Her art only lasts a matter of seconds. Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo has been labeled a street artist, sculptor, and monument designer best known for her “melting men”. Her ice sculptures of thousands of faceless tiny people have been staged on stairways all over the world. They are part of her “Minimum Monument” Project, or anti-monument as she sometimes calls it, an ongoing series that has toured to Brazil, Havana, Tokyo, Paris, Firenze and Berlin since 2001.
Cherub-like children with school girl bobs enter infernal abysses and haunted-looking forests in Akino Kondoh’s drawings and paintings. The Japanese artist says she is interested in exploring the eerie feeling of deja vu that childhood memories can sometimes trigger. With their dark mood and enigmatic symbolism, her characters’ surreal adventures evoke the ways our childhood fears and anxieties were once magnified in our nightmares, and perhaps still are.
Slimy skeletons find themselves captive in dark dungeons in Charlie Immer’s latest drawings and paintings. The artist (featured in HF Vol. 11) renders sinewy textures and jelly-like consistencies to make his viewers squirm. Immer currently has a show with Paul Pope on view at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn through January 4. The exhibition features several new dark yet fluorescent paintings as well as a rare look at his drawings on paper.
Jeremy “Tackyshack” Jackson is a light painter living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where his yard is now covered with snow and pond is iced over. We first shared his fantastical imagery back in January. Tackyshack’s dedication to light painting photography in the past year is inspiring. He’s seeing something that isn’t there, like a Christmas tree in his studio, and yet is all around us. His photos featured here take advantage of the winter ho-hum.
Emerging photographer Elizabeth Gadd travels the world with her friends and captures them amid awe-inspiring scenery in locales such as Iceland, Oregon, and Hawaii. The Vancouver-based artist is drawn to grandiose vistas from mountain tops, icy terrains, and unexpected patterns in geological formations and plant life. While she calls herself a landscape photographer, Gadd inserts characters in brightly-colored clothing in the distance of her compositions. They act as guides for the viewer to navigate the unfamiliar.
Canadian artist Jamiyla Lowe has conjured a topsy turvy world of bizarre creatures. Her ink illustrations recall Dr. Seuss characters with attitude, using a handful of bright colors like yellow, red and green, or monochromatic black and white. They are rounded and somewhat droopy, even when representing real animals, and almost always with a white background. Most of the images here are from her new series, “Beware of the Beast” for Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto.