Casey Weldon crafts surreal, sometimes absurd paintings that play with the everyday and the otherworldly alike. … “Weldon gambols with the manipulation of scale and contrast to create otherworldly scenes, as though pulled from the cavities of the unconscious and its latent thread-like associations,” the gallery says. “The works alternate between moments of intense darkness and incandescent light, figuratively and literally. Saturated with lush color and detail, they are stylized by idiosyncratic palette choices that capture a range of brightness and atmosphere, from the intensity of neon to the lambent of dusk and the recesses of twilight obscurity.”
Low Brow and Pop Surrealism
Nicoletta raised and still lives in her native Republic of San Marino. She studied animation at the Institute of Art In Urbino, Italy.
Like a melodic nursery rhyme with disturbing lyrics, Nicoletta Ceccoli‘s works aren’t as sweet as they appear. When we first saw Ceccoli’s paintings we thought we were looking at a Mark Ryden exhibition.
The artists share a soft spot for doe-eyed cherubs, flesh that glows like gumdrops and feeling of fantasy-gone-rotten. Ceccoli’s upcoming exhibition “Curiouser + Curiouser” focuses on the dark sides of sweetness, creating dark permutations of nymphs, sweets and woodland creatures that makes us want to trade in our gingerbread man for a celery stick. Though the exhibition takes its title from Alice in Wonderland, it feels to us more like a perverse Candyland.
– Via The HuffPost
Pareidolic Apophenic Morphogenesis is the search to see things that only exist on the dark screen of the inner mind.
My works represent a journey from chaos, line and color into shape, form and content — freely growing from the mind’s inner eye onto the visual surface.
A world of fantastic landscapes, strange creatures and impossible machines and edifices that defy meaning, content and logic — yet are a true world unto themself.
About Jeff Engberg
Jeff Engberg endeavours with his artwork to find meaning in life by wandering through the dark recesses of the mind.
Engberg Studied art in California, Spain and Norway.
He is a member of the Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK Norsk Billedkunstnere) and the National Association of Drawers and Illustrators (Tegnerforbundet).
He has been associated with Can Serrat Art Center/Residency near Barcelona for 12 years and enjoys visiting and participating each summer. Can Serrat’s creative ambience and rural lifestyle in the Catalan countryside in the land of Dali, Miro and Tapies.
These last 8 years Jeff has focused on surrealistic drawings on cotton paper exploring dreamworlds and imaginative environments populated by strange creatures that strive to fulfill their calling in empty landscapes populated with strange animals and archetypical creatures.
Some say “no man is an island.” Jeff says “every man is an island unto himself”, deep within the confines of his mind and soul. Creative expression is how we humans try to express this isolation and share our inner soul with others.
Sergio Gervacio creates photographs that range from the ominous and unexpected to the whimsical. Strange masked men stand in the darkness, yet wearing a unicorn mask. A selfie taker’s arm clutching the phone is emerging from his open mouth.
A figure sits in a tub of milky liquid blowing bubbles, wearing a mask. A strange mermaid doll also happens to be in that tub. What does it all mean? Well, if it was obvious, he wouldn’t have to make the art.
Notes from Steve “Sketch” Vallino:
Opening the evening will be Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics by Steve “Sketch” Vallino, a fast-paced expose of the artist’s recent retrospective at Barnsdall Community Art Center in Los Angeles. This new short film includes narration by Williams himself and features highlights from the opening of this landmark show”
– JUXTAPOZ Magazine
Pablo Picasso said it best, “Sophistication is the greatest enemy of imagination.” Sophistication as our parents knew it is gone.
With the Internet, everything is changing so fast that slang and colloquialisms are as valid as the King’s English. In fact, slang represents freedom from pretension leaving artists to function as they please.
The Cartoon, a form of simple visual presentation, is the most versatile and malleable form of communication in the recorded vocabulary of Art. Yet the lowly cartoon, with its giant vernacular, is treated like a comic doodle.
With Art, the bottom will always come up to the top. The strongest creative urges are better expressed simply as “Slang Aesthetics.”
Here’s Wikipedia’s intro on Robert Williams:
Robert Williams (born March 2, 1943) is an American painter, cartoonist, and founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. Williams was one of the group of artists who produced Zap Comix, along with other underground cartoonists, such as Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and Gilbert Shelton. His mix of California car culture, cinematic apocalypticism, and film noir helped to create a new genre of psychedelic imagery.
Known collectors of his art include Nicolas Cage, Leonardo DiCaprio, Artie Shaw, Debbie Harry, Anthony Kiedis, Von Dutch, Stanislav Szukalski, Ed Ruscha, and Timothy Leary. He currently lives in the San Fernando Valley in California with his wife Suzanne, who is also a professional artist.