Sculptor Thom Puckey has a new exhibit on now at the Museum Centro Pecci in Prato, Italy, called Extreme Beauty. The unexpected combination of classically-sculpted figures paired with implements of death are a definite comment on where society has taken us since Neoclassicism. “The presence of modern weapons in the sculptures makes them seem contemporary in a cheap kind of way, this I realise. I like this suggestion of cheapness, I play into it. Chicks and guns,” explains the artist. Puckey makes “cheap” look pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Just so you know, these works are a combination of paper cut outs, painting, and the occasional black haired monster. So, Julien Langendorff, that must have taken forever to cut out all those tiny paper shapes. Color me impressed. I love the smiling skulls juxtaposed against the bold, rainbow color pallet. These skeletons were young once too, and they certainly still know how to get down.
Los Angeles artist Arturo Oliva Pedroza produces the kind of photography I love. That grainy, seemingly accidental snap shot that you can’t stop staring at. Pedroza’s genius lies in capturing these quiet, easily overlooked moments of beauty that smack you in the face with their simplicity and honesty. Picking up a pizza on that cold walk home from the bar can be magic–if you let it be.
There will always be something magical about photo-realism, and UK artist Tom French adds just enough abstract brushwork to keep it interesting. The wildness of some of his mark making gives his pieces a real feeling of movement specific to the subject matter; the angry, chaotic bucking of a bull or the seeming tranquility of a boy slipping through space.
Vilnius, Lithuania based artist Dziugas Valancauskas‘ work is a mix of creative typography and bold illustrations. His work explores different style: from clean, vectorized illustration, to more loose, handmade lines. Not only is he a graphic designer/illustrator, he also was the art director for a Suicide Dj’s video, Sea Boat.
You might have already read our series on food artists. B/D has decided to feature another 3-part series on cut paper artists! The art of paper-cutting evolved from the traditional Chinese craft, stretching back to the 6th century. Today, contemporary paper artists have pushed this art-form into focus once again. Armed with their X-Acto knives, (and nail scissors?), these artists have redefined the meaning of intricate. (Some actually believing they’ve only completed a day’s work once their hands shake with fatigue, waking up sore the next morning!) Though it can be frail, finicky, and prone to tearing, their choice of medium is deliberate; they’ve claimed paper as a way of using an ordinary material to express themselves in unconventional ways. Check out the three cut paper artists of the day!
I know what you’re thinking….but, no. This is not Guerrilla Girls making a comeback. This is Leah Beach‘s most recent collection of work. Beach series is about stereotypes and rituals from American society; she used gorilla masks to stand for what we, humans, evolved from. Beach is mainly a film photographer and processes everything herself. Leach Beach is currently a student at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
Victoria Topping has many muses, but one in particular is music. Her funky experiments with collage instills movement to the inanimate; “developing an alternative music for the eyes.” Another recent inspiration for this UK based illustrator has been the textile patterns of wallpaper; Victoria has found a playful style in marrying the two. I definitely agree with the title of one of Victoria’s galleries: There Ought To Be More Dancing.