Swiss artist Beni Bischof does not take himself serious, a sense of humor and a humble understanding of the world around him flows effortlessly between paintings, drawings, collages, prints, sculpture and installation. Bischof’s ability to allow each work to shine independently is rooted in his confidence to possibly make mistakes and his ability to approach each day with an honest approach to his varied process of art making. Bischof encourages us to look into the absurdity of our desires. Bricked Castles and Handicap Cars follow our intuition to objectify the flawed ambition to acquire maximum beauty, strength and power. In other works magazine pages are covered with grotesque abstract marks masking the beauty of the subject while offering an alternative channel for a ritualistic performance. In a painting two shapes representing heads confront one another celebrating the banality of our day-to-day confrontations. Enjoy more Bischof after the jump…
As far as I know, this 9-minute black and white instance is the first in its kind: modern Chinese film-maker Yang Fudong has collaborated with the huge international fashion brand PRADA to produce a beautiful and dreamlike look book that evokes timeless-ness despite (or because of) it’s old Shanghai setting. First Spring is inspired by a Chinese proverb: “The whole year’s work depends on a good start in spring,” lending itself perfectly for the Mens Spring/Summer line. Yang Fudong works predominantly with 35mm black and white film, harking to black-and-white prewar films of the 1930s and 1940s and postwar avant-garde film noir.
I’m absolutely loving the 3D illustrations of Chris Labrooy with their dynamic sense of color, composition, and playful humor. If that’s not enough Labrooy also has a brilliant eye for typography, creating custom typefaces out of everything from people to architecture. (via)
Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami’s voyeuristic series Assembly features groups of young women who all dress the same. The eerie images are shot from a distance, making the viewer feel as if they’re spying on the troops. And with their backs turned towards the camera, you don’t know exactly what their motivations are. Although they don’t appear to be causing any mischief, we can’t be so sure.
Yokonami writes about Assembly, stating:
Each person has their own personality. I try to keep a bit of distance between us in this work. Then, the existence of each person disappeared and the existence of the group appeared instead. The strength and beauty as a collective entity stood out more by being in nature. I was attracted to the expressiveness of the group. (Via WeTheUrban)
Sometimes a simple concept can pack a powerful punch. Such is the case with these elegantly minimal photographs of melted popsicles by Australian photographer Will Nolan.
Each piece is a meditation on the fragility of life and a reminder of the everyday delights (such as ice cream!) that we often take for granted. (via)
Cristina De Middel brings a striking beauty to space travel in her series The Afronauts. Her series is based on the aspirations of Edward Makuka Nkoloso – a 1960’s Zambian school teacher who wanted to land his countrymen on the moon before the United States or the Soviet Union. Nkoloso was openly mocked, even by journalists. Through his story, the series’ pleasant imagery gives way to more serious underpinnings. De Middel says:
“The images are beautiful and the story is pleasant at a first level, but it is built on the fact that nobody believes that Africa will ever reach the moon. It hides a very subtle critique to our position towards the whole continent and our prejudices.”
Musician Jun Seba, also known as Nujabes passed away late last month after a fatal car crash at age 36. Why it took almost a month later for everyone to catch wind of it, I’m not sure but, pest in peace. You were so young and so amazingly talented. This video above was circulating the web for a bit- “Luv (sic) pt. 2” Nujabes featuring Shing02 and directed by Sou Ootsuki. Doesn’t watching it makes you feel alive? In a really breathtakingly normal way?
Fractals are a geometric concept and mathematical set that represent repeating patterns, also known as self-similarity. Scotland-based physicist and artist Tom Beddard, aka subBlue, who we have previously featured for his generative graphic work, has recently been creating 3D geometric fractal designs that he refers to as “Fabergé Fractals” because of the detailed and ornate patterns that are rendered by the artist’s formulaic methods. At first glance, Beddard’s designs appear to be fully realized, physical forms due to the intricacies of the patterns and the technical skill that is applied to each generation.
Beddard explains, “The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.
“The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural ‘resonances’ of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation.” (via my modern met)