Julius Hofmann lives and works in Germany. His acrylic on canvas paintings have depth and surface details that harken back to early stop motion puppet or clay animation stills. His work operates like a series of vignettes that may or may not be part of a unifying narrative. Themes of desperation, fear, and paranoia emerge from his muted scenes. Like projected nightmares Hofmann’s brash and haunting works thrill and mystify.
I am absolutely in love with these gorgeous posters created by young Swiss designer Felix Pfaeffli. Borrowing from the cannon of art history and mixing in his own blend of pop illustration and experimental typography, Pfaeffli creates compelling graphics that jump off the page and demand your attention. (via)
London based artist and designer Guo Cheng’s “Mouth Factory” is a series of functional machines specifically designed to be operated by the mouth of the user, Which includes Chewing drill, teeth lathe, tongue extruder, blowing rotomolding machine and vacuum form machines.
The project explores the capabilities and versatility of this wondrous organ and correlating facial expressions, re-contextualised within the realm of production. As a comment on human enhancement, the project aims to explore the aesthetic of production through a series of performative devices. By focusing on the mouth, the production devices acquire a fantastic quality that amplifies and render visible the reciprocal relationship and effects between our body and our tools. (via)
Parisian photo retoucher Cristian Girotto believes that somewhere inside each of us, there’s a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naïve. He wondered “what would happen if this intimate essence would be completely revealed? ”
With the help of photographer Quentin Curtat L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child) was born, miraculously combining the innocence that are in children’s eyes with the pesky facial hair that one has to deal with as they transform into an adult. Simultaneously funny and poignant L’ Enfant Extérieur begs the question if age matters and if one can still keep the passion of youth alive in an adult world full of corruption, responsibilities and disappointment.
Former Moldy Peaches singer and artist Adam Green has teamed up with Little Joy‘s Binki Shapiro and made a sun-drenched, late 60’s inspired folk-pop album. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro‘s self-titled record is out January 29th on Rounder Records and is really just the perfect little summertime album. The short, but sweet record is filled with catchy arrangements and beautiful vocals, but only clocks in at just under 28 minutes in length. I know I’ll be wearing it out in no time just like I did with the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Smokey & Miho, both wonderful duet projects as well.
The collaboration came about when Adam who’s released a number of successful solo albums sang back up vocals on Little Joy’s debut record. That led to a supporting slot on their tour in Brazil where he got to know Binki better and the idea blossomed from there, “I really, really liked Binki’s voice – it’s just amazing — and she was the number-one person I wanted to collaborate with.”
The duo is about to embark on a mini West Coast tour starting on January 27th at the Griffin in San Diego and ending on February 2nd at the Chapel in San Francisco. Tickets are also still available for their record release show at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theatre on January 29th via Ticketfly. Definitely pick up their new album next week as well as a ticket to one of their upcoming shows before they sell out, which should be any day now.
Sven Lamme seems to playfully sit on the fence, so to say, between art and design. In collaboration with landscaper Terra Incognita, Lamme constructed these three “seating elements” throughout a nature preserve in the Netherlands. They at once serve as kind of landmark for the natural surroundings as well as a means to passively interact with the environment. Lamme also makes use of visual puns in the design of his seating elements. The first seat a literal interpretation of sitting on the fence, and the third resembling a buoy – a reference to the lands elevation below sea level.
Photographer Michael Zimmerer‘s series White Horizon captures a Midwest white-out. Zimmerer’s stark images capture a landscape shortly after a snow storm in which the horizon seems to disappear. Even the sun is lost in the sky. The expansive fields of white are interrupted by the dark shapes of buffalo, river, rock, or trees. A nearly abstract quality is lent to the photographs more often seen on the canvas. However, the subject matter – the untouched snow, clear rivers, wild animals – also seems to emphasize the absence of the human hand and its loneliness.
When you hear the phrase “Iphone oil paintings” you’re probably not thinking of rubbing your phone all over face to make a greasy abstraction on your phones screen but that is in fact what NYC artist Jonathan Keller Keller has done. Working at the intersection of craft, collection, and computation, Keller seeks to transcend & transform everyday digital elements through obsessive, iterative, and generative processes. A good example of this is Keller Rubbing his phone all over his face with gusto (see the above Gif of him in action) transforming the dark phone screen into a canvas full of possibilities for abstraction. Yes it is weird and this may make you cringe if you’re a germaphobe but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that the gifs of the oil shining this way and that way weren’t a tad mesmerizing. (via)