The stirring digital collages of Ben Owens are highlighted in a new show at Muneca Arthouse in Patchogue, New York. “Flaw Essence” collects both monochromatic and vibrant experiments from the artist. Owens says this collection of works is part of an attempt to “use bright and sometimes fluorescent colors while trying new techniques, mediums and styles.” The show opens on April 13 at the space.
The collages of Andrew Blucha, who works under the moniker “metafables,” crafts fantastical and dark-surrealist illustrations. The London artist’s motifs include skeletal, mystical blazes, and Victorian fashion. Contained within these are also contemporary winks.
Illustrator-collagist Elzo Durt creates psychedelic and occasionally unsettling imagery, adorning both album covers and gallery walls. The artist has crafted covers and posters for the likes of La Femme, Three Oh Sees, Magnetix, and several others. Elsewhere, his work has been the subject of museum exhibitions and related efforts.
The intricate line work found in Dan Hillier’s work, diverse as ever in recent drawings and collages, tells of his love of art history. The artist’s process combines ink work, digital collage and rendering, and further embellishments results in chimeric creations. Hillier was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The practice of Jesse Draxler, who recently illustrated the cover of the new Daughters album, combines painting and photographic collage. Working primarily in grayscale, both the artist’s illustrative and fine art work are packed with harrowing portraits. The artist has also crafted work for the bands Vowws and Deafheaven.
Vladislav Skobelskij, who works under the moniker Happy, creates voluminous, candy-colored scenes and animations. The delightfully garish works move between disturbing and alluring, each figure overcome by vibrant and cartoonish outgrowths. Happy often injects pop cultural and photographic elements into this fantasy world.