Somewhere between a punk-rock Harvey Kurtzman and R. Crumb guesting on “Top Chef” are Craig Latchaw’s gleefully gross gourmet recipes, seasoned with all the farmworker abuses, assembly-line injuries, and accumulated factory filth of today’s food industry.
Youngstown, Ohio-based artist David Slebodnick pulls pages out of children’s books from dream libraries. When encountering these works one has the sense of holding a bound volume of them, accompanied by verse or some fabulous narrative to mark the borders between the wakeful day and sleep.
9/11 survivor Thomas Haddad’s wildly diverse and phantasmagorical artworks have the mythic detailing of a tarot deck, and a sense of the grotesque that invokes underground comics, Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe.
Fabulist art director Adam Myers’ “Rock Fantasia” illustrations were inspired by rock ‘n’ roll lyrics written by authors Michael Moorcock and John Shirley. They were produced in a limited print edition for the 2013 and 2014 Nebula Awards Weekend conventioneer book bags.
Whimsical … crafty … creepy … “not traditionally pretty”: Mixed-media sculptor Gail Trunick assembles her uniquely affecting creations from the detritus of the world, finding humanoid shapes and stories in life’s neglected corners.
“Dear Charles; The codices become more exciting every day. This one should be of special interest to you in that it fits in with some of your previous theories. Apparent translation is as follows … ”
So begins a scholarly missive from a researcher at work in the reaches of Patagonia.