Anita Bruce combines her love of craft and zoology and biology into her unique works of art. Creating string and wire lace pieces, Anita crochets plankton, starfish, octupii, coral… all wonderfully marine and beautiful. Surprisingly, she’s part of a whole subculture of marine crochet, just google it and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Louise Despont explores drawing as abstract meditations, balancing and integrating symbols and forms to link her art to the inscription of narratives and to mystical or literary concerns. Employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements and constructions found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, the artist renders her drawings on the pages of antique ledger books.
Despont has borrowed the geometries of Indian labyrinths, gardens, architecture, vessels and ancient Buddhist and Jain caves to offer balanced forms – particularly masculine and feminine principles—that engage past and present as indicators and provocations. While leaning towards strong poetic and lyrical translations, these drawings unlock a spatial perceptual field to reveal the formal qualities of surface, texture, scale and form.
While reinvesting introspection and the metaphysical into tropes of abstraction, Despont’s drawings are notable for their levels of sincerity, intricacy and refinement. Even in her larger works, the artist evokes an intimate experience with fine lines and subtle hatch marks revealing themselves only when viewed up close. The resulting works, charged with alternative legacies of cultural and personal, confront the binaries of abstraction and figuration through their encoded compositions.
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The powerful black and white monoprints of Romanian artist Mark Francis Williams look like eroding ghost-like portraits of ancestors who passed many decades ago. In a constant flux between abstraction and representation, the haunting figures appear and disappear over and over again like a distant memory that you can’t quite put together but also can’t forget.
About his work Williams states:
My work explores states of impermanence and the resulting aesthetic. It is a response to the experience of living in Bucharest – a city of disparities and contrasts.
Across this city, I am unnerved by the pugnaciously glossy, newly erected shopping malls rising phoenix like, offering a hyper-real, super-beautiful sense of order that conveys certainty, purpose and fixedness. It is a vacuous grandeur that leaves no space for error. The unintentional consequence of such artificial splendor is to highlight the true soul and charm of the city. One where buildings crumble, facades crack and deterioration is pervasive. Due to Bucharest’s close location to a major earthquake fault line a further sense of impending ruin permeates. Red warning dots on exteriors signify the approaching collapse of unstable buildings.
It is in this opposing fragile state that I find the city at its most authentic and most alluring. The environmental decline presents a natural orderliness, a passing self-organisation that quietly exhibits the inevitability of the life cycle. These are the qualities that I value and connect with and the platform I use as a investigative focus for my work.
Rather than recreate, emulate or photograph eroding materials, I choose to use faces and figures as a story telling vehicle. The human portrait is accessible and connects immediately with a viewer. It is a device I use to examine the correlation between man and his habitat, between changes in state and concepts of beauty.
Toronto native Jessica Thalmann is a photo-based artist with a curatorial presence. Her pieces bear witness to narratives of the past, overlaid on the reality of the present, capturing the intensity of these personal stories.
Let’s face it, sometimes artists need a little extra motivation to keep creating and challenging themselves. Based on the Drawing-a-Day style exercise, Drawlloween (generally hash-tagged so each artist’s daily offering can easily be searched on social media sites) is the month of October equivalent where artists and illustrators test their skills and dedication. Illustrator Brian Luong has taken this challenge, and come out with a completely cohesive and solid body of Halloween-themed work. The Southern California-based Luong has gone beyond mere renderings of each instructional prompt (list below), creating dark narratives that add necessary darkness, mystery and visual heft to each drawing.
Although Luong’s portfolio shows a range of strengths typical of most illustrators, Luong’s muted palate, tight hatching and large areas of shading have become more focused and with the project. On the eve of the project’s culminating date of Halloween, the drawings have developed their own distinct, chalky, monochromatic style. Dark shadows have became longer, and scenes of street stalking vampires, discovered corpses and goblin-carved pumpkins became more imaginative than most other participants. Luong’s final Drawlloween piece should be posted today, Halloween, on his Tumblr.
German brothers Qbrk and Nerd make up the artistic duo extraordinaire known as Low Bros. With their awesome creative powers combined, they save urban spaces from being dreadfully dull, leaving their instantly recognizable geometric characters on walls and canvases around Germany and beyond. If you like what you see here, then be sure to check out their respective websites for more creative inspiration!
I gotta admit that I was really excited to see Died Young Stayed Pretty, a new full length documentary focusing on the DIY rock poster (see gigposters.com) movement that has brewing in the US and beyond for the the last decade. The doc has hundreds of interviews with big names (many of whom you’ve never heard of) within the close knit rock poster scene,who discuss personal taste, poster philosophies, and what role money,drugs, and 70’s&80’s porn plays in rock posters. Many of the artists interviewed are amazingly talented (i.e. Tyler Stout & Brian Chippendale) and interesting, sharing with the viewer a small glimpse of their creative process.
UK-based street artist INSA is known for combining animated GIFs with graffiti in a brilliant fusion called “GIF-ITI.” The on-going project entails him painting a mural several times over in slightly different interactions. Then, INSA combines each version to form an “animated” painting. The result is a dizzying, spectacular GIF.
The artists’ most recent endeavor is part of “GIF-ITI,” but on a much, much larger scale. Where before he would paint the walls of buildings, INSA got much more ambitious. WIth the help of a team of painters and a satellite in space, he created the world’s largest animated GIF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The entire laborious process is captured in a short video (featured here). It shows the four-days of painting and repainting, moving the lines ever so slightly to create the illusion of movement later. (Via Booooooom, Photoshop.com blog, and 123 Inspiration)