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.
Léo Caillard is the artist behind Street Stone. With a liberal application of modern clothes, he has a given new twist to ancient statues scattered all around the Louvre. Of course, he wasn’t actually allowed to dress up the statues themselves, so he did the next best thing. He took shots of his friends who were dressed in trendy clothes while they mimicked the poses of the classic stone figures. A clever bit of digital manipulation transferred the clothes to the statues, turning the ancient stone hip and trendy.
Aubrey Elizabeth is the founder of Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary. Custom-made soaps has long been in the market but none are as scrumptious as Aubrey’s faux food soaps. Her mother always told her that ‘a homemade gift is better’ so she started making soap to give away to friends and family. They recognized the marketability of her products and the rest, as they say, is history. I just hope no one leaves her special soap in the kitchen counter or someone is bound to be frothing at the mouth.
Ray Sumser is a New York-based artist whose “Characternity” brings together around 2,500 pop culture characters from cartoon, comic books, and video games. Ray has been a fan of cartoons and comic books all his life so it comes as no surprise that he would make an illustration of all the characters he could think of. According to him: “From a very early age, I wanted to bring characters from unrelated stories together. In the past five years my work has revolved around fantastic landscapes where characters from our most beloved stories coexist, compete and collaborate.”
Andrew Gorkovenko’s packaging design for Triptea is simply tea-rrific. TripTea is a one of the rare brands which takes a closer look at its own product. They wanted their packaging to embody the product itself in a new and creative way. Andrew, a Moscow-based advertising designer, decided to illustrate easily recognizable scenery from the country of the tea’s origin.
Color is something we take for granted in our everyday lives. It’s not until it’s gone that we could appreciate its presence. Artist Tauba Auerbach created this dazzling 8” x 8” x 8” hardbound book with the help of Daniel E. Kelm and Leah Hughes. The “RGB Colorspace Atlas” illustratesthe RGB gradient in the page-by-page format using digital offset printing paper. It can be used as a reference volume by artists and, as an added bonus, may also be used as an effective doorstop. Click here for more »
Annie Ralli started her career at BBS as a scenic artist. She painted backdrops in styles ranging from photorealistic to abstract, all this under time pressure too! She is now based in Bristol, UK where her ability to switch back and forth between styles to suit her client has served her well. She now freelances for advertising companies, filmmakers, and private clients. One of her more recent work features “hand art”.
Coffee is one of the world’s leading stimulant. Russian artist Arkady Kim recently broke world with his installation “The Awakening”. True to its name, the installation is made with over a million coffee beans. The subtle shadings of cream, caramel, brown, and black were accomplished by roasting the beans. Each bean was painstakingly placed by Arkady and his five assistance, a process which took twelve days to complete. The mural stands in Gorky Park and holds the world record for the largest coffee bean mural.
Yamamoto Motoi’s salty installations were first inspired by the death of his sister from complications due to brain cancer. It was his way o keep her memory alive. At first, he created a three-dimensional brain as a tribute to his sister’s condition. Later he explored the myriad ways he could shape and manipulate salt. All his installations are entirely handmade and any flaws or imperfections are left intact. After several weeks on display, the salt is gathered and poured back into the sea.