As a photographic artist and filmmaker, Chris Anthony’s world is anything but normal. His large scale photographs are an intersection of Renaissance set and costume design, melted with a process that employs both antique photographic equipment and the modern technology of post-production. Anthony’s work is lush and painterly. He creates an image that is akin to film work in its narrative, both cinematic and containing all the elements of a story left open-ended.
For this body of work, Anthony rented an old hotel in Downtown Los Angeles once owned by Charlie Chaplin to create a sweeping backdrop of space lost in time. He photographs his subjects in mid-dream, or in a state of semi-consciousness. The scene is amplified by distinct props and the presence of small figures, visions manifested from the sub-conscious. It is not sure if they are evil or guardian.
Scott Bisson is an Oregon-based glass blowing enthusiast. Ever since he bent a piece of glass over a flame in his high school Chemistry class when he was seventeen, Bisson has been passionately creating beautifully colorful hand-blown glass creatures. Working as a flame and furnace worker, he is well accustomed to the world of heat and molten materials and works prolifically. He has been creatively active for nineteen years, and now specializing in borosilicate flame-work, Bisson has created work for over 80 galleries across America. These snakes, octopuses, lizards and squids are but a small sample of his many endearing pieces.
Bisson creates whimsical representations of the animal and natural world around him – including many different types of flowers, reeds, corals, reptiles, insects and bugs. Each are a labor of love and have an incredible amount of detail to them. The artists explains his obsession with getting it just right:
I put a little bit of myself into every work of art I create. That is how I breath life into each piece. If I don’t lose a piece a day from getting in over my head, then I am not pushing myself hard enough. Skill is the raw material of a great piece, and drive and energy make it take shape. (Source)
His perseverance, dedication and risk-taking shows in each piece. To see more of his curvaceous, elegant designs, visit his website here. (Via Bored Panda)
Adrian Navarro’s large scale abstract paintings describe implosions of color trapped inside virtual volumes that float weightlessly in the pictorial space. Navarro´s work explores the paradox between the physical confinement and the expansive freedom inherent to the organic painting, and by extension to the human being.
Daphne Wright is known for her unsettling yet poignant sculptural installations which use a variety of techniques and materials including photography, plaster, tinfoil, sound, voice and video. She has also worked on larger scale public art projects, collaborating with artists across disciplines; architects, writers and theater professionals to create works which deal with the indescribable.
Stallion (pictured above) is a full size cast of a dead horse. Lying upturned in the gallery space the power and strength of the horse seems to have collapsed with the fall of the animal on the gallery floor. At first sight the composition brings to mind a horse rolling in grass yet, on closer inspection we see the skin of the body has been peeled back revealing sinuous tendons and raw flesh. The familiarity of the animal and its playful association slides into an anatomical study colored by identifiable emotions.
Equally complex in its layering of suggested meaning is another animal cast – the delicate body of a rhesus monkey. Cast at a Primate Research Center Wright’s monkey is sensitively displayed lying on its side. The cast holds the body, permanently capturing the flesh in solid form. Covered in a fine layer of embroidered ‘hair’ its face, hands and chest recall the living animal yet the needlework gives a strangeness to the small figure. The face of the animal has been colored by a painter of religious statues, giving the monkey a touch of the other worldly.
As a kid I collected miniatures. I would go away with my parents and wherever we traveled there seemed to be a store that sold tiny objects. Back then they were mostly for dollhouses but I acquired these curiosities so I could display them on my desk. I thought it was cool that someone could actually make something that small. I remember some of the items in my collection included miniature coca cola bottles, tiny animals (mainly cats) and food such as jelly apples and cakes.
With a similar thought in mind Japanese artist Tomo Tanaka creates high-end miniatures. Using clay and epoxy he constructs tiny masterpieces of mostly Parisian cuisine displaying the utmost detail. Tanaka’s creations are so mini that for documentation purposes he photographs them on his fingertips to give the viewer an idea of size. This however does not infringe on the detail involved. It’s remarkable that at such small scale they are painfully and accurately crafted to the tiniest fold and extremely appetizing. He presents a collection of eatables and household products under the moniker Nunu’s house. Within that framework he creates food spreads which would make any caterer proud in the realistic way they are rendered and displayed.
Tanaka is unique because he excels at a definitive craft which overflows into the area of fine art. He has published two books and teaches courses on the subject. (via spoon-tamago)
The work of German graphic designer and photographer Stephan Tillmans combines a fusion of new and old technology. Outdated cathode-ray televisions are turned off to reveal a strange but familiar geometry, which are then captured with modern, high-resolution cameras and techniques. This kind of CRT technology is no longer used, and the images the Tillmans collects are equally rare, as each is a finite moment that can almost certainly never be repeated. According to Tillmans, his work is a “photographic series of old tube televisions taken at the very moment they are switched off. The TV picture breaks down and is abstracted to its essential element: light. Each of these photographs is from a different TV, but it’s also the length of exposure, timing, and time the TV has been running before the photo is taken that affects the results.”
Tillman’s recent portfolio is broken up into two categories – the Luminant Point Arrays, (seen above) made from color television sets, and the darker, more stark shapes of the Luminant Screen Shapings which are taken from black and white televisions (seen below). The more recent Screen Shapings lack color and some variation, but also have a more delicate, line-based visual strength.(via booooooom)
Australian artist Numskull presents his work both on the street and in galleries. His segmented use of vintage typography and Native American imagery is dangerously similar to that of FAILE’s mixed media work, but his energetic character designs establish him as a force all his own. Goofy gets three eyes and Bart Simpson hair, and the character takes on a completely new persona. Hysterical, almost toothless grins populate the streets. The world would be a better place if it was populated with even more visuals from the mind of Numskull.
The artist has work on display at Mishka‘s flagship in Brooklyn.