped bare drawings by Clay Hickson:
“My philosophy has always been to avoid artistic philosophies, but I guess, philosophically speaking, that’s impossible. That was my biggest struggle in art school. I felt a lot of pressure to force some concept onto my work, and I always felt a little dishonest when I had to talk about my work conceptually. And that’s not to say that I don’t have intentions or ideas of how I want my work to be received. I want people to feel a certain way when they see my work. I really just try to maintain a relaxed attitude towards art. I don’t know what draws me to the imagery I enjoy and try to create, and I’m not really interested in trying to answer those questions. The process of art making just clicks with me.”