No, there's no escape.

No, there’s no escape.

Surrealist, poetic, polished and revealing in spite of the effort to conceal, these photographs are taken and manipulated by Giuseppe Mastromatteo, an Italian photographer. Although these portraits show a lot of skin, they lack the expected sex-appeal, and instead show a person defenseless, trying to hide, but unable to. Mr....
Watercolor Comments

Watercolor Comments

Here is a totally new form of social commentary art. It’s not graffiti, not street art, it’s not loud but subtle and seemingly interested in freakish situations involving animals. Might even seem like animal studies with a weird twist. In fact, every one of these, actually very large, watercolor paintings...
A Home Away from Home

A Home Away from Home

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick have been Kahn/Selesnick since 1988. Their approach is truly unique – through installations and photography they “document” fictional stories/histories set sometimes in the future, sometimes in past. In 2007 they created “evidence” for the existence of Eisbergfreistadt (Free iceberg city) – a city/state formed on...
Uribe's Concepts

Uribe’s Concepts

Seems we are dealing here with a man not of this world. When we learn a use an object has, habituate our dealings with it, it takes a lot of brainpower, or a different brain, to be able to transform it. Our world is abundant in objects with practical, narrow...
Stitch a Portrait

Stitch a Portrait

Embroidery is a craft where you use a needle and thread to “stitch-draw” on sheets of fabric. It’s a bit of a coarse technique, looking at the final product, so it was never adopted by the fine Arts. Still, it’s been around for ages, mostly used for creating patterns –...
Silverwood, O.

Silverwood, O.

How to introduce Owen Silverwood to you – provided introduction is necessary? Well, he is an artist and a photographer who supports himself with commercial assignments, but is happiest when involved with his own artwork. Other than these basics, we can say he has a really great web-site, and that we...
Colors of Conflict

Colors of Conflict

Brent Stirton is an educated journalist, who began his career as a photojournalist documenting apartheid issues in his native South Africa. Today he is on the road with his work, around the world, nine months out of a year. We can assume he doesn’t have to be, which tells us he...
Beasts of the Beach

Beasts of the Beach

If he was creating during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Theo Jansen would have posed a very big philosophical and practical problem for them. Though he is not a self-proclaimed one, Mr. Jansen was called God. Because he creates new forms of life. He is ignoring the boundaries of...
Leaves of Paper

Leaves of Paper

Though it’s not all that uncommon to see paper used in sculpting, we can’t remember seeing anything like what Jen Stark does. She cuts, folds and arranges differently colored sheets of paper to create complicated shapes, often inspired by natural occurrences. Microscopic patterns, wormholes and anatomical cross sections – anything that displays...
Construction Site Art

Construction Site Art

If you’ve never heard of Ben Long, perhaps Travelling art rings a bell? It was a series of images, drawn using only fingers on shutters of white haulage trucks, in the dirt that’s built up there from exhaust emissions. Inspiration for his chronological series Scaffolding Sculptures, came even before the time spent working on construction...
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Cardon Webb's Sacks

Cardon Webb’s Sacks

The pun in the title refers to, other than Cardon Webb working on book covers for Oliver Sacks, sacks of talent the man has. This particular idea of the in-house designer for Vintage Books was initially mothballed, only to later be put back for discussion and eventually realized. We can see that the reason for...
Sculpting with Water

Sculpting with Water

The end result looks just like a sculpture. More accurately, a photograph of a sculpture. Photography is essential when sculpting with water, because water, of course, doesn’t hold shape. Weather these are sculptures on the photographs below, or simply photographs, we will let art historians agree upon. What we can say, looking at these one...
Dreaming of Japan

Dreaming of Japan

For Katsuyo Aoki, dreams of Japan are predictive dreams. Since he’s both from Japan and the dreamer in question, we can understand that, in this, probably a reduced manner. If we were to understand this initial premise better, a deeper knowledge of Japan’s cultural heritage is needed. We can, still, say a few more words...
RubikCubism

RubikCubism

There’s this French guy who calls himself Invader. He invades spaces of cities (35 so far, worldwide) with variations of four characters from the arcade classic, Space Invaders - gluing tiles on walls of buildings, creating heavily pixelated images. He’s received images of his work from cities he’s never visited. Invading has outgrown the one-man-show it...
The Small Stakes

The Small Stakes

Jason Munn, a graphic designer, makes band, concert and movie posters, from his independent studio The Small Stakes. He has a very minimalistic, economic style of design – clean lines and two, sometimes three colors. These characteristics of style would be a limiting factor for most designers, not technically but idea-wise. The way Mr. Munn...
Bookshapes

Bookshapes

At a first glance you might not notice, but those are actually books down there. Some were soaked in a bathtub, some just aged correctly and to some, horrible things were done. However, no important books were used as subjects in Cara Barer‘s sculpting/photography project. One of the books below is “Houston yellow pages” and...
All That Jazz

All That Jazz

A graphic artist turned painter – Michael Carson (1972) graduated from Minneapolis Institute of Art and Design in 1996, but only made his first ever painting in 1999. He is now a full time painter, primarily a figurative artist, influenced greatly by works of Toulouse-Lautrec, Norman Rockwell, Liepke and others, but with a distinctive fancy...
Paragraphs in Photography

Paragraphs in Photography

Other than his art, Francois-Marie Banier (1947), a novelist, playwright, photographer and artist, is well noted for his high profile acquaintances. Salvador Dali used to send his car to bring the then 16 year old Banier to his hotel, to discuss art. He knew Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Samuel Beckett, Kate Moss and...
(In)visible Architecture

(In)visible Architecture

Surreal, urban landscapes are what you have the pleasure to see in the images below. Created by Amy Casey, a Cleveland based painter with a unique sensibility for (sub)urban communities, it’s interactions and communication. “Landscapes” represented in Ms. Casey’s paintings are held together by qualities of communities – cooperation, having common interests, sharing the good...