DALeast is a 29-year-old Chinese artist who currently lives and works in Capetown, South Africa. He has recently been unleashing his talent on unsuspecting walls all over Capetown. His street paintings are huge in scale and can often be hundreds of feet across. DALeast’s signature style is to make his paintings look like thousands of metal shavings. He studied Sculpture in the Fine Art Institute in his hometown of Wuhan in China but dropped out a year before graduation. He spends at least half the year just traveling and has left his mark in New York, London, Miami, and his native China.
Leonid Tishkov is a Moscow-based doctor who has spent the last ten years traveling around with his very own crescent moon. The moon is actually just a lamp he created for a contemporary art festival. He took the moon home with him and the rest, as they say, is history. What he does, he describes as a “performance of a lifetime”. Tishkov said: “The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures. And everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.”
The Price of Being Superheroes is a colorful infographic made possible by the collaboration of Emil Lendof, Bob AlGreene and Nina Frazier. The created a hilarious mash-up of a superhero’s hypothetical expenses then and now. It looks like ordinary mortals like us aren’t the only ones affected by inflation. Dr. Bruce banner probably took one look at the price tag and hulked out. Bob AlGreene created the illustrations while Emil Lendof was responsible for the lay-out. with the overall art direction by Nina Frazier.
Marion Luttenberger is an Australian designer and photographer. She recently launched a series where she used mundane, everyday objects to create letters, words, and even phrases. She describes her work as a ‘low-budget, handcrafted, conceptual and experimental typography combined with photography’. Marion uses the oddest things in her work. Bacon, for example, was used to spell out the phrase “Save in Meats”. Olive fruit and leaves were also creatively arranged to spell the word olive. She has even utilized an orderly grocery aisle to create individual letters.
Peter Pink is a German artist who created an amusing series using strategically placed potatoes, cucumbers, and handmade props. Peter likes to describe himself as a ‘nonsense maker’ and ‘clueless inventor’. His dressed-up veggies can be seen sunbathing in the beach, having a rally outside a fast food chain, and holding a funeral for one of their own who was turned into a side dish. The Cucumber police has also made their presence felt in some of the tableaus, especially when the ‘taters are showing signs of becoming rowdy. Peter Pink’s installations are strategically placed in public places where they must’ve brought a smile to a pedestrian or two.
Escif is a Spanish street artist whose work has also been popping up in Italy, France, and Canada. Unlike most street artists who uses loud, often clashing colors, Escif tends to use simple lines and subdued colors. It is the humorous and often direct commentary on sensitive social issues such as politics, capitalism, and the economy that makes Escif’s work stand out. For Escif, the message is far more important than the style. Escif is quoted saying: “I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers minds.”
Feeling a bit peckish? Have a slice of Jupiter. Planetary cakes are fast becoming quite the rage ever since self-taught chef Rhiannon created the Earth cake. It all started when her sister asked her if she could bake a spherical layer cake. It was going to be used as an instructional tool for a geology class of primary school kids. Rhiannon first thought it was impossible, but after spending a whole afternoon thinking about it, she decided to give it a try – and was pleasantly surprised by the results. It was actually her Plan B that finally worked (baking a cake inside a cake inside a cake). The Earth cake was actually just half a planet (I gues you could call it a hemisphere) but her Jupiter cake is the real thing. Cakecrumbs is Rhiannon’s blog about food and cooking. You can check it out for cool recipes and a tutorial on making planetary cakes.
Nomad Patterns is a series by Livia Marin which features more than thirty ‘melted’ China cups, vases, and teapots. It was exhibited at the Eagle Gallery in London in 2012. Interestingly, each piece retains its pattern even though it’s melted. The patterns in the pieces is the Willow Pattern motif. A pastiche of Chinese landscape decoration created by the British in the late 1700s. According to Livia, “the objects appear as staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.”
Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard is a French photographer who let’s nothing go to waste. She carefully completes her sets before going out to buy fresh fish. The fish are then cleaned, gutted, and beheaded. The bodies go straight to the pan, while the heads take a detour around to her studio. Eventually, the heads do get to the garbage bin but not before they’re posed and dressed up as factory workers, gangsters, angry mobs, and prisoners. Asked about her work, Anne said: “We are victims of our own evolution or of our own revolution. We are the suffering conformists. In my photography, I do not try to present the good nor the bad. It’s never simply funny, laborious, happy, tender or hard. There is always much tragic, sadness or sorrow in the comedy. That is what touches me. That is what I try to translate.”