In an increasingly global world, it seems that more is spreading than just information and culture: pollution, for one. Alejandro Duran creates site-specific art out of this manmade resource, staging hauntingly beautiful installations that draw awareness to what he calls “colonization by consumerism.”
“More than creating a surreal or fantastical landscape, these installations mirror the reality of our current environmental predicament,” Duran says in his artist’s statement. Called Washed Up, the project has seen debris from all over the world and, though the colors can be stunningly lovely, the message is unmistakably grim. Swirls of color and organic-seeming patterns and shapes are shaped out of plastic and artificially neon bottle caps.
Duran’s statement describes the way he has mapped the relationship between the world of man and the world of nature, as well as the toll it’s taken on us all:
“Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from fifty nations on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. I have used this international debris to create color-based, site-specific sculptures. Conflating the hand of man and nature, at times I distribute the objects the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic takes on the shape of algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment.”
The future is here folks. We manage our entire life on a small rectangle that we keep in our pocket and there is a mysterious machine with a secret location that you can ask any question and it will answer it immediately. Now you can add LED wallpaper to your list of high-tech innovations that you don’t need but want. The folks at Architects Paper have created a wallpaper that actually lights up to create tiny patterns and lights for home and office dwellers to enjoy. If this doesn’t mean we’re living in the future I’m not sure what will. All we need now is food that comes in the form of a pill.
Santiago Caruso’s beautifully nightmarish illustrations are what you might find in an ancient book of spells in a dark cave at the end of the world. Lucky for us they can also be found on his portfolio site.
Detective Jason Harvey, a forensic sketch artist who has worked for the NYPD for over 10 years, draws fun and flamboyant portraits using the same techniques as he employs in his police work. His drawings might be recognizable to some New Yorkers, as it they are featured on “wanted” posters hung all around the city. However, Harvey has been given the opportunity for his work to be seen in a new light. Adam Shopkorn, owner of Fort Gansevoort Gallery, noticed Harvey’s work on the NYCAlerts Twitter and wanted to put it on display, allowing Harvey to jump from detective to artist. The NYPD wouldn’t consent to showing the actual sketches (as they are criminal evidence), so instead, Harvey has created a series he calls Fantasy Composites. Within this body of work, Harvey uses the same renderings and facial feature creation process as he would sketching up potential criminals, yet this time he is depicting imagined faces. Harvey explains the difference between this body of work compared to his detective sketches; he states, “when I’m interviewing an eyewitness and drawing from their memory, I have to strictly adhere to what they’re telling me about the person’s face.” He notes that the forensic work is “not creative at all.” Nonetheless, his imagined series is full of creativity and exuberance. Each work truly has it’s own character — there is a real sense that Harvey has seen it all. Nothing is too obscure or obscene, every portrait seems absolutely genuine, if not almost recognizable. The caricature quality adds a playful element to his work, allowing them to exist between the realms of cartoon and reality, between satire and actuality. (via booooooom)
We’re eagerly waiting the release of Zach Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL. After loving his take on the WATCHMEN and being blown away by the epic cinematography of 300, this version of Super Man promises to be equally grandiose. After watching the trailer Snyder’s take on the MAN OF STEEL feels darker, gritty and more natural than its predecessors. In WATCHMEN Snyder showed us the dark side of super heroes and how they reveled in their flawed humanity. Snyder seems to be sending Clark Kent down a lonely road where he’ll wrestle with who he is and his home on Earth. We’re all ready for the sweeping camera shots, flying scenes and all around badassery that this MAN OF STEEL has to offer. I think this is the vision of Super Man we’ve been waiting for. Fingers crossed! MAN OF STEEL is out June 14th 2013. Get ready.
All of Alex Kisilevich’s photos are mysterious, quirky, surreal, and dark which meets all of my requirements for a great image. Alex has so much good work on his site that it’s hard to choose what to post. I went ahead and went with his most recent body of work titled Kalima but i couldn’t resist tossing in a few of my faves from other series towards the end of the post.
San Francisco-based illustrator Emma Munger combines two things that popular culture holds dear – the television show Twin Peaks and Sailor-Jerry style tattoos. She’s reproduced the classic flash pages you see in tattoo shops with characters from the bizarre David Lynch production. But, there’s a twist. Instead of a straightforward look at Audrey Horne, Laura Palmer, and the Log Lady, they are done in a pin up style.
The amusing mashup may never make you look at Twin Peaks the same again. Munger draws some characters sexier and some homely characters unnecessarily seductive.
Now that you can imagine these pinups on arms, legs, and other body parts, the real question is – would you ever get one tattooed? If so, which one? (Via Dangerous Minds and Welcome to Twin Peaks)