Thom Easton creates art juxtaposing the everyday with epic sci-fi/space visuals. His imagery has a retro feel. He seems to source his images from 1970’s magazines that add a certain nostalgia to the work.
Paradoxically, much surreal digital art uses a vintage, nostalgic, or classical art aesthetic.
I believe there could be several reasons for this:
- It roots the viewer/artist in something comfortable and known
- The greatest fear is of the unknown and unfamiliar
- Using new tools and creating something completely new and in new styles is uncomfortable, and likely the result will be failure and rejection
- Advertising and film tends to use more contemporary and realist aesthetics
- Vintage and classical aesthetics is a way of differentiating artwork from those attempting to hawk their wares on you
- Abstract painting has become the realm of corporate art
- Contemporary art is more influenced by Dada and Marcel Duchamp
- Pretty, unthinking landscapes is the realm of corporate art (and your aunt Mertle’s souvenirs from her vacations.)
- By being both faux vintage and futuristic it creates and interesting paradox that makes something larger than life
Or, maybe it just looks cool
Anton Walker uses found art in his surrealistic digital collages. The work blends motifs of 1950’s style nostalgia, romantic hollywood or advertising themes with sci-fi, gas masks/war, pattern and nature to create an otherworldly sensation in the viewer.
While he may be using found art in the work, the pieces transcend and the work becomes unique and all his own.
A short surreal film with enticing visuals and music. The film plays with visual overlay.
MUSIC: Created for this film by Jonty Cotton
Additional & found footage:
Das Triadische Ballet
Girl in fractal image: Charley Gibb