Dutch artist Daan Botlek creates commissioned murals and work for the street. His art makes use of simply conveyed bodies often contrasting the inside with the outside. Many of Botlek’s pieces illustrate a sort of literal introspection, looking inside each character. The characters peel off, crawl out of, and smash off outer layers to expose the inner person. Botlek works both in the gallery and on the street, his figures populating walls through out the city inside and out. [via]
Photographer Gail Albert Halaban constructs an intimate view of strangers’ lives, shot completely through windows, in her series Paris Views. Taken from a blatantly voyeuristic vantage point, the photos show intimate glances into normal peoples’ lives. It is of note that these shots were meticulously directed; Halaban worked with the people photographed to create them. Paris Views, which is a continuation of a previous series, Out My Window, shifts the focal point from a peek into New Yorker’s habitats to that of Parisians. Shot entirely in Paris, Halaban distills the intimate interiors of both people and places, lives seen in the off moments.
The introduction to her new book, which was published by Aperture, summarizes the magic of her work:
“The photographs in Paris Views explore the conventions and tensions of urban lifestyles, the blurring between reality and fantasy, feelings of isolation in the city and the intimacies of home and daily life. In these meticulously directed, window-framed versions of reality, Halaban allows the viewer to create his or her own fictions about the characters, activities and interiors illuminated within. This invitation to imagine renders the characters and settings both personal and mysterious.”
If you don’t know about Camille Rose Garcia and her twisted fantasy worlds, now you know. The artist has been killin’ it for a while with dark mixed media paintings that are easy on the eyes the way the poisonous apple in Snow White tastes good- you know there’s something sinister at work here, but you can’t help yourself anyway. Garcia’s colorful works feature animals and pretty ladies, neither of which are innocent. Watch your back. More snaps after the jump, and check out her blog, which, if not updated regularly, is a nice window into what the artist’s thinking.
Northern Irish, Australian based artist Emma Coulter creates large scale colorful illusions that break the boundaries between painting, sculpture, installation, and interior design. Her work, being painted or installed directly on the walls, are site specific, allowing each vibrant piece to exist as a reaction and assessment of it’s environment. She notes that “spatiality in painting has long been a problem in the history of art.” Her process allows to her “utilis(e) space as a raw material,” challenging the traditional approach to figure out and investigate the issue of space and light. Her use of color and geometry employs a distortion of the space— creating illusory elements that both add and destroy previous conceptions of reality. Within in artist statement, Coulter explains:
“I see colour as an object or material to be manipulated through placement, proportion and adjacency in response to space. I am interested in challenging our assumptions about colour. It is a commonly misunderstood material, that is often associated with not being critical or serious. Through my systematic approach to colour and the spatiality of painting, I hope to reveal something new about the practice of painting and its potential to blur boundaries and adapt environments.”
Her use of color, big, bold and bright, is a nice wink to conceptual minimalist artists such as Sol LeWiitt; her work captures that same notion of a somehow clean experimentation. Truly a contemporary take on difficult and endless artistic quandaries. (via PICDIT)
Rae Martini‘s work combines expressionistic urban texture with graffiti-infused flourishes of color. Throw ups, tags, and gradients are partially obscured by grime of every variety. Everything’s happening at once. What’s great about these is that they present an evolved aesthetic within the realm of graffiti without abandoning some its more classic techniques. See more from the Italian artist after the jump.
Greg Lundgren of Lundgren Monuments is an artist in bringing light and color to the one situation where the dress code is all black. Lundgren, who is a Seattle artist and entrepreneur, has built a business that has people seeing the final resting place in a whole new light.
Starting with the thought that there should always be beauty with the burial, Lundgren challenged conventional notions of fixed, grey headstones once he began to create his own. Working with bronze, steel, granite and cast glass, Lundgren designs personalized headstones and urns that will best communicate the light and energy of the departed. Often done through a collaborative planning process with the family of the deceased, what emerges from his designs are stunning, illustrious sculptures that capture and emulate the warmth and respect felt toward the lost loved one.
As said on their website:
“Cemeteries are not known for their colorful sculptures. Typically they are monochromatic landscapes – variations of grey and black and other stone types. There is no burst of color, no spectrum of light or illuminating sense of life. And this seems grossly out of character to represent the diverse, colorful and individuality of the people cemeteries honor and represent.
Even in the depths of grief and loss, a little color – a little rainbow, can help us remember the magic that is life and the good times that our loved ones experienced, lived and continue to fuel. Even in the darkest hour, it is important to remember that the people we have lost were vibrant, illuminating, and entirely one of a kind. That is the kind of memorial Lundgren Monuments wants to create, and we are very honored and proud to help contribute to this memory, this reminder, this alternative to the cemetery landscape.”
Who wouldn’t want to be buried beneath something so beautiful? (Excerpt from Source)
Antonella Arismendi is an Argentine fashion photographer and visual artist whose colorfully esoteric works explore alternate planes of consciousness. In a striking divergence from mainstream fashion photography, Antonella splices her work with dark symbols and glitch-like art, dissolving bodies into a white-noise fuzz and superimposing faces over volcanic eruptions. In some of her more quiet and scenic pieces — such as Tephra, for example — Antonella uses fashion to explore haunting-yet-spirituality rich worlds, depicting a model who stands in reverence beneath an empty, alien sky. By blending darkness with light and incorporating multiple symbols, Antonella produces beautifully obscure images of enigmatic and ever-transforming power.
What inspires me the most is to isolate myself from everything that has already been done visually and create something new. It’s an intense process to convert ideas from the ethereal to the tangible plane — it’s when the alchemical act happens. (Source)
By utilizing and fusing symbols of the occult, the Cabbala, and astrology, Antonella’s expressive photography reinvests such symbolism with contemporary meaning; like a visualization of cyber-age witchcraft, the images are portraits of inherited, ancient spiritual practices, blended with visual art to show the plateaus of meaning between apparently disparate traditions. As she continues in the interview, “I believe that the spiritual movements that have occurred in different times arise from the same origin and have simply reinterpreted it. […] One of my greatest motivations is based in astrology and spiritual knowledge. Photography is simply the tool to express them.” (Source)
Illustrator Mike Bertino’s overwhelming amount of creative imagination, humor, and striking palette find their place in his illustrations. Though his loud and bright illustrations appear to be a constant streamline of drug-haze crazy, make no mistake – it is all held together by the attention to intricate design, and executed by a skillful hand.