A clever animation by Sola Bapiste inspired by the work of Josef Albers.
Generally speaking, mushrooms are fascinating organisms. As part of the fungi family, they are neither plant nor animal and have an incredible capacity for growth. As evidenced in these stop motion gifs, we witness the mushroom cap or fruit, sprouting out of the ground in various shapes and sizes. The fruit is made up of 92% water allowing for its rapid maturity and part of the fungi you would normally throw onto pizza and salad. It’s this top section, which makes for an interesting visual specimen, as seen here in phallic, veiled and bumpy shapes, credited to nature’s grand design. The part you don’t see, called the root or mycelium, can remain dormant and underground for years. These are the real heroes, acting as nature’s garbage disposals, devouring all that is dead and decaying. Some fungi lore to speak of, includes the toadstool known for its red color, and white dotted spores. Those who grew up playing Nintendo, will remember these colorful blobs as part of the landscape in Super Mario Bros. and incarnate to “Toad” a figure in the game. Psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” are the rebels. In existence since prehistoric times, the fungi first appeared during the mesolithic period as evidenced on rock paintings taken from archaeological finds. Known for its pleasant, hallucinatory effects, studies have shown psilocybin can not only give you a nice high but help with OCD and clinical depression. (via boredpanda)
Bright colors, playful compositions, clever type and some mad drawing skills are what makes Belgium digital artist & illustrator Bram Vanhaeren’s work so inviting. Bram has an impressive list of publications under his belt and he is also the mastermind behind Wallpaper.org; a forum for bringing artists together through the format of desktop wallpaper… give it a look!
Apparently Mr. Olaf Hajek can do everything well but I especially love his paintings. There’s some intense layering going on and the colors are complex and lush.
Tabitha Soren‘s most recent body of work, simply titled Running, is an interesting collection of photographs that capture individuals fleeing in a state of sheer panic. By withholding most of the context from these freeze-frame images, Soren leaves her audience hanging in a moment of suspended terror—with no option but to construct a narrative around each scenario she presents. Each highly cinematic snapshot resonates with an easily relatable range of human emotions, and the focus of her work as a whole is tied up in using her lens to investigate the messier moments of life.
A longtime journalist and documentarian, Soren seems comfortable working in the realm of subject matter that is slightly unresolved. “My work is about what people can survive and what they can’t,” she says. “It’s about decay, how life can be reckless, and how you have to keep going. I explore how people can pick themselves up.” It’s interesting to see how these themes play out across the series, leaving traces of vulnerability, fear and escape etched into their collective storyline.
See Soren’s work currently on view at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
Interested in the floor, the wall, their flatness and the way his sculptures engage with both of them, artist Joel Shapiro’s installations and sculptures are dynamic and engaging. Suspending sculptures at various points and angles throughout a space, Shapiro seeks to create a sense of movement that depends on the forms and their relationships to one another. Though not site-specific, his installations are in direct dialogue with architecture. Shapiro is compelled by what he refers to as that “capricious” moment where forms come together to become something else.
Born in Sunnyside, Queens to a physician and microbiologist Shapiro tried to follow his parents into science, but realized that he had to become an artist. Of the need to make art he says, “You have to have some real drive and deep belief, a combination of ego and humility, so it’s difficult. You have to have some sense of self and have to have some doubting sense of self in order to externalize your interior, so it’s a peculiar combination of factors, at least in my case, that you sort of, in retrospect, allow. I’m always surprised that the work looks good!”
The extreme structural and architectural nature of Shapiro’s work, however, perhaps begs at that scientific inclination. There is a precision to his abstraction that is challenging in the way it defies gravity and logic. Catch his show currently up at LA Louver through January 14th.
Because it’s still the beginning of the week, and because who doesn’t love animals, here are five artists who cleverly create creatures as part of their work.
David Mach uses everyday items to create large-scale sculptures and installations. His cheetah and tiger, for instance, are created solely out of coat hangers. Laying hundreds of them together Mach created two rather ferocious creatures.
Polish artist Marta Klonowska assembles carefully broken shards of colored glass to create translucent animals of life-like proportion and size. Influenced by the animals seen in baroque and romantic paintings, Klonowska sought to re-make an old idea in a new way.
Kristi Malakoff is a Canadian artist interested in using animals in her art because of “swarm theory,” or “swarm intelligence,” which suggests that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, the theory posits that the limits of the individual are overcome by collective intelligence. This installation consists of 6000 color copies of butterflies on transparency material.
An unconventional use of the medium, Seattle artist Diem Chau works with graphite pencil leads to create intricate and delicate sculptures of animals. Using a rather common medium to create an uncommon result, Chau’s work touches on the value of storytelling and myth and their ability to connect us to one another.
Industrial designer Irving Harper creates beautiful paper sculptures. Humble materials for such intricate results, Harper is interested in using brilliant design and craftsmanship to integrate the natural world.