Illustrator Jason Polan is on a mission. A mission to draw every person in New York. Jason is spending 2 minutes a piece drawing people he sees in the streets of New York City and blogging the results daily. The result is fun doodles of interesting characters and even some famous names. If you’d like to be a subject, check out the blog and email Jason, and he may inconspicuously sketch you at your decided location. More NY portraits after the jump.
We’re gearing up B/D Apparel for another season of collaborations with artists from around the world. It might seem like we just send our the art for the shirts to the printers and wait for them to ship us finished shirts but that’s far from the truth! We spend weeks camped out at our printers fine tuning every single shirt. The process can be grueling with some shirts taking an entire day just to get right. Here are some shots from a recent day at the printer….
Digital photography has advanced the medium for well over a decade, with new innovations breaking into tech-savvy genres that allow for unique work to progress and doors to be opened. However, contemporary photographers such as Dan Estabrook are looking back 200 years to the very first steps photography took as an artform, and bringing back the lost aesthetic from two centuries of happy accidents. More after the cut!
Michael Ferris Jr. designs mosaic immortal portraits. Made out of reclaimed wood, hand painted with vivid and brilliant colors, he translates the voyage of a mortal becoming a semi-god, confronting the humanistic presence to the abnormal traits he acquired.
The technique used is intarsia, where the fields of different colors and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, but are in fact all separate pieces. He says he was greatly influenced by the inlaid gaming tables from Middle East which used to ornate his home as a child. He insists he only uses discarded wood and acrylic pigmented grout, creating an intricate geometric pattern which overlays the surface of the busts and faces.
The artist is influenced by Chinese tales of immortal beings. He imagines simple mortals like people he knows going through a physical and a spiritual transformation towards immortality. This rebirth into eternity is materialized by the complex language of drawings Michael Ferris Jr. is unveiling on the sculptures.
He highlights the contrast between the remaining humanistic presence with the classic form of a portrait and the singular vibrant embellishments. We are influenced to react to a conventional human normality that has become something other than normal. ‘Ultimately my aim is to express the psychological and spiritual complexity of my subject’.
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)
Erik Parker was preparing for two solo shows, one in LA, and one in Fort Worth, when I visited his studio in Brooklyn. Parker is known for making large scale paintings that are as comfortable with their roots as they are disorienting with their forms and spaces. First you get a hug, and then a slap. He said he wanted his paintings to still look good 40 years from now. By reorienting Modernist and Pop sensibilities, and then almost using contrapposto to create a balanced but expressive distortion, Parker was remixing some old school classics — like flower still-lives– into something fresh. His LA show is at Honor Fraser and opens on October 30th, and the Fort Worth show is at the Fort Worth Modern and opens on December 5th, and is curated by Andrea Karnes.
When it comes to fashion, the most groundbreaking and expressive creations aren’t always the most objectively practical. Kermit Tesoro is a designer known for his bizarre high heels, such as one with a backward-arching platform and a skull impaled on the heel. Tesoro’s work caught the attention of Lady Gaga, who commissioned Tesoro to create the iconic (and seemingly gravity-defying) heel-less heels. In addition to covering them with sequins and black “slime,” Tesoro has designed shoes in the likeness of horse hooves and, more recently, a set of writhing tentacles.
For Tesoro, clothing is a physical/mental extension of one’s personality. Instead of using fashion to downplay or conservatize identity, he strives to make it strange and shocking, exaggerating (and thereby celebrating) one’s inner eccentricity. In an interview with StyleBible, Tesoro explains further:
“I want to translate people’s deviations into my own creations. It’s like a fashion interpretation of the biological or psychological deviation of a person. I’ve always been driven to create clothing articles based on inner conflicts or the inability to control one’s inner impulses or failure to structure one’s behavior in an orderly way. These traits are quantified into one as a form of aggression against others due to frustration that ignites nothing but rebellion. If my collections have violated one’s conventional control or if the collection amazed people, either way I’m very grateful with the outcome. There is no agitation without provocation.” (Source)
Earlier in the interview, Tesoro says that when it comes to making original and captivating designs, “one must follow his own instinct, and the trend will follow.” His methodology derives from deeply personal perspectives and inspirations, channeling a variety of emotions — from love and happiness to joy and despair — to create shoes that defy superficial notions of beauty in pursuit of daring forms of self-expression. Follow Tesoro’s work on Facebook and Instagram. (Via Bored Panda)
Stratis Tavlaridis is a Greek artist who constructs perforated objects out of paper. His works are inspired by everyday life, and with his eye for geometric patterns and flowing designs, he transforms ordinary items into ethereal manifestations of themselves. Featured here is a selection of his fashion pieces—shirts and vests that have been immaculately hewn with overlapping shapes and twisting, snake-like outlines. The use of negative space in each object gives it a silky, luminescent quality as light filters through the gaps.
Tavlaridis’ other works include other “textile” objects, such as carpets, tablecloths, and drapery. Often these pieces are included in larger installations, such as Perforated: Weavings of Cohabitation, a homage to his ancestry and culture. Another remarkable piece is his recreation of King Phillip II’s funerary monument—a gauzy, layered entranceway intended to evoke the experience of entering a hallowed space. Whatever he creates using his masterful technique, each of Tavlaridis’ papercut objects is imbued with an awe-striking presence and divine beauty.
Visit his Cargo Collective page to learn more.