Czech born artist Klara Kristalova’s intimate figurative sculptures in ceramic, plaster, and bronze tell allegorical stories that reference fairytales and folklore with a humorous twist.
When I dropped by his sunlit Brooklyn studio Aaron Johnson was busy preparing for his show at Stux Gallery in Chelsea, which opens Thursday September 15th. In this new body of work Johnson invites us to chow down on a writhing smorgasbord of Americana: severed heads, demonic Uncle Sams, sausage crucifixes, fried eagles, mashed guts, f-burgers, camel roast, and mutant sea creatures sucking down oil oozing fresh from the rig. His new work is opulent and glitters like jewel-encrusted Faberge eggs despite picturing disturbingly grotesque and violent imagery – totally Beautiful/Decay!
In 2002 Benetton commissioned James Mollison to photograph some of the 17 million people that the World Food Program (WFP) feeds. The images from the famine in Ethiopia in the early 80’s had a big affect on Mollison while growing up, but since then he had felt somewhat desensitized to images of povert. Mollison decided to take his mobile studio- and take away the exotic backdrops and present them as people. He became interested in how the WFP uses food as a tool to get people to change their lives, a kind of bribery for social change.
Tim Groen is one of those creative types that can do just about anything from photography to design but my favorite work by him are these surreal collages made from vintage advertisements and paintings.
I’m loving these clunky illustrations by Barcelona based graphic artist Antonio Ladrillo.
Photography by Ryan Pavlovich.
Andrew B. Myers is a photographer and image maker that lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His work is often characterized by its use of color and composition as well as it’s humorous take on pop culture. Not only are his images bold and captivating but his titles are fantastic. The above image is titled “Buyers Remorse.”