Lodz, a street artist from Poland, has managed to hide his personal information from admirers and authorities extremely well. Except for his name, that is. Przemek Blejzyk’s work is scattered all through out Poland. I’m quite sure the owners of the buildings don’t mind having their walls decorated with this sort of artwork. Lodz’s art isn’t your garden variety graffiti, its a fine example of the newly emerging species of creative outlet known as street art.
Treehouses are something you and your kid brother built in your backyard with little help from Dad, maybe. It’s usually made with a few discarded pieces of lumber and plywood. Pete Nelson’s tree houses on the other hand, are neither shoddily built, nor are they made with scraps of wood. These are first-class tree homes. Pete is the founder of Treehouse Workshop, Inc. He has designed and built treehouses in 26 States and 9 countries over the last 15 years.
5 to 12 is an award winning series of images produced by Peppermill for B.U.N.D. eV, one of Germany’s biggest environmental organizations. They’re aiming to raise awareness of the fact that time is fast running out for endangered species.Peppermill easily gets the point across. The hands of the clock are inexorably squeezing the, silverback gorilla, the Grizzly bear, and the seal to death. Unless we act NOW, Earth will be a few hundred species poorer.
Pop Pop Bang Bang is a collaboration between photographer Thomas Brown and creative director Anna Burns. Thomas describes it as a mix of “film, photography, and pyro”. Explosions, guns, and girls are all recurring themes on the silver screen. The installation itself is a collage of artfully arranged umbrellas set in three different locations in London.
Diego Beyro studied Art Direction at the School of Creative Advertising (Escuela Superior de Creativos Publicitarios). For two years he worked as creative advertiser in Fabrica, a Research and Communication Center of the Benetton Group (Italy). In his series “Orgasms”, Diego painted remarkably detailed faces of people while in the grip of ecstasy, and he painted it on striped, plain, and floral-printed sheets. He currently lives and works in Spain.
Shin-Young An describes herself as an artist in transition. While reading the newspaper one day, articles began affecting her to the extent that she realized she is just a powerless artist. She wanted this to somehow be reflected in her work. Against the backdrop of current events, Shin-Young An has drawn silhouettes of her reactions. She said: “In life, one needs to progress and
let go of the past, in order to achieve something greater.”
As much as you want to scream “Photoshop!”, you can’t. Those images are in no way digitally altered. They’re the work of Sakir Gokcebag. Each one teases the eye with the geometric improbability of his precision cutting. Sakir was born in Turkey, educated in the prestigious Marmara University in Istanbul, and currently lives and work in Hamburg.
Dito Von Tease is a derivation of Dita Von Teese, the famous icon of “burlesque” style and expert in disguises. Also, “il Dito” means “the Finger” in Italian. His Ditology is a series of index-finger portraits of famous personalities. According to him,the finger is the most apt symbol for our digital age (digitus is Latin for finger) since a person can pretend to be anyone online. Dito wants to invite everybody to look beyond the “masks” we use in living our public lives.
If it’s not coffee, it’s tea. Regardless of your beverage preference, these fun creature cups by artist Yumi-Yumi will surely brighten your day. A finely detailed ceramic critter rests at the bottom of every mug and slowly surfaces as you sip your drink. Some of them, like the scorpion, spider, and shark are undoubtedly unpleasant surprises but the crane and sea otter are rather adorable.
I can’t help but wonder how they get the octopus and scorpion cups clean.
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.