Art Attack! News: Episode 39: Porcapizza

Art Attack! News: Episode 39: Porcapizza


Odd Musical Instruments

Odd Musical Instruments


  Meet artist Massimo Tortella, aka Porcapizza, who creates musical instruments out of ordinary garbage.




  Porcapizza is a one-man band, but with the most obscure instruments you can imagine; from tennis racket guitars to typewriter drums, and even a butter knife keyboard?


  Self-described as “Pure “Italian” passion for music expressed through homemade instruments”, Porcapizza creates amazing renditions of classic tunes.



  All these amazing sounds are courtesy of Massimo Tortella, who was born and raised in the heart of North Italy, Viadana. This uncanny performer plays instruments ranging from electric and classical guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.



  Having played shows in several rock, folk, blues, metal, punk, hardcore, and indie bands, he felt experienced enough to become a one-man band. With that many genres of music coursing through his mind, it was only a matter of time before he created something even more amazing.



  A Porcapizza show is a mixture of music, art, and entertainment. His instruments are made from recycled objects, such as tennis rackets, an old typewriter, Pringles cans, a telephone… you name it. And with his ingenious creations, Massimo guides each audience on “an alternative journey through music”His performances tackle “thinking outside the box”, not to mention, freaking rock.




  Porcapizza has original instruments, and an original sound, all coming from an original mind. However, Massimo knows potential when he sees it, too, and recently purchased Hendrix’s tennis racket, turning it into a guitar.


  As the saying goes, one man’s trash, another man’s treasure.


  Porcapizza’s line-up consists of tracks like Foxy lady by Jimi Hendrix, Cissy Strut by The Meters, Waiting in vain by Bob Marley, Hootchie Cootchie Man by Muddy Waters, Peter Gunn Theme by The Blues brother, and Hit the road Jack by Ray Charles. But, each tune is always full of his own unique flair.


  I have to say, my favorite of his instruments has to be his reclamation of the classic rotary phone headset as a microphone. The nostalgic sound it creates is a throwback most of us haven’t experienced in decades, and really lends to his shows obscurity and intrigue.


    Massimo also recently traveled to Russia, performing on TVRAIN, expanding the reach of his fascinating musical inventions.



  Porcapizza is proof that a dream will grow into a reality with enough effort placed forward. His story literally shows how the things we throw away – even our time – can be better used to make something new and prosperous. And for this proof, I thank him.


  Not only does he make a point with his actions, he also lends his knowledge to others who may want to partake in something different. He’s created a DIY video on how to make you very own “Guitaracket”, just in case you’re feeling inspired.



  Make sure to follow this incredible artist by clicking the links below!

Keep creating!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 38: Nightmare Artistry

Art Attack! News: Episode 38: Nightmare Artistry


What’s Your Nightmare?

What’s Your Nightmare?


  No one enjoys a nightmare, however, Hannah Lemley isn’t everyone. Taking her melancholy, bizarre, nightmares from concept to canvas, she transforms thoughts into incredible works of dark art.



  As the creative mind behind Nightmare Artistry, Hannah finds her inspiration in dreams, sometimes waking in the middle of the night to jot down ideas. Living a very empathetic, sensitive existence, those dreams can range from pure macabre to incoherent nonsense, but that’s where the best ideas begin.


“In 2000, I painted my first nightmare. It was nothing short of scribbles on canvas, but it gave an essence of the imagination I have. “


  I personally came across Hannah’s works a few months ago, and have been hooked ever since. Each piece she creates has a whimsically deranged beauty about it, which I cannot get enough of.


  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and to make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  We’ve all been there, right?


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.


  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.



  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Everyone can relate to this feeling in some way, at some point in life. Loss is one of the most powerful emotions a being can know.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.



  The interpretations I have given are relative to my own opinions, experiences, and beliefs, but that’s what art is all about. Art is to be interpreted by the viewer, and everyone interprets a nightmare differently. Hannah’s depictions of her own nightmares are open to interpretation, and surely mean something different to her than to I. However, I find her cadaverous creations beautiful for depicting the darker side of thought and expression, and many others share this feeling. 


  Not only is Hannah involved in art through her creations at Nightmare Artistry, but she is also an administrator for the Dark Arts Compendium, as well as a contributor to the Dark Art Tarot Project, where she created the “Six of Coins” card. A few of the artists I have featured on site are part of these incredible groups, and with the fine skill and beautifully obscure works that Hannah creates, I am not surprised that she would be a collaborator for these growing projects.



  In the end, I find each of Hannah Lemley’s creations to be beautiful depictions of the thoughts behind a melancholic existence, and feel they capture the true essence of what it is like to be a human being. Whether or not they give you nightmares is up to your own interpretation, and with that being said, keep dreaming, and keep creating!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 37: Eyevan Tumbleweed

Art Attack! News: Episode 37: Eyevan Tumbleweed


Found Wood Sculptures

Found Wood Sculptures


 I’ve come across some unique wood sculptures, but nothing quite like the ‘Found Wood’ sculptures created by artist Eyevan Tumbleweed.


  I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting, and unique art and artists. By chance, while scrolling through my Instagram one day, I came across the most bizarre wood sculptures I had ever seen, created by an intriguing individual, and an even more incredible method.

  Bennett Ewing, aka Eyevan Tumbleweed isn’t a wood sculptor in the traditional sense. Rather than carving wood, he collects bits of it in his travels, eventually piecing them together in a sort of natural collage, creating faces with fantastic expressions.


  From a young age, Eyevan couldn’t help but perceive faces in natural objects; in the patterns of trees, mountains, and so on. I can relate, as I tend to see faces where others just see a smudge, or a pile of junk as well. In 2002, he began an exploratory method of mimicking those natural faces, and from there he’s kept creating.




“My primary focus with the medium has been to create a series of relief faces from non-carved, naturally colored wood that I collect myself from nature’s various nooks and crannies.”    Eyevan Tumbleweed



  Most artists create pieces using materials that can be easily replaced. Eyevan, however, can’t just go to a craft store and purchase more supplies. This is what I find most intriguing about his craft. He has collected materials from mountains, deserts, swamps, forests, rivers, and beaches. Some of his past works have featured weathered woods from over thirty-five U.S. States, Mexico, Canada, and even Ireland.


  Not only does Eyevan create amazing faces with these bits of wood, he also truly captures the essence of emotions that a face can display. While each of his wall-hanging sculptures has a mystical, mythical aspect to it, they also beautifully display a range of intelligent sentiment.


“I find facial expressions, both subtle and overt, have a unique ability to visually bridge the gap between thought and feeling.”      Eyevan Tumbleweed



  Through his travels, Eyevan has found a connection with nature, and believes that an artist’s job is to create something from its components, by re-arranging them into something new.

  He states, “any material one uses to create art comes from the earth… I consider my art to be a sort of raw testament to that. 


  Another curious component of Eyevan’s technique is the patience it takes to complete even one sculpture. Since every piece of wood must be found, he may not find the right pieces to finish a project for an extended period of time. He also told me that even though he is always learning new tricks, he has not completed more than 5 pieces in a single year. Now that is patience.


  Even more than that, it’s bewildering to think where each piece of wood may have actually come from. “Undoubtedly some of the wood I find has been around for quite some time; much longer than a human life span. Each piece of wood I find on the shores of the Atlantic or Pacific oceans has likely had its own journey, and I find that particularly cool to think about.” 



  Eyevan studied art and writing at Prescott College, Massachusetts College of Art, and Northeastern University, and has an art intensive background of over 20 years in various creative mediums, not limited to visual arts. Now at 35, and having 15 years in his found wood sculpture experience, it’s safe to say he’s found his niche. The wall hanging relief faces in his series consist of over a dozen finished works, and blend fantasy with reality; impressionism with ornate design.



  What I respect most about Eyevan’s unique artistic method is the pure truth about art that is portrayed. Art is not about fancy materials, or even knowing exactly what the outcome of a project will be. Art is an exploratory journey, and a connection to emotion. What better way to express emotion than to connect with the world around you, experience it wholeheartedly, and use what is found to share that connection?


  Overall, each piece of wood used in these pieces is really a memento of an experience in Eyevan’s life, and a testament to the vast possibilities of life. So, like Eyevan, keep exploring, keep experiencing, and – most importantly – keep creating!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 36: Jacks Wagons

Art Attack! News: Episode 36: Jacks Wagons

Riding Low


  If you were lucky enough to have a wagon when you were a kid, chances are you’ll love everything I’m about to show you.


  When we were kids we hauled toys in our wagons, pretended we were driving a car, or went full rebel and took them out to hit the jumps. This toy could be used in so many ways, and our imaginations were the only limit. But, as we grow up, we tend to let our imaginative ideas dwindle. This was not the case for James Mathew Frye of Jacks Wagons.


  He had forgotten about his wagon days and found a love for cars; until the birth of his son. After getting his little man his first wagon, he decided to customize it with an imaginative twist, and created a low rider wagon.


“Well, between my love of cars and my son being born, I think the two just sparked something to make both worlds exist together.”  



The og wagon i built

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  Finding a lot of enjoyment in his first creation, he began to imagine more ideas in his head, and it wasn’t long before he decided to go “Round Two” on another wagon.


  And soon, – as with any hobby – two became three, and three became four. James was creating a fleet of low rider wagons.




   I was lucky enough to witness these creations come to life from the beginnings, as I’ve known their creator for a long time. I watched his posts on social media, and loved each new wagon…



  …however, it wasn’t just his friends and myself that caught wind of these awesome low riders. Others began showing the love on social media, and soon Jacks Wagons was open for business.


A post shared by James (@jacks_wagons) on


  While these wagons are not meant for hitting the jumps, they are built to last. Not to mention the coolest way to cruise, for sure!


A post shared by James (@jacks_wagons) on


  If you want to get your hands on your own custom low rider wagon, give a shout out to Jacks wagons, where YOUR imagination is the only limit!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 35: Kujiiira Art – Chris Helton

Art Attack! News: Episode 35: Kujiiira Art – Chris Helton

Chaotic Intrigue

Chaotic Intrigue


  I’ve long been drawn towards peculiar creations, and when I first came across the works of Chris Helton of Kujiiira Art, I became fascinated by their occultism.





  Currently living in Dallas, TX, Chris has expanded his reach and captured the darker side of emotion with his art. His style is inspired by artists such as HR Giger, Beksinski, and Mark Riddick, and his unique works utilize mediums such as oil paints, acrylic paints, charcoal, and ink.


  Like many artists I relate with, Chris feels he has been in very dark places in the past. He expresses his darker side through unique monochrome or black and white style artwork, and each of his works capture with an eerie, odd, satisfaction.




   This simplistic, black-and-white oddity is one of my absolute favorites. With it’s ominous, spiraling strangeness, it quickly stuck out to me. The entity displayed conveys a dark mysticism, and strikes me as a nightmarish figure echoing in the rippling waves of existence.




   Another of Chris’ works that found its way to my favorites is a cast of dark figures reaching toward an omniscient eye, encircled by an unknown ancient text. This piece exudes a very occult, cryptic sensation that seeps from the canvas into your soul; scratching its way into the darker corners of your own mind.


  At 27 years old, Chris finds himself with a love of art, but also enjoys playing guitar, as well as building and drafting computers. He studied 3D Game Art at Collin College, and – using his unique creativity and acquired skills – landed his name in the credits of the game ‘Borderlands 2 ’.



  Even so, Chris has truly found his place as an aspiring artist, and continues to create some extraordinary pieces. Each work is a new claim to his rightful place among those creating what is considered “Dark Art”.


  This piece, an otherworldly figure lurking over the decaying ruins of a cemetery, is my absolute favorite. It captures all that is dark. The overwhelming energy conveyed is startling, and the figure peers into you with its ghostly presence.


  On April 20th of this year, Chris shared his work at an exhibit for the first time – furthering the reach of his enigmatic art – as part of the Conception Contemporary Art Exhibit in Dallas, TX.



  He has also participated in several collaborations with other artists, such as Brian Burks, Dan Kraus, Heather Stewart, Mark S. Gagne – who has been a featured artist at Nothing Normal Here in the past – and more.



Collaboration with Brian Burks


Collaboration with Dan Kraus


Collaboration with Mark S. Gagne

Collaboration with Heather Stewart


  Chris has also promoted his style while creating logos for the bands ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship ‘, and ‘Heathen Burial ‘.






  Besides creating logos, artworks, and single collaborations, Chris is also working as a contributor to the ‘Dark Art Tarot Project ‘, which combines artwork from 78 unique dark art creators to assemble a Tarot deck like none other.


  The works of Kujiiira Art are also going to be featured in galleries later this year, in August and October:

 

 


  Chris is a unique artist, and he strives to further his network of colleagues and artists alike.

 

  “Networking is the one of the most important parts of being an artist, much more than creating art itself I believe. I have made more friends and acquaintances than I ever imagined I would through Facebook. Every single one of my shows planned have come about because of either recommendations or the people running the shows reaching out to me, it just goes to show the importance of getting to know other artists and constantly learning from them and vice versa.”  Chris Helton



  Even with all the deep, peculiar, dark art pouring from Chris Helton of Kujiiira Art, I am certain that his future looks bright. I can’t wait to see what the next work to escape his mind will be!


  To see more of the works of Kujiiira Art, click on one of the following links!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 34: Marilyn G. Brechin

Art Attack! News: Episode 34: Marilyn G. Brechin

Fine Art Fingers

Fine Art Fingers


  Remember finger painting as a kid? Creating your own world with total freedom? Well, meet Marilyn G. Brechin, an artist who has embraced that childhood freedom, and now creates unique finger paintings.




 Born of a beautiful love affair between a German girl and an American Soldier, this artist was a handful at a young age. This ensured her place as an only child. She was different from the regular crowd – a feeling most readers here can relate to – and began to feel isolated from the normal, everyday. Marilyn began crafting a fantasy world of her own to escape the norm, and began collecting pictures out of magazines that held hypnotizing, glaring, eyes, and expressions; soon creating art of her own.


  At 7 she started drawing. By 9 she had done her first oil painting; a landscape. By her teen years she was experimenting with many different styles, including portraits, and when she came across the art of Salvador Dali, her perception of art dramatically changed. Marilyn then decided to fully embrace the possibilities of art in a new, incredible way; by creating her fantasy world on canvas for all to see.




  The pieces you see are all part of the inner mind of their creator. Each eerie masterpiece is 90% created using a secret finger-painting technique that Marilyn has devised. She never lets anyone watch her paint, as to protect her secret technique, but has sold her fantasy works to many collectors, and has even created a few commissioned works for album covers.



Album cover for Jon Curoso

Gig poster for Babes in Toyland.

“Merry Widow” special edition 45 for Olivia Jean.

   Marilyn has also had her artwork featured in the music video by Nordik FireAre We Alone“.



“Music has always been a driving force in my creative process. Each piece that I do has its own soundtrack.”   Marilyn G. Brechin




  I can only imagine what the soundtrack behind each of these mesmerizing paintings may be, but I bet if Marilyn and I compared playlists, we’d find a few similar titles.


  With dark melancholy mixed with abstract surrealism, each of her paintings is truly one to behold. Her works are unlike anything I’ve ever come across, and appear as if your vision is wavering in the in-between of crossed eyes, splitting characters into bizarre perspectives.



“I continue to strive to improve my art and my perspective of the world. As an artist, that’s my job, to tap into that pin-wheel of emotion that everyone has, and everyone experiences. With my art, I want to affect people mind, body, and spirit.”   Marilyn G. Brechin


  With her unusual technique, and peculiar pieces, I am sure that Marilyn will continue to grow as an artist, and draw in many more followers of her work. I know for a fact that I will be following her art, and can’t wait to see what new creations escape her fantasy world and find their way to canvas.


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To see more of Marilyn’s creations, click one of the following links!