Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

Food Cluck Mail Comic!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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One of my oldest internet buddies from the days of Dragon Boy has become a very accomplished artist.  Take a look at Ryan Gillis' art and animations at .  Anyhow, he and his circle of colleagues have started a comic project that should prove to be a blast.  I get to be a part of it!  We each get to illustrate a couple panels, and then we send the otherwise empty comic book to the next person down the chain in a predetermined list.

Keep an eye on what everyone does over at FoodCLUCK Mail Comic!

Robin Denevan

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I recently visited the Addington Gallery in the city on Chicago and Wells.  It’s one of a few evidently contemporary art galleries in the area and thus drew me in.  There were some nice portraits and bird pieces, but what really caught my eye were the works of Robin Denevan.

Denevan produces encaustic paintings of bleak, swampy waterways.  The spotty textures and vertical streaks look to me like sickly, toxic swamps.  Beautiful in their decay.

Of course, that’s just my point of view.  I am a fan of bleak landscapes , especially since I don’t have the patience to make them myself.  I’m too fixated on creating a prominent figure in the foreground.

Check out his website!

Bellies of Bisphenol

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Chris Jordan’s an artist I’ve been following for a few years, after my adventures as an anti-plastic zealot.  I didn’t throw away any plastic items I used for two months, with the intent of collecting a year’s worth, but my bags were stolen, likely by an environmentally friendly scavenger looking for a few extra cents.  Can’t blame ‘em.

Anyway, Jordan’s digital work is sublime in its implications, I think it is a little too pat. I did have the pleasure of seeing them full sized at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.

However, seems he just released his new project documenting the bellies of dead albatrosses… filled with plastic.  I had only seen a small image of this phenomenon before, but now Jordan seems to have gone deep into the Pacific and has captured a bunch of these images.  They are terrifying, and as pics of dead animals often are, beautiful.  Man I hate plastic, and the nightmare of the Pacific Garbage Gyre just makes me weep.

Check out more at Jordan’s site.

Midway: Message from the Gyre

Midway: Message from the Gyre

Josh Keyes

Monday, September 21st, 2009

My good friend Jane Ryder just directed me to brilliant painter Josh Keyes‘ website.  Keyes creates incredibly rendered animals that inhabit little floating cross-sections of urban wilderness.  The images give a sense of the apocalypse, a world filled with human detritus but inhabited only by a motley selection of animals.  Other times the animals have a more supernatural presence, causing flora or flames to sprout from their antlers or fins.  His work is beautiful, and simultaneously heart-warming and quietly chilling.

Check out his work!

24"x18", acrylic on panel, 2008

"Totem II" (Raven Steals the Light) 24"x18", acrylic on panel, 2008