Miguel’s Chevalier turned the whole floor of the former Sacre Coeur church into an interactive light display. ‘Magic Carpets’, as his installation is called, mimics cellular biology as the colored squares and swirls divide, multiply, merge, and mingle in time to Michel Redolfi’s music. The display was made in collaboration with Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, Voxels Productions, and Casablanca French Institut Software. One blog describes it as “an organic world combined with a digital one that perpetually replenishes itself”. Miguel is currently based in France.
Aryz is a globe trotting Spanish street artist usually found hundreds of feet off the ground, turning empty walls into works of art. Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) is regarded as one of the top street artists in the world. He began his love affair with street art when he was a teenager, spray painting graffiti on unsuspecting walls. The style and composition of his work slowly evolved over the years into what it is today. Muted, earth-toned colors and bones are recurring motifs in his work. He said: “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors. It would be too much.”
Jan Mráz is an up and coming tattoo artist whose designs are slowly becoming a sensation over the internet. He produces striking images by combining watercolor-like impressions, sharp lines, and pointillistic shading. He currently work over at Bobek Tattoo, a rather popular ink parlor in Prague. Jan’s designs have been ingrained in people’s calves, arms, hands, backs, thighs, and in many other anatomical parts than I care to mention. If you’re looking for an imaginative and colorful design with which to decorate your skin, look no further than Jan’s portfolio.
Hikaru Cho is an extremely talented Japanese painter who loves to fool people with her hyperrealistic paintings. To give you an idea of Cho’s mimicking prowess, that eggplant up there can actually be cracked to make an omelet. She has also disguised a tomato as an orange and made a very credible cucumber out of a banana. Cho has also experimented with hyperrealistic body painting with great results. Her work has already been used by several Japanese brands for their products. It’s rather hard to believe that this talented young artist is only nineteen years old.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
Style, comfort, function is the trademark of every pair of shoes designed by Kobi Levi. His shoes mimic animals, birds, and objects with humorous results. At around $800 a pair, his work is certainly pricey but definitely worth it. They come in limited editions so you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be meeting someone wearing the exact same pair. Although there are but a few people of have the rare kind of courage needed to strut around in an inflatable-doll-themed pair of heels. Lady Gaga herself wore one of Levi’s creations in her music video for “Born This Way”. Levi is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Alexander Khokhlov is a Moscow based photographer who collaborated with make-up artist extraordinaire Valeriya Kutsan to create the series “2D Or Not 2D”. The series features powerful black-and-white designs painted right into the model’s face, as well as colorful designs that pop out and fool the viewer into thinking they’re looking at a two-dimensional object. Some of the designs reinforce the lines on the model’s face while others soften or break them down, others create unnaturally perfect patterns. In an interview, Khokhlov said: “Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching.”
Ramon Todo is a Tokyo-born artist whose recent creation is a study of contrast. He incorporated a thick layer of glass in between rocks, books, and something that appears to be cheese. The glass fragments are expertly cut and looks like a natural part of the stones. Ramon’s creations gives his viewers a surprise when they encounter something so fragile and breakable perfectly juxtaposed into something hard and enduring. This budding Japanese artist is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dinner just doesn’t taste the same when it isn’t a piece of art too. Samantha Lee’s kids knows this to be true. Samantha began making pop culture-inspired meals for her eldest daughter to encourage her to eat independently. The experiment was a smashing success, and not just on the dinner table. The devoted mother of two now has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram. She has never taken any formal classes in cooking or art, instead she relies on cooking shows and her own imagination. This is what she said of her creative proces during an interview: “I sketch my designs before I make them into food to stay organized and prevent food wastage. Scissors, knives and toothpicks are my tools. I like to make something practical, something for everyone to be able to follow.”