Robby Day’s delicate and intimate pen illustrations have a mysterious quality to them that makes one wonder who are these figures and what world do they live in. Are they shamans from another galaxy performing secret rituals or ancient beasts that lived deep in the woods? Look at the rest of Robby’s work after the jump and decide for yourself!
Long before the magic of Photoshop and its ability to manipulate came the work of Herbert List, a surrealist photographer working from the mid-1930’s through the 1960’s. His black and white images feature fake scientific models with their skin cut away and their guts partially exposed. This isn’t a particularly unusual sight- they are things you’d see in a classroom or museum – and show historical ways of practicing medicine. But, it’s how he frames the images that gives them an unnerving feel. Compositions are tightly cropped and provide us little context for what’s around them; it creates an air of mystery.
List was influenced by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, which is evident as we see these statues that seem to exist in a void. They’re moody and strange, and List’s documentary-style photographs show how strange things are when presented a deliberate way. (Via Boing Boing and My Amp Goes to 11)
With the motto, “Great art, and the weird ways it’s displayed,” The Things That Hold Art is a tumblr website that collects interesting mixed media in both art and design. What’s fun about it too is that you can contribute by sending images to the website. Check it out!
Christian Kraemer AKA Dome is a Karlsruhe, Germany based street artist with a knack for monochromatic murals. Not confining himself to the streets of Germany, the artist paints his massive black and white murals everywhere from Turkey to Poland. Focusing on surreal themes, Kraemer’s work taps into mysterious narratives that take place in familiar yet strange worlds full of elongated figures wearing animal heads upon their heads while playing music as they travel in unknown seas.
Jakub Pollág, a designer who works alongside Václav Mlynář out of Studio DeForm, has created a device that he hopes will “democratize the tattoo industry”: a Personal Tattoo Machine. Now, people wanting to ink their bodies with personally meaningful art can do it in the privacy of their own home, bypassing the need for tattoo shops and long waitlists. The unit, as demonstrated in the video above, is compact, affordable, and comes with all the necessary equipment, such as tubes, rubber gloves, antiseptic lotion, and sterile needles.
“The aim is to enhance tattoos that are not about aesthetics, instead their main function is to reflect meaningful memories,” Pollág explained to Designboom. “Due to their permanent nature, it is important that they are honest and exclusive” (Source). This suggests that the intention, experience, and act of tattooing—that is, the commemoration of a moment, which will live as long as you do—is just as valuable as the finished piece.
Whether you still want to commission an artist to create your design (and many of us squeamish or less artistically-inclined folk may still choose to do that), or you trust your own creativity and steady hand, Pollág’s device is an intriguing idea for truly customizing your tattoo. It doesn’t get more personal than this. Learn more about the Personal Tattoo Machine here. (Via The Creators Project)
Russian painter Slava Fokk creates surrealistic art with elegant lines and bold colors. Inspired by art deco, Fokk’s work inhabits a geometrical world filled with stunning detail. Fokk also draws inspiration from a range of sources, from the Netherlands in Jan Van Eyck to Germany in Otto Dix. According to his biography, he explores “allusions, paradoxical and phantasmagoric combinations” in his artwork, using Russian symbolism in some to evoke deeper meaning.
Much as his style is eclectic, Fokk himself has himself traveled internationally. He’s showcased his art in Arizona and California, though he has now returned to his native Russia. According to Tutt’Art, he says of his background: “I felt that the atmosphere where I was living was pressing on me. It seems to me that everyone at some point in time needs to leave…to live somewhere else, far away. As a native of Krasnodar, I knew that I would have to work to adapt to another city, another culture. I knew that it would be very useful.” (via I Need a Guide)