As a photographic artist and filmmaker, Chris Anthony’s world is anything but normal. His large scale photographs are an intersection of Renaissance set and costume design, melted with a process that employs both antique photographic equipment and the modern technology of post-production. Anthony’s work is lush and painterly. He creates an image that is akin to film work in its narrative, both cinematic and containing all the elements of a story left open-ended.
For this body of work, Anthony rented an old hotel in Downtown Los Angeles once owned by Charlie Chaplin to create a sweeping backdrop of space lost in time. He photographs his subjects in mid-dream, or in a state of semi-consciousness. The scene is amplified by distinct props and the presence of small figures, visions manifested from the sub-conscious. It is not sure if they are evil or guardian.
Jen Ulrch’s large scale collage series the “pilots” are collages of sports photographs found in today’s newspapers and pictures of sculptures from the period of National Socialism (1933 – 1945). The athletes are shown in the spectacular positions midair with their bodies stretched and bent in striking movements. Juxtaposed together these images are at once weighed down by stone and metal sculptures and feather light, flying through the sky in a constant flux of motion.
London based Sculptor and installation artist Jonathan Callan takes everyday books and transforms them into cyclones that mimic weather patterns swarming in an infinite cycle. Callan addresses books as objects rather than sacred cultural artifacts and prompts viewers to explore ideas of materiality: what is a book and what is its purpose? Within a cultural context of hyper texts, virtual communication, the Internet and the commodification of books,Callan’s work encourages viewers to consider how we now address traditional modes of relaying knowledge such as through the use of textbooks, encyclopedias and atlases. In his artist statement, Callan describes his work as addressing, “the relationship of disembodied knowledge to embodied experience and materiality.” (via)
The Fresh Blood Hunt Art Competition finalists have been chosen and now it’s up to you to go and pick through the amazing and talented line up of finalists and vote for your favorites. The winner of the competition not only gets bragging rights but wins a brand new 17″ Macbook Pro, a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 6, and will have their work immortalized on one of the biggest walls in London by talented muralist Jim Rockwell!
So why should you vote? Supporting your fellow artists and designers should be enough of a reason but to sweeten the deal one voter will also be invited to the exclusive video premiere of the mini film that will be created of the mural. So get to it and vote for your favorite artist today!
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s humorous sculptures mine the banal for the prophetic and haunting. Whether it’s meaningful messages that appear in ala breakfast cereal, rows of cocktail shrimps that magically form an infinity sign, or frightening hidden messages found in NYC subway cards, Neuspiel’s work takes a comedic approach on the worlds largest philosophical ideas and beg you to ponder along with him.
Adrienne Kammerer’s exquisite graphite drawings depict an ongoing narrative exploring the history of magic set in a fictitious past. Through beautifully rendered figurative portraits and environments, Kammerer intuitively combines historic folklore with documented and imagined instances of magic, mythology and the occult. Drawing influence from the fear and superstitions rooted in childhood, Kammerer’s images conjure memories of the past while offering a subtly dark humor indicative of their present existence.
With its fantasy spaces that tell of architecture, design, and cultural landscapes, Italian artist Guido Bagini’s works play with the powers of collective imagination. His images evade the rules of orthogonal perspective and of gravity, as well. The objects—most of them fragments of modernist furniture and architecture—seem to float freely in abstract compositions, creating an unusual sense of depth. This is underscored by the artist’s ample use of glossy enamel paint on matte, cardboard-colored backgrounds.
If you remember a while back we posted a fantastic short documentary about the fans of The Insane Clown Posse affectionately known as the Juggalos and their annual festival The Gathering. Well It looks like photographer Daniel Cronin decided to venture into this strange world as well to bring us an honest portrayal of the Juggalos during their yearly pilgrimage to the event. More mesmerizing photos of Juggalos and Juggalettes after the jump. (via)