Kelsey Brookes‘ figurative paintings are a surreal manifesto of Hindu and Buddhist dieties, eroticism, animals and American quilt patterns. His work embodies an explosion of energetic colors, culture and anxiety represented with the ghostly characters in his paintings.
Examples from several Greenpeace-commissioned ads that have just been revealed in and around Copenhagen airport in the run up to the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) that takes place in the city next week. These ads feature a doctored image of a current world leader looking ten or so years older lamenting for their current inaction. Ad writer Toby Cotton of new agency Arc Communications (seemingly without a real website yet?) says about his choice of design that “the brief from Greenpeace International was simple, to put pressure on world leaders to create a fair and binding agreement at Copenhagen.” World leaders and big players in the Conference from around the world including Nicolas Sarkozy (France), Gordon Brown, (UK), Stephen Harper (Canada) and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil) join President Obama in the ranks.
Herbert Baglione, a native from Brazil, has brought to light the strong culture of graffiti from the streets of Sao Paulo to the rest of the world. The art that lives in the streets of the South American country is very well portrayed in his artwork as he brings to life the monotonous urban environment that we pass by every day. He takes on the task of making it part of his canvas.
Glue must be sculptor Andrew Sutherland’s best friend. Objects falling victim to its liquid strength are made from paper: New York Times’ made to look like a from cradle to grave stump of wood, cardboard cut out to create strange optical illusions, newspapers combined with thread and zippers for a lightweight sleeping bag.
Brooklyn artist James Blagden isn’t worried about offending you with racial stereotypes. Or rather the aim is to offend to get the point across. Fusing together a myriad of influences and topics found in African American popular culture, the artist pokes fun at the ideas and images we accept on a regular broadcasted basis. Whatever the common conception, the nerdiness of Asians in mainstream cinema, African Americans and basketball, gold teeth and bling, he’s done it all. Check out an interview Format Mag did on James.
When looking at the work of Alex Passapera, the first words that come to mind is chaos. He offers an intense and playful ride using skillful illustrative visuals and chaotic narration to portray the intangible something, “mainly instinct”, which becomes a common theme throughout his work.
Taisuke Koyama describes his works as “organic abstract photography”. He shoots surfaces and various states of degradation of artifacts in a city and thinks about those changes in state as the city’s metabolism- it’s an organism that’s changing every moment. It’s such a simple and beautiful idea.