"Stacey Rozich is a Seattle-based artist and illustrator. Her work draws inspiration from a broad spectrum of cultural references, building scenarios pulled from a realm steeped in indigenous and contemporary symbolism. Rozich creates a parable for present day built on situational vignettes that are imagined through the lens of familiar fictional archetypes.
Deeply rooted in cultural tradition and ritual, these allegorical accounts join ancestral folklore with elements of modernity and surrealism. Influence is taken from travel, world textiles, childhood memories and television.”
“I grew up in the clean & cozy suburbs of New York in the 1950’s and 60’s. Everything was perfect. Everyone was perfect. I was a perfectly lovely, cute little girl. What the hell was I supposed to do with the swirling mass of anti-Disney feeling careening in my guts? How was I supposed to cope with fear and rage and all the other negative human emotions? If I hadn’t found a way of letting out the horror, it would have consumed me from the inside out.”
Ray Caesar has a solo show of new works at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome on February 14 and a retrospective in Turin, Italy opening on February 15. Read more about his new body of work, “The Trouble with Angels,” on Hi-Fructose. All images courtesy of Ray Caesar/Gallery House.
'That Old Black and White Magic' Carol Golemboski
"The photographs in this series relate analog photography to the golden age of magic. In these images the photographer is the conjurer, a performer who creates tricks behind the curtain of the darkroom. Objects are often suspended, fooling the eye, but the illusions occur more frequently in the printing process, where photography is combined with drawing and photograms."
If Edward Hopper took photographs… Richard Tuschman
The Quay Brothers are identical twins. They studied illustration in Philadelphia before going on to the Royal College of Art in London, where they started to make animated shorts in the 1970s. Their work is described as Victorian Gothic Surrealism.
Miriam Schapiro, Dollhouse, 1972
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Miriam Schapiro collaborated with Sherry Brody onDollhouse as part of Womanhouse, an installation by a feminist art cooperative sponsored by the California Institute of the Arts. Womanhouse was a condemned Hollywood mansion transformed by the artists into a series of rooms dealing with different aspects of women’s experience, and Dollhouseprovided another level of imagination and fantasy as a set of “rooms within rooms.” The compartments are filled with bits of lace, handkerchiefs, tea towels, miniature furniture, and personal mementos that Schapiro and Brody had collected from women all over the country. Dollhouse grew out of a series of works that Schapiro called her “shrines,” in which she explored her shifting identities as artist, wife, and mother. A parlor, a kitchen, a Hollywood star’s bedroom, a “harem” room, a nursery, and, on the top floor, an artist’s studio suggest these conflicting roles. The different symbols challenge the idea that the domestic lives of women prevent them from making “serious” art. At the same time, the tiny rooms in Dollhouse evoke cells in which the hopes of women are often imprisoned.
Artist Hannah Höch: armed and dangerous
“German artist Hannah Höch was a true radical: a trailblazer of photomontage who started out writing for women’s handicraft magazines, and the first lady of dada – though they constantly tried to elbow her out. Here’s a selection of the best images by the woman who took a kitchen knife to misogyny.”
The Victoria and Albert
The Memory Palace
Award winning illustrator of children’s books, in his work he experiments with different mediums to create haunting and powerful scenes.
I liked how detailed it was, being the smallest piece it didn’t standout but to understand it and appreciate it you had to focus in. Each picture represents part of ‘Magnetisation (the magnetic storm that brought about the time of the Withering)’ which was the destruction brought on by people in the future.
This piece celebrates The Law of Milord Darwing, featuring forbidden fragments of the Origin of the Species – Darwin amusingly misinterpreted by Kunzru’s rulers as a malicious breeder of GM plants and animals.
'Oh my friend, you're so sad. Don't be sad. We're bringing about the time of no time, the year whose number is no number, when all will be softness on the skin and sweetness in the mouth. Forgetting is at the root of it. If you follow the path of forgetting you'll have freedom of heart and peace of mind. You will have a clear conscience'.
Le Gun is a London illustration collective founded by Neal Fox, Chris Bianchi, Bill Bragg, Robert Rubbish, Matthew Appleton, Alex Wright and Stephanie von Reiswitz.
The black and white piece takes on the form of an ambulance as a chariot driven by a medicine man and four urban foxes. Within the chariot is a body and different medicines. Drawn on the body in place of the liver is a bottle of gin and in place of a lung is a pack of tar, I like this because it’s an original idea and represents what the world could turn into if we carry on the way we are. Other things are hooked up to moonshine and cigarettes which now we would see as wrong but if the world turns into how this is represented then anything could seem normal.
'The doctors performed great feats of surgery and roamed the cities, looking for the sick. It was a time of great wonder'.
Founded the communications agency KesselsKramer, based in Amsterdam, he is a graphic designer, curator and photography collector.
This piece is literally a building made out of rubbish, newspaper and magazines, I like it because it’s something you can walk under and interact with. Being large it stands out and everyone wants to find out more about it, to help with you process you need to get closer and work out what it’s made of.
'At the height of the Booming, sign was so plentiful that it fell from the sky like rain. It rustled underfoot in autumn and rose and fluttered about the palaces and hospitals like apple blossom in spring. This was called advertising'.
'In the time before the Withering, there was a religious practice called Recycling’
If Surrealism is your cup of tea, you’ve got to check out the work of Christopher McKenney.
The haunting portraits show a clear mastery of perspective and thoughtful editing.
via Beautiful Decay
Bruce Davidson - East 100th Street
"For two years in the 1960s, Bruce Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family. Through his skill, his extraordinary vision, and his deep respect for his subjects, Davidson’s portrait of the people of East 100th Street is a powerful statement of the dignity and humanity that is in all people."