I had first came across Joyce Ho’s creepy and jarring collection of paintings on the Creative Quarterly website. When looking at her strong body of work, I often feel like I have come across a moment of surrender. The people in her predominantly yellow world are usually hunched over, or on the floor. Their eyes, which are dull with little to no sparkle of life, are what haunts me the most.
I am really digging Chinese artist Ju Duoqi’s personified vegetables! She takes old masterpieces like the Mona Lisa or Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and recreates them with tofu, cabbage, ginger, potatoes, the list goes on. Can you guess which paintings these are?
Attention: Toy Collectors with a bad case of paranoia – your delusions are real! Your toys really do lead a secret life when you’re not watching over them! The Secret Life of Toys is a collection of photographs that captures toys in their everyday life, when they’re not busy being played with. This particular series features Star Wars characters who have been hit hard by the recession. I hope the stimulus plan reaches the Death Star!
Victoria Topping has many muses, but one in particular is music. Her funky experiments with collage instills movement to the inanimate; “developing an alternative music for the eyes.” Another recent inspiration for this UK based illustrator has been the textile patterns of wallpaper; Victoria has found a playful style in marrying the two. I definitely agree with the title of one of Victoria’s galleries: There Ought To Be More Dancing.
H BOX, a roaming collapsable video art screening room, is making its United States premiere at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. Designed by Portuguese artist and architect Didier Fiuza Faustino, this traveling video gallery has been all over the world showcasing commissioned work by emerging artists. H BOX’s first premiere ever was in Paris, France at the Pompidou Centre and since then it has shown artists’ work in Spain, Luxembourg, London, and Yokohama, Japan.
Looks like today might be all animal themed posts so lets take a look at the work of Sandra Dieckmann, a lovely German born, London based illustrator who creates pattern rich illustrations full of your favorite creatures from the wild.
German photographer Loretta Lux captures surreal portraits of children, portraying them in a way that makes them appear as if they’re porcelain dolls. Young boys and girls stare towards the camera and with expressions that you can’t get out of your head. As they look beyond or at you, their large eyes look as if they know deep, dark secrets. Pastel and faded colors contrast with the mysterious feel that these works evoke.
Lux studied painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and uses this influence in her images. Some pieces take up to a year to complete, and her process involves a combination of photography and digital manipulation. She’ll strip the background and then place her subjects into muted, minimal environments. The flatted backdrop and realistic foreground confuse your eye and help craft these strange images.