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.
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.”