A Graphic Cosmogony

Published Date : January 22, 2011
Author : squidface

Publisher: Nobrow (Oct 21 2010)

The Judeo-Christian story has God making the universe and everything in it in 7 days. Now the good people at Nobrow have given 24 artists 7 pages each to tell their stories of the creation of everything in A Graphic Cosmogony. The results are strange, beautiful and as varied as the styles of the artists involved.

The book itself is an art object, beautifully printed and bound with stunning cover art by Micah Lidberg. A Graphic Cosmogony is our favorite book yet from Nobrow who, since 2008, has been publishing an amazing assortment of books and comics out of London, UK. Be sure to check out their website for more titles.

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A Graphic Cosmogony by Nobrow

Cover art by Micah Lidberg

Genesis by Brecht Vandenbroucke

Man’s fall from grace in Brecht Vandenbroucke’s “Genesis”.

Andrew Rae’s “Deity School”

Our universe as the result of a God-child’s science project gone wrong in Andrew Rae’s “Deity School”.

“Illumination” by Stuart Kolakovic”.

A plague-dropping mosquito bite causes a vision of the true nature of the universe in “Illumination” by Stuart Kolakovic”.

“Ginnungagap” by Michael Sommers

The Norse creation myth retold in Michael Sommers’ “Ginnungagap”.

Luke Pearson’s “New Game”

Luke Pearson’s “New Game”

Artists appearing in A Graphic Cosmogony:

Stuart Kolakovic, Mikkel Sommers, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Luke Best, Rob Hunter, Jon McNaught, Ben Newman, Andrew Rae, Luke Pearson, Jack Teagle, Jon Boam, Jakob Hindrichs, Clayton Junior, Daniel Locke, Isabel Greenberg, Mike Bertino, Nick White, Rui Tenreiro, Sean Hudson, Luc Melanson, Katia Fouquet, Yeji Yun, Matthew Lyons, Liesbeth De Stercke.

Oh, What A Cruel God We've Got

Published Date : January 22, 2011
Author : squidface

Jesse Jacobs is an artist and illustrator based in London, Ontario. He has created t-shirt designs, newspaper illustrations, record covers, skateboard graphics, and comic books. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country.

Oh What A Cruel God We've Got originally published by Black Warrior Review

S&TM: Huge thanks to Jesse Jacobs for contributing Oh What a Cruel God We've Got, originally published by Black Warrior Review

Irena Zablotska

Published Date : January 26, 2011
Author : squidface

Irena Zablotska is a Ukraine-based illustrator living in Lviv. She is the co-founder of Keepa, a design studio who specializes in illustration, graphic, web and interface design. Her work has been featured in the magazines Huck , Caldonecultivo, and Deleted Scenes; and she has worked for clients as diverse as Elle and EPOS. Her work is a beautiful combination of bold shapes, strong colors and geometric patterns inlaid within them.

Hysteria by Irena Zablotska


Bleed by Irena Zablotska


Few by Irena Zablotska


Sea Accident by Irena Zablotska

Sea Accident

Dead Spook by Irena Zablotska

Dead Spook

Planeta Alerta by Irena Zablotska

Planeta Alerta

Skull by Irena Zablotska


Luke Ramsey

Published Date : January 27, 2011
Author : squidface

Looking closely at one of Luke Ramsey's images, one sees the big bold shapes dissolve into a chaos of squiggles only to find new patterns emerging. Somehow he manages to distill the sense of order and chaos found in nature into his work. From his home studio in Pender Island (BC) Luke Ramsey works independently and in collaboration with the many artists participating in his Islands Fold residency.

We love how your work's convoluted lines, nested within even more convoluted patterns and shapes, mimic strange forms found in nature. Can you tells us where you find inspiration for your subjects and style?

Thanks. I love connecting to nature. A few years ago I hiked into a forest and sat in front of a tree. I wanted to draw every detail of that tree. After drawing for a few hours, I realized I couldn't do it. It became a chore and I was overwhelmed with the detail and complexity of the this tree. It was taking up too much of my thought. I realized that to express this kind of detail in my work, it had to be thoughtless and free flowing, just like the energy in nature.

My art is about organizing chaos and celebrating harmony with it. From a distance, you can look at a tree in a forest and it looks peaceful. When you look up close to it, you see insects getting eaten by birds, fungi taking over other life forms, decay and creation. It's chaotic, but it's all organized within the form of the tree. I think about my drawings like this.

Luke Ramsey, 2010
Luke Ramsey, 2010
Luke Ramsey, 2010

Much of your work is in the form of murals. How do you feel about work in public spaces as opposed to work on paper, canvas, etc...?

To me, public art is a balance between responsibility and being unattached to the work. The responsibility is about personally caring about the message in the work. Being unattached is about not being offended by how people react to it. People who want to find the kind of art I make, can go looking for it online or in print. When it's public, nobody's looking for it and I like that element.

Giant Transition, Josh Holinaty & Luke Ramsey

 Giant Transition, Josh Holinaty & Luke Ramsey, 2010
 Giant Transition, Josh Holinaty & Luke Ramsey, 2010
 Giant Transition, Josh Holinaty & Luke Ramsey, 2010

How did you come to start up your Islands Fold artist residency? Can you tell us about the program and your experiences with the many artists you've collaborated with?

Islands Fold came about to combine by interest in art and my wife's interest in health and nutrition. I had a 6 week residency at The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire in 2005, and that had a huge influence on me wanting to create a residency.

Right now, we're putting residencies on hold, so I can focus on personal projects and prepare for the next chapter of Islands Fold. For the first 3 years we hosted 30 different artists. I would invite artists that I wanted to work with and would also consider submissions

An artist would stay with us for a week. We'd supply accommodation and good food free of charge. We'd fund the cause by selling work that artists donated. During the residencies we'd hang-out, make art, eat food and enjoy life. It's really special to get to know the person behind the work.

Islands Fold has been a wonderful experience for this. I wouldn't be able to briefly mention all the fun collaborative experiences-there's been a lot which I'm happy about.

Howie Tsui and Luke collaborating, Island Folds

Howie Tsui and Luke collaborating, Islands Fold

OTHER working on a lino-cut at Islands Fold.

OTHER working on a lino-cut at Islands Fold.

Given unlimited resources to direct a movie, what kind/genre would you make?

That's the best interview question ever. Describing the genre would be difficult, but I'd probably co-direct with R.Kelly and make another 22 chapters of Trapped In The Closet. We'd cast Natalie Portman, Viggo Mortensen and Paul Vasquez.

Anything on the horizon we can look forward to from you?

If I don't get in touch with R.Kelly, I plan to release and tour a sci-fi book in 2012.

Luke Ramsey

S&TM:We want to thank Luke Ramsey for doing this interview and sharing his awesome work with us!

Andy Kehoe

Published Date : January 28, 2011
Author : squidface

The characters in Andy Kehoe’s paintings inhabit a place frozen between the last golden days of autumn and the coming dead of winter. Similarly, their lives seem stuck between some previous idyllic period where nature was untamed, and the encroaching trappings of civilization. For his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, the Pittsburgh-based painter continues to evolve his complex, wild and melancholy world.

We've come to love many of the characters in your paintings (in particular the one made of spectral white vines and disembodied blue eyes, and the man wearing a helmet of blue leaves). Are the re-occurring scenes and people in your paintings a way of telling some on-going larger story?

There is definitely an overarching story going on, but it's mostly day to day tales of strange characters in a strange world. I like feeling like a silent observer visiting an unknown, bizarre land and watching these characters from afar while chronicling their activities. There are certainly some characters that come to the forefront.

The spectral flower vines are some of the spirits that wander around. There is a whole spirit world that exists closely with the living world.

The veil separating the two is pretty thin, so there are regular encounters between the living and spirit world. Some of the more magical creatures live freely in both.

The blue-headed character is kind of a strange case. He's a sort of weed and parasite that touches trees and takes them over to produce more blue leaves. His blue leaves have become valuable and often used as currency so he's been kind of pulled into the civilized world. There are tales behind a lot of the characters. Hopefully I find a way to tell them all one day.

Onward Again My Friend by Andy Kehoe

Onward Again My Friend

Can you tell us why some of the animals in your paintings are wearing suits, scarves, sweaters? Have they spent time in civilization?

There is more civilized part of the land that's more practical... well, as practical as they can be I guess. They have things like clothes, leaders, laws and taxes and a lot of the bullshit we have to deal with everyday. There are also creatures that reside mostly in the forest and some outlying islands that live wildly and are more steeped in magic and nature.

A Welcome to Coming Days by Andy Kehoe

A Welcome to Coming Days

You have a big solo show coming up this March at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. Do you have any special regimen for preparing for a show? Where did the idea for the show title "Strange Wanderings" come from?

I usually start my larger and more involved pieces first so I can work on them through out the first couple months or so. I use mostly oil paint so I have to plan out which paintings will take the longest and which paintings I can start later. Starting a show is always tough with all the planning that is involved and it's definitely my least favorite part. Slow going. The first couple weeks are filled with priming wood, sketching, laying out and underpainting. Once I get going, I usually work on at least 6-8 paintings at one time. That way I always have a painting to work on while others are drying. I like it this way especially when I get deep into the paintings. Then I get into the details and everyday is a new journey and a new problem to solve. It's exciting to see something you've been working on for months finally coming to life.

"Strange Wanderings" came from my move back to my hometown of Pittsburgh,PA from Portland, OR. My brother Ben, my mom and my grandma met me in Portland and we did a cross country trip and got to see Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Devil's Tower and the Badlands. It was a little overwhelming to see all that beauty on such a grand scale. I was endlessly inspired by everything I was seeing but another part of me was totally intimidated. As I was looking at all these natural wonders, I kept thinking, "How the hell can I compete with this? Nothing I can ever make will ever top this." So a lot of the show deals with characters and creatures taking journeys and dealing with things larger than themselves and searching for where they fit in.

Delight of a Decomposer by Andy Kehoe

Delight of a Decomposer

Passing Forests Bring Unlikely Companions by Andy Kehoe

Passing Forests Bring Unlikely Companions

Passing Through the Forest Deep by Andy Kehoe

Passing Through the Forest Deep

Your brother (Ben Kehoe) is an awesome artist as well. Do you influence each other? Any healthy competition?

I don't know if we influence each other directly, but being twins, we definitely have a lot of the same influences by just growing up together. We've spent the better parts of our lives around each other so I'm sure a lot of themes exist in both our works. We aren't competitive with each other at all. Even in other aspects, we usually avoid competing against each other because things will might get heated and we usually just feel bad for the one that lost. Haha. Yeah, it's weird. Being on the same team is always much more fun. In that respect, we try to help each other out as much as possible when it comes to artwork. I wish him as much success as possible.

If you weren't a painter, in an alternate universe you'd be ...

hockey player/crime fighter/playboy

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Of course, I'm looking forward to my shows coming up this year. I've got the Jonathan LeVine show in March and my first show with Roq La Rue in October. Amazing year for shows! I'll be taking a road trip in between to do a couple weeks of camping which should be awesome.

Old Enemies Reconcile Unseen

Old Enemies Reconcile Unseen

Lonely Home for a Wayward Soul

Lonely Home for a Wayward Soul

At Ease Amidst My Fellows by Andy Kehoe

At Ease Amidst My Fellows

S&TM: Many thanks to Andy Kehoe for taking time out of his preparation for his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery do this interview.

Chris Brett

Published Date : February 3, 2011
Author : squidface

Britt Wilson

Published Date : February 3, 2011
Author : squidface

Vicki Nerino

Published Date : February 3, 2011
Author : squidface

Michael DeForge

Published Date : February 3, 2011
Author : squidface

Matthew Forsythe

Published Date : February 3, 2011
Author : squidface