Levalet’s site-specific public drawings use the contours and restrictions of a space to create the unexpected. His absurdist humor appears inside and outside a variety of structures, dangling above passers-by or using objects in disarray to his advantage. Recent pieces have popped up in France and Italy.
Chicago-born artist Kayla Mahaffrey crafts portraits of subjects enveloped by pop totems and surreal elements. Her works are rendered in watercolors and acrylics, each oozing with vibrancy and candy colors. Her practice moves between illustration and fine art.
Felix Dolah uses diluted charcoal to craft his minimalist, ghostly drawings. These figures, often gangly and dilapidated, come in sparse singular or as heaps of crowded, writhing characters. Elsewhere, he applies the same material to photographs, adding grim accents to archival images. He’s said that although early in life, he drew knights and monsters, “now I draw more monsters than knights.”
What makes Kouhei Nakama’s animations tantalizing is how each builds or deconstructs the face with alien processes. They’re comprised of swarming creatures or layers of liquid skin melting off a smiling face. In an era when every digital design student is showing off their realistic renders, Nakama’s artistry offers the unexpected in his engrossing portraits.
Baptiste Hersoc’s drawings and paintings merge unlikely objects and organic parts, with both humorous and ghastly results. The artist has both illustration and fine art practices, with book contributions, magazine projects, and regular collaborations. His “Introspection” series uses the human body as its theme.
More than 10,000 pieces of origami, strategic lighting, and a smoke machine were used to create “lava” on an abandoned building in Spain’s Catalan region. During the annual Lluèrnia Festival, a celebration of fire and light, David Oliva of SP25 Arquitectura and Anna Juncà of Atelier 4 combined their talents to create the display.