Sammy Slabbinck’s surreal collages disassemble the world and construct a surreal place of strange happenings. Taking portions of found imagery, the artist builds compositions in which women are out of proportion and larger than life. They are integrated into the landscape and dominate the scene, while others in the frame barely seem to notice these beauties. There are other bizarre events happening in Slabbinck’s artwork, such as men carrying sections of the galaxy, buildings sprouting out sexy legs, and people at a dinner party watch a bomb go off while appearing unaffected. It almost seems like that the only people that seem aware of their surroundings are the giant women. These are the characters that confront us as viewers, looking right back at us.
Drawing inspiration from vintage books and magazines, Sammy Slabbinck’s collages have a classic feel to them with a modern twist. The composition he creates tends to be both humorous and seductive, as different elements that were once normal now become bizarre through distorted scale and strange juxtapositions. Everything should seem out of place, but Slabbinck’s perfect placement and imagery combinations make everything appear perfectly balanced. You can see more of Sammy Slabbinck’s work on his site or at Saatchi Art.
Kevin Lyons is a beast of a designer, after receiving his masters degree from CalArts in 1998, KevinLyons has worked for Nike, both in and out of house, has been Art Director of Urban Outfitters on two separate occasions and has been Art Director at Girl Skateboard Company. This year Lyons released his own line of toys (UPROCK ANIMALS) through Sony Creative in Japan. He also produced two clothing lines; one for 2K called Atlantis, and the other under his personal namesake, NATURAL BORN. In the midst of all his various design work, Lyons has stayed true to his patented hand-drawn style. He is currently in a group show, at HVW8 gallery in Los Angeles, with fellow CalArts grads Michael Leon & Geoff McFetridge.
David Mendez Alonso is a Spanish born artist whose work is out of this world. He separates his elements around the page letting each vignette breathe and forming what I think is a quite explosive finished work. His pieces have a beautiful dialogue.
Artist Carson Davis Brown wants to disrupt the big box stores (think Walmart or Target), or “places of mass” as he calls them. Not by making a lot of noise or leaving the aisles in total disarray, but by creating site-specific installations titled Mass that feature carefully-selected and thoughtfully-arranged products. He’ll pick one color and group those objects into totem-like structures that line the shelves, create an island in the shoe aisle, or block an important door. They form visually-pleasing works of art that are documented via photographs.
It’s no surprise that these installations were made without the permission of the store; Brown takes things from all around and somehow arranges the displays without getting stopped by staff. They are then left until they are inevitably disassembled.
There’s an inherent beauty of these works, but a guilty pleasure that comes from enjoying them. Brown’s disruptions highlight just how massive these warehouse-type stores really are – just look at the range of products. This “convenience” has put many “mom and pop” shops out of business. So, these works are a small way of fighting back. But, at the same time, having to disassemble these displays must be done by the lowest level, least-well paid employees – the sales staff.
Informed by his education in biochemistry, photographer Linden Gledhill concentrates his work on the beauty of small, natural objects. With a fully automated macro focusing rail called StopShot (created by Cognisys), Gledhill is able to capture a high resolution macro image stack that is accurate down to 0.01 mm. With this specialized lens, Gledhill explores the structures and textures of butterfly and moth wings, exposing the shimmering and glittering form of the wings that almost look like textiles or flower petals. Beautiful patterns emerge from Gledhill’s photography, ones that mirror large and familiar patterns found in the world around us. You can see much more of Gledhill’s incredible macro photography on Flickr. (via slow art day)
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Melissa Godoy-Nieto is a multidisciplinary Mexican artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Godoy-Nieto incorporates pre-hispanic history, art and hieroglyphics with traditional crafts and materials that she uses in untraditional ways. For her installation at SPRING/BREAK art fair earlier this year Godoy-Nieto painted the inside of a closet with a bright mix of mystical South American imagery, focusing partly on life, and partly on death. Though she references the vibrant palate, dynamic and hand crafted aesthetic of Mexican culture, her works employ unusual techniques and structures, making the final product relevant and contemporary.
Her “textiles,” which she refers to as paintings, incorporate imagery from traditional Mexican imagery and patterns, but are made with untraditional materials. Taking the concept a step further, Godoy-Nieto will sometimes link her paintings to spray paint cans using hand-dyed yarn and pushpins. Describing the works as “experimental murals,” Godoy-Nieto toys with a viewer’s sense of how the work was made; conventional imagery is presented as being created in an unconventional way. Initially, a viewer might believe the work is made with spray paint, but then he realizes the spray paint is yarn and had nothing to do with forming the actual image. By challenging expectation and altering dimension, Godoy-Nieto’s process directs the way in which a viewer might interact with or perceive the work, and thus the way he might consider traditional iconography within a contemporary context.
Have you ever loved a color so much that you wish you could paint everything in it? Well, artist Benedetto Demaio has immersed his entire photography in a color that he so deeply enjoys. The brilliant artwork of Italian artist Benedetto Demaio completely engulfs you in a world of specific color. Photographing simple subjects like deflated balloons and crayon shards, he transforms the ordinary into a perfectly constructed photo, complete with a curated palette. Although his images include a wide variety of subjects, they all hold a certain, cool blue that ties them all together in a way that is unmistakably intentional by Demaio. This hue is the artist’s signature. It is amazing how many different ways a color can be expressed, in so many different textures. Demaio’s blue is shown in soft, puffy material, in torn paper, and in places that are true to nature, like an ocean wave.
Each photograph, carefully constructed and thought out, contains beautiful compositions of an inviting, cohesive color palette. The artist’s sense of playfulness is apparent in his experimental use of color, as he often applies his favorite color in places that it may not normally be found, like in color swatches on the beach. Still, you cannot help to be charmed by the repetitiveness of the blue hue. There is a fun, triumphant spirit of creativity in Demaio’s work that is such an irresistible breath of fresh air. (via Honestly WTF)