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I am sure many of you are already familiar with the name Naoto Hattori, a rising star from Japan responsible for a phenominal amount of Subversive Psychedelic Lowbrow Art. I couldn't throw enough adjectives at this mans giant body of deranged works. Naoto's cute Rydenesk characters creep closer to the macabre than many of his contemporaries (in the pop surrealist movement) and are packed with more drug references than you could poke a joint at. I would like to probe deeper into the mind of Naoto at some stage and may come back with an interview. For now, i must go to bed. Tis late.
Naoto is having a solo show of new works from June 1st – July 1st at the Lineage Gallery – 21 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA USA
Naoto is one of 50 artists published in our first book: Metamorphosis
I discovered Chris Mars's work a few years ago in an issue of Juxtapoz. After sharing one moment with Mars's Demented world of circus freaks & demonic psychedelia I was hooked. This mans imagination is responsible for more delightful terror than George Bush could hope to find in the whole Middle East! (mind my cheese) I can not even begin to explain what this kind of imagery does to my brain.
Its like Hieronymus Bosch met Mark Ryden in the dark corner of Joe Coleman's Odditorium and decided to free the Madness from all Assylums in one shot! Let Madness roam free and try to fit its whole body into one canvas with the company of HR Giger himself. Aside from all of the insanity and delicious darkness (which I'm sure you can see thrills me to no end), Chris Mars's Techinical ability with oils makes me want to jump in front of a truck and squawk Freedom!
Seriously, I am obviously a huge fan and getting a little overwhelmed right now as I navigate through his bottomless treasure trove. Have a look for yourselves: Chris Mars's Website
Right Above: VM-5: THE POOR STEWARD, oil on panel, 16×20, 2005
Right Below: THE ANTIDOTE STAND, oil on panel, 24×36, 2005
Philippe Guillerm's curvaceous violin sculptures are certainly a sight to behold. Their expressive poses give these well crafted string instruments much life as though each sculpture has its own personality. I imagine they would make a great subject for an animation. One could leap from a violinists arms and land gracefully to perform interpretive dance movements to the sound of moody classical music. But before I follow this tangent to its tragically corny end, I'd like to say that I am very impressed with Philippe's work, only I would like to see them photographed in a more creative setting with dramatic lighting.
Here is a short excerpt I found on Phiippe's website:
Guillerm's music-inspired sculptures are whimsical and curvaceous string instruments, he uses the theme as a way of expressing human nature and needs, you see an instrument, he sees an attitude.
I'm sure many of you have stumbled upon 'The Tale of How' on your cyber travels since it spread like a virus over popular blogs, forums and social networking sites. The stunning psychedelic animation was created by a passionate group who call themselves The Black Heart Gang. Each member of this close group of friends contributed their own unique talent and skill to form the perfect collaborative dynamic. Tale of How was produced over a period of nine months in the collaborators spare time with no budget!!
I first saw this Animation when the illustrator of the group 'Ree Treweek' registered on our own Surreal Art Forum and introduced the project to our forum members. Although the story, style and aesthetic of The Tale of How is very unique, I would personally describe the experience as a Tim Burton, Danny Elfman & Doctor Seuss combo on a large dose of LSD (and I draw this comparison with great appreciation and respect).
Visit the official Black Heart Gang website for a high resoution version of The Tale of How.
Here is an excerpt of Ree's post on our forum:
'The Blackheart Gang is a collective of friends with a passion for creating stories. The idea for The Tale of How was to create something original, inspiational, beautiful and sincere. The story is the second part of a three part story, developed by Ree Treweek and Markus Smit. Markus wrote the story and the music. Ree developed the characters, and drew all the elements for the world. Jannes Hendrikz composited, sylised and directed the animation process & Justin Baker was head 3d animator and modeller.'
Sally Cruikshank has made many bizarre animated films, all of them involving colorful surreal environments and characters. Much of her imaginative and dreamlike style is the result of Max Fleischer's influence in her work. Fans of Twilight Zone might remember the weird animated Hell sequence she did for the 80's film version of the series. She also made a strange music video for Oingo Boingo.
Click the following titles to view some of Cruikshank's other animated worlds.
Quasi At The Quackadero
Face Like A Frog
Make Me Psychic
You can view a selection of Sally Cruikshank's colorful paintings in this photoset on Flickr. To see more works by Sally visit her website "Fun On Mars" where she has a blog, artwork for sale and additional animations on view.