Oil painter Lindsay Pickett crafts distorted cityscapes that are at times taken from the artist’s dreams. His influences range from Dali and Bosch to sci-fi illustrators like Wayne Barlowe and Jim Burns. The key to crafting these pieces is not just subverting physics, Pickett says, but walking the tightrope of making them somehow convincing.
Kyle Cobban has said that the sensibility of his surreal drawings are rooted in his career as an instructor, observing students exploring their own stories. Recent work, in particular, seems to be examining the relationship between his subjects and the concept of “home.” His drawings on Priority Mail envelopes further underscore this concept.
Ryan Bock’s new immersive show at Ki Smith Gallery takes influence from the 1921 German horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” transforming bed frames and other “functional items made non-functional” in a dream-like environment. We’re given an exclusive first look at “Somnambulist,” which opens on Oct. 26, in this post. Installation shots for the exhibition were taken by photographer Roman Dean.
In his riveting, surreal ink drawings, Peter Striffolino builds new creatures from humanity’s building blocks. Though the Los Angeles artist’s practice encompasses these drawings, paintings, and animations, we’ll be taking a look at his ink work in this post. In his monochromatic work, Striffolino’s talents in texturing and linework is on display.
Sasaku Kusuriyubi’s wild characters and scenes carry both joyful and otherworldly qualities. The artist, garnering praise on social media from the likes of James Jean and Yu Maeda, seems to take influence from both anime, mythology, and a broader pop sensibility.
On scraps on paper, the drawings of Turkish artist Razi Razavi seem to apparate in a ghostly manner, the artist’s sparse details having both uneasy and captivating effects. Each visage carries its own, private narrative, yet many stare directly into the viewer’s eyes. As you’lll see below, the artist’s practice also extends to painting, yet maintains similar qualities.