The anonymous wedding photographer from behind the @socalitybarbie instagram account may be delivering one of the greatest social commentaries of our time. The familiar pseudo authenticity and inspirational life quotes that flood Instagram are all so present in our daily social media lives, and, this us just what Socality Barbie seeks to address. The account is full of snaps of Barbie at the trendiest coffee shops, draped in bohemian blankets, or looking flawless at the beach. Part of the inspiration stemmed from the Socality Instagram account itself, a group which describes themselves as a combination of “social natural tendencies assembling in communities”, which may seem vague at first, but delivers a very specific and distinct aesthetic.
Socality Barbie is a hilarious yet striking commentary on how we have become within ourselves, while trying to find our “true selves”. On top of the hazy, heavily edited photographs displayed on the account, the captions under each one bring an extra element of humor by using Instagram buzzwords such as #blessed #liveauthentic and #pnwlife. They sometimes even border the nonsensical: ” I love being a part of this creative community that inspires us to create and encourages us to collaborate with other creatives.”
The creative mind behing Socality Barbie knows just what she is doing, and points it out accurately by stating that:”Either her(Barbie’s) Instagram looks like yours or you know at least one person whose Instagram does”. Through this project, she underlines the desire to be seen as authentic, salt of the earth, true people while achieving just the opposite through our particular use of such media as Instagram,She also underlines the plastic nature of such a self image by pointing our that her use of a “mass produces plastic doll” would express her points on authenticity and originality in the most adequate way.
Argentinian artist Pablo Boffelli visualizes a mysterious world deep into the depths of a modern technology age concerning amusing future civilizations through a humanistic combination of drawing and collage. Atypical colors layer on top of various textures and mediums in an abstract yet sensible way; drawing forth an inspection toward themes and ideas that aren’t usually explored.
I’ve always been intrigued with the aesthetics and message of hippies. On one hand I like the positive message of taking care of our planet and spreading peace across the lands but I can’t say i’m a big fan of using patchouli oil as a replacement for showering or the patchwork corduroys. I couldn’t find much info on John Kilar’sWelcome Home series of photographs documenting a hippy gathering but they definitely stopped me in my tracks. I can’t tell if this is the United Nations meeting of hippies or their annual jamboree deep in the woods of Portland. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’d love to be a fly on the yoga tent just to see what the hell was going on at this thing.
Designer/Artist/Self-Obssessor JK Keller really knows how to make use of his tools. Witness his curious expertise as JK wills the computer to create these amazing works of art. With a conceptual work ethic that borders on mischief, Keller humorously exposes to us the inherent beauty within the hidden structures in our lives.
Helmut Palla blurs the lines between innovative furniture and art with his chair sculptures. Some of these objects look like you could sit on them but why would you when you could sit on the floor and stare at them instead?
Noah Sheldon’s well rounded portfolio has a little bit of everything for everyone. My favorite photos are his landscape shots. Although they are images of familiar places, the composition and perspectives make them feel like worlds from a far away galaxy. Noah also has a hilarious series of cat photos wearing human clothes for those of you who need a good laugh during the work week. All of this and more after the jump!
Artist Emma Kohlmann creates ink drawings of amorphous figures performing sexual acts. Her delicately explicit work almost mimics a Rorschach Test. Upon first glance, we are confronted with an abstract, puddle-like treatment of ink. As we enter the work further, we find ourselves in an intimate realm of masturbation, cunnilingus, voyeurism and fluid erotica.
Kohlmann uses source material such as vintage porn and Japanese erotica. Her large collection of content allows her to generate a prolific body of work. A major aspect of her process is simply the act of her constant making. She states:
“Most of this work is an exploration of repetition. I like having a accumulation of images and working in multiples because I can never create the same image twice. Every time I create the details I focus on change. I like focusing on androgyny or addressing sex as multiplicity in finite or non binary.”
Kohlmann’s distorted figures are simultaneously omniscient and innocent, similar to the portraits of Marlene Dumas. Each drawing is both commanding, yet self conscious, a dichotomy that exposes the true complexity of the sexual being. Her work has a natural rawness that is almost brutally honest and inherently feminist, as sex can be both an act of power and shame. There is an innate sense of relatable vulnerability. Her nameless, faceless, genderless, figures are somehow no one and everyone, allowing them to provide an of existential sense of isolation. Her work has a softness, sincerity, and intricacy that echoes the true confusion of beingness.
For more of Emma Kohlmann’s work, check out her blog or follow her on Instagram
At first glance the work of Koreon artist Seong Tae Jin may look like you average painting but as you get closer to these hyper-colored scenes you realize that the surface of each piece is meticulously carved out of a single piece of wood revealing secret texts, patterns, and marks. The result is a cartoon filled world where strange figures carry out strange behaviors on a bed of never-ending scratches, cuts, and scrapes.