German artist Claudia Rogge digitally transforms her photography to create patterned and rapturous images of masses of people. Often the subject matter of her work appears bleak or apocalyptic, but ultimately portrays the vulnerable beauty of these deliberately arranged human figures. Even in the photographs that are a bit more chaotic, you can sense Rogge’s careful attention to the patterns she creates, and the order contained within them. Her meticulously composed photographs evoke both a sense of euphoria and foreboding while demonstrating the fractal-like beauty of people en masse. One of Rogge’s biggest challenges in her work is creating a scene that looks genuine and believable with digital effects.
Of her work, Cluadia Rogge says, “The fascination the theme “mass” exerts on me lies both in the content as well as in the formal and aesthetic aspect. As regards content, it is indeed exciting to live in a time that on the one hand trains people for absolute individuality, but an individuality that is defined by mass media, mass consumption, mass tourism etc. Aesthetically, the patterns and rhythms developed from masses are unique. You can find them in shoals and flocking birds as well as in major gatherings like military parades, processions, concerts etc. Regarding this, I do not resort to already existing masses in my works, but simulate my own.”
Sigur Rós performing on the final night of Iceland Airwaves 2012
I’ve been back for a few days now from Reykjavik and still find it difficult to put into words how Iceland Airwaves 2012 was… amazing, cold, epic, windy, sleepless, beautiful? All of the above! It’s still a bit hazy to me what actually went down. Did Sigur Rós perform a new song? Did Útidúr actually play six shows? Did I fall in love with Sóley? Did the Blue Lagoon turn into the Ice Lagoon thanks to Hurricane Sandy? All of these things happened, but it still feels like a dream. So many musical highlights that it’s hard to name just a few, but when Sigur Rós took the stage at Laugardalshöllin Arena on the final night of the festival, I knew that there was no other place in the world I’d rather be. While I missed seeing Björk around town and a rather brief appearance by the Aurora Borealis, I did manage to make some new friends, eat a ton of Pylsur (Icelandic hot dogs), and discover EXITMUSIC who took my breath away at Harpa. Early bird tickets to next year’s festival go on sale December 1st and like every year, it’s gonna be sold out before you know it.
The disparate worlds of abstraction and figuration collide in the boldly colored paintings of Erik Jones. If those polar opposites weren’t enough Jones also tosses into the mix a healthy dose of organic and geometric mark making, creating explosive meditations on the human figure that at once feel analog and digital. (via)
Portland, Oregon based artist Caitlin Ducey uses plastic drinking straws as the focus of her sculptures. In her exploration of material, process and pattern, Ducey appreciates the simplicity and accessibility of the straw. She notes that it is such a mundane, everyday, disposable item. For her the idea that it is so commonplace is part of the appeal. The act of devoting so much time and attention to something as simple as a straw becomes part of her process.
To create her pieces Ducey carefully stacks each straw usually using no glue or adhesive. Her method is obsessive and detail oriented. It also gives the sculptures a fragility that makes them all the more alluring. As a viewer passes by her works she will experience a kind of tunnel vision, only able to see through the straws immediately in her path. It is this feature that gives the sculptures the life-like quality that I found most captivating. Ducey manages to transform an ordinary plastic object into an entrancing sculpture with a remarkable organic quality.
HAPPY LOVERS TOWN is the portfolio of Italian designer and illustrator Jonathan Calugi. I love his character design and intensely adorable patterns. I profess that Illustrator is not my strong point so I find it especially amazing when people have a special knack at wrangling smooth vectors.
It’s problematic calling the work of Jake Fried either animation or painting – it is a bit more than both. Fried uses exceptionally simple materials: White-Out, coffee, ink, gouche, and paper. He creates and image, and adds countless layers. The result is an evolving and unfolding psychedelic image. Fried appropriately calls this type of experimental animation “moving paintings”. Using the image of a face as its foundation, Fried quickly elaborates on the painting barely allowing the viewer’s brain to keep pace. You can see more of Fried’s work previously featured here. [via]
Brussels-based Hélène Jeudy consistently pumps out magical graphite drawings that never cease to dazzle the eyes with the banal and the demonic. From the kitchen to the pits of hell you will go, with your eyes being blasted by her beautiful tonnage. She recently, had a book released by POGO Books. Support. This. Lovely. Dream.