Posts Tagged ‘nudashank’

Nudashank in Baltimore recently exhibited the work of Washington DC-based artist, Michael Dotson. I love the playful and “rad” nature of his work. His vibrant, straight out of the box color palette is whimsical and attractive and manages to keep things light without being trite. Some pieces, referred to on his website as “drawings”, appear to be colored marker on graph paper while his paintings are executed in acrylic. He shows clear talent with both mediums and while there is a completely different feel between the two separate bodies of work, there is a cohesive sense of vintage abstraction to them that is reminiscent of 80’s and early 90’s aesthetics. Digital landscapes, pixel play, and “80’s modern” compositions that Don Johnson would most surely have had hanging in his “Miami Vice” bachelor pad. I kinda wish they had made a Trapper Keeper with Dotson’s motifs back when I was in grade school. Hell. I kinda wish they’d make one now.

"Living Room", 2010

"Dream Car Celebration at Tyrell Corporation", 2009


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Steven Riddle. Untitled. airbrush acrylics, oil based monotype, cut paper collage on paper. 20x23. 2010

Baltimore-based artist Steven Riddle recently emailed to share some images of his work with me. What immediately struck me about the work was his sense of color and geometry. Rock formations, mineral clusters and geodes are placed in stellar formations that suggest some sort of inter-galactic composition. I wanted to learn more, so I asked him to do a quick interview for A&O, to which I’m grateful he agreed. Be sure to follow the link for more beautiful images and a more thorough explanation of the work in the artist’s own words. (more…)

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