Staples: usually a necessary evil based on time constraints or lack of paper clips. Who knew they could look this good? An illustrator and type designer, Alex Robbins was obviously listening when we were urged him not to ignore the negative space. His ability to transform mundane materials– be it finishing nails or fingerprints– into delicate, blooming bits of information always leaves me wanting more.
Black Hole is a project by Stockholm-based artist, Orestes Grediaga. A feeling of “void” and “emptiness” had struck the artist almost instantly – a feeling he had yet to experience. That day, the artist was drawn to a large piece of paper, on which he drew a black hole. “When it was dry, it seemed to absorb all of me as I looked at it. Inside, there were no thoughts nor feelings, no memories, no physicality, nothing. It was like a black hole. At that moment a sense of abiding calm came over me from inside, from the very same place this enigmatic void was coming from.” – Orestes Grediaga
For one month out of the year the Harbin Ice Festival provides a winter wonderland for the good people of China who are looking for a fun, fast, and extremely cold distraction. Made out of a hundreds of thousands of ice blocks the festival takes form in the shape of a massive castle with dozens of slides and other frozen delights. At night the massive castle is colorfully lit with inset LED lights that make its icy walls glow from the inside out , illuminating the various architectural details along with every twists and turn that the ice palace provides its eager guests. (via)
Uta Barth uses photography to capture her own personal dreamy moments with light, and in doing so, exposes its environmental power over our solitude and romance . . . or romance with solitude.
As a viewer, I find myself drawn to the window, the curtain, and the wall in each piece, not only because it’s illuminated accordingly with sharp visceral attention, but also because I’m intrigued with how the mundane awakens. It feels childlike, reminiscient of a world without technology and other busy distractions. Ironically, or maybe not so, it also feels wise– close to death. There’s drama in the little details as the hand pulls back the curtain or the camera approaches the glow. It’s not so much about being a voyeur as it is about being here and being still– sharing the space where light opens into mood and reflection.
Of her work, Barth notes, “In most photographs the subject and the content are one and the same thing. My work is first and foremost about perception.”
To say these pieces are only about composition: space or pattern, would be to ignore the aura around the intention of these images, which are all shot inside her home– there’s a depth that resonates with an almost intrinsic documentary feeling. Unlike James Turrell, she does not appear to be mathematically immersing us in the immediate moment of light and awareness; instead, she’s quoting from the lightness in her own life, and we are privy enough to bear witness.
Tania Scheglova and Roman Noven, based in the Ukraine, are frequent collaborators, especially in the realm of fashion photography. They also work together on more personal material as well, and often post the results to Synchrodogs, a website they share. Perhaps due to a lingering Cold War sensibility or some other intangible, Eastern Europe maintains a dark, unknown quality. Full of strong emotion and isolated coldness, the photographs created by these two perfectly illustrate such atmosphere, reminding us how easy it is to get lost sometimes.
Ludovic Florent‘s new photoseries Poussières d’étoiles (which translating as Stardust) features the natural beauty of the human body in motion, capturing dancer’s poses in moments of ecstasy, distress and grace. Each photograph is highlighted by the staging, a chalk and sand floor which enhances each movement, with dust clouds mirroring the appendage’s motions to create a dramatic physical presence of their own. Florent says, “In our changing society, my photographic work is guided by a humanistic look, willingness to foreground the natural beauty of the body, free to express his grace and personality.”
The Metz, France-based Florent created Poussières d’étoiles for Gallery HEGOA, and in anticipation for the European Festival of Nude Photography in Arles, France in May, 2014. The photographer further explains his work, “‘Behind every carnal envelope hides a soul that is both sensitive and flamboyant as I try to capture in each of my photographs.’ We certainly enjoy his work guided by a humanistic look, finding expression in a series that is both, sensitive and vivid.” (via ignant)
These aren’t your typical vinyl records. Actually, they’re not vinyl at all. Amanda Ghassaei seems to have perfectly situated herself between being a scientist and artist. This project illustrates that well. For it Ghassaei uses a laser to burn grooves into a variety of materials such as wood, acrylic, and paper. The grooves are about two times larger than they would be on a regular record. However, these DIY records are still entirely playable. Check out the video after the jump to see her laser-cut records in action.
Eric Hibit’s work has often been described as being a breed of “New American Folk Baroque.” Hibit has a strong understanding of color and texture and this is evident in his collection of hand made and found objects. His work can be seen at the Eric Hibit: Picture Cohesion exhibit located in Washington, DC at the Curator’s Office.