I only wish that the world was as much fun as the one in Omar Meradi’s video.
I’ve always been a fan of sneaking around in the dark, exploring tunnels, and generally causing mischief in places I shouldn’t go to. Long before the documentary Dark Days came out I was spending days exploring and occasionally painting the Freedom Tunnels in NY. Now that I’m on the west coast I don’t spend as much time as I’d like in train tunnels with a flashlight. It may be that I’m a bit older and just a tad more lazy these days but LA just doesn’t have as many dark and damp train tunnels like most of the major harbor cities on the east coast.
One day while spending too much time on Facebook, longtime friend and artists Logan Hicks made a post about Beneath The Neon. After reading three sentences in I knew that I needed a copy stat. After all I had feverishly read The Mole People cover to cover 10 years prior so I knew that Beneath The Neon would be right up my alley. After a few google searches I tracked down author Matthew O’Brien who was kind enough to shoot over a copy for a review.
Columbian artist Diana Beltran Herrera carefully sculpts incredibly detailed paper birds by hand, representing real and imagined species with bright (and sometimes glittery) plumage. Though her creations are static sculptures, they seem to convey an incredible sense of movement and life. This is reflected in Herrerra’s choice of paper as a medium, which she uses for its sense of lightness and freedom. She also frequently creates paper habitats for her birds, ranging from jungles to woodlands.
Canadian artist Wilford Barrington creates portraits – portraits that will have you appear cracked and fractured & probably far more interesting that what any mirror has to offer. His portraits bring to mind Oliver Sacks’ book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat & Other Clinical Tales – neurological case studies documenting the power of the mixed-up mind and its ability to easily play tricks on our perceptions.
For this 1998-2000 series of portraits, photographer Shizuka Yokomizo left anonymous letters on the doorsteps of random ground floor apartments with the message:
I am an artist working on a photographic project which involves people I do not know…. I would like to take a photograph of you standing in your front room from the street in the evening.”
These letters gave simple instructions for when the artist would come and take the photograph. The only contact she had with the subjects of these voyeur portraits was when Shizuka sent the subjects a print of the image and her contact info in case they didn’t want the photograph exhibited. (via sympathy for the art gallery)
Artist Peter Madden splices tiny elements to create large collages that are a dizzying combination of imagery. Using pictures extracted from encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines, and found photographs, he arranges all of the disparate pieces to form detailed compositions. The large groups are suspended on a transparent background, as if they are capture a moment in time before everything falls apart.
Madden’s collections create different narrative by virtue of the individual elements’ pairings. Some of the things included in his collages include: exotic birds, monkeys, the letter “m,” fishes, and clocks. They are often formed into some sort of larger shape, such as the outskirts of a giant hole, as if it’s surrounding the eye of a tornado.
The use of so many different pieces and the meticulously-constructed explosion-looking compositions feel as though we’re looking at windy, inclement weather that’s strong enough to make these pieces whip through the air. (via Inkult)
Andrea Wan’s whimsical illustrations bring together surreal scenarios and magical figures that are sometimes as large as building but delicate as a flower.
Kevin Lyons is a beast of a designer, after receiving his masters degree from CalArts in 1998, KevinLyons has worked for Nike, both in and out of house, has been Art Director of Urban Outfitters on two separate occasions and has been Art Director at Girl Skateboard Company. This year Lyons released his own line of toys (UPROCK ANIMALS) through Sony Creative in Japan. He also produced two clothing lines; one for 2K called Atlantis, and the other under his personal namesake, NATURAL BORN. In the midst of all his various design work, Lyons has stayed true to his patented hand-drawn style. He is currently in a group show, at HVW8 gallery in Los Angeles, with fellow CalArts grads Michael Leon & Geoff McFetridge.