I don’t know much about Irkus M. Zeberio, but his work caught my eye as I was tumbling through this. Directly pasted, his bio states, “Irkus M. Zeberio born in Donostia-San Sebastian, down by the Pyrenees near the Atlatinc Ocean at the land of the Basques . I came to Barcelona nine years ago. As the years went by I became an illustrator by a mutation process of my cells.” Besides being intrigued by his inclination to use the landscape format over the portrait format, I’ve always been fond of the stringy word balloon, which he uses very effectively, wrapping his drawings tightly in words. Additionally, simple color palettes on top of scratchy lines can never be wrong. Basque in it…
I saw Jacob (one part of the trio? I think who makes up Paper Rad, and half of hip-hop-mashing/electro/idkwhat Extreme Animals) Tuesday night at Wildness and yesterday night at the Family bookstore, two stops on his “2 Blessed 2 B Stressed” tour.
I made a list of the things he “live blogged” about: how he was a fan of the Christian band Paramour’s positive messages, the Eddie Murphy and MJ duet “What’s Up With You“. I also grabbed one of the attitude bracelets that he’s so into right now. David of Extreme Animals also showed a synchronized guitar riff + head banging video piece during the Family show which was painful yet ecstatic everlasting repetition.
Ryan Duggan‘s posters are hilariously colorful and eye catchy. Although the illustrations are simple, combined with various elements and symbols, they make up for one great event poster. He has been working for the last few years in Chicago and his greater work contains series of poster for different art and music events.
Israeli artist known as Know Hope recently shared his latest works, projects, shows and travels.
Know Hope is known for his street art, in which he depicts characters through several story lines. An overarching theme within his work is the need for momentary connection in daily reality. Or, in other words, the everyday human struggle.
German photographer Uwe Schramm’s minimal photographs pack a powerful punch.
“Removing the blinkers, to enable one to see that there is more than meets the eye, what one hasn’t been able to see before, from yourself and the world around you. Photography, for me, is the ideal medium, because it enables one to focus clearly on the image and carry a message. My aim is to reduce the subject and picture to the absolute essential minimum whilst giving the observer a subliminal message and other interpretation.…
The supposed obvious has become, through my picture, foreign. The subject in the picture is seen in a new light, or better still, takes on a second meaning and invites a second inquisitive look. The result is another interpretation of everyday objects which invites the viewer to produce his own views.”
Combining his interest in urban culture and art history Karlos Carcamo navigates toward making work that is in constant dialog with each other. Through the use of high and low cultural iconography and art historical references he creates a working space between both cultural identities in which samples could be built upon with new content. The specific subject matter of his work touches on issues related to inner city life while balancing elements that address a broad spectrum of formal issues that engage contemporary art discourse. Creating a vocabulary that speaks of and reflects the world we currently live in today.
Julie Watai is a photographer and contemporary artist whose acid-bright, digitized works draw heavily on the worlds of Japanese manga, anime, and otaku culture. Distorted-yet-realistic, Watai combines images from pop cultural fantasies — from gun-slinging anime girls, to cyborgs, to “kawaii” dolls — with 3D (real-world) imagery, creating a glitch-type portraiture that excites and overloads the imagination. In a fascinating interview with The Creator’s Project, Watai explains how she seeks to unsettle reality using her love for manga and hyper-futurism:
“One thing that all my artwork has in common is that I never try to portray too much reality. I was really influenced by the two-dimensional world of manga as an adolescent, so I always try to get rid of things like pores or the texture of skin. I try to make the models smooth-skinned like dolls. I try to create images that allow people to experience the best parts of photography and 2D or planar art at the same time.” (Source)
Channeling surreal imagery from Tokyo’s digital-culture underground, Watai’s images are also informed by interesting perspectives on the female body, youth, and the “kawaii craze.” In regards to Watai’s choice of female models, she explained to The Creator’s Project that her photography acts as a way to preserve beauty: “you capture that beauty forever, even when it no longer exists” (Source). Many of Watai’s photos feature herself. In these images, she is achieving ownership over an ephemeral moment, converting the fleetingness of beauty and youth — including her own — into digitized immortality.
Watai’s works are also imbued with a playfully critical twist. Highlighting the obsession with youth in kawaii and otaku culture, Watai’s images consciously spill over into the aesthetic realms of excess and the grotesque: colors clash violently against each other, teddy bears overrun bodies, and girls mesh provocatively with machines against hyperbolic, interstellar backdrops. In a postmodern blend of celebration and critique, Watai depicts fantasy cultures with the same passion and power that drives them.
In addition to photography, Watai also expresses her love for computers and gadgets through her work as an iPhone Apps developer, musician, and radio personality. Last month she was invited to attend the Maker Faire Shenzhen in China. Be sure to check out her website and Facebook page to follow her work. (Via The Creators Project)
No these aren’t digital illustrations for a children’s book but the work of young self taught German photographer Matthias Heiderich. These razor sharp images may be minimal in composition but they pack a powerful punch of color that will make you hungry for cotton candy and a trip to the circus. (via feature shoot)