Kris Aaron and Andy Walker are slightly modifying the purpose of fine China dishes. It’s now decorated with messages and gay illustrations. “Shit again”, “Cock monster”, “I’m going to fuck you” and pornographic images are hand drawn onto plates and kitsch ceramic ornaments. They either paint slogans or sexual images on small objets such as a tiger or a swan or desert plates. The couple just wanted to check “how cute it would be if they were more gay.”
All the pieces in the Pansy Ass ceramics series are one of a kind. Already collectors of similar items, they redoubled their research in thrift shops and vintage flea markets to find the perfect antique China dishes for their collection. Their intention was to accentuate the kitsch side of plates and objects. “For instance, we have this swan that’s the gayest thing I’ve ever seen,” Aaron says, “and we thought it’d be funny if we painted ‘masc’ (like masculine) on it.” The result is a weird combination of classic patterns and graphic scenarios.
Ideally, the artists would want their embellished dishes to be displayed at Macy’s. From porno chic to porno kitsch there could a part of the market interested in inviting their grandmother to a fancy cucumber sandwich tea party. (via Lost At E Minor).
Walking the line between fashion illustration and fine art these fashion designers are capable of creating beautiful drawings. Whimsical and fanciful, each artist is able to transfer images from imagination to paper in a way that is unique and dramatic.
Langley Fox’s beautiful graphite drawings are surreal and poetic. Sometimes purely beautiful and sometimes borderline bizarre Fox captures her subjects, often times figments of her imagination, with impressive precision and detail.
Intrigued by ancient Greek mythology, particularly the legend of the Moirai, Inès Katamso’s illustrations are enchanting and narrative. In the legend, the Moirai, or Fates, were white-robed incarnations of destiny. Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable), controlled the metaphorical thread of life for every mortal from birth to death. Katamso became interested in the idea of the “thread of life” and the line itself. Her beautiful illustrations capture this interest in the line, gracefully weaving lines together to create amazing compositions.
New York designer Katie Gallagher’s sketches are moody, dark and evocative. Telling a story that is at once about fashion and something else—something more serious and haunting—they transcend mere fashion sketches and become fantastical stories.
Helsinki-based illustrator Laura Laine’s characters are serious, sometimes frightening, but ultimately incredible. Each has a distinct personality that exudes attitude. Her quasi gothic, certainly poignant images are intriguing and lovely.
Weird digital sculptures (?) and installation scenarios by Ben Vickers. His work is all a big inside joke, and while I don’t get it, I think that not getting it is actually getting it? Regardless, I am chuckling along mirthfully.
Andrei D. Robu’s design portfolio is filled to the brim with amazing typography. What’s impressive about his work is how easily he works in a wide variety of styles shifting from hand drawn cursive fonts inspired by tattoo art to experimental digital typefaces with ease.
If you thought the goofy family photo in your holiday cards was original, then you’d better think again. Nick and Martha Desbiens recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fahz, a unique take on the usual 3D-printed decor. Fahz is a 3D-printed vase that features customized silhouettes in the negative space along the sides, a la the famous optical illusion.
“The vase begins with facial profile photos that are converted into vector geometry,” the Desbiens’ Kickstarter page explains. It continues: “The outlines from the photos become the scaffolding for a 3D model that merges the distinct profiles into a seamless sculptural form.” In other words, if you send the Desbiens a photo of the side of someone’s face, they can incorporate that into a new item for your mantelpiece.
An architect and computational designer, Nick originally conceived of the idea as a Mother’s Day gift for Martha. After friends and family began showing interest, however, the two of them expanded the project. (via This Is Colossal)
Jerry Kearns’ new work meditates on the construction of images post-9/11. The stark blue sky found in all of the paintings sets the mood as surreal and stands in for the strange blue sky behind the Twin Towers after the attack. Kearns explores various ways of representing the present body by subverting notions of masculinity and strength with both feminine and androgynous signifiers.
Camilo José Vergara’s 40-year project, “Tracking Time,” chronicles urban transformation in some of the poorest and most segregated communities in the Northeastern United States. In Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities he regularly visits during his documentation, he captures what he calls “Paired Houses”: two dwellings that share a wall, one of them occupied, the other empty. Because each dwelling is part of the same building, Vergara is able to capture the stark contrast between deteriorated and maintained habitats, reflecting the declining state of Camden’s housing market. For some of the photographs, Vergara returns to a building he’s previously documented in order to chronicle the absence of formerly dilapidated buildings.
In his photo essay for Slate, Vergara writes,”If a resident of a middle-class neighborhood dies or moves to a nursing home, or if a dwelling burns, the empty house is usually guarded or secured by the owner’s family. The police keep an eye out for it. Neighbors, well-aware of the impact of a deteriorating eyesore on property values, alert city officials whenever they see a house falling into disrepair. The situation is quickly brought under control.
It’s different in a crumbling inner city like Camden. Even Walt Whitman’s old house at 328 Mickle St.—the only home he ever owned—was by the 1980s adjacent to a vacant three-story dwelling and just two houses away from a ruin. House values in Camden are low and likely to remain so since the population of the city is declining, unemployment is high, and there is little new demand for houses. The number of vacant houses is likely to increase; many will eventually be acquired by the city, which is too poor either to board them up or to demolish them.”