Andie Dinkin is an illustrator from Los Angeles currently pursuing an Illustration BFA at RISD. She has a very specific style that dips into more artistic, painterly work that always focuses on people of bygone eras. She very much enjoys Golden Age Hollywood, a time period that recurs in her work. The only item that doesn’t fit in with her typical style are a series of paintings of people sleeping. The work is called Sleeping Project and is exactly that: studies of people sleeping.
Dianna Xu is an illustrator from Los Angeles whose work could be described as “cute.” There are a lot of animals and pastels present, items that make it easy to say that her point of view is adorable. And it is! But it’s a lot more than that: there’s an ambition there and, more interestingly, personal themes that recur in her work. What are those themes? Food and animals, two things we probably can all agree are great—especially when done in Xu’s style.
There is no greater juxtaposition of character than that of the people who eat meat and the people who don’t eat meat. Not that either person is right or wrong (Despite what PETA, etc. thinks…) but the two culinary thought clouds in people and in nature are excellent counterpoints to each other. To represent both houses, Kozyndan made two posters for each style of eating: one for the hunters and one for the vegans. They don’t use a man eating a steak placed against a man sautéing asparagus but instead, in a very Kozyndan way, turn to nature for examples of these types of creatures.
Illustrator and designer Michael Murphy is obsessed with Modernism. He doesn’t just like the subject: he loves it. He’s folded it into his aesthetic and has actively sought it out and represented it through his work, in any way possible. To celebrate California Modern moments—particularly the mundane and familiar—he’s created a series called Forgotten Modernism that examines Modernist places in California that are so common we may have forgotten all about them. He’s just in time for Modernism Week, too!
“Merging Views” opens at Giant Robot 2 this Saturday. The group show celebrates the launch of Giant Robot’s 2014 Gallery Exhibitions and features a diverse collection of work from six artists: Godeleine de Rosamel, Wayne Johnson, Kwanchai Moriya, Stasia Burrington, Dan McCarthy, and Dan-ah Kim.