Moving artistically into photography as a natural extension of his sculptural practice, Kristian Kozul meticulously builds and then photographs, physical dioramas of extraordinary detail designed to tell metaphoric stories and reconstruct histories. As with his earlier sculptures, where concept meets articulation a kind of fetishized totem results. Each piece is based on a certain historical figure that Kozul leverages in pursuit of his cause. Like Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, or famously Don Quixote and his windmills, the fixations and obsessions of Kozul’s protagonist’s speak to universal themes of mania, obsession, and denial.
Joachim Schmid is a Berlin-based artist working with photography and public image sources. Schmid has found acclaim in his numerous series, spanning thirty years, but a personal favourite is Photogenic Drafts. The series consists of portraits made from donated shredded negatives, which question identity, gender and age with satirical wit.
B/D was lucky enough to receive two new books in the mail today. Here’s me and Fei in the office with completely anonymous bookfaces hanging out with our boss, who happens to be a wizard and was so excited by them he conjured an ephemeral ball of light for the occasion. Anyways, the first is Keegan McHargue’s “Foibles,” from Seems Books, and the second is “Creative Space” by Francesca Gavin from Laurence King Publishing.
John Chae’s digital illustrations are suffused with bright colors, provocative images, and pop culture references. These digital worlds are odd and labyrinthine and reflect a pastiche of influences. While strangely captivating, his use of patterns and repetition is quite hypnotic. His work feels like a hybrid of Charles Burns’ and early mimetic internet styles. From his website:
안녕하세요! My name is John (희택) Chae and I was born in the year of the dragon (1988), but I’m technically a rabbit. My birthday jam is Tiffany’s Could’ve Been and my blood type is B, but I’m not sure whether I am B+ or B-… I was born in Boulder, Colorado but I grew up in Seoul, Korea. I graduated with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I currently reside in Jacksonville, FL.
All the comfort foods we dream of eating but that we’d rather watch from a distance to avoid calories. Jessica Dance made it happen! The art director/model maker/prop stylist collaborated with photographer David Sykes for Stylist magazine to deliver perfectly arranged hand knitted fake meals.
A full platter of English breakfast, beans on toasts, a hot dog covered with mustard. And if we need more condiments we can find them next to our cutlery, salt, pepper, ketchup; Jessica thought of everything. Using lambswool and a knitting machine, she fashioned all the foods at home. She says the bacon was the hardest to achieve as she wanted all the fat to be as real as possible.
The colors are of course true to real food colors. But the tones are slightly altered, giving a healthy, non greasy aspect that we should have found looking at the dishes. If it wasn’t for the fact that this was commissioned for an adult magazine we could have thought we were looking at kids’ toys. There’s something warm and gentle in the story. And it’s not just about the food elements. It’s a combination. The way it’s photographed, the set up and the overall look of the food that’s transforming random meals into a grown-up tea party set. (Via Booooooom)
Fashion photographery duo Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello have many projects for clients both big and small but I’m most interested in these still life and portraits from their personal work that have a dark and mysterious twist to them.