Happy Halloween everyone! Let’s all take a few minutes to celebrate the funniest holiday of the year. Hope your day is filled with lots of ghouls, goblins, ghosts, spooky monsters and maybe some David Letterman??? More crazy pumpkin carving pictures after the jump!
Elle Hanley, a fine art photographer based in Seattle, creates captivating characters and dreamy narratives through her portraits. Initially attracted to self-portraiture four years ago, Hanley has since amassed a career in conceptual portraits, surreal photography, and fashion editorials.
Aesthetically, Hanley emphasizes color and plays with texture in her work. Drawing inspiration from nature, her pieces are often shot in outdoor settings and feature humans interacting with their immediate environments. Due to this fascination with the “natural tension that exists between the human form and the space,” most of her work explores the relationship between her models—one of which being herself—and their surroundings. Always seeking to conjure an emotional reaction from the viewer, she strives to create narratives and seeks to capture moments in time. Evoking a sense of fantasy and avoiding indications of specific place or time, her portraits suggest “something vintage and timeless from a thoroughly modern process.”
Hanley’s recent body of work ranges from seemingly traditional, straightforward portraits to surreal depictions of women in dreamlike settings. Beautifully shot and conceptually fascinating, each piece portrays her devotion to maintain both variety and creativity in her practice, and perfectly captures her distinctive style and alluring aesthetic.
Check out Elle Hanley’s work at Axis Gallery in Seattle, Washington through the month of October!
Dutch illustrator/designer Parra has done some seriously cool work. His posters, which he plasters throughout Amsterdam, are apparently highly sought after, as are his limited edition Nikes, shirts, skateboards…you name it, Parra has done an illustration for it. His style is very 1970s, with a hint of sleaze.
Even if you’re the type of individual to deny most slightly cynical (or perhaps they’re just simply honest) thoughts, you’ll too appreciate Joseph Barbaccia’s tangible commentary. In his Integration Series Joseph presents integrated objects, each representing one single, yet highly loaded idea: Obesity, Marriage, Blame…
Jasper Goodall is an illustrator and artist from Brighton, England. His work has encompassed many areas from music, fashion, advertising, publishing and Editorial. In addition to his creative output he teaches on the illustration degree course at the University of Brighton in the UK.
One glance and his work will be forever be burned in your mind.
Fantich & Young is the creative partnership of artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, who have been working together since 2008. In their series Apex Predator (meaning a predator with no predator of their own),they imagine the world’s toughest animal, and attempt to dress it. They created a suit and two pairs of shoes using natural materials that the Apex Predator could have gathered from his prey; a grotesque but awesome display of power. The suit is covered with human hair, with glass eyes and small bones for buttons. The collar is lined with dentures. The artists created two pairs of shoes to match the suit: oxfords and high heels, both lined with dentures (the thought of standing on teeth gives me goosebumps!!). This is a true power suit, designed for the cold-blooded animal who has fought their way to the very top of the food chain. The fact that this suit is designed to fit the human form is a clear indication of who the artists think that animal is…
The abstract ceramic work of Netherland-based artist Mieke de Groot is full of repetitive patterns and geometric shape. Her vessels resemble natural archetypes found in nature, such as the winding pattern on an acorn or the perfectly balanced patterns in honeycomb. These spiky exteriors are somehow still warm and inviting, so full of texture, begging to be touched. Holding a precise shape with intricate detail, Groot’s work still contains an organic quality. Each piece displays careful incisions that exhibit a skillful and complicated method. However, this intricacy and density is contained in one unified, brilliant color, mostly hues of greens and blues.
The delicate forms in her work wind and bend around, obstructing which end is which. However, not all of her ceramic pieces contain such smooth glazes as the ones shown. A different approach this multifaceted artist uses is one in which she creates a rough, cracked surface, creating a much different aesthetically versatile exterior. Groot’s style molds and transforms along with her ceramic medium. Each piece seems to grow both organically and systematically, even though they are constructed by hand. Even more impressive, Mieke de Groot also is an established painter, on top of creating remarkable ceramic vessels. The Dutch artist has artwork in collection all over the world including the National Glass Museum in the Netherlands and The Corning Museum of Glass. She is currently represented by galleries in several different countries including Holland and Germany.
Have you ever finished a painting and completely destroyed your brushes, wondering if you would ever use your beloved, mangled, crusty tools again? Well, here is one artist that has found good use of old, filthy brushes. Rebecca Szeto takes found, used brushes, especially ones that could never be used again, and transforms them into little masterpieces of their own. The handle of her brushes are carved and painted to appear as fancy women, while the bottom bristles of the brush are left to look as they originally appear. With a little creativity and ingenuity, Rebecca Szeto makes the wider bottoms look like dress skirts. The stained, curled up bristles are now fringes to an elaborate gown, the paint being its silk.
The women Szeto’s brushes magically become many different kinds of women, taking on the form of all different shapes and sizes. They include women of different ethnicities and origins; one even portrays a mother adoringly holding her baby. You may have noticed some of the brush-women looking familiar to you. This is because several of the characters hold an art historical significance. For example, one woman is obviously Vermeer’s The Girl With the Pearl Earring, while another, maybe not so obviously, is the little girl in Diego Velasquez’s Las Meninas. Rebecca Szeto has cleverly taken an object that would normally be discarded, and with a little patience and skills, transformed it into something unique and amazing. Szeto explains further her intent behind these little women and what they convey.
“These works are an homage to an often lost sensibility and quality of touch and thought, not simply the superficial look of Old Masters’ works. The lady-like portraits are a playful strategy I use to introduce the more indelicate and subtler aspects of waste management and working women (underestimated, underpaid, unnoticed, yet unyielding).”