Neckface puts the final touches on his exhibit, “Drinkin’ On The Job” . video by Steven Andrew Garcia NECKFACE - DRINKIN’ ON THE JOB - 8/22 - 9/13 7920 Santa…
I like to think that artwork can represent a window into an artist’s brain, where we the viewer can explore and learn from all the weirdness n’ shit from within. I mean lets be honest… artists are freakin’ weirdos! I know most of us associate being “weird or strange” as a negative thing but that changes when describing an artists and his/her work. Personally, I associate weirdness with being creative or inventive. Artwork is truly one of the greatest outlets for self-expression but, who’s to say It’s your fault when the basic Mouthbreather can’t comprehend your steeze?! Maybe its for the best, but being able to create a visual bridge for your average Mo-mo to better understand what’s going on in your imagination from concept to execution, is a rare gift. Having said all that, I bring you the world of Mark Wahlen.
Mark Whalen (aka: Kill Pixie) is an Austrailian born artist who can now be found residing in The City of Angels. (do people still call LA that?) For me though, what makes this guy’s work so special is not just the originality of the work but the constant evolution of the narrative that’s seen from piece to piece. Let me break it down a bit… Within Whalen’s paintings you’ll find the reoccurring citizens of this geometric world (that’s from what I can tell loosely based on some future society or other dimension) and their experiences with a crazy amount of sociological systems/occurrences. Sounds pretty straightforward I’ll admit. However, the fun is seeing the WAYS in which they interact with one another inside this geometrical world! The work is treated with a light color palate that is both fresh to look at but still extremely complex. At times, some pieces can be rather trippy, which I find to help push this work in the right directions. This work oozes with feelings of an early civilization but with a clean super-futuristic vibe. I’m not sure if it’s the body language that these android/puppet figures portray, but Whalen knows how to give the characters a complexity that lays the foundation for a serious narrative to be excavated. When it comes to matters of compositional layout, there’s an obvious nod to old archeological findings or “old hieroglyphics" at play here. I honestly could try to come up with 50 different backstories that I created in my head and spoon feed it to you, but I’ll let you try to come up with some of those on your own! Whalen is obviously creating something epic here for all of us to follow so start by checking out some of the work and then head over to your dude’s site and dive even deeper into this body of work!
If you’ve ever taken an art class in your life I’m sure you had at least one collage assignment. Its the go-to project for any High School art teacher, don’t act like you don’t remember… the blue glue sticks… the plastic scissors (which were always dull as hell because of how underfunded your schools art dept was)… not to mention the old-ass issues of National Geographic.The medium of collage is something that can be traced back to some historical time period that I’m too lazy to look up. But at the end of the day we’ve all seen it. Most of us have done it. and if your like me… you’ve never been overly impressed by it. That was until I checked out the work of Jay Riggio. Subtle & clean in the approach, creating a dark juxtaposition that will leave you saying to yourself “… damn thats how a collage is supposed to be!”.
Yeah, its like that…
Riggio creates a super slick image that is so clean & simple, it makes you wonder how you didn’t think of something similar first. Then, you start to dig a bit deeper into the body of his work (BTW: dude pumps out work like a like a tortilla factory) and you start to see the level of creativity that he’s operating on. Kinda like Larry Bird in a 3-point contest, if you will. Its almost as though this dude can’t miss! Riggio has a way of seamlessly creating a composition that makes you take in the image as a whole upon first glance. Right away you are placed within a narrative of these eerie/humorous Frankenstien-like creatures who respond to the environment setting that Riggio see’s fit. Lots of symbolism… some of which is quiet & subtle, along with plenty that kick you in the front part of your head! The pieces are never overly complicated or congested and as a matter of fact. I find myself personally leaning to the simplest pieces where he only cut up a few different images and let their associations work the image out. Then comes the color palate where Riggio pushes a calming use of color that puts out a mellow “kick-back and throw on some “Fu-gee-la" kind of vibes"… no matter how jarring the image is. There is a balancing act that Riggio treads here nicely making the work seem complete, a little dark & eerie mixed in with the perfect amount of humor.
As per usual you’ll find some of my personal favorites from Jay Riggio below. Check em’ out, follow the links, and see whats up. You’re BOUND to find something dope if you have a pulse!