Have you ever wondered what you would look like without your head? Artist pepedsgn has been asking himself the same question: his most recent series #Losingmymind consists of a collection of colorful photographs depicting people, whose heads have been edited out. The result is both frightening and beautiful all at once and t forces you to reflect on the importance we give to the head and, the face, and the eyes in our everyday lives.
Pepedsgn plays with the double meaning of “losing your head” both in the literal and figurative senses in this decapitation series. The idea that the pressures of living in a modern world full of overstimulation, paired with the flood of human emotion we live with on a daily basis, paint a background for the loss of self depicted in these photographs. The depiction of headless subjects gives both a playful irony and, a certain thoughtfulness to the series by physically showing subjects without their heads.
The uncanny beauty of seeing people without their eyes, faces, or mouths makes the series all the more fascinating in the sense that their heads ,which govern all emotions and most non verbal communication are gone. Pepedsgn leaves it up to the public to imagine the possible emotions of the subjects and takes the notion of “brainspace” to a beautifully explicit level which allows us to reevaluate the way we read emotions.
Joel Cooper crafts paper masks and geometric shapes using the technique of origami. Cooper’s intricate three dimensional masks are created with a large number of folds out of one sheet of paper. He alternates between bright and muted colors and matte and shiny sheets of paper that all appear earthy in tone. On some of his pieces, his wife has collaborated with him by using painting techniques to enrich color and texture. You can check out more of Cooper’s work on Flickr and purchase available designs via his Etsy shop. He lives in Kansas. (via design taxi)
Artist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen’s new installation “In The Dead Of Night” got her a spot amongst the 5 winners of Jerwood Makers Open, in the UK. It is her biggest work yet, featuring an artificial forest with trees 3,60m trees amongst which rabbits, mushrooms, and other elements of forest scenery can be seen. The end result of this elaborate scenery is a walk through installation where the audience can take in their surroundings in an environment full of sights and sounds.
Hartmann has taken a familiar surrounding and made it just strange enough for you to pick up an underlying mystical tone and soak in the artificial beauty of her creation. However, “In The Dead Of Night” is not a simple depiction of a forest, it reaches beyond this imagery: The forest in this piece also serves as a metaphor for the different corners of the mind and, walking through the installation prompts the audience to take a walk through their own minds.
For this piece, Hartmann has made use of various mediums and materials including ceramics, neon, photography, mixed media, light and sound. This combination of materials has made for a very thoughtful, eclectic piece with many details to spark and capture the viewer’s attention. By allowing the public to walk through the installation, Hartmann has elevated the status of the public to that of a participant, which, in turn reinforces the echos of nature present in her piece.
Seattle based band, Minus The Bear, continues to turn out lively and inventive music. Their recent music video for the song “Listing” on their latest album “Infinity Overload” is no exception. LA studio Six Point Harness and past renown B/D apparel artist Jesse LeDoux teamed up to create a transforming scenic walk about. When I saw this for the first time I knew that Jesse had to of worked on it. The shape shifter walks through a long stream of LeDoux’s signature quaint landscapes. I think this video has fun with the popular illustration style, ordinary objects adorning legs, but it takes that idea one step further adding the collage photography element. It reminds me of an exquisite corpse drawing brought to life.
The description of this video says “A short abstract movie dealing with nature and maritime creatures, metamorphosis and transformation-connecting art and science” but all I keep thinking of while I watch this is “wow this is what happens when we’re conceived.” Anyone with me?
Video by Silja
Tom Sachs sculpts truly elaborate masterpieces. In 2001, he recreated Le Corbusier’s 1952 Unité d’Habitation using only foamcore and a glue gun, and constructed a McDonald’s solely from plywood, glue, and assorted kitchen appliances. His attention to detail is mind-blowing. So intense.