Luke McGarry has a way of using humor to reveal the bleakness of reality. He is an illustrator, cartoonist, animator and designer from Manchester, UK, now based in Los Angeles.
His work often blurs the line between political commentary and dark comedy, with politicians and celebrities as his main subjects. This 2016 election gave him plenty of public figures to critique. In this selection, we watch as McGarry reveals a cynical perspective on the current national climate.
Daniel Zender is an artist and illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His artwork often deals with dark and complex social and political issues, simultaneously represented in simple and graphic ways to encourage immediate and visceral response.
Dan G. aka CULT OF DANG is a classically trained animator and graphic artist from Israel. Her fantasy illustrations and animations open us up to an imagined world of diverse women, tech body parts, and cyber punk anime.
In this selection, CULT OF DANG offers visual landscapes of a utopia different from the real art world featuring her Jewish heritage, Krav Maga moves, European memorabilia and undeniable wit.
Teenage Stepdad was born within the context of “Weird Facebook”, a loosely knit community of content creators who hijack the ubiquitous website’s features to distribute often subversive ideas and humor.
In this selection, Teenage Stepdad draws on humor and nostalgia to showcase his perspective on the current political climate. Often absurd and never timid, Teenage Stepdad is a visual critique of the absurdity in our world.
“Wearing metallic purple tights and magenta nail polish, Danish filmmaker Lasse Lau proffered a fortune cookie during the opening of an art exhibit he co-created with German artist Flo Maak. “Open it,” Lau said, holding a basket of customized goodies. Inside the cracked cookie, a strip of paper read: Liberate Your Ass—Unleash the Queen.”
Read the full Oakland North article on “Technologies of the Kitchen” by Aileen Macalintal, here.