Yusuke Asai is the artist behind this extraordinary mural painted right into the walls of a classroom in India. Yusuke is part of the team of artists sent by The Wall Art Project to Niranjana, a school located in Bahir (East India). The Wall Art Project is a Tokyo-based non-profit organization whose goal is to bring art into schools in far flung areas like Tibet and India. Yusuke is best known for making absurdly beautiful works of art with pretty much anything he can get his hands on. A trait which came in handy in East India. The extraordinary wall painting you see up there was made with seven different types of local soil, cow dung (don’t ask why), straw, and water. The wall art disintegrated after several months but I bet it’s beauty lasted in the minds of those children long after it completely washed away.
Loren Stump is a California-based artist who decided to master the ancient art of creating murrine sculptures. Murrine is created by layering different colored glass around a core. By heating, stretching, and twisting the glass, a design is created on the inside. The design is revealed when the glass is cut crosswise. The process originated in the Middle East and was later adapted by Venetian glassmakers in the 16th century. Loren has been perfecting his technique for over 35 years and his most complicated piece to date is an interpretation of Da Vinci’s “Virgin on the Rocks”. The slices are worth more than $5,000 each.
Adam Garelick has been furiously photographing New York City ever since he moved there way back in 2002. His images areroughly divided into two categories: street photography and nighttime cityscapes. His goal is to document the visual richness of the city that he calls home. Adam belongs to the old school photography crowd. He uses film, develops the negatives by hand, and does minimal post-processing adjustments. He said: “I want the subjects to speak for themselves. There is an imperfection in film that I think distinguishes each image, and which confirms the uniqueness of each subject.”
Justin Oaksford is a concept artist who received his Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He splits his time working as a visual development artist at 343 Industries in Seattle and teaching character design at Digipen Institute of Technology in their MFA program for Spring 2014 Semester. Justin has worked on HALO 4 – Shipped, and is part of the creative team behind Project Spark (currently in development). He said: “I’m passionate about animation, games, and the potential to tell stories with both.”
Every now and then we get exceptionally talented artists of whom we know nothing about. Rositsa Ergina has just been added to the ever-growing list. There are only three things that the internet knows about her: 1) She’s a graphic designer, 2) she’s from Dobrinishte, Bulgaria, and 3) she makes awesome black and white landscape photos of mountains. Landscape photographers like her are obviously hard core mountaineers, how else would she be able to take these pictures? Just looking at a few of her shots is already making me dizzy.
Dan LuVisi is a writer and conceptual artist who is currently based in California. He has more than ten years of experience under his belt and he has been commissioned by some of the biggest names in industry – Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, and DC Comics to name just a few. One of his most recent series re-imagines popular cartoon characters. The series, aptly named “Popped Culture” features grittier and/or deranged versions of Homer Simpson (as well as other Simpson’s characters), Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Ernie and Bert, and even Mike from Monster’s Inc. A glance at any one of Dan’s creations is enough to shatter your fond memories of these characters. Horrible, yes, but in a good way.
Hirotoshi Ito takes the cake for crafting these awesome, weir, and downright bizarre rock sculptures. He takes ordinary river rocks and turns them into zippered, sliced, and grinning versions of themselves. Hirohito juxtaposes the natural cracks and seams in a rock into whatever shape he happens to fancy, topping it all off with shiny (sometimes fluffy) modifications that bring them to life. It’s not uusual for his rock sculptures to grin right back at you, or reveal treasure hidden within. He said: “Although I work with various kinds of stones, most of my work consists of optimizing a stone’s original shape.”
Herakut is actually a partnership between Jasmin Siddiqui Hera and Falk Lehmann Akut. Both of them studied Visual Communication and Graphic Design with extensive backgrounds in graffiti. Their collaborations can be found all over the world including San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Kathmandu, and New York. They started working together in 2004 with Hera setting the character’s form while Akut paints the photorealistic elements. References to the character’s life can often be found as short quotes or passages integrated into the artwork itself. This fantastically artistic duo is currently based in Germany.
Steve Axford is enjoying his retirement by tracking down the world’s rarest fungi. He lives in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia and most of the mushrooms you see here are local flora. Steve has also captured pretty unique shots of mushrooms from Tasmania and Victoria. He said: “The world, for me, is dominated by living things and the planet we live on . My photography is an avenue into exploring this world. My interests cover everything from micro fungi to volcanoes, though more of my time now is spent with the fungi than the volcanoes. . . Nothing exists in isolation and the more you look, the more you find.”
Manuel Savariz Santos is a Spanish photographer whose first reaction to an approaching thunderstorm isn’t to find shelter, but to run outside with his camera. It is with this habit of his that he managed to capture these amazing shots of cities in the midst of thunderstorms, lightning storms, and breath-taking sunsets. I bet it took him a thousand mediocre shots just to capture a perfect one. Manuel is currently based in Argentina, Spain.