Clowns can be…unsettling but however you feel about clowns, Kyoko Hamada‘s photo series called ‘Clown Care Unit’ is fascinating. In partnership with a hospital’s medical staff, these professional performers work one-on-one with acutely and chronically ill children, their parents and hospital staff to help ease the stress of illness by reintroducing laughter and fun as natural parts of everyday life.
Molly Landreth’s A Portrait Of Queer life In America started as a simple self-portrait project in 2005 but has since expanded into a national archive and an international collaboration with the GLBT community. Molly’s goal with the series is to create images of her community that she can relate to and to tell new stories not typically represented in conversations about queer life.
Some simple yet beautiful photos from swiss artist Yves Sinka.
It seems like we just posted about the work of Chad Wys’ but we’re back again with some exciting new pieces by this talented artist. This time around we’re offering Chad’s gorgeously altered busts, china and other ornate antiques melting into fluid and luscious puddles.
In Sergei Isupov’s hands figurative ceramics are both instantly recognizable and strangely surreal. Heads are tattooed, the art integrated into the facial features. The backs of the heads often add a separate contrasting element. Lift the head to find a third, hidden design on the base. The images create a narrative, but what does it mean?
“My work portrays characters placed in situations that are drawn from my imagination but based on my life experiences. My art works capture a composite of fleeting moments, hand gestures, eye movements that follow and reveal the sentiments expressed. These details are all derived from actual observations but are gathered or collected over my lifetime. Through the drawn images and sculpted forms, I capture faces, body types and use symbolic elements to compose, in the same way as you might create a collage.” Source
Contrast is inherent to the nature of ceramics. The sculpting that goes into creating the work is meticulous and controlled but once the piece is lowered into the kiln the firing is random and unrestrained. In Isupov’s work the form and content are also contradictory. The figures and heads are realistic, even somewhat minimal, yet the paintings on them are surreal, highly detailed, often adding a skewed dimensionality. There are demons and distortions, surplus limbs and conjoined bodies. Isupov’s works create a world that is visually stunning and conceptually disturbing.
“I am a student of the universe and a participant in the harmonic chaos of contrasts and opposites: dark — light; male — female; good — evil. Working instinctually and using my observations, I create a new, intimate universe that reveals the relationships, connections and contradictions as I perceive them. … When I think of myself and my works, I’m not sure I create them, perhaps they create me.”
The UK’s Matt Martin is a film photographer working out of Brighton. His work gives us a refreshingly intimate look at adventure, a subject that’s typically trampled to death by passionless snapshots, Matt shows us how to do it right. He’s also an extra hardworking and motivated young man, heading up The Photocopy Club, a series of DIY photography exhibitions aimed to take photography off of the screen and back into the hands of the people using one of the most accessible mediums – the photocopy. The next show opens in London on Feb. 3rd.
Much of this series of photos was taken from Matt Martin’s new double-zine Goodnight Neverland / Thank God I’m Forgiven published by No Fun Press.
Photographer Emily Blincoe has created a bright, fun, and mouth-watering photo series using a candy color palette. Blincoe’s series features candy grouped by color and meticulously arranged using a background that matches the featured candy’s color. This series provokes a number of sensory experiences related to color and how we perceive the taste, smell, and texture of a candy because of its color. These photographs also bring us back to childhood’s first encounters with the arrangement of candy in sweet shops, and the allure found in shiny unwrapped packages. Some of Blincoe’s other photography also features various neatly-arranged groups of objects. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Characters running, cycling and jumping; stuck in one moment. The Korean artist Duck Bong Kang is freezing time with his stacked PVC pipes sculptures. It’s his way at looking at speed and condemning the need for human kind to strive for it.
‘My work begins by attempting to capture this absurd desire that we have for speed.’
Duck Bong Kang and his futuristic vision. A multitude of PVC pipes grouped together and spray painted with urethane paint. A cluster of plastic enhanced with gradient color tones. The uneven pile of pipes and the gradient add to the speed effect the artist is trying to capture. The lines are blurred and the details cannot be perceived. The rendering creates an optical illusion that attracts the viewer’s curiosity. Where is this character’s headed?
The artist’s purpose is to pause the motion and to connect with the viewer. He is questioning through his sculptures the necessity of speed. And if the race between each other doesn’t end up by making us feel insecure. ‘More’ seems to be the enemy according to Duck Bong Kang. Once we’re settled at our current pace, whichever that may be, we are always looking to speed up and that’s a dangerous quest. Both physically and emotionally.
While speeding, our soul is not enjoying the flow of our lives. It focuses on getting power and it degrades its moral values. The artist is asking for an inner introspection on whether living an accelerated life is a risk worth taking.