Last night's Analog Playset custom toy show and action featured 25 custom robot toys by well-known Los Angeles-area musicians and artists, including Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, and members of bands like Minus The Bear, Eisley, Circa Survive, Thrice, All-American Rejects, and Fall Out Boy. Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate) held...

The album cover for Flying Lotus' latest EP, Pattern+Grid World, features a close-up portrait of one of Portland illustrator Theo Ellsworth's intricate, feathery characters. With an album title like Pattern+Grid World, Flying Lotus certainly could have taken the artwork into any number of stereotypically "cool" directions, but instead, he chose to go with the soft rippling drawings of Ellsworth. And from this was born mutual inspiration, with artist inspiring musician and musician inspiring artist.

Below, we spoke briefly with Ellsworth behind his process of creation. You can also read our previous interview with Ellsworth here.

 

Ever since interviewing Chandra Bocci way back when, I've been looking for another 3D artist that utilized shapes and textures in a way that felt equally powerful to me. I haven't really found one... until today, with the work of Sarah Applebaum! By weaving fabric into patterns that are just bursting with color and texture and richness, she transforms rooms (and camouflaged people hidden within them) into caves that would probably make some people claustrophobic by their sheer intensity. I imagine that stepping into a space given the Applebaum treatment would turn even the most reserved of art critics into a somewhat synesthesic fellow or madam.

 

Read our interview with Sarah Applebaum

 

I just want to give a quick shout to the fine folks at Almost Velvet, who've done a quick bio and recap into the work of Manchester's Linder Sterling, whose early work in Manchester's punk and post-punk scene are still relevant today. Just look at the sheer number...

Tara Jane O'Neil is a musician and artist who will displaying her zine (entitled doodle book selections #3) at IPRC -- Independent Publishing Resource Center TODAY for First Thursday. If you don't know her work OR the amazing things that are happening at the IPRC, you should definitely stop by....

Sun Wu-Kong is a character in Chinese lore that I grew up with, so it is of particular interest to me that Alexis Gideon will be reinventing it in rock opera form. This will be showing at Disjecta at 8:00pm on September 3rd. Check out this description: A one-hour multimedia video opera...

Thanks to http://www.booooooom.com/, we've discovered these really intricate carved skulls by Dimitri Tsykalov, made from miscellaneous fruits and vegetables. Visit his website for more. ...

Joe Vollan I feel like Joe Vollan's work is a love-it or hate-it affair. But if you're feeling the well-rendered, cutesy details of his pieces, chances are you'll be feeling them a lot. Below, a couple pieces that serve as throwbacks to another time, complete with costumed, skeletal figures. --- Jose Rodriguez III I...

I really like what Brooklyn artist Mark Dean Veca is doing with himself. He takes poppy street art characters and combines them with intricate patterns and ornamentation to create some large, pretty raw illustrations that kind of make it feel like you're residing within someone's innards. Beyond that even, though, he...

Sign me up for this show! Together Gallery's offering for the Last Thursday's art walk on Alberta tonight has an opening running from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. What is it? Nothing short of FANTASTIC. Including musical performances by BRAINSTORM and ...