Andreas von Chrzanowski is a street artist from East Germany. He is also one of the four members of the Maclaim Crew. The group is known for their photorealistic spray can art scattered throughout Germany. Andreas’ work usually involves animals, or people, or . He likes to take them out of context and change them into something new. The texture of the surface he uses also makes his work stand out. It’s usually made with bits and pieces of cardboard and wood held together by tape, glue and staples. The result is a rough, and unique surface in perfect contrast with the realistic images he makes. His ‘handle’ in most atr circles is “Case”.
Lin Bo is yet another of those immensely gifted undercover artists. Not much is known about these mysterious undercover artists. Of Lin Bo, we know the bare minimum, to wit: a) He/She is a gifted digital artist, and b) He/She is from China. Not much to go on, and Lin’s website is in Chinese. The fact that Lin Bo is a common name in China doesn’t help either. That being said, Lin’s creative and imaginative work more than makes up for the mysterious identity of the artist. Children, children-at-heart, and even full-blown adults can’t help but be drawn to Lins’ work. The viewer automatically wants to know the story (if there is one) behind each of Lin’s digital renderings.
Sompob Sasismit is a nature photographer who’s lucky enough to live in Thailand with its thousands of acres of untouched forests. Sasismit specializes in bird photography and has captured hundreds of colorfully captivating portraits of birds in their natural environment. He said:”I’m inspired and motivated by Thailand’s natural beauty and the charm of wild animals. I’m lucky enough because we can find several species of birds and wildlife in national parks of Thailand. Although sometimes it’s not easy to access, I find it challenging to travel and shoot pleasant pictures out there.”
For reasons known only to herself, Singaporean artist calls this series: “Your Love Is Like A Chunk of Gold”. She has somehow managed to turn an ordinary, everyday object into something alien. The sculptures are still recognizably pieces of bread, but the multicolored crystal growths on them will make anyone look twice. The second look will probably turn into a long, hard stare while the viewer figures out how gems, or possibly Kryptonite, could be made to grow on bread. Sookon describes herself as a ‘teen slacker with delusions of grandeur’. According to her, art took away the slack and augmented the delusions.
Danny Santos moved to Singapore in 2008 and he has been shooting random strangers (with a camera) in Orchard street ever since. He has been a web & graphic design profession for 10 years. On the weekends, he takes long walks along Orchard street and clicks away at anyone interesting. He’s aiming to ‘create an overall image of the beauty and energy of Orchard Road through the different characters and scenarios found in this busy street’. Street photography such as Danny is does, is challenging. He said: “Nothing cooperates with you.. not the weather, not the subjects, not the situation. You have to make do with what’s available…But on few occasions when all the elements just come together, and you’re at the right place at the right time, the feeling of ‘getting that perfect shot’ just doesn’t compare to anything else.”
Bonsai is one of the oldest artforms in Japan. Artist Makoto Azuma has taken it a step further by combining the elements of the bonsai with aquascaping. His latest work “Water and Bonsai” is a completely submerged bonsai made of waterlogged branches and creatively attached pieces of java moss. The whole thing is set-up in a tank complete with filter, LED lighting, and C02 diffuser.
Fabien Merelle graduated from the Beaux-Arts. He is also a former resident of the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid. ‘Pentateuque’ is part of the 2013 Art Stage Singapore exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands. It’s a lighthearted attempt to translate the maxim ‘to have the weight on one’s shoulders’ into a sculpture. Fabien loves using whimsy, humor, and storytelling to direct the spirit of his pieces. The man in pajamas found in most of Fabien’s work is actually a sort of self-portrait. a man who lives in his dreams out to wear appropriate garb after all.
Michael Johansson’s art would appeal to those afflicted with OCD. Luggage of the same hue arranged in a perfect cube appeals to a disorganized traveler like me, but it’s not only luggage that falls prey to Michael’s symmetric prowess. He does kitchenware, electrical gadgets, garden tools, and appliances too. Clearly, he spent a lot of time playing Tetris as a boy. Michael lives and works in Sweden.
Jessica Drenk is a South Carolina-based artist whose unique, nature-inspired sculptures are made from an altogether ubiquitous material. Wooden pencils. She stuck hundreds of pencils together using wood glue and artistically cut and shaped them to vaguely resemble driftwood, stalactites, stalagmites, and shells. She said: “By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is complex, and the commonplace becomes unique.”
Olga Melamory Larionova, a.k.a. FairyARTos, is a Russian artist whose realistic drawings put photographs to shame. She does most of her work with pens but her pencils are just as impressive, if not more so. Her drawings create a certain emotional pull within the viewers, urging them to look at her work a little longer. Such expressiveness from a a drawing is rare, and yet Olga consistently manages to re-create it in every one of her pieces.