Adam Alaniz can make pretty much anything look warm and inviting. The depths of the ocean, the mysterious rainforests–even germs! He draws much of his inspiration from landscapes, fables, science, and nature. For some reason, his paintings, especially Someone Is Calling, reminds me of a cuter version of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, one of my favorite childhood movies.
We usually don’t post about emerging fashion designers, but Iris van Herpen is definitely an exception to this rule. Her designs, handmade with lace, leather, wire gauze, and gold brass, are sculptural masterpieces! Excellently crafted and textured, her designs are fierce, futuristic, and feminine (yay, alliteration!). The Dutch fashion designer only graduated from the ARTEZ School of Arts in Arnhem in 2006, but her unique, avant-garde fashions are already being showcased at Amsterdam’s International Fashion Week!
Colorado-born Frieda Gossett‘s craftsmanship is mind-blowing. Her style alludes to taxidermy, and is highly reminiscent of tattooing. Frieda’s craft consists of dyeing and treating the leather, and actually hand-stamping (!!!) the ornate patterns onto her various creatures. She doesn’t have photos of these beauties uploaded to her site, but I managed to pull these from the Systema Naturae shows she did with Gallery Nucleus.
Raunchy, suggestive illustrations with strange pseudo-human characters leave viewers unnerved, but at the same time, engaged in a conversation of questions. What is going on and why?? Melissa Stekbauer‘s works can place the viewer in a vulnerable, almost submissive, state, allowing her characters some authority. Her works present interesting narratives, especially because they are paired with a softer painting technique, which can feel more inviting and friendly than the actual content of the work. Maybe that’s why it’s “seductive”?
I have to start out by saying that A Perfect Circle’s “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums” is one of my favorite songs. This animation is an excellent interpretation of the trance the song puts the listener into as well as the false sense of security and comfort we often get from the media.
Matthew Scott graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art. In landscape and in portraiture, his camera sheds light on the “paradoxical tensions existing just under the surface of everyday life.” He overlaps two Americas–the urban and the rural–as they compete in his photographs. He effortlessly gives the viewer “Yin and Yang, light and dark, compassion and sarcasm”–a struggle of dualities.
Jonathan Zawada does, in simple terms, just about everything! He’s been on both ends of production, as an art director and as a designer for 2D design, but has also dabbled with fashion design, and has a few tshirts out for Japanese label 20 Million Fragments and Urban Outfitters.