Photographer Thomas Jackson captures every day objects traveling in packs. His series Emergent Behavior features plastic cups, leaves, sticky notes, gathering into swarms. These mundane objects fly through city streets and forests, mostly whimsical but at times menacing. They reference self-organizing systems often found in nature such as herding, swarms, insect mounds, and so on. Regarding this Jackson says:
“The images attempt to tap into the fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary”. (via)
It’s time for our weekly exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website builder Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color is a website builder that helps artists create gorgeous mobile/tablet optimized websites and allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work and website of Janet Decker Yanez.
Nashville, Tennessee based artist Janet Decker Yanez latest series of paintings “Unwinding Sheets” is a psychedelic exploration of portraiture, color, and abstraction. Using furniture moving pads and spray food coloring, Yanez’s experiments have taken her on a hallucinogenic ride full of colorful possibilities.
Discussing this body of work she states:
There’s a death that happens in the moving process: death of the physical space once occupied, of relationships with people and of things that break or don’t have a place in the new home. There’s also new life that happens while unpacking, as demonstrated in this series called “UnWinding Sheets.”
After unpacking my whole house and giving away all the boxes and most of the paper—for the second time in less than a year—I was left with roughly 20 large furniture paper pads, “economical, multipurpose, and reusable 3-ply recycled paper.” Some days I just wanted to wrap myself up in one of those blanket-sized sheets and hide away in some old box. As an alternative, I brought them to the studio.
Using food coloring and spray-painting techniques, I began creating non-representational heads/portraits. Starting with the basics of facial anatomy, ephemeral, shroud-like faces emerged from these lifeless, linen-like materials approximately 4 feet by 6 feet. Features developed as the coloring puddled or ran depending on whether I was working on a flat surface or vertically and as I used a layering process that included several spray applications and airbrushing.
A cast of characters unfurls from this paper that once wrapped and protected all my fragile household items. Through the title process I found some have names, some speak of their past with terms used to describe the condition of the objects they once wound around, while others merely echo precautionary statements.
If you’re like us at B/D then you are just as anxious as we are about the surprise installation taking place on the 2nd floor of the Uniqlo NYC flagship store. The viral video released in February by Uniqlo only gave us vague clues but now more information has leaked in anticipation of the March 28th grand opening. To add to the mystery Uniqlo has just released the above video which gives us a bit more of an indication of what they’re up to. Whatever they’re doing it’s clear that it’s going to be an exciting collision of art and fashion (and Starbucks!)!
To add to the excitement Uniqlo is kicking off their Lucky Line where shoppers can create pixelated avatars, hang out in futuristic virtual worlds, and even stand in line at Uniqlo to win all sorts of giveaways and prizes. It’s anything but ordinary and a fresh take on shopping.
Evan Robarts lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His playful sculptures are constructed from found objects and industrial materials. Robarts reinvigorates everyday items like brooms, hockey sticks, and bicycle frames when he transforms them into vibrant compositions. In one piece the combination of cake sprinkles and plaster results in a dazzling abstraction that looks good enough to eat. Another body of work utilizes Popsicle sticks and ink to imitate a plane of freshly melted treats. Robarts’ zestful work triggers multiple senses and reminds us that exuberance can be found in all things.
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Israeli artist Ronit Bigal transforms the body into a text. For her “Body Scripture II” series, Bigal uses digital photography overlaid with Biblical text (in Hebrew) and floral ornamentation drawn with black Indian ink to create these stunning images of body calligraphy. The body is exposed and abstracted, the text contouring bodily landscapes and capturing hidden textures and unspoken eroticism. Upon close inspection, the text on the bodies is hard to read. It’s small and intricate, but the overall effect creates a visually hypnotic pattern. Bigal places the text so thoughtfully around the curves of the body that it is hard to believe the text was not drawn directly onto the subjects. Her work also leaves me curious about which passages she placed on particular body parts, and if she was deliberate in the placement.
Her Saatchi profile explains that these images “…are almost abstract and enigmatic, arousing the viewer’s curiosity to discover what are the photographed objects, what meanings lies behind the texts; and whether there is a thematic affinity between them or, perhaps are the associations purely aesthetical?” (via my modern met)