Gerald Collings‘ paintings are a perfect mix between Francis Bacon and your local butcher shop. These layered paintings look like they have been to hell and back. With images of skinned faces, torn apart rib cages, and bodies in various states of decay, they have become the ultimate test for how grotesque an image can be while still remaining a rich and seductive work of art.
Shelby DiMarco is a Los Angeles based artist who creates these whimsical collages while working over at Urban Outfitters. I really enjoy her use of composition, I feel it is one of the strongest aspects of her work. (That – and the stories these illustrate.)
Tom Bendtsen’s first book sculptures appeared in 1997. After initially creating basic structures, his work evolved with the idea of using the books’ colors to create a pixelated image effect. Bendtsen even fills the gaps in his structures with objects or scenes that ask the viewer to consider ideas of history, narrative, and creativity. The laterality of the structures and how this mirrors our absorption of contrasts and oppositions inherent in written narrative are also at play. His largest structure is composed of 16,000 books. String is used to create the forms of the sculptures, and then those forms are filled with books.
Swiss based Sandrine Pelletier creates amazingly dark sculptures and installations. Check out the death metal kinetic diorama, lace skeletons, and broken mirror skate ramp after the jump.
Artist Fabien Mérelle’s delicate drawings revolve around insecurities and nightmares. His surreal images often feature himself as the main subject, and Mérelle doesn’t exactly paint himself in the greatest light. He’s seen naked, being attacked by giant bugs, and struggling to hold the weight of an entire elephant on his shoulders. It doesn’t look pleasant and the misery seems unavoidable.
While Mérelle’s drawings are self portraits, they speak to a larger audience. Anyone who has felt crippling anxiety, stress, or even just an unpleasant feeling will be able to relate to these heavily symbolic images. They are what nightmares are made out of – not the gruesome ones, of course, but the kind where you feel emotionally spent and groggy when you wake up. (Via Cross Connect Magazine and Hi Fructose)
Real life Tetris (my favorite video game) by Sergej Hein…
Frightening monsters, gentle monsters and funny monsters. The kids and artists working on the monster themed project ‘Go Monster Project’ welcome any kind of creatures. This project raises awareness for children’s imagination as a mean to shape their adult personality and future.
Elementary students are asked to draw a monster, that’s the starting point of the project. No rules or conditions have been set. They are asked to let their imagination wander and to draw literally anything that comes through their minds. Once they are done, the drawings are transformed into paintings, 3D illustrations, animations; digitally or manually by mini-sculptures. The kids are able to see their creatures come to life, and most importantly they are getting the validation that their creativity, taste and talent is significant.
There’s no right or wrong. The fact that they won’t be graded or judged from their creations help the children recognize the power of their imagination. This project aims to encourage kids to grow their potential within an environment ruled by ‘like’ buttons and a permanent search for social approval.
The excitement shared is twofold. The kids are having a great time drawing and the artists are exploring their imagination by taking over the simple yet creative drawings into visually elaborated and detailed designs.
This giant snaking sculpture is the Funnel Tunnel by artist Patrick Renner. The temporary sculpture was commissioned by Art League Houston and sits on the esplanade across from their building. Renner’s Funnel Tunnel stretches for 180 feet, open as a giant funnel at one end and tapering to a sharp point at the other. The structure was created using steel and reclaimed wood. The ALH explains, “the sculpture reflects the creative people and businesses in the Montrose area, and is the first of its kind in Houston.” [via]