Saturday, 24 December 2011

Aled's Animals - Other art (Cartoon) - Aled Lewis

Aled Lewis, 'Toy Stories; What If The Dinosaurs Deserved It?', 2011

Aled Lewis is an illustrator and designer currently working in London, England. For the year 2011 he commissioned a project for himself. Namely to ‘make something cool everyday’. 
During this ambitious project Aled Lewis created the ‘Toy Stories’.

Aled Lewis, 'Toy Stories; Murder Mystery', 2011
The so called ‘Toy Stories’ are a series of comical cartoons. The characters in these cartoons are little plastic animals and sometimes people. Toys, but carefully collected and combined by Aled Lewis.

The following image shows the making of ‘N00b’ in Aled Lewis’s working space. Using blank paper he created a neutral surrounding for his figures to place in. After composing all the elements, Aled will make a photograph of the scene he created. The balloons and text are added digitally. 

Aled Lewis, 'Toy Stories' the making of 'N00b, 2011
Aled Lewis, 'Toy Stories; N00b', 2011
The attention Lewis gave to this project is clearly showing in his ‘Toy Stories’ visually and lyrically. He really read the expressions on the little faces amazingly and has brought them to life in a humorous way. I hope you’ll enjoy them and have a very happy Christmas!

Aled Lewis, 'Toy Stories; What If Cats Were Using The Internet All Along?', 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Volcanic Potraits - Collage art - Sylvia Stølan

Sylvia Stølan, 'Volcanic Spirit' 2011

Sylvia Stølan, born in Norway, graduated in 2007 as a bachelor in Visual Communication at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Today she is still based in Utrecht, working as a freelance illustrator designer. 
A technique Sylvia often uses is ‘collage’. This year she expositioned with ‘Volcanic Spirit’ at the ‘International Weird Collage show’ at gallery Opperclaes in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Sylvia Stølan, 'Volcanic Spirit', 2011

Sylvia Stølan was inspired by the existing volcanic powers during the making of the series collages ‘Volcanic Spirit’. The works include portraits combined with visual elements of volcanic material. It makes me think of all the effects volcanic eruptions can have on people. The immense powers of nature, beautiful yet destructive.
Sylvia Stølan, 'Volcanic Spirit', 2011
Sylvia Stølans collages are also truly beautiful. She has an incredible feel for composition and combining color that also shows in the presentation of ‘Volcanic Spirit’. The works are printed on foamboard and hung from the wall so a small space is created behind the object. Then Sylvia added a source of light in a perfectly chosen pinkinsh-orangy-red colour. The result causes that the works get the impression of glowing, from heat.

Sylvia Stølan, 'Volcanic Spirit', 2011, Gallery Opperclaes in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Monday, 12 December 2011

Cinna Monday.. - Inspiring art

Hannah Radenkova, 'Phantom Barber', 2009, brush and ink, paper and digital textures
' The Phantom Barber of Pascagoula ' is a legend that started in during World War II. 
At night little wisps of hair from woman and little girls were cut of while they were sleeping.

Theresa Pfarr, 'Lapse', 2009, ink, graphite, papercollage (61 x 46cm)

Seungyea Park (Spunky Zoe), 'Blind me not', 2011
Spunky Zoe is trying to capture two monsters. One that lives outside of her and one on her inside.

Metsa, 'CementPearls', cement and silver

Photographer: Maarten Alexander, Artist: Stephan Bontje (Rul3rs), 2011, Mini Mall Wall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (300m2)

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tight Thoughts - Photography - Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf is a photographer who was born in München, one of Germanys biggest cities. He grew up in the USA and has been working and living in China for several years now.
In 2010 Wolf visited Japan for the making of his project ‘Tokyo Compression’. 

Michael Wolf, 'Tokyo compression; Image #17', 2010
‘Tokyo Compression’ is a photo series that shows us commuters on their daily travel in the overcrowded subway of Tokyo. People standing in uncomfortable postures with various intriguing expressions on their faces. At first glance it is hard to grasp what is going on.

Michael Wolf, 'Tokyo compression; Image #9', 2010
Wolf’s photos have a certain mystique feeling about them. It is not quite clear were the people are. And the photos are sometimes a little blur or even foggy. When starting to realize that the fog you see is created by the condensation of the breath of all the people, Wolf's photos take you even closer to that misty place..
– It must be hot in there – Those people have absolutely no choice but to stand so close together – How will it smell? – Where are they even traveling to?–

Michael Wolf, 'Tokyo compression; Image #13', 2010
Together the photos of Michael Wolf make a fascinating documentation of the daily situation of many Tokyo inhabitants. But every single photo is also a portrait, showing us the different ways the persons are coping with this compression.
The photos are very personal as they have been shot as a close-up. But also distant caused by the glass of the subway doors, separating us, allowing us to read their faces and imagine their thoughts.

Michael Wolf, 'Tokyo compression; Image #33', 2010
Michael Wolf, 'Tokyo compression; Image #35', 2010

Two books have been published this year about the interesting ‘Tokyo compression’ by Michael Wolf. But if you’ve become really curious, why not visit the Tokyo subway yourself…

Monday, 28 November 2011

Flowers from Ei Ka - Video art - Karina Eibatova

Karina Eibatova or ‘Ei Ka’ is an illustrator and fine artist born in Leningrad, Russia. 
In 2010 she created a video named ‘Floral Anthem’ that has been exposed in Moscow and Berlin. 

‘Floral Anthem’ is a metaphor of a returning to paradise. A woman’s attempt to return to a state where she is pure again. As was the montage of the video, pure, no monologues, no sound at all.
Ei Ka herself also “went to the floral condition” as she beautifully describes the action in ‘Floral Anthem’. Though she is not the girl we see in the video, whom is absolutely perfect in her roll. It just shows the professionalism of the artist for exploring her subject completely.

Karina Eibatova, 'Studies for Floral Anthem' (Showing model and Ei Ka in the floral condition), 2010

The exposition of ‘Floral Anthem’ is always accompanied by a delicate ‘flower composition’ that finishes the video so perfectly. Maybe she even used scented flowers…

Karina Eibatova, 'Flower composition, part of Floral Anthem' 2010 Berlin

Karina Eibatova studied Classical Art Disciplines in St. Petersburg, Fine Art Education in Sweden, Contemporary Art in Moscow and will start this year as a student of the Media Art Class in Vienna. Wow… all that hard work definitely shows in her video work ‘Floral Anthem’. Can’t wait to see more.

Monday, 7 November 2011

It's a Cinna Monday - Inspiring art

Cătălin Petrişor, 'Killing dead time', 2010, Oil on canvas (56 x 43 cm)

Claire Falkenberg, 'Cloud' 2010, Oil on C-print (74 x 76 cm)

Mikel Nilsson, 'Guinea Crow'

Hannah Lemholt, 'Photographics', 2011

Stef Driesen, 'Untitled', 2009

Monday, 31 October 2011

Cinna Monday! - Inspiring art

Francoise Nielly, 'Untilted 635', 2011 (195 x 97 cm)
Francoise Nielly

Richard Mosse, Infra; 'La Vie En Rose', North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

Loyal Luxe, 'The Native American Teepee For Fluffy Little Critters', 
Including 6 interchangeable ornaments (56 x 56 x 66 cm)
Loyal Luxe, 'The Canadian Cabin For Fluffy Little Critters', 
Including 4 interchangeable ornaments (46 x 56 x 38 cm)

Alexandre Nicolas, Prédestinés; 'Catfoetus', 2008, 18kg (35 x 22 x 22 cm)

Zach Gold 'Steve Carell - The Office'

Monday, 24 October 2011

1st Cinna Monday! - Inspiring art

On 'Cinna' Mondays I will put a few new contemporary artists to your attention.
I’ll enlighten the most special works of these Designers, Photographers, Illustration artists and other creative people. Hopefully it will be an inspiration!

Urs Fischer, 'Untitled', 2011 Venice biennale (theme: Illuminazioni), wax and steel

Michaël Borremans, 'The pendant', 2009, oil on canvas (60 x 40cm)

Roman Signer, 'Wasserstiefel', 1986, rubber boots, water, small explosives

Lee Boyd, Manimals; 'Not quite the black sheep of the family', 2011

Etienne Gros, Les Mousses; Mousse 19, polyester (30 x 22cm)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Gabriël Specter - Street art

‘Gabriël “Specter” Reese’ is a street artist currently working in and around Brooklyn, New York. 
Unlike some other artists that place their work in public places, every piece Specter creates has been hand painted, –drawn and –sculpted. Therefore all of his work you see on the street is unique and has been made to fit it’s environment. This environment obviously already contains a lot of information that will influence the creation of the artist, such as traffic signs or various forms of advertisement. Specter often uses these elements directly in various and diverse projects, where he changes the environment itself.

In his series called ‘Ad Project’ Specter has altered logos and advertisement posters to give them another message and a different meaning. And in his ‘Sign Project’ he changes the street view by installing new signs on the storefronts of abandoned shops. 

Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Ad Project', CK

Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Sign Project', Homeless

In ‘Wheelchair Project’ Specter placed a little sticker on every store that wasn’t available to wheelchair users. Making people aware of that fact, but not directly judging the store. 

Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Wheelchair Project', Sticker
Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Wheelchair Project', Placed sticker

Specter also takes his skills to the third dimension creating sculptures using materials he found on the streets and returning them in a different form. The works occupy spaces that otherwise wouldn’t be used for art or any other purpose. 

Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Cartboard Project'
Gabriël Specter Reese, 'Cartboard Project'

Specter placed the beautiful works named ‘From Russia with Love’ in the Russian city St. Petersburg. 
They immediately catch the attention of the viewer and are able to remind them of a larger issue, without any words. Mainly due to the manner in which Specter composes elements that must be very recognizable and confronting to the inhabitants of St. Petersburg. 

Gabriël Specter Reese, 'From Russia with Love', 2010 St. Petersburg
Gabriël Specter Reese, 'From Russia with Love', 2010 St. Petersburg

Placing unauthorized and vulnerable art in public is unpredictable, knowing that it took a lot of effort to create a piece or a project and not knowing how long it will survive. The conceptional works of Gabriël Specter Reese are at their best on the streets, confronting the people with their message. 

Gabriël Specter Reese

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Levi van Veluw 's faces - Dutch artist

Dutch Artist Levi van Veluw next to his sculpture; 'Veneer Object III', 2010 (150 x 80 x 80 cm)
Dutch artist Levi van Veluw (1985) graduated in 2007 at the ARTEZ academy of arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Levi had always been fascinated by heads. In his work he uses his own head as an object and his face as a canvas. Therefore his role as an artist shifts from creator to object to subject. 

'Tape' is one of the first works of Levi were he experiments using his face as an object while photographing the result of his own creation.

Levi van Veluw, 'Tape', 2004-2006 (50 x 50 cm and 100 x 100 cm)
Levi van Veluw experiments with various materials. A serie that's very interesting is 'Ballpoints' were Levi drew on his own face with an ordinary pen. Giving the everyday object new meaning by placing it in a different context.
Levi van Veluw, Ballpoints; 'Puzzle', 2006 
(60 x 50 cm and 120 x 100 cm) 
Levi van Veluw, Ballpoints; 'Lines', 2006 
(60 x 50 cm and 120 x 100 cm)
Levi van Veluw, 'Origin of the beginning 1.2', 2011 (4 x 2,5 x 2,5 m)  
Levi van Veluw, 'Origin of the beginning 2.2', 2011 (4 x 2,5 x 2,5 m)
Levi van Veluw, 'Origin of the beginning 3.2', 2011 (4 x 2,5 x 2,5 m)

The latest work of Levi van Veluw is 'Origin of the beginning'. Levi created three spaces, life-size installations and this time he integrated his whole body. 
The rooms are the narrative behind the self-portraits of Levi and are drawn from his childhood memories. 
Because Levi van Veluw has a very universal appearance his work also raises questions about life and aspects of being human. 
For his next project Levi wants to concentrate more on video-installations. 

Levi van Veluw