El Famoso is the moniker for collaborative duo (and brothers) Rich and Chris Fairhead. Their humorous and playful illustrations have a clunky and quick feel to them that’s always a nice treat. Your probably wondering what influences them. Here is a list in no particular order “warriors, monsters, gods, witchcraft, animals,hand painted signs, mr kipling, toys, party food (nibbles), Jonny Cash, Russian Criminal tattoos, tribes, comics, heroes, screen prints, killer robots,
bad films, graffiti, posters, black & white, fantasy, folk and some other bits and bobs. “
Boston-based photographer Caleb Cole creates self-portraits that are not so much about himself. Cole’s curiosity about the live (introspective lives) of others inspired him to come up with Other People’s Clothes, a photographic series in which the artist becomes the stranger, the ‘Other’, in order to further understand his desire to know more about the unknown.
“Though I am the physical subject of these images, they are not traditional self-portraits. They are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar, as well as documents of the process wherein I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.”
By using scavenged clothing and various themed setting that matched the clothing, the artists creates characters that resembles people in real life – I assume, people by whom he is intrigued by (he fails to portray people of color/other ethnicities, although he does not exclude women). Each photograph evokes a story, which Cole makes possible by arranging and creating the set of each and every one of these images.
The artist’s facial expressions, however, seem static; he seems to hold about the same face, one of despair or discontent, throughout the series. The reason behind that specific characteristic is unknown, however it can be speculated that he might be channeling his own beleifs about the people he is portraying…can all his characters be this unhappy and apathetic about life in real life, or are those just his impressions?
Whatever his reasons may be, there is no doubt that, through his representation of the ‘real people’, Cole is demonstrating an understated sense of empathy. (via Feature Shoot)
Gorgeous gorgeous photography by Julian Goldstein that makes my feet itch for travel. Julian emphasizes the mystique of “unaltered subjects and settings while embracing their natural appeal” with these tiny glimpses of eastcoast idioms.
“This spot is in a highway ghost town about three minutes from my house. I only ever go there to check the post office box or to waste my money on expensive petrol. The bag on the ground at the start of ledge has about a hundred tea candles in it. I had to use about fifteen of them before I was sliding at all. The wall is really rough and it’s a lot closer than it looks. The challenge was more to not cut my hand on the jagged bits of concrete poking out than to do the noseslide. The ledge is full of cracks and holes and isn’t really the easiest thing to skate. All those blurry yellowy/orange areas along the ground are leaves. Lots of little piles of dried out winter leaves; perfect for landing in and rolling through. The shot is taken not more than five meters from the edge of a road that happens to be the Pacific Highway – the segment of Highway 1 that joins Brisbane to Sydney and is thus a pretty intimidating audience of bikers, truck drivers and travellers to perform in front of.
But what I dig about this photo is that none of that is apparent.
The ledge appears smooth and seems to slide, the wall looks harmless, the leaves are more shimmering puddles of gold than they are crunchy yellow landing hazards and the composition isn’t concerned with the hundreds of people that would’ve driven past while we were skating there. I don’t usually like photos or videos of myself skating. It’s so easy to criticize yourself. But this photo has a lot more going on that just the trick…I love this photo.”
These photos were shot by Isaac’s brother, Gabe Roxburgh, with the new Lensbaby Spark. Lensbaby is running a photo story contest called Show and Tell over on their Facebook page. Check it out here to see more photo stories, and share your own for a chance to win.
Montreal based mural artist Jason Botkin loves to paint large, strikingly colorful abstractions of faces doing weird things. And bodies doing weird things. He likes to paint hands out of scale, eye brows quivering, bird faces animated, alien shapes in bright bold shades and cartoon characters who are larger than life. Recently returning from the Festival Internacional de Arte Público in Mexico where he collaborated with Jeremy Shantz on a series of weird masks and faces, he is no stranger to combining his distinctive pop style with other artists’, to create unforgettable imagery.
Botkin is not only a master of street painting and graffiti-style work, but also of installations and drawings – all which have a surrealistic twist. His work in Cancun is a natural progression on from his more figurative work which is aptly described here after the success of his second solo show in 2008:
Figures turn inside out, dressed in their emperor’s finest; bodies unwrapped to explore inner worlds, emotions, and ideas; vapors and clouds permeate architectural structures of unknown purpose; buildings chart impossible perspectives, cities in chaos; geometric forms emerge from and are swallowed by the imagined inner workings of internal landscapes. These various elements form a tapestry of self divined utopias and personal myths. These offerings are made with the belief that change is possible, when we reinterpret social identities and then test deeply entrenched, and often flawed social realities. (Source)
Leading on from that, Botkin leaned toward painting more cartoon-like heads complete with their own personalities. He adds a healthy sense of humor to his work and enlarges it, places in it a public sphere and allows people to enjoy it at their own leisure. See more of his paintings after the jump. (Via Hi Fructose)
It’s no surprise that everyone at B/D is obsessed with bizarre hippy, psychedelic references in art. However Charles Glaubitz work differs from the usual psychedelic hookas pokas as it mixes in character based imagery more in line with japanese magna. The resulting work is bizarre, funny, and imaginative.
Jamal Penjweny, an Iraqi Kurdish photographer, artist and filmmaker, creates I Wish– a simple yet poignant series of photos that feature people who have dreams of sport stardom but lack the ability and/or possibilities to make their dreams come true.
As children we all have dreams of becoming famous, we see Maradona play soccer or a Bruce Lee film and think that we will be stars like them when we grow up. But life gives us another way, we become something else, and we do not get a chance to live these dreams.
For I Wish, Penjweny photographs his subjects inside their homes or at their jobs and asks them to hold a picture of their sport stardom dream. Some hold pictures of successful swimmers, tennis and soccer players ; others hold pictures of Bruce Lee, while some embrace photos of their favorite car driver. The idea, although a bit pessimistic at first glance, is to create visual juxtapositions between their dreams and their current simple but confortable reality. While the photographs are unassuming and understated, we can’t help but fall under spells of nostalgia and sentimentality as these images are a reminder that we are all stuck in our mundane lives while our dreams are left in the back burner. Here, Penjweny gives dreams a chance, he tries to expose them, and, in a sense, give them life.
The man in the mountains wanted to become a champion swimmer but he was born in a place with no swimming pools, the man with the Bruce Lee photo took karate lessons and then became a Mullah, the man with the Ferrari photo always wanted to be a racecar driver- now he has a donkey and sells gasoline. I made this project to give one moment when dreams can become reality, so each person can act out their dream even if they cannot fulfill it in real life.
No matter where you are or how old you are, if you are disabled, or poor- restrictions are by no means important when one can think big, and get excited by it. So what if dreams don’t come to fruition, if you are driven by the power of limitless thought and possibility, then you are bound to get someplace worth your stay.