As much as you want to scream “Photoshop!”, you can’t. Those images are in no way digitally altered. They’re the work of Sakir Gokcebag. Each one teases the eye with the geometric improbability of his precision cutting. Sakir was born in Turkey, educated in the prestigious Marmara University in Istanbul, and currently lives and work in Hamburg.
Dito Von Tease is a derivation of Dita Von Teese, the famous icon of “burlesque” style and expert in disguises. Also, “il Dito” means “the Finger” in Italian. His Ditology is a series of index-finger portraits of famous personalities. According to him,the finger is the most apt symbol for our digital age (digitus is Latin for finger) since a person can pretend to be anyone online. Dito wants to invite everybody to look beyond the “masks” we use in living our public lives.
If it’s not coffee, it’s tea. Regardless of your beverage preference, these fun creature cups by artist Yumi-Yumi will surely brighten your day. A finely detailed ceramic critter rests at the bottom of every mug and slowly surfaces as you sip your drink. Some of them, like the scorpion, spider, and shark are undoubtedly unpleasant surprises but the crane and sea otter are rather adorable.
I can’t help but wonder how they get the octopus and scorpion cups clean.
Julien Palast is a photographer based in Paris, France. In his series “Skin Deep”, beautifully proportioned people appear to be engulfed by brightly colored rubber-like substance. It’s a tight fit as the people appear to be completely naked.
The images are clearly digitally manipulated but showing the devastated that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake wreaked. Unhappy with the usual then-and-now photos, photographer Shawn Clover made his own. He meticulously recreated the angle, the focus, and the lighting of his modern-day point-of-view. Blending the two together created a much more attention grabbing then-and-now comparison.
One of the most recent works of photographer Daniel Kukla is his “The Edge Effect” series which features perfectly square mirrors propped up on an easel and angled to reflect the horizon. The easels were strategically placed around the Joshua Tree National Park. The viewer has the distinct feeling of looking at a photograph of a hyper-realistic painting. Daniels also has a background in both biology and anthropology.
This award-winning outdoor campaign to promote walking instead of driving was launched by DBB China and China Environmental Protection Foundation. Jody Xiong, the artist behind this installation, hoped to urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by placing the huge 12.6×7 meters canvas in busy intersections. Sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly paint was placed on either side. The installation was placed in seven thoroughfares in Shanghai with more than three million people participating in the campaign.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure which enables doctors to take a look inside their patients without cutting them open. Using an MRI is tricky and not everybody has the gift of being able to get clear, sharp images. Artist Andy Ellison works with a research-only MRI scanner at a medical school in Boston where he takes high resolution images of assorted fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Gabriel “Specter” Reese has a no-holds-barred sort of approach to steer art that endears him to a lot of people in the art community. This also makes him somewhat of a nuisance to the authorities. Crumbling walls, garage doors, and even ads themselves don’t escape his attention. Speed is essential in street art as no one wants to be caught. Which is probably why we see so many of them stenciled, tagged, and silk-screened. Specter, unlike most street artists, does all of his work free hand.
Gabriel Dawe challenges the long-held notions of machismo through his art. He grew up in Mexico and as a child, he was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, areas which are usually reserved for women. He now lives in Texas and has made a name for himself with his colorful thread installations especially his “Plexus” series.