The world is changing faster than ever, from global warming and the loss of ecosystems, to the destruction of indigenous cultures and people. Industrialization has radically altered humanity’s relationship to nature, with simultaneously empowering and endangering effects.
I create landscapes that reflect this theme, penetrating time and space in an exploration of this process of transformation. Whether in painting, video, or diorama, I utilize collage built from many individual landscape scenes, seamlessly blended together to construct a globalized vision. The world that emerges is composed of my forms, thoughts, and narratives. I call it the Archaic Armageddon.
I create work about what it means to be a human in the context of the Universe:
living the everyday life with an awareness of the infinity of time and space. My collages, drawings and installations are intimate and poetic and are based on my own experiences.
“The last couple of decades have been exceptionally productive ones for Rush. She has examined the peculiarities of twinship in a series of photos that take on family memories, pop culture (Barbie and Willie dolls), and masterworks of art history. She has worked with casting different body parts, made photos inspired by a bout with breast cancer, and contributed installations commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s choreogram “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.”
New York based artist John Breiner started as a street artist, and it shows. His graffiti-esque aesthetic fits quite well with his current canvas of choice: discarded old books and found objects. His pieces mix the rebelliousness of street art with the beauty of watercolors, resulting in paintings that explode with color as they twist and curve in brilliant ways. To see some of his more recent work, check out his portfolio. We included a few of our favorites in the gallery above.
The imagery produced by Carol Crawford reflects people throughout history seeking asylum in a strange new land, often combining pieces of places around the world that have seen destruction and migration of people. The large collage simulates the waves of immigrants walking together to find a new home. The backdrop, an image captured in Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy, is a cloudy sky punctuated by light, creates a sense that they are descending from the heavens in their most vulnerable time.
Carol Crawford, Endless March, 2018
Photo collage, painting and mixed media - 12” x 36” x 4 1/2”
A fully-formed surrealism permeates the figurative works of Vincent Arcilesi in his retrospective … The human figure reigns supreme in Arcilesi’s masterworks, in which various stages of life from birth to death, and various actions over the course of that life, are documented with a fine-tuned stylistic quality.
My work consists of complex large scale collages, handmade and pieced together from thousands of cut out photographs. Utilizing images from history, art references, and my own pictures, I’m able to create intricate swirling compositions out of paper that aesthetically resemble traditional oilpaintings.
Alexis Hilliard is a native of Portland, OR. She received her BFA in painting, photography, & video from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Upon graduation she began working for numerous artists throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad (including Gage Academy of Art, at The Florence Academy in Italy & for the American artist Bo Bartlett). In 2014 she received her MFA from the New York Academy of Arts in Manhattan. She currently lives in Brooklyn and specializes in complex large scale handmade collages.
Interview by DISINFO
DISINFO: Can you discuss the path you have walked to become the artist you are? Who were your inspirations and influences when you began your journey as an artists and what other artists have you discovered along the way?
INDIA EVANS : Being raised by two hippies one (my father) being an artist and the other (my mama) believing that having a life surrounded by art was important taught me so much but above all it taught me to go with the flow of life and to be ok in the uncertainty – that the universe has a safety net under me. Love was our religion. Meaning- imagination, compassion, happiness, creativity, gratitude, intuition and freedom were what mattered most. Continue reading India Evans – AHA Artist in the Press→
“My work centers on the interaction of female psychology with the fluctuating contemporary world, using mythological figures and symbols. I am drawn to the transformative power of visual storytelling. By weaving my own personal mythology into my work, I investigate the psychology of self that revolves around changes in personal, social and cultural environments.