The installation 24 HRS in Photos by Erik Kessels isn’t a typical photography installation. An entire room at San Francisco’s Pier 24 Photography is filled with photographs. One end of the room is piled to the ceiling with images cascading down to visitors’ feet. The photographs at first appear to be innocuous: family photos, vacation photos, smart phone photos. The immense number of photographs compiled by Kessels, though, are all of the images uploaded to the popular site Flickr in a single day. Kessels’ installation serves as a clue to astronomical number of images uploaded to the internet constantly. Even more striking is the way 24 HRS in Photos hints at the sheer saturation of images in day to day life. Kessels’ installation is part of A Sense of Place, a photography group exhibit on view at Pier 24 Photography through May 2014.
The artist known only as strng on Flickr creates technically impressive and visually compelling collages. He combines imagery from human, animal, natural, and mechanical worlds into one image. Elements that don’t seem to have much in common become a part of each other, and strng illustrates these startling images in such a way as for them to appear natural or ordinary. Part of this involves strng’s aesthetic, which is resonant with the pages of anatomy and biology textbooks.
With found Flickr photos as his source, Jeremy Rotsztain‘s series Obsessions (Flickr Pets) “document the love and obsession that people have for their pets.” The individual images are color-blocked and reductive, verging on abstract in some instances, yet the subject matter keeps them recognizable and full of personality. Each still is the result of animations made in C++ using the openFrameworks library — which just sounds impressive for a series from 2008, right. Rotsztain’s catalogue has a wealth of series that explore the overlaps of technology, culture, behavior and art.
I’ve said it a million times but I’m always blown away by the talented artists we have in the Beautiful/Decay community. I discovered Alnya’s work while going through the B/D Creative Pic Pool on Flickr and fell in love with the rich textures and shadow Alnya creates with hatching and stippling. This work is serious!!!
As you all know we have a very active Flickr Creative Pic Pool filled with creative work from all over the world. Yan Copelli is just one of the many talented artists that we found while going through the thousands of images one late night. Yan’s delicately drawn and extra funny illustrations have just the right amount of humor and gross-out visuals for us. Check out his Flickr page and his site and hire him to do your next shirt graphic, put him in your next group show, or even better put down some cold hard cash and add his work to your collection.
Julian Gallasch is a graphic designer and artist working in Brazil. His illustrations are so amazing they’re hard to explain. Combining computer-recreation like geometric patterns, with a historic sense of form and figure, his work sends old warriors to a new digital war. Julian states, “like humans that are built up of atoms and molecules so are my works, each created from multiple algorithms, and a theory of chaos. They are warriors in futuristic armor, based on garments of ancient samurai, mixed with Euclidean geometry to recreate an environment of war between man and machine in a utopian future.” Crazy.
Dylan Wooters is a photographer and writer from California, living in NYC. His photographs depict his encounters through the various cities he has lived or traveled to. Mr. Wooters has also followed the Bay area graffiti scene and taken numerous photos documenting his experience. Check out his Flick’r account, as well as his website, for more of his photos and writings.
I found the work of Maria Lamar during my weekly look through of the B/D Flickr Pool. I love how Maria’s drawings are delicate, vague, figurative and abstract all at the same time! Make sure to join the B/D Flickr Pool. You never know who we’re going to post next!