Daniel Ramirez’s “A Series of Shots” captures surreal, unsettling characters and situations in his photography-based illustrations. These vibrant captures mix the humorous and the grim, toying with vintage and children’s story iconography with dreamlike twists. The open-ended series aims to “shoot any individual, object of essence, animals, and any disguised human.”
Rafael Varona is a illustrator, graphic designer, and self-described “loopaholic” based in Amsterdam and Berlin. The artist creates elaborate GIFs of bizarre machines and nature scenes, for both personal and commercial endeavors. The artist’s “Impossible Bottles” series, which place outlandish situations inside bottle-like vessels, is now in its second set.
Lana Crooks uses hand-dyed wool to craft the insides and outsides of the natural world. From a distance, these pieces appear to constructed of fur and bone. But upon closer inspection, the artist’s meticulous blending of wool, found objects, and other fabrics comes into focus. Crooks sometimes uses actual specimens from Chicago’s natural history museum collections for inspiration in making her “faux specimens and soft curiosities.”
Carson Davis Brown’s “Mass” project puts site-specific, color-based installations in big box stores and other “places of mass” without permission. These visual disruptions take otherwise disparate objects and groups them into temporary sculptures. The project has taken the artist to stores across the U.S. A primary charge for the project is to make passers-by more aware of their environment by recontextualizing the items around them.
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Australia-based artist Joshua Smith taught himself to create absorbing, hyper-detailed miniatures of structures and objects strewn across cities. These works maintain the grounded, authentic erosion of urban environments. Many of the buildings are rundown or at the very least, aged appropriately. “His miniature works primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment such as grime, rust, decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures,” a statement says.
Johannah O’Donnell’s acrylic paintings on wood blend geometric forms, abstraction, and wild animals. The Florida native, who also is an art instructor, cites Spanish surrealism, Pop Art, and the sci-fi/fantasy genre as influences in her work. O’Donnell was last featured on HiFructose.com here.