Kazuki Guzmán‘s unique heritage (he has a Chilean father and a Japanese mother) informs the playful and fluid approach to his work. Guzmán’s creations range from toothpaste (!), nutshell, pencil, and gum sculptures to embroidered bananas and meat. For Guzmán, the essence of play is fundamental to the outcome of his work. “I equally enjoy allowing my materials to define the context of my artwork, and conversely, the challenge of letting the context of my work dictate the material execution. Most of my inspirations arise from mundane events… Most importantly, I strive for intricacy and exquisite craftsmanship in my work, while focusing on not losing my very whimsical sense of humor and play.” Guzmán lives in Chicago.
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Los Angeles’ Laura Taylor excels at taking beguiling photos that quietly demand your attention. Lending her talents to an exciting storytelling project called The Smartest Thing She’s Ever Said, Taylor’s mystique draws you in slowly but surely. You end up a little lost in her world, in the best of ways. Here, we talk to Laura about her approach to photography and end up with a craving for cake.
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You may never have given it much thought, but art has the potential to drag traditional, quaint activities or items into the modern world, applying an artistic touch to bring them back into public awareness in a fresh style.
Warhol, Hockney, and Bingomation
Just take the example of Andy Warhol and his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Amongst other perceptions, this revolutionary 1962 work of pop art dramatically changed the perception of the Campbell’s brand at that time, as well as transforming the face of modern art.
Nowadays, the use of technology in artwork has emerged in the creation of GIFs, as well as innovative ideas like David Hockney creating an entire collection using an iPad. Hockney had previously created works of art using just his iPhone, and his iPad collection was a clear progression from this experimental approach.
It’s clear that technology can be used in transformative ways when it comes to looking at something old and cherished and bringing it into the modern age and a new project has aimed to apply this practice to one of the UK’s most cherished activities: bingo. Bingo has obviously been made relevant to the digital age thanks to the multitude of operators where you can play online bingo but now a project called Bingomation is using interesting graphics, displays, and tables to create a buzz amongst youger players keen on innovation.
Bringing bingo calls to life
When you think about bingo, you think about bingo calls, with the likes of “Staying Alive” for number 85, but collaborative project Bingomation has attempted to turn the audible into the visual through the use of GIFs to convey the actual meaning behind these calls.
In our example of the number 85, for example, the creator of the GIF, Will Adams, has used the dual themes of the Bee Gees song and the literal notion of “staying alive” to create an artistic twist on the bingo call. Adams has created the GIF of a man dancing to a disco tune whilst transforming into a skeleton.Credit: Will Adams: Bingomation
This dark humour is also present when it comes to numbers like 22, with the two little ducks swimming happily along until they are eaten by a shark!
A new view on society through art
Some of the GIFs provide a fascinating look at how we view society and the way in which lives have changed. Take the number 21 for instance. This traditional coming of age number features a young man drinking heavily from a bottle and then passing out drunk on the floor.
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These GIFs really do manage to put a different interpretation on the game of bingo, making it about more than just lines and full houses, in the process helping to engage a younger audience who enjoy being exposed to creativity through the medium of technology.
If these GIFs have caught your eye and you pride yourself on your artistic streak, there are still a few numbers left to claim!
This video by Crystal Castles for their Baptism release is low budget as hell but gets the point across. Pull out your Halloween vampire teeth, start crying, put on some spandex, and jump around til you’re dizzy. Once you’re done take a deep breath and repeat!
There’s a pervasive sense of childlike fantasy that seems to underline many pop surrealist works. Make-believe animals that don checkered coats, tight rope walkers and re-imagined cats all vibrate within and beyond the confines chosen by each artist at hand.
The alluring world of pop surrealism frequently ushers in a sense of mythical innocence and humor, unifying the superficial world of popular culture with the recesses of the unconscious. With underlying themes of fragility and the macabre delicately hidden beneath a veil of cultural kitsch, saccharine sweet dreamscapes transform and redefine a caustically bright world enamored with packaged goods. The fantastical worlds created through the lens of the following artists explores the relationship between the seemingly pristine and the accompanying bittersweet decay that dwells beneath it. Featured artists include: Casey Weldon, Mac Sorro, Rafael Silveira, Leslie Ditto, and Britt Ehringer.
Street Artist Joe Boruchow is an expert at manipulating positive and negative space. His work intertwines stark black and white graphic cut outs, often cleverly playing each off the other. Boruchow’s street art compositions are made up of simple but powerful images, wheat paste posters in public spaces. He interacts with his work, much like a stencil or etching, indeed, frequently creating corresponding cut paper pieces of his posters. While adeptly balancing positive and negative space in each poster, Boruchow also give careful attention to the postivie and negative space of the city. His posters can be found filling empty areas of doorways, windows, and walls.