Russian photographer Ilya Naymushin, based in Krasnoyarsk, has been capturing daily life around Siberia over the past few decades. Starting his passion for photography at the ripe old age of 10, Naymushin has developed quick reflexes and a sharp eye for the unusual. This past December he happened to be passing something that was quite odd indeed – an upside down house in his home village. The house was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Grabbing the opportunity to record something interesting and historical, he produced a series of images capturing local’s experiences of the unusual installation. Naymushin says of his inspiration:
I like shooting stories about people who belong to the “one in a million” category – unusual people doing unusual things. They can be amateur artists, builders, extreme sportsmen, winter swimmers, or people who live in difficult conditions in the modern world and manage to survive. (Source)
His passion for photojournalism has enabled him to experience and present both the sensational and mundane aspects of life. From snapping pictures of Putin’s tiger crossing the Russian border into China, to an 87-year-old Jewish Red Army veteran of World War Two, to harvests in the fields outside of Svetlolobovo, and now including this upside down house of Krasnoyarsk, he likes to celebrate all sides of Russian life. He says:
I take pictures for people all around the globe. I am one of the few journalists living in the vast territory of Siberia who have the chance to show life here to the whole world – something I have been doing for almost 20 years. (Source) (Via Fubiz)
Wow! Jason Hackenwerth brings a whole new meaning to the term balloon animal. His creations are more akin to balloon creatures resembling, perhaps, lifeforms of the deep sea or lifeforms viewed under a microscope. Conceived from the artist’s imagination, beautifully sketched, and sometimes consisting of more that a hundred individual balloons, these sculptures take life within the large spaces of museums, galleries, the street, and, if you’re lucky, right before your eyes as a performance piece. I’m particularly fond of the wearable art… how’s that for a party outfit!?
I am absolutely in love with these gorgeous posters created by young Swiss designer Felix Pfaeffli. Borrowing from the cannon of art history and mixing in his own blend of pop illustration and experimental typography, Pfaeffli creates compelling graphics that jump off the page and demand your attention. (via)
ABOVE: Steve's B/D Apparel design, "Unknown Voyage." BELOW: Steve working in his studio.
This week’s Beautiful/Decay Apparel Artist Interview features Steve Bonner, who contributed the nautical themed “Unknown Voyage” shirt to our Spring 2010 collection. With its art deco flourishes, the shirt hearkens back to the golden age of glamorous cruises in the 1930’s, when tuxedoed and ball-gowned movie stars might be seen in the dining hall, or red-lipped starlets might sip a cocktail or two sunbathing on the deck. Today, the T-shirt would look great with your favorite pair of Docker’s and boating shoes- or just hanging around town. Steve’s work is almost exclusively digital, focusing on sleek and creative typography. Read the full interview to find out the one activity Steve devotes an hour to every day (and that every emerging artist should do as well), how he stays inspired, and more.
The Infinity Burial Project founded by Jae Rhim Lee, proposes alternatives for the postmortem body that promote and facilitate an individual engagement with the process of decomposition. The Project features the development of a unique strain of mushroom that decomposes and remediates toxins in human tissue, the development of a decomposition ‘kit’, burial suits embedded with decomposition activators, and a membership society devoted to the promotion of death awareness and acceptance and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms).
Suellen Parker builds each character from unforgettable moments of strangers or friends. First, she starts with sculpting the shape from plastiline clay before photographing it with a blank backdrop. Then, simultaneously, she scavengers for props, walls, or environments that might suit a certain character well and shoots those too. All of these images are finally loaded into a computer, where the art of merging and manipulation occurs. Skin tones are “digitally painted” and human faces technologically blend with clay while backgrounds stitch together to create a new imaginative world.
Of Letting Go, her most recent series collected here, Parker strives to twist not only mediums, but also gender roles. She suggests her characters concretely and conceptually have a fine blend of both, and states, they “are attempting to find a sacred space, a place of vulnerability, a place where they allow themselves to be really seen. By quieting one’s life, even momentarily, an opportunity is presented to learn truths about oneself. By engaging in private play, one is able to let go of expectations and rules. The result is a private and truthful moment that may be enjoyed without fear of judgment or consequence.”