Have you ever been sharing a beer with a friend and in the feel-good haze that happens after the third beer, utter to them, “What if we went to the airport right now and just picked a random place to go?” The feeling of going anywhere in the world, that with one credit card swipe you could wake up in a new place, is so thrilling, so invigorating and so freeing.
Well Heineken challenged airport goers to open up their worlds by giving them the chance to do just that. Heineken’s Departure Roulette concept takes this fantasy and makes it a reality by parking a board loaded with random destinations in a busy airport. Travelers are challenged to take the plunge, push the button, and abandon whatever their plans were for that day. If they accept the challenge they could be flying anywhere from Portugal to Laos and they have to leave right then and there.
So the next time you’re walking through the airport doors, day dreaming about where you could be going instead of where you should be going, keep an eye out for Heineken’s Departure Roulette and you could end up half way around the world instead of at your high school reunion.
Abstraction and figuration fuse into one in Angela Fraleigh’s fluid paintings. Hands, hair, and thick paint morph, blend, and merge into one another to create rich surfaces full of color, form, and mysterious narrative.
Moki Mioke celebrates a beautiful relationship between people and nature. Her photography provides reference images for her surreal paintings, but her creativity manifests in other media as well, such as installation and comic art. She has a great passion for nature that she expresses through her work in her constant exploration of its textures, scenes, and hidden treasures. She is able to find the most stunning glaciers and mossy green boulders in absurd abundance, a tribute to her investment in her passion. Her paintings show how she perceives her relationship to nature; Comfortable and inseparably entwined as in the feeling capture in the painting of a woman who sleeps under a blanket of rock.
Mioke’s paintings are excitingly contemporary. Nature is not a particularly modern subject matter, but Mioke immerses herself within it to successfully find its relevance today. She avoids the nostalgia and sentimentality that would come with a less profound examination. Most importantly, she finds a perspective, a lens through which she can observe the environments she seeks out, that feels new. You don’t feel as though you’re seeing just another tree. Mioke’s awe and wonder at the beauty of her subject translates loudly in her work. (Via Ignant)
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Everyones favorite chocolate wizards Lindt has just opened its newest – and highest shop (3,466 meters /11,371ft above sea level) on top of the Jungfraujoch on the Aletsch glacier, against the backdrop of the Bernese Alps!
What started as a friendly banter on Twitter between athletes turned quickly into the ultimate challenge when Swiss pro tennis player Roger Federer invited American World Cup Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn to a game of tennis atop the Alps to celebrate the launch of the new Lindt shop. The winner would of course get the best prize of all, a stash of tasty Lindt chocolate to be eaten in one of the most spectacular places on earth! Watch the video and get ready to be introduced to the ultimate Chocolate Heaven!
Aidan Koch, a comics writer and illustrator who’s previously been featured on Beautiful/Decay, has started a new blog entitled Field Studies to help fund an extended period of traveling. Koch, who hails from Portland, Oregon, is drawing intriguing sights she encounters during her travels – often depicting local flora, or a recurring pup named Edie – and selling each original piece for $20 through PayPal. The payments go back into Koch’s travels, thus generating even more field studies.
The studies themselves manage to come off as both timeless observations and, with the focus on plants, for instance, articulations of the zeitgeist. They are austere without being restrained and composed without being constrained. Most usefully, they serve as visual inlets to her larger body of artwork. For those not already familiar with Koch’s comics and styles of drawing, a good place to start is her comic book The Whale published by Gaze Books.
As part of her season of traveling, Koch will be the artist-in-residence at Skylab Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, during the month of June. As there is a lot of America in-between Portland and Columbus, I suggest checking out Koch’s drawings that are after the jump, then finding one that suits your daily décor needs on her site.
Photojournalist Brett Gundlock delves deep into the everyday lives of Canadian Neo-Nazis in his emotionally conflicting series The Movement. The imagery presented is shockingly conflicting as we are shown moments of intimacy between the group’s members, and are also haunted by the many symbols embodying Nazi racism and violence. Isolating themselves from conventional society, the Neo-Nazi’s underground world is shown through photographs full of bloody walls, Canadian Red Ensign flags, and Swastikas.
Gundlock provides private, personal situations of a dark and troubling minority in a somewhat unlikely place; Canada. Interested in marginalized groups of society, Gundlock explains that his relationship with this series is complicated due to the obviously upsetting Neo-Nazi ideology focusing on White Supremacy. Gundlock describes his experience with this underground culture:
“The symbol of white skin is penetrated and marked with the black inks of Nazi symbols. Crime becomes the bullet point to their alternative résumés. Their existence requires a distinction between themselves and mainstream Canadians, people they understand and reinscribe as “the enemy.” A self-fashioned minority who believes they should be the majority, the Neo-Nazi enclave animates the tensions of a culturally diverse Canada.”
Gundlock’s sociological approach to his documentary style photography creates an informative and engaging dialogue in The Movement. Gundlock asks a very important question in his statement on this series, why do some Canadians become Neo-Nazi Skinheads? Perhaps it is the human need for community and belonging that drives some people to join such a hate-filled group. Often, people join these groups for a sense of entitlement, importance, or a sense of belonging. Gundlock’s photographs point a keen eye on a controversial part of society that many do not wish to face.
You can view Brett Gundlock’s newest series by checking out his Instagram.
Greek artist Hara Katsiki’s Portrait series delves into the subconscious with highly stylized renderings on top of vintage photography.
“I’m extremely fascinated by old pictures. Especially from the Victorian era. With an almost automatic drawing i transform them in a strange and surreal world of a fusion of clandestine Voodoo, ancestral memory, and personal revelation. I give them life again through my imagination. I’m like a medium. I allow my hand to move randomly ,expressing the subconscious so that the final result may reveal something of the psyche. I do not always look to tell a story or create meaning. Sometimes by looking deeper you can find your own.”