They say that all jokes are half-meant. WuMo’s infographics on the other hand, are nothing but the truth, generously coated with humor and shaped into a graph to make them look scientific. WuMo is actually a contraction for the hilarious Danish duo Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler. They previously called themselves Wulffmorgenthaler, but realized that the name was too long and a bit of a mouthful to boot, so they shortened it. Mikael is a writer while Anders is an artist. Their sarcastically snarky ideas coupled with simplistic design has won them the affection of a lot of netizens out there. They started their rise to fame as cartoonists when they won a cartoon competition. It allowed them to have their work published for free in the local paper for a month. Their popularity soared and several years later, they’re regularly running a cartoon strip in the New York Times.
His real name may be a tightly kept secret, but Blu has a rather long Wikipedia article devoted to him. Blue is the pseudonym of the elusive yet extremely talented Italian street artist whose characteristic style began appearing in the walls of Bologna in 1999. Like so many street artists, spray paint was his first medium of choice, but as the years and his style progressed, he began using housepaint and rollers mounted on telescopic sticks. Nowadays, he has filled the sides of entire buildings with his clever and slightly political works of art. He is also a digital whiz who has created a great number of animations and videos. Wikipedia describes his inspiration as “…motivated by a belief in an open source philosophy, persistent in its anarchical revolt against contemporary art conventions and unique in beauty.”
Alana Jones-Mann is Brooklyn-based baker who specializes in combining actual candy with eye candy. She has her very own blog which showcases her considerable talents in baking. Alana describes herself as: ‘a self-taught baker, with an intense passion for crafting, designing, and styling’. She earns her living in New York as an event planner, and as such, meticulously plans everything down to the smallest detail. Alana believes that personal touches can make any occasion unforgettable, which is probably what led her to create a series of mouth-watering desserts featuring prickly cacti and other succulents. Daunting though the spines may be, I bet each of those cupcakes taste heavenly.
Miguel’s Chevalier turned the whole floor of the former Sacre Coeur church into an interactive light display. ‘Magic Carpets’, as his installation is called, mimics cellular biology as the colored squares and swirls divide, multiply, merge, and mingle in time to Michel Redolfi’s music. The display was made in collaboration with Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, Voxels Productions, and Casablanca French Institut Software. One blog describes it as “an organic world combined with a digital one that perpetually replenishes itself”. Miguel is currently based in France.
Sipho Mabona folded his first paper airplane when he was five years old, and he hasn’t stopped folding paper since. Having run out of paper plane models to fold, he turned his attention to nature and managed to create schools of koi, rhinos, tigers, bears, grasshoppers, and one gigantic paper elephant. The elephant is made out of one whole square piece of paper measuring 15 meters on each side. It took Sipho a month to develop a pattern for the elephant. The sculpture is more than three meters tall and took nearly a dozen people a month to complete. The project was, incredibly, funded by the net-based crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Sipho’s white elephant is currently on display in a museum in Switzerland.
Aryz is a globe trotting Spanish street artist usually found hundreds of feet off the ground, turning empty walls into works of art. Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) is regarded as one of the top street artists in the world. He began his love affair with street art when he was a teenager, spray painting graffiti on unsuspecting walls. The style and composition of his work slowly evolved over the years into what it is today. Muted, earth-toned colors and bones are recurring motifs in his work. He said: “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors. It would be too much.”
Maja Topčagićwas born in Bihac, a city and municipality on the river Una in the north-western part of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She actually majored in mathematics and computer science but chose to devote her energies into her lifelong passion: photography. She started taking photographs when she was 19 years old, and she hasn’t stopped since. These days, her work puts some professional photographers to shame. She does everything perfectly; mood, lighting, focus, composition. This is one artist definitely worth watching out for.
Zahir Batin is the uber-taleted artist behind these adorable recreations of the Star Wars world. He uses miniature action figures, paper art, strings, twigs, wires, Photoshop, and his considerable imagination to give a glimpse of what stormtroopers do in their off hours. Most of his scenes are pretty funny, some are action-filled, and a few are a heartbreaking; all of them are awesome. You might want to check out his 500px account or his FB page if you want to learn more about his techniques. Zahir currently lives and works in Malaysia.
Rupert Vandervell is a true blue Londoner who has always been obsessed with clean lines and geometrical symmetry of things. He has this amazing knack for finding a drop of serenity in the ocean of chaos that is downtown London. His series “Man on Earth” has drawn quite a lot of international attention. The series has turned the art of street photography right on its head. He said: “My work explores our relationship with the world and how we interact with our environment. Each location is simply meant to represent ‘the ever-changing backdrop of the modern city,’ and the viewer can focus on the unique visual characteristics of the human form.”
“Making It Up” is a rather unusual series by Spanish photographer Juan Sánchez Castillo. He turned his subjects faces into landscapes upon which miniature people sledded, mowed, painted, and rappelled. Juan’s creative compositions often feature facial manipulations of the model’s face. In one of his other series, his subject has what appears to be metal rings sprouting from her eyelids. Using dollops of make-up and oodles of imagination, Juan has managed to create miniature landscapes filled with fascinating characters.