Oakland based artist Eddie Colla illustrates the constant threat of social and political desire for conformity.
“There is a visual conversation that takes place on the streets of urban environments,” says Colla. “This conversation is dominated primarily by advertising and utilitarian signage and assumes passive participation. Whether invited or not I am going to participate in this conversation. Public spaces were never intended to be coated from top to bottom with photos of consumer products. These spaces should, in some manner, reflect the culture that thrives in that space.”
“Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of it’s inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”
Paris-based artist Hélène Cayre works exclusively by hand in watercolour, pencil and ink. The colour combinations are beautiful, if you want to see more visit www.helenecayre.com.
London based artist Tristan Pigott is attracting everyones attention now. His paintings explore the contemporary human condition and examines the superficiality we often perpetuate.
“His compositions employ fashion models in the place of “ordinary” people, to further enforce the notion of the fronts and facades we create for ourselves. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wanting every photo we post to be beautiful, to encite envy among our social media followers and to lead them to believe we live a life to which they should aspire. And maybe we do in some ways. But in other respects, each life is filled with the same sorts of gunk and uncomfortable human stuff that we are all too often so very careful to edit out. How many photos have you seen this holiday season of burnt cookies? Or a child in mid-meltdown because Santa didn’t bring exactly what he asked for? Not many, I’m guessing. I certainly didn’t post the photos of the burnt Honey Rosemary Pecans I made or my non-made up face upon waking first thing Christmas morning.
Why? Because I’m chicken. I don’t want the world to see the dark circles under my eyes or to know that I occasionally leave food in the oven just a bit too long. ( Oops guess now you know my secret! ). Like everyone else, I want the world to see my life as beautiful. But here’s the thing. Every life IS beautiful. Filled with beauty. It may not be magazine spread perfect, but each and every one of our lives is full of moments that take our breath away, that make us laugh and yes, make us mad or embarrassed. But what makes our lives the beautiful messes that they are is embracing the imperfectness, being able to laugh with and at ourselves. Letting people into our beautiful mess.” Taken from Artsyforager.
French photographer Frédéric Lagrange travelled to the foothills of the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan, to capture its landscape and the challenges of everyday life.
“I rarely think of my work this way, but I was really touched by it,” Lagrange says. “It was deeply moving to be there as a human being, but the imagery, professionally, was beyond my wildest expectations. There’s a certain legacy there—of giving a voice, a face, and dignity to those people. And to Afghanistan.”
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Luca Iaconi-Stewart built a 1:60-scale replica of a 777 jetliner using manila folders and lots of glue. It’s very precise and almost as perfect as the real aircraft. Watch video below.
“Organized Neatly” is a series shot by Jim Golden with help from stylist Kristin Lane. Golden is the owner and photographer behind Jim Golden Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Stephan Geyer, born in Barcelona in 1981, began photographing at a very young age, his work is characterised by a vivid physical sensibility.
He says “I tend to seek the gloomier parts of cities usually hidden from sight by the glittering artificial world, and my perception is often portrayed with the help of contrast and juxtaposition. More interested in reality than fiction, observation than direction.”
Daniella Zalcman’s series New York & London is a project in which she blends the architecture, people, lines, style and shapes of these two very different cities but at the same time so amazingly similar.
“They’re both places I adore, and (in my opinion) they’re two of the most photogenic cities in the world.” says Zalcman.
Austin-based photographer Emily Blincoe collected a wide range of colour-specific sweets to create this deliciously symmetrical series.
French graphic designer and photographer Seb Janiak has created this series by layering numerous photos and editing them with a method he calls “digital matte painting”.
“The Kingdom takes its inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thodol. Its main theme is the duality faced by man since his creation, expressed in terms of a struggle between light and nothingness.” says Janiak.
The Haunting Hill of Crosses is an area located in Šiauliai, Lithuania, covered with an estimated 55,000 crosses. Crosses of every shape and size, including rosaries, are crowded together in huge piles across the entire hillside. They are memorials to Lithuanian patriots who died during the rebellion to free the country. Many Lithuanian families put up crosses to honour the bodies of their relatives as they weren’t able to reclaim them.
Swedish artist Linnea Strid creates hyper-realistic oil paintings inspired by the insignificant actions involving water that we repeat daily.
Strid says “I get inspired by all sorts of events, many trivialities can become fascinating subjects to me. Sometimes I get obsessed with trying to portray things that I feel no one is noticing. I often try to convey my own emotions and happenings in my own life, but sometimes I escape as far away as possible from myself. This usually happen when I fantasise about macabre, nasty things that I really can’t identify myself with at all”
Argentinian artist Diego Gravinese creates highly detailed hyperreal oil on canvas and acrylic paintings. “I started showing my paintings in the early 90′s, (even though I painted all my life), and my work changed quite a lot since those first years. It went from more pop, multilayered, sometimes chaotic, compositions to this quest for this more classical approach to the canvas of a single/central image.” says Gravinese.
London based graphic designer and collage artist Ashley Joseph Edwards blends vintage images and blocks of colour, asymmetrical borders, conical shapes and other geometric shapes.
Edwards says “I’ve been seriously collaging for the past couple of years now. I discovered collage when I was in my first year at Kingston University when one of my friends introduced me to the work of Julien Pacaud, seeing his work was a true inspiration having never seen anything like it before. Around this time I had been given over 1000 images from my Grandads past, they were from the 1950′s and 1960′s, intrigued by the work of Julien I wanted to give collage a go, using my grandads photos, the combination of bold colours and shapes I discovered my own style of collage.”