Thursday, December 3, 2009

Eric Gunderson: Jesus Driving

 Eric Gunderson, a talented artist, also happens to be my uncle. I wish he and Molly would put more artwork into their Etsy shop (hint hint), although I think this piece amply demonstrates his humor and skill.

I lived next door to him growing up and would often visit and draw with him. He has the most amazing house. There is art everywhere of course, and almost everything is handmade. A light switch on one wall illuminates several pieces in unexpected ways - a cat's eyes in a photograph, the television set and lamp in a diorama of a living room. Sometimes the art moves, like his motion sensing winged clock. He sold one of my favorite pieces. At first glance it looked like a straightforward portrait of morose man in a suit. When a button in the frame was pushed, however, the flower in his lapel spurted water at the viewer.

No element or fixture is left unconsidered. A faux zebra fur love seat swings on ropes from the ceiling. Miniature golf holes are recessed in the carpeted concrete floor. The front door is lined with several doorknobs of different vintages. Plaster hands and white tree branches that also serve as cat perches are half embedded in the walls. There are tunnels between rooms, ziggurat-esque platforms, and an enclosed catnip perfumed garden for the cats as well. One of the windows is a car door built into the wall that you can roll down with the handle. His house and the woods are really the only things to see in Hogarty. Perhaps the next time I visit, he and Molly will let me take a few pictures and share them on the blog. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wonder Cabinet - Amy Walsh

Specimen 10. Common Hare/Narcomedusae on Fossils of Indiana book

Specimen 6. Barn Mouse/Frog/Sea Flora on Geology and Birds of Indiana book 

I love Amy Walsh's silkscreen prints of fantastical chimeras. Any evocation of medieval bestiaries mixed with natural history and old books is fine by me. I only regret they don't come in pet form. I want to snuggle up with a bunny polyp on the couch (or in a large saltwater tank depending on the physiology at play). Aren't they lovely?

Check out more of her work on her website and blog.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Master of Grasses: Boris Indrikov


Babochka 3

The Master of Grasses

The Master of grasses, originally uploaded by Boris Indrikov.
Boris Indrikov's work is exquisite. I love the sinuous complexity, the slightly tarnished atmosphere, the velvety textural nuance—sigh. After reading this article about the story behind his bicycle series I am pretty sure the man is freaking genius. See more of his work via his flickr stream and website.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Heidi Burton Illustratively Awesome

I decided to start a blog to highlight some of the amazing art I stumble across on the internet. First up is Heidi Burton. Her illustrations are by turns sweet and funny, rambunctious and full of literary allusions. Here are a few of my favorites.

Uproot II

Pale Irretrievables

Check her Etsy shop and blog Making Strangers for more goodness.