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.
aMAZEme is a book maze set up especially for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Its design was conceptualized by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo. The maze recreates the fingerprint of writer Jorge Luis Borges. It took over fifty volunteers five days and nights to set up this incredible maze which stands up to 2.5 meters high and spans 500 square metres. The 250,000 books they used were borrowed from Oxfam and will be returned after the exhibit.
Chooo-San is a Japanese student whose creativity kinda makes the hairs on my arms stand on end. Her work makes digitally manipulated images look a lot more fake than they usually do. This 19-year old artist can turn herself into a cyborg or the stuff of nightmares with a few strokes of acrylic paint. What began as doodling has ended up into an incredibly promising career.