Stanislav Aristov’s match art was born when he was unable to come up with an idea for a photo competition. He lit a match (out of boredom, I assume, since he doesn’t smoke) and observed the patterns formed by the flame. He found out that the burned wood also had artistic potential. He has had no professional exhibitions yet, but his work is slowly getting international attention over the internet.
British photographer Caulton Morris is not a fan of digital manipulation, nor is he fond of standing on his feet. His series entitled ‘Upside’ is in no way digitally altered to make it look like he’s doing a headstand in some of the most uncomfortable locations. He really is doing a headstand in the toilet, a brick wall, a canoe, a cobbled street, a bathtub, and on tufts of grass. He usually takes them himself with a 10-second self-timer.
Shay Armstrong describes herself as “an artist working in the photographic arts and the world of body paint and body art”. She used to call herself a “bodypainting photographer” but found out that the label didn’t really cover the multi-faceted media she works with. Her signature style are nude, body-painted figures photographed in the modernist effect. Shay still works with a traditional wet darkroom and uses a 35mm manual camera, which is a refreshing change in this digital age. She is also known by her devientArt handle “Purplesea”.
Thanos Tsilis is a Greece based artist who loves to paint dynamic compositions. The subject of his work is rather eclectic and each new one is bound to be a surprise. He somehow manages to fuse realism with a cartoonish style of drawing. Dedicated tourists from the past, lovers, Santa, elves, a Vampire, and Altair from Assassin’s Creed are just a few of the subjects in his work.
A Natural Happening – Art Installations by Julian Jones-Pittman, Tisha Boonyawatana, Satsuki Atsumi and Hai Pham
A “happening” is a performance, event or situation that is intended to be an art piece. Natural Impression is a happening is a project by four promising students of California State University – Long Beach. Satsuki Atsumi, Tisha Boonyawatana, Hai Pham, and Julian Jones-Pittman put their heads together and came up with the novel concept behind Natural Impressions. Unfortunately, ‘happenings’ are fleeting in nature and their carefully wrought experimental typography are preserved only in photographs.
Josh Brill graduated from Maine College of Art with a degree in New Media Design. His minimalist, geometric portraits of dogs has made quite an impact on the internet. Even limited to geometric shapes, the different dog breeds are perfectly recognizable. He has also made a similar series featuring birds. Lumadessa, Josh’s art and design label, offers limited edition art prints and design products. The label utilizes premium materials and production methods resulting in timeless works with longer display lives.
Balancing rocks is something we do as bored kids. Bill Dan has turned this child’s pastime into art. Seemingly impossible art. Bill is a rock balancing artist whose primary medium is stone riprap found in the coastlines of his hometown in San Fransisco. His sculptures consist of rocks balanced on top of each other. He does them all freehand and their seemingly impossible configurations are what makes them unique. The fact that he uses no adhesives makes it even more impressive. When asked about his work, he said: “Some people try to make things too complicated. This is the opposite.”
David Edwards describes himself as a full-time miniaturist. He has been pursuing his craft since 1983 and now has an impressive collection of teeny, tiny, everyday household objects. Among them are: hairbrushes have real bristles in tufts, combs with teeth accurately scaled, a Victorian breadboard with the word “BREAD” carved in relief, a “cut-throat” razor, and what is perhaps the world’s smallest violin with real catgut strings and a soundpost inside. What makes it even more remarkable is that there are no cast or moulded parts in any of David’s pieces, all are “scratch-built” using the finest materials available. He’s now in his med-seventies, and while he has slowed down production, he has no plans of putting aside his craft.
Dave Engledow is the “World’s Best Father”, at least according to his coffee mug. But if his photographs are to be believed, he’s due for a visit from the authorities. According to him, his wacky photos were simply a way for him to deal with his personal fears and neuroses as a new father. Ever since the birth of his daughter, Alice Bee in 2010, he has been creatively inspired to document the memorable moments of her life in their family. His wife Jen also had a hand in setting up the shots behind his “World’s Best Father” series.
Andreas Scheiger’s “Graphic Laboratory” was inspired the book “The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering”. His careful craftsmaship is clearly shown in his surreal vivisection of individual letters. Andreas is also a graphic artist but most of his work involve etching, letter design, and engraving with a nod to both science and the graphic design of the Victorian era. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.