Makena recently concluded her 3 month internship here at the headquarters, and during her stay here contributed a number of excellent blog posts. (You can read her epic anthology here.) Makena wowed us with her Feminist-conceptual essay on PJ Harvey during her interview, and amazed us even further by single handedly re-organizing an entire shelf of thousands B/D back issues. To give you an impression of the monumental nature of this feat, when I asked any and all of our former dude interns to reorganize this shelf for us, they would just look at it, then look at me, shuffle their feet, and mumble to themselves about remembering something else they suddenly had to do. (Sorry dude interns, but you know who you are….feel free to check out the pic of the chick who whooped you above.)
Makena has also compiled some of our most viewed posts, such as her collection of artists who use cut paper in their works or recycled materials. Thanks for all your hard work over the past few months Makena and good luck in your second year at college!
Bea Szenfeld is an outstanding, innovative designer based in Sweden who creates theatrical fashion shows featuring her designs. Her recent collection “Sur la Plage” a continuation off of her earlier work “Paper Dolls,” features 12 hand-made designs that was inspired off of a sea-side folklore of seamen. If you are not familiar with Bea Szenfeld’s work, you may be amazed to know that (just the same as Paper Dolls) this collection is constructed entirely out of paper. Handmade, entirely out of paper, and held together by the process of gluing, sewing, and pleating.
Liu Zhi Yin, an emerging artist from China, recently earned her Masters at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and has been exhibiting her sculptures in group shows. Liu Zhi uses fiber glass or bronze to construct sculptures of female characters that exude humor, but more than anything else, femininity in every sense of the word. Regardless of either awkward pose or expression, the movement and form of her pieces executes the constant sophisticated finish.
Vincent Fournier is a talented Belgium based photographer who enjoys documenting his extensive travels. In one of my favorite series of his, Space Project, Vincent visits space centers around the world and documents his visits through photography. But what truly makes Vincent’s work so enjoyable is that in nearly every shot, he creates within it beautiful, and sometimes troubling, imagery of contradictions. Such elements I noticed a lot in this series is technology vs. nature; the human imprint within the world. He seems to be particularly interested in the transformation of the environment as we progressively construct ourselves a society moving further away from nature.
Ashkan Honarvar’s work is definitely not for the squeamish. There is macabre beauty in his work that compels you to keep looking at it. Honarvar’s work reveals the the darker side of the human body and mind… something most of us would rather look away from. The human body, whether torn by war, exploited by the sex industry, or as a tool for discovering identity, is the focus of his work. Ashkan Honarvar is now part of the La Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.
Sabi Van Hemert is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that are fusions of children and animals. Van Hemert likes to play on the idea that the viewer has his or her interpretation on what they see. Because it is not immediately obvious what you see, the relationship between the spectator and the image is more complex, which is what Van Hemert strives to get from her work. Van Hemert says she has developed a rhythm to her work: precision, and the material she uses, help gives her work its alienating yet sensual, tough yet vulnerable character.
There are some things that are just too awesome to be forgotten…. in a sea of trends that the design world is often forced to weather. Take for instance, the 1960′s revolutionary trend of poster printing called The Black Light poster. You’ve got to love the free form type, the over-the-top color, the hand-drawn graphics. How could we ever say this art is dated? This was Plus, these posters have the dual ability to look great in daylight, and look even better under the glow of a black light in a dark room, (that may or may not smell like marijuana). Everybody loves stuff that glows in the dark, even if they’re not high – though I suppose they’d be even more mind blowing when viewed through the colorful lens of LSD.
Germany based artist Heiko Mueller’ art is like a fairy tale with a dark spin to it. He is fond of the country side, and is fascinated by the dark side of nature, the hidden machinations of the animal kingdom.