These smokey bottles are the creations of artist Jim Dingilian. Coating the insides of the bottles with soot is the easy part, brushing it away with tools set on dowels is the hand-cramping part, recognizing smoke/soot as a medium is simply a stroke of genius. His art has been described as “dripping with a sense of suburban decay” but I rather like it. The scene inside the bottles changes with every twist. Using ‘found’ objects like old bottles is a deliberate move by the artist. He said: “When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”
Grupo Artplan is a communications group currently based in Brazil. It’s composed of Dreamfactory, a company that connects famous brands with their public; Gruda, a creative content-focused digital company; Artpla, one of the largest publicity agencies in Brazil. Rock in Rio is also part of Grupo Artplan. It is three things at once: a brand, an independent company, and a one of the largest rock concerts in the world where some of the biggest names in the music industry perform to mammoth crowds of their adoring fans. According to theri website: “We like to think and do things differently. Independent of the platform, of the technology, or the new name that will come up. What is important – and what will always be important – is a good idea. ”
Dietmar Voorwold’s is an outstanding German artist behind these intricately placed rock circles. All of his work are done with materials he finds on site, mainly different colored rocks and leaves. None of his work are made to last for more than a few days and all that are eventually left of them are pictures and memories. Looking at his work is actually kinda soothing, which is probably what he had in mind when he created them. He said: “It is just for the moment. This is a very therapeutic aspect of my way of creating art.” Dietmar is currently based in Scotland.
Most artists use Photoshop to erase the flaws in their work, but not Martin De Pasquale. his Argentinian artistis currently an art director in an advertising agency but he is slowly gaining worldwide renown for his surreal digital art. In his world, you don’t take a bite out of an apple, it takes a bite out of you. You can unscrew your head or drag it through the streets, you can also sit sideways on a lamppost and ride an invisible bicycle. Heck you can even shave your face with a lawnmower if you like. Martin’s ideas are wacky and his execution is perfect. He is one up-and-coming artist we should all watch out for.
Benjamin Affagard is not another graffiti artist. His work is strictly small scale and couldn’t even be classified as street art. A first glance at his work might leave the viewer unimpressed, but a closer look will reveal that the graffiti is actually part of a small, realistic, handmade diorama. The scenes, inspired by real life locations, are meticulously recreated with all sorts of things like wood,cardboard, acrylic paint, potato bags,and plastic straws. Benjamin sends the miniature walls/storefronts to various graffiti artists for them to paint giving the finished product an authentic feel.
Guillermo Caballa is an uber talented woodland photographer currently based in Vigo, Spain. Most of his portfolio are shots taken from the forest of Galicia. A rather significant number of them also feature his direwolf, er, dog Malu. Guillermo loves taking shots of foggy forests with his trusty Olympus E-M5. The fog should’ve made his shots spooky, but it doesn’t. Instead, it lends the image a tranquil atmosphere. At least until winter comes.
Rems 182 is the artistic handle of Italian graffiti artist Emanuele Ronco. His larger-than-life work blurs the line between surrealism and reality. Most of his murals are very symbolic and often provokes the viewer to take a good long look at his work. He is also part of Truly Design which is an art studio that specializes in murals and graffiti. A selection of Emanuele’s latest work was recently displayed at the Loppis Gallery in Parma, Italy.
One look at Stephen Locke’s images and you’ll wonder when Thor would show up with his hammer. That vicious-looking cloud up there spewing lightning volts is not the harbinger of doomsday, it is simply a supercell storm. According to Wikipedia, “supercells are the overall least common and have the potential to be the most severe”. Normal people take one look at that cloud and start running away in the opposite direction, Stephen Locke on the other hand, chases after it with his camera in tow. Which is a good thing for us because it means WE don’t have to run after supercell storms to appreciate their awesomeness.
Philip Haynes describes himself as a Norwich boy who happens to shoot heroes. He is currently based in the UK with an impressive list of clients including Men’s Health, O2, and Converse. Represented by The Peter Bailey Company, Philip looks to ‘capture the energy of saturation in color, just as much as the energy within the movement’. One of his more recent series, The Crossfitters, highlights the pain, intensity, and determination of the athletes.
Martín De Pasquale is currently making waves all over the internet with his amazing photoshop wizardry. With awesome concepts and flawless composition, Martin is gathering quite a following. He is his favorite model and he’s not shy of taking bites out of himself, peeling off his face, or even dragging his head on the pavement. The surreal circumstances he puts himself in is rather quirky and amusing. The whole web is itching to see more from this Buenos Aires-based artist.