The work of Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti humorously comments on the current economic state that the world is in. Using different currencies from around the world, Rabatti rearranges and alters the faces of each political icon and transforms them into a comic book hero. By rearranging and breaking down household faces such as Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II, the artist deconstructs their economic status. Each important leader’s status has been elevated from historical legend to fictional superhero, as if their alter egos are really Spiderman, Ironman, and Catwoman. The interesting part about this transformation is that some of these heroes and villains are more recognizable to people than the historical figures themselves.
This series, titled Facebank, comically comments on our economic state and the actual worth of money today. We trust in these icons just as children trust Captain America and the other courageous characters. In creating this series, Rabatti aims to spark a dialogue concerning the current, unstable state of world economics. Another interesting element in the artist’s work is that each face is now wearing a mask. The mask is often associated with hiding one’s identity or giving a false appearance; pretending to be something you are not. This is no doubt another layer in Rabatti’s series, commenting on political figures and their place in society. The artist’s funny and clever artwork combines comic book superheroes, economics, and political satire to create this multifaceted series. (via Design Boom)
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s humorous sculptures mine the banal for the prophetic and haunting. Whether it’s meaningful messages that appear in ala breakfast cereal, rows of cocktail shrimps that magically form an infinity sign, or frightening hidden messages found in NYC subway cards, Neuspiel’s work takes a comedic approach on the worlds largest philosophical ideas and beg you to ponder along with him.
Some people live life large not having time for life’s small obstacles. such is the case with street artist Aryz whose massive murals start with size xlarge and go up. Aryz’s murals of invisible men, bathing beauties, and humble farmers in fields of flowers demand our attention not only with their massive scale but with their gorgeous and bold colors which can be seen from miles away.
In a professional dog show, the canines are supposed to be the stars, and the humans’ presence fall to wayside. But, just because people aren’t the main focus doesn’t mean that they aren’t picture-worthy themselves. When photographer Mark Holthusen was on an advertising assignment for Purina at the National Dog Show, he was supposed to just take pictures of the dogs. He also snapped these photos while their owners were prepping the canines. The result is a candid series titled Second in Show.
Holthusen set the portraits against a solid black background that highlights the gestures and facial expressions of the owners. Some are seen seriously primping and preparing for the dog’s show, while others look more relaxed and even eccentric. And, you can’t help but notice how the duos (or trio) take after each other. Hair color, style, and demeanor are all eerily similar, proving that people really can look like their pets.
Freya Jobbins’ repurposes doll parts and plastic figurines to create disturbingly beautiful busts made out of thousands of tiny body parts. Influenced by Ron Mueck’s sculptures and Guiseppe Archimboldo’s fruit & veggie paintings these provocative objects both delight and disturb the viewer all at once.
“My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and the emerging recycling culture within the visual arts. Due to our society’s overspending on children’s plastic toys, especially dolls, the materials for my assemblages are very accessible.”
See more of Freya’s work after the jump including a special Darth Vader piece in honor of Lucas Films being sold to Disney! (via)
Robots is a new London-based artist collective specializing in site specific public art. Their gigantic sculptures are composed of really just trash. Reclaimed and recycled wood, old furniture people throw away – really taking the phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to heart. The New York Times even wrote an article about them. If you would like to learn more about Robot, check out their short documentary where the film follow this group during their build at the 2010 Secret Garden Party Festival.
Born in Los Angeles, Justin Blythe now lives and works in Amsterdam. He continues to create strong visual work through a variety of outlets and has recently updated his website. His body of work strikes a balance between hyper-colored juxtapositions and darker informed themes. Equally proficient in original illustration and reappropriation, Justin’s visual vocabulary enlivens clothing design, motion graphics, editorials, the music industry, and more.