OaKoAk is a French street artist who sees the humorous potential in the most inconsequential everyday objects. His imagination turns cracks, peeling wall paint, railings, and other random objects on the street into hilarious works of art. Her work is not only brilliant, it also brings a smile. He said: “I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realize them.”. This is one street artist I’ll definitely be watching out for.
Jonathan Latiano’s installation “Points of Contention” is an explosion of what appears to be crystalline growth from the wooden floorboards of a gallery in the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. It’s actually made from plastic, PVC pipes, and styrofoam. Its his way of calling into question the continued production of synthetic polymers, resins, and plastics versus the long-term impact on the environment. Jonathan was born and raised amongst the rural hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania graduated from the Moravian College in Bethlehem with a degree in Studio Art.
Robert Rickhoff’s series ‘Out of Place’ infuses tongue-in-cheek humor with seemingly commonplace settings. A skateboard ramp and a badminton court (at least I think it’s a badminton court) is set right in the middle of a street. All of the photos were digitally altered but it’s hard to tell in a few of them. The accident-friendly swing and slide are a couple of my favorites. If they were real, I’d probably risk a ride just for the thrill of it.
Crop circles in the West ain’t got nuthin’ on the Rice art of the East. Every spring, Japaneses farmers take a lot of time and effort to ‘paint’ images in their rice fields using white, black, and yellow-hued species of rice. The subjects range from Mona Lisa, to Napoleon Bonaparte, to Samurai in armor. It’s a pity they have to harvest such beautiful works of art, but it sure tastes great with a side of sushi.
Gabriel Orozco’s “Asterisms” is a sculptural and photographic installation made up of nearly 1,200 objects the artist collected from a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California Sur, Mexico and a playing field near his home in New York. There’s also twelve, large-scale gridded photographs of the individual objects in a studio setting, organized typologically by material, color, and size. The peice was displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in Berlin.
British photographer Caulton Morris is not a fan of digital manipulation, nor is he fond of standing on his feet. His series entitled ‘Upside’ is in no way digitally altered to make it look like he’s doing a headstand in some of the most uncomfortable locations. He really is doing a headstand in the toilet, a brick wall, a canoe, a cobbled street, a bathtub, and on tufts of grass. He usually takes them himself with a 10-second self-timer.
Shay Armstrong describes herself as “an artist working in the photographic arts and the world of body paint and body art”. She used to call herself a “bodypainting photographer” but found out that the label didn’t really cover the multi-faceted media she works with. Her signature style are nude, body-painted figures photographed in the modernist effect. Shay still works with a traditional wet darkroom and uses a 35mm manual camera, which is a refreshing change in this digital age. She is also known by her devientArt handle “Purplesea”.
A Natural Happening – Art Installations by Julian Jones-Pittman, Tisha Boonyawatana, Satsuki Atsumi and Hai Pham
A “happening” is a performance, event or situation that is intended to be an art piece. Natural Impression is a happening is a project by four promising students of California State University – Long Beach. Satsuki Atsumi, Tisha Boonyawatana, Hai Pham, and Julian Jones-Pittman put their heads together and came up with the novel concept behind Natural Impressions. Unfortunately, ‘happenings’ are fleeting in nature and their carefully wrought experimental typography are preserved only in photographs.
Mei Linn received her Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design from The One Academy of Communication Design. She’s completing her final year of Graphic Design at the prestigious Curtin University in Australia. Her recent series, typograpography with leaves are quite fragile and unique. Each letter or number is carefully sliced into the middle of the leaf. The leaf’s natural pattern is then carefully cut out, leaving an intricate pattern behind.
Songsforever describes herself as a journalist, creative writer, and fractal freak extraordinaire. She loves knitting, science fiction, steampunk. Anything weird, odd, strange, and random are right up her alley. Her gallery of colorful fractals is quite impressive. Fractals are basically detailed patterns that repeats itself. They’re psychedelic, to say the least and a breath of fresh air from the usual photos and paintings.