When I sleep at night this is what my dreams look like. OKAY….. maybe they don’t look like this but I wish they did.
Young Designer Ka-Lai Chan is a 2009 graduate product designer from the School of Arts in Utrecht. Here products are visually pleasing and function well too.
Gelitin is comprised of four Austrian artists who met in 1978 at a summer camp and started exhibiting internationally as a group. Their cleverness in dealing with topics such as childhood, the functionality of objects, scale and absurdity are obvious in projects and corresponding titles such as “Klunk Garden” and “The Dig Cunt.” I like that their work seems to take on a variety of tones- ironic one moment and nostalgic the next. But all appropriate.
Based in France, skull artist Jim was born in New Caledonia, “gateway for Oceania and many other horizons. He goes to New Zealand, stops over the New Hebrids, discovers Australia, India, and lands in Hong-Kong. Human experiences, cultural, ritual, he is marked by his travels and encounters…” He is informed by “contemporary art, African, Oceanian, Amerindian, popular, religious…multiple passions and a melting-pot of influences”. Now that’s a lot of location-dropping, but it’s evident that a lot of brain-stewing and new-material-hunting goes into his sculptures.
Born in New Zealand, Peter Dobill is a Brooklyn, NY based actionist who has performed across the country. He is the recent recipient of the 2008-2009 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant. For this four hour endurance piece titled “Receiver,” the artist is suspended in a pool of milk, while a bowl placed overhead drips a continuous stream of milk into his nose. By constructing extravagant sets in which to carry out his actions, Dobill seeks to add a visual component to the performances. Dude is wild.
Stephen Floyd has some really fun and simple illustrations. He was born in Galveston, Texas in 1978, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. “The ideas for his drawings originate from a wide variety of sources: conversations, bad jokes, politics – anything that is a part of daily life… It is left for the viewer to decide whether the ideas come from a world of benevolence or a world of malice. Depicting stereotypes, humor and sex, everything he creates is understood differently based on the observer’s perspective. The play between the words and the images can be disarming, offensive or charming, depending on their pairings.”
SpY is a Madrid based artist who playfully disturbs urban signs and signifiers, often confiscating them, transforming them, then installing them on the street. I love his really simple gestures, like putting orange construction cones on a sculpted bull’s horns–they just have the hilarious edge of an adolescent prankster (who went to art school and secretly adores Duchamp.)