"Alone Is A Sound" by Stenvik Mostrom
Stenvik Mostrom is an Atlanta-based artist whose work strips down the most organic of forms and ideas into rigid, almost immovable shapes and angles, bringing the harshest aspects of life to the forefront while clinging to the humanity inherent in his themes. Using aerosol, acrylics, oils, charcoal, and graphite, Mostrom's iconic figures are reminiscent of fellow Ringing School of Art & Design alumnus Scott Sinclair without being derivative. It's clear the two artists share a background, yet they have clearly chosen different paths. As Sinclair's work has grown more texture and collage-heavy, Mostrom's work maintains a heavy illustration style that has made him a favorite with bands for album cover work. Gunmoll, Crucible, and Mike Hale, to name a few, have commissioned work from Mostrom for their album sleeves and the results are always stunning. This 12" by 12" piece from Mostrom shows him using a lighter color palette than normal, giving a greater contrast to the character itself. His use of pale blues for the background and white for the scroll detail cause the dark earth-tones to come forward in a way that is unusual for his work, which normally forces the viewer to hunt for the details.