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Pearl Fryer

Pearl Fryar is a sculputor ... using trees as his medium. His Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina is an amazing landscape of shapes, forms and designs. Pearl Fryar began work on the 3 acre garden in 1984 in an effort to win "Yard of the Month" for his home on the outskirts of Bishopville, SC. The well-manicured, sculptural plant forms that comprise Fryar's living vision of peace, love and goodwill often times began as salvaged seedlings from a local nursery. Recognized by art and botanical enthusiasts, the visually whimsical garden is maintained year-round by Fryar for visitors from around the world. The Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden has been organized to help care for and preserve the garden and assist Pearl as he educates and inspires others to achieve their creative potential.

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Jeanne-Marie Meyer

Jeanne-Marie Meyer was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but moved to Little Rock, Arkansas as a small child.  Since then she has always called Arkansas home. In the fall of 2006, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography with a minor in Art History. She has traveled extensively over Europe and moved back to Little Rock to live. Her intent is to attend graduate school.

"Most of my work centers on the collage or a double image. This use of duality allows for my work to become more than just a singular image on paper. I use these double images to create, hide or even enhance my photos. Similar to the cubist sense of wanting to see all sides, I choose to show more information than a viewer can intake in one viewing of my work. Intentionally I want the audience to stand and stare at my images, like playing a game of I Spy.

As of late I have tried to branch from the multiple images and turn my focus to singular images. During my travels both abroad and in the State of Arkansas, I search for the absurd. I am attracted to oddities, especially when those are off the side of the road. What I especially love about Arkansas is all of the back roads that one can get lost on. I love jumping in the car with my camera and driving over the hills. I usually am stopped by something off the side of the road, such as the Mill Wheel in Cane Hill, Arkansas. "

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Os Gemeos

Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins) are graffiti artist identical twin brothers (born 1974) from Sao Paulo, Brazil, whose real names are Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They started painting graffiti in 1987 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene, helping to define Brazil's own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters - taken from the yellow tinge both of the twins have in their dreams - but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals. Subjects range from family portraits to commentary on São Paulo's social and political circumstances, as well as Brazilian folklore. Their graffiti style was influenced by both traditional hip hop style and the Brazilian pixaco movement.

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The twins work is extraordinary - often covering huge walls or sides of buildings. Now their art is being honored in a new updated book on World Graffiti called, appropriately, Graffiti World. The book contains street art from more than 150 street artists from around the world.


Roz Chast

Ros chast 4Roz Chast is a cartoonist with a wry and urban sense of humor. Her work is seen both in galleries and in the pages of the New Yorker Magazine.

The following is excerpted from Mike Sacks's And Here's the Kicker." (And his book can be ordered by a link below)

How to describe Roz Chast? During an interview with Roz Chast at the 2006 New Yorker Festival, comedian Steve Martin read aloud from one of her cartoons. It was a fictional help-wanted classified, touting the “opportunity of a lifetime.” Among the many absurd qualifications, applicants were expected to have an up-to-date trucker’s license and knowledge of quantum physics. There is so much literature involved,” Martin remarked about this cartoon, and others. “So much writing.”

Chast has always been a master at finding the perfect balance between the literary and the visual. Her cartoons do not depend on funny pictures to sell the joke. But, at the same time, they never seem overcrowded and dense with needless explanation or rambling punch lines. She’s a rarity among her creative brood—a cartoonist whose humor can be appreciated without the drawings.

As with all great writers, she has a fascination with the tiny, seemingly insignificant details that are usually and all too easily ignored. Her cartoons—which have appeared in The New Yorker since 1978—have featured an array of hilarious and over-the-top characters, some of whom bear an uncanny resemblance to her own family members.

But many of Chast’s most famous creations are insentient and not in any way alive, beyond their tendency to mouth off. Chast has devoted entire comics to those items usually relegated to the background and usually ignored—wallpaper, lamps, boxes, electrical cords. She specializes in finding the “inner voice” of these objects—or, as her mother once referred to it, the “conspiracy of the inanimate.” In one late seventies cartoon, she gave a toaster a bow tie, a vase a string of pearls, and dressed a grandfather clock in a skirt and a straw hat. (“You can dress them up,” she wrote in the accompanying caption, “but you can’t take them out.”).

Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in the mid-fifties, Chast did not grow up aspiring to become a professional cartoonist. Even when she began drawing—her first original comic strip, which featured two anthropomorphic birds named Jacky and Blacky, was created at the age of five—it never crossed her mind that she might someday make a living in cartoons. But within only a few months after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (which she attended with the future members of Talking Heads), Chast was already publishing her work in Christopher Street magazine and The Village Voice, and, still in her twenties, she was invited to join the approximately forty cartoonists under contract with The New Yorker. Today, Chast lives with her two children and husband, humor writer Bill Franzen, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she continues to write and illustrate her cartoons, as well as the occasional book.

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Roz Chast's art can be found in these books:Books by Roz Chast and And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft

Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Molly learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore. She later drew her way through Morocco and Kurdistan, and once into a Turkish jail. She's developed her trademark Victorian style based a fascination with ambition and artifice. Remember, the devil's in the details

Molly's drawn for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics the Bloomberg Corporation and Playgirl, and illustrated eight books. She's also turned her talents to 30-foot theatrical backdrops, children's books, parade installations, burlesque posters, critically acclaimed webcomics, pornographic comic books, art writing, and gallery shows around the world. She's the resident Toulouse Lautrec of The Box, one of New York's most exclusive nightclubs.

In her free time, Molly created Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, the world's largest chain of alternative life drawing classes, with over 60 branches in every continent except Antarctica . Dr. Sketchy's has spawned a book, calendar, jewelry line, US and European tours, an internet radio show, series of comedic YouTube shorts, and show at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can find out more about it at www.drsketchy.com

Molly and her projects have been covered in: The New York Times, The LA Times, The New York Post, Time Out London, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, La Repubblica, BUST, HEEB, Venus, HOW Design, Bizarre Magazine, Juxtapoz.com, Suicidegirls, Playboy.com, BoingBoing, The Scotsman, The National Post, The Houston Chronicle, SF Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, BBC Radio, AP Wire, NPR, The Channel 11 Morning News, Publishers Weekly, Fleshbot, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.

Molly's spoken at spoken at the Graphic Arts Guild in Boston, the School of Visual Arts, and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and has written testimony for the Small Business Administration.

Molly is 25 years old and lives in Brooklyn. In her free time, she likes coffee.


Robert Sikoryak

Anyone who has followed this blog knows that I am a fan of "low brow" art like Robert Williams. Well there is another Robert, Robert Sikoryak, who is doing some amazing things with comics. Comics are a cultural touchpoint for many. R. Sikoryak uses our familiarity with comic characters and places them in unique and timely situations. And he also imoortalizes high culture characters in this low culture environment. Genius.

Robert Sikoryak (born 1964, in New Jersey), a.k.a. R. Sikoryak, is a comic book artist who specializes in making comic adaptations of literature classics, producing a mashup of high and low cultures. Under the series title Masterpiece Comics, these include Crime and Punishment rendered in Bob Kane–era Batman style, becoming Dostoyevsky Comics, starring Raskol; and Waiting for Godot mixed with Beavis and Butt-Head, becoming Waiting to Go.

Robert has a new book out - "Masterpiece Comics". A link to buy it is below.

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The Pizz

Gimme The Pizz who is an artist whose work brings us into a netherworld of raunch, insurrection and wantoness. I love it.

The Pizz’s odes to internal combustion chariots, beatnik hip, the glorious form of female, and the gods of tiki are pulsing down the wire to your hard drive. The keys to the kingdom are in your grubby mitts as the Lord of Lowbrow enables you with 24/7 electronic access to his cyberspace empire. Burn your retinas with the diabolical imagery rendered from the hand fed by a cranium fouled with visions of sick sleds scraping pavement, buxom babes bursting forth from their garments, bongo-beating beatniks bathing in bacchanalia, and Polynesian pleasures aplenty.

Tp_the-killer-inside-me The Pizz exhibits at the Black Maria Gallery in Los Angeles.