Why are we drawn to certain styles, to specific aesthetics? Taste is a peculiar, and tenacious thing. And although I canít explain it, itís that magnetism that pulls me to the illustrations of Gabriel Huici. I counted no short of 17 umbrellas. I donít inherently love umbrellas. His line work is sparse. I donít inherently love sparse line work. But, I love his pieces. Every one. There is a touch of vaudeville; there is a touch of hipster. The fine lines are so intentional and terse they create suspense- like listening to a pregnant pause or waiting on a dangling participle.
Sometimes you stumble upon work that's so mesmerizing it's difficult to explain. Benjamin Edmiston's pieces are that kind of work. And as I struggled to find the correct adjectives to describe them, I succumbed to the eloquent way as to which the artist did so himself.
Bejamin explains: "My compositions feature unusual or fantastical settings inhabited by ominous characters depicted in a flat and decorative style. My bold, and often symmetrical, drawings offer a plane of floating heads, half-skinned snakes, and bodiless arms. Building a personal vocabulary with such imagery recalls for me the tension of an early, crude Mickey Mouse cartoon, or a misplaced folk sculpture standing eerily on a dusty shelf. The creation of a familiar but askew world ó the sensation of the unheimlich is what fuels my work."
Ever been engulfed with visual thoughts of beards with amorphous bodies, killer beards from outer space, or a large beard colony? I have and because of that I went scouring the internet to find others that may have encountered those same visions. I was not disappointed.
Get ready to embark on the Great Beard Adventure.
Above by Tim Easley