The ephemeral installation Tapis de sucre (Sugar Carpet ) by Aude Moreau at Smack Mellon blocks out the majority of the gallery restricting visitors to the perimeter of the space. The delicate installation is comprised of 2 tons of refined white sugar meticulously spread into an oversized carpet embellished with Persian rug motifs. Referring to domestic comfort, the use of refined sugar within the gallery’s industrial space also aims to spotlight the overlooked and undervalued process of production.
“The adjective “refined” equally defines the matter transformed by the industrial purification process which produces the sugar’s whiteness, and the objects and attitudes selected within a cultural hierarchisation process. Through a use of the trompe-l’oeil, this installation refers back to our ambiguous adherence to a domestic comfort which systematically evacuates the realities of production.” (via)
London based artist Jacky Tsai takes one of the most iconic images of all time and breathes new life into it by taking away the negative associations that might come to mind when one thinks of the human skull. Covering his sculptures, prints, and drawings in ornate floral imagery Jacky’s take on skull imagery have opened up many exciting doors such as working at Alexander McQueen creating patterning and textiles for the famous fashion brand. Now working on the debut of his own fashion line Jacky is definitely one to watch both on and off the runway. (via)
Like many of us photographer Klaus Pichler wondered what happened at museums after hours. However Pichler took the next step and contacted his local Natural History Museum to see if he could poke around after hours and document his findings. The result of Pichler’s curiousity is a multi-year project titled “Skeletons In The Closet” which gave the photographer unlimited access to every room, cellar, storage space, and closet in the museum. Focusing on the more unknown parts of the museum where exhibits are put together and excess materials are stored, Pichler documented remarkable juxtapositions that the best imagination could not put together. (via)
” As a photographer with limited knowledge of scientific research methods, the museum’s back rooms presented to me a huge array of still lives. Their creation is determined by the need to find space saving storage solutions for the preservation of objects but also the fact that work on and with the exhibits is an ongoing process. Full of life, but dead nonetheless.”
Dutch photographer Isabelle Wenzel’s playful photographs bend, twist and manipulate the human form into new and unknown positions. Whether it’s tackling the idea of the artist as artifact or manipulating the minimal and mundane motions of office workers Wenzel pushes the envelope of how we see the human form and how simple juxtapositions and movements can completely transform the most familiar image into the unknown. (via)
Hover boards are still not a reality and cars don’t fly in space. We all know this. However reality didn’t stop Michael J. Fox from skating in the sky and it sure as hell didn’t stop French photographer Renaud Marion from creating this extremely well executed series of classic cars that have been turned into sleek floating vehicles of the future. Marion kept all the best elements of the classic rides sans the wheels to create cars that even the Jetsons would be proud to ride in. (via)
Holly Andres series Sparrow Lane presents an elliptical narrative of young women on the verge of adulthood. Drawing on the formal and thematic conventions of Nancy Drew books, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock, the series depicts girls in search of forbidden knowledge. By employing suggestive and symbolic iconography such as chrome flashlights, skeleton keys, mirrors, birdcages and open drawers, literal narratives are suspended to suggest psycho-sexual metaphors. The Sparrow Lane protagonists are propelled by curiosity, empowered by their discoveries, and are also intimidated by a sense of impending threat. While the girls flirt with danger, however, the work is apparently innocent and devoid of explicit violence. Rather, the series represents the potential loss of innocence.
More photos from the series and a fantastic promo video for the book of the series after the jump.
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)