Polish artist Lukasz Patelczyk paints censored landscapes. The series, actually titled Censored Landscape, depicts natural scenes in severe blacks and whites. Portions of each landscape is hidden behind a white block. Some of the paintings titled variations of Avalanche and Tornado censor the effects of such natural disasters. The censorship leaves a monument like shape in the foreground of indifferent, even harsh landscapes.
I’m loving the clunky and awkward ghost faced figures in Brian Kokoska’s paintings.
Argentinean artist and designer Francisco Miranda creates work in a variety of media from digital animations to graphic design. However his geometric wood collages are what really catch our eye. Miranda creates multi-layered wall objects and spatial installations from elaborately cut wooden forms. Reflecting on the architecture of his native city Buenos Aires, he looks at how the old has evolved into the new. His work combines elements of art nouveau and art deco to create an intricately ornamental species of caryatids to shape a futuristic Argentinean metropolis. (via Ignant)
The women in Ewa Juszkiewicz‘s portraits have experienced a decapitation of an unusual sort: their heads replaced by a series of inanimate object from plants to mollusks.
“In my paintings I take critical view on the way women have been pictured in history of painting and other visual media up to today,” Juszkiewicz explains in her artist’s statement. “I work mostly in the field of portrait, which I intend to approach from a different angle that avoids focusing on the appearance.”
Her paintings, which are based on real historical portraits, seem to draw on some sort of surreal symbolism, perhaps meaningful partly because of their inscrutability. “I am interested in how the replacement of the face by different forms changes the perception of the human figure,” Juszkiewicz says.
In pursuit of that, she erases the identities of the women she portrays, completing their objectification literally. Her subjects are robbed of any sort of expression, instead gazing out at the viewer with an impassive beetle’s head or a shroud of cloth. (via Artnau)
This seminal volume on the indigenous African Dinka group is a landmark documentation of a vanishing people in war-torn Sudan. World-renowned photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have devoted their lives to documenting the rapidly disappearing ceremonies and cultures of the indigenous people of Africa. In breathtakingly poignant images, they present a story that started with their first visit to the Dinka thirty years ago. Living in harmony with their cattle, the Dinka have survived years of war only to find their culture on the brink of vanishing forever. Where the White Nile River reaches Dinka country, it spills over 11,000 square miles of flood plain to form the Sudd, the largest swamp in the world. In the dry season, it provides abundant pasture for cattle, and this is where the Dinka set up their camps. The men dust their bodies and faces with gray ash—protection against flies and lethal malarial mosquitoes, but also considered a mark of beauty. Covered with this ash and up to 7’ 6″ tall, the Dinka were referred to as “gentle” or “ghostly” giants by the early explorers. The Dinka call themselves “jieng” and “mony-jang,” which means “men of men.”
Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have spent a lifetime studying the peoples of the Horn of Africa, and have published their photography in a series of acclaimed books as well as major magazine features in Time, Life, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle. They exhibit and lecture widely at prestigious venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution, and the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Maxwell Paternoster is frequently asked to design characters for magazines (recently, Business Week and Dry UK). However, he has also slapped his graphics on shirts, skateboards, BMX bikes, and customized tennis shoes. Paternoster’s elaborate doodles are playful, but he often hides darker themes in his illustrations. (Check out the processed chicken graphic at the end of this post and see if you still want some chicken nuggets!)
London photographer Juno Calypso’s self portraits as her alter ego “Joyce” are hilariously deadpan images of the artist as bored receptionist, unenthusiastic sexy girl in a cake, porno modeling agent, and deranged housewife looking for the next beauty miracle. The meticulously staged retro scenes are created perfectly with the artist posing with her signature blank stare that says “My life is exhausting and void of joy.” The result is an unsettling take on the extreme efforts that women go through to be everything from homemaker to career woman and the draining effects that it produces. (via feature shoot)
Calypso states about her work:
” I recently began working with self-portraiture, which led to the creation of a character named Joyce. Within elaborately staged large format photographs and videos I draw upon personal experience to perform critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction. We find Joyce alone, consumed by artifice – trapped inside pastel-coloured encounters with beauty masks, cream cakes and polyester negligee; her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.”
Brooklyn based artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have been collaborating since 2005. Together they create expansive installations that fill gallery spaces. The installations’ size forces visitors to interact with it. Made from natural materials such as wood and paper, their work carries an organic atmosphere. The installations often resemble trees or entire forests, mangled, twisting and growing. The paper seems to be giving a nod to its origin as an almost ironic choice of material.