I am so incredibly excited about posting today’s featured artist, Hope Gangloff. Hope is an inky New York artist- I say this because she predominantly uses pen and ink. She’s illustrated children’s books, ie The Magic School Bus. She has also illustrated for the New York Times. Her work is real. It’s intoxicating. Edgy. Familiar. She showcases a lifestyle that looks pretty darn fun. Annnnd! She welcomes the audience into the fun. If you can’t tell, I’m a huuuuge fan. To see more of Hope’s amazing art, check out her website, here. You can also find a very awesome interview with Hope Gangloff and Paul Madonna on The Rumpus.net, right here.
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John Casey’s little monsters do not hide in closets or under the bed. And unlike the vast majority of the population, he confronts these demons in the public eye with a pen and paper. Maybe the most frightening part of these creations (no matter how hard it can be to look at).. is that they express a somewhat familiar emotion- as if you can almost, relate. Check out more creatures on John Casey’s website and blog.
“My creatures are called monsters by some, but I often feel that the connotations associated with “monster” don’t always apply to these little guys unless one can add descriptors like “vulnerable” and “fragile” to the definition of monster. Maybe I have issue with the monster moniker because I see my critters as self-portraits. Nick Capasso, director of the DeCordova Museum, once referred to my work as ‘little exorcisms’ and I like that description. The idea that I expel my inner demons in the form of drawn, painted, or sculpted critters appeals to me.”
“In my work I see beings that are both powerful and powerless. They struggle with their ugliness and debilitation but are also somewhat at peace with it. I see a tension within these characters, and when two or more are juxtaposed together that tension only increases. The result may evoke a burst of laughter or yelp of fright.”