Even Melissa Joan Hart’s favourite dog can’t take her mind off the stairs. Ian Francis is a young British artist and storyteller. His multimedia artworks and their titles are vivid, intimate snapshots of modern life, often with reference to television, world events, celebrities, and day-to-day living: ‘It’s about pornography and news reports from war zones instead of sex and death’, he says of his work.
One person’s trash is another person’s gorgeous table. Beth Fuller created the Junkture Table from a magnesium wheel rim found in a New York City junkyard. All materials for the table are locally sourced, reclaimed, 99% recycled, or 100% recyclable. Chic! [see also online furniture store, Modhaus]
Don’t judge an artist by their website. Tokuro Sakamoto’s fine, minimalist paintings are floating in e-space without titles, dimensions, or descriptions. Nothing appears to be for sale, the text is two percent Engrish, ninety-eight percent gobbledygook, and I can’t even tell you if Tokuru is a lady or a gentleman. All hail the postmodern posterchild.
Photographer Kimiko Yoshida’s self-portraits are luscious quasi-monotone scopes of texture and form. ‘My self-portrait is a still life. I disappear into the background. There is no search for identity in my work. I know that identity doesn’t exist. There are only infinite layers of me. If I peel them back, like the skin of an onion, there will be nothing underneath’. The above is from her Bachelor Brides series.
‘Romantic street painting’ or ‘renaissance graffiti’? Joshua Petker spent years as a graffiti artist in California and Europe before painting portraits of ladies. But he hasn’t hung up his hoodie in favour of crustless cucumber sandwiches just yet. His work reeks of punk, with explosions of brash colours and bloody, textured details. And he often […]
Are you staring at my retainer? I hope so, it’s solid gold and it’s hanging around my neck like nerd bling. (Slightly) cheaper than the real thing, wearing this retainer will leave a trail of lusty metal-mouthed tweens in your wake. Complete your collection with platinum Clearasil tube earrings and a training bra ring.
If it’s not on, it’s not on. The Banana Bunker is the answer to your snack time prayers. No more fishing your squishy, smelly banana out of your bag; this is pure, clean fun. Comes in a variety of colours.
Jill Greenberg’s ‘End Times’ is a series of photographs of children crying. Rendered to perfection, the dewy-skinned, bare-chested, desperate-eyed vulnerability of her subjects is aimed at our hearts. The message, however, is aimed at our minds: ‘It’s as if they (the Christian right as a political force) believe the apocalyptic End Time is near, therefore protecting the earth and the future of our children is futile. As a parent I have to reckon with the knowledge that our children will suffer for the mistakes our government is making. Their pain is a precursor of what is to come’.
Remember butterfly paintings? Well a Pantone Pen Print is twice as cool and half as easy to make. Daniel Eatock created 73 of these little beauties by arranging a set of Pantone markers atop a stack of paper for a month: ‘In an experiment without a hypothesis the only constant is the chance that something […]
Bending Light is a collection of experimental analog photos captured directly onto 35mm film. What is actually ‘refraction patterns made by light passing through various glass and transparent objects’ looks like an explosion of fireworks, spiderwebs, and DNA. Creator Alan Jaras has Flickr pages full of this and other such collections.
8 is great. Infinite and googley-eyed 8. This digit is the subject of Styledesign’s aptly named typeface Eight. Every letter and digit is derived from 8. Though not tome-appropriate, this ingenious font is one of a handful of Stylo designs that’ll bend your eyes a little. I 8 it. [see also the typography of Mike […]
Norman Wu’s photo essay Life Beneath Antarctic Ice offers an unprecedented glimpse into underwater Antarctica, illuminating a vast ecosystem of strange and stunning creatures.
Wanna escape to a world peppered with blue, pink, and yellow, wherein spaceships chill out with trees and pandas reign supreme? A bespectacled German fellow named Heiko Windisch offers your several afternoons’ worth of illustrations to wander through, half smiling. While you’re there, watch out for the flowering zombie, and don’t be afraid of the volcanoes — they emit coloured puffs of hearts.
Sometimes we need an ad to remind us of what’s important. Normal is beautiful. Keep our oceans alive. Vote. Be more fearless. The Whitehouse Post is an international post-production company whose projects are damn fine. In fact, they are the scary mix of wit and aesthetics that makes any message convincing. Long live Coca-Cola.