These vertigo-inducing installations were created by Heike Weber using nothing more than her imagination and a felt-tipped marker. The process, which can only be described as a labor-intensive, transforms an ordinary room into a three-dimensional work of art flooded with flowing, patterns and lines. Viewers can’t help but interact with Heike’s work in a cafe in Prague where she recently completed a project she calls “Bodenlos”. Bodenlos is a German word which literally translates into “loosing the ground under your feet”. Heike is currently based in Cologne, Germany.
Lucas Foglia didn’t have an ordinary childhood. His parents were part of the “back-to-the land” movement who strove for self-sufficiency. They had a farm where they grew and preserved their own food. They traded their surplus for what they couldn’t grow. He went to the prestigious Yale School of Art where he was mentored by Gregory Crewdson. After graduation (from the prestigious Yale School of Art, no less), he bought a camper and set off for the Appalachians. He said: “Photography for me is a mechanism to learn about things. I wanted to see if I could find the absolute, if there were communities or individuals who lived off the grid and were wholly self-sufficient.”. After five years of looking for that absolute, he published one of the most insightful photo books of the year. Entitled “A Natural Order”, he tells the story of a hidden America, one where people lived without money, drank from clean mountain streams, and built houses from trees grown on their own land.
Chris LaBrooy is the artist behind these amazing automobile-inspired installations. The series, called Auto Aerobics is set in an unused basketball court. It features a classic cars gracefully interlocked with each other. Some of them seem to float in midair or are firmly planted with all four wheels on the ground. Chris is currently based in the UK where he specializes in 3D design.
Jaap Vliegenthar is an imaginative digital image manipulator who is known for his humorous, often satirical images featuring well-known celebrities. So far, he has managed to put the Pope, Vladimir Putin, and Queen Elizabeth II in some of the most unlikely scenarios. While his scenes are highly amusing, they’re not at all derogatory. They simply show these high-profile celebrities in ordinary, everyday situations. Jaap also has a series where he re-imagined foggy scenes with gigantic plugs for air-conditioning units. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
Charles Clary is a Tennessee-based artist who expresses his creative abilities through meticulously hand-cut paper sculptures. The sculptures resemble detailed topographical graphs or close-ups of microscopic organisms.The centerpiece of one of his exhibits is a 30-foot long sculpture dedicated to his mother, Kirsten Clary who recently passed away from cancer. Charles spends up to 12 hours everyday, cutting each layer of his sculptures by hand. He said: “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. ”
Edouard Martinet is a gifted sculptor who uses cast-off pieces of bicycles, automobiles, and typewriters to make incredibly detailed and physiologically accurate insects. Edouard’s pieces are not welded or glued together in any way, instead, each part is meticulously attached with screws, giving the whole piece a vintage steampunk look. Unlike most sculptures made of recycled objects, Martinet’s pieces do not merely approximate the look of the insect upon which they were based. His sculptures look exactly like the insects themselves. To have a closer look at his work, you can check out his ongoing exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary in London which will be open until the end of January 2014.
These days, vegetables and fruit aren’t just food – they’re also artistic medium. Dan Cretu, a professional photographer, created food-based imitations of real-life objects like radios, motorbikes, matches, soccer balls, bicycles, 8-track tapes, and old-school film cameras. Each piece was prepared and photographed in less than four hours and no digital alterations were made on the finished product. Dan describes himself as someone who specializes in eco art, blending food sculpture with photography. If you like his work, you can get prints in Etsy. Dan lives and works in Romania.
Benjamin Von Wong is notorious for epic photography. The more challenging the project, the more he enjoys it. His background in engineering gives him an edge when it comes to creative problem solving. His style may be described as hyper-realistic with a generous amount of humor and fantasy mixed in. He’s one of those photographers who has the unique talent of capturing moments that can both amaze you and make you laugh. In an inter view, he said: “The reason I create images that are epic and fantastical is to share my dreams … the reason I share the process is to take you with me on the adventure… and the reason I share my thoughts and emotions is to show you that I’m human, just like you. I’ve never felt more alive (than when doing a tricky piece of photography)… because doing something that matters makes all the difference.”
Daryna Kossar is an outstanding photographer and designer from Ukraine. Now, we’ve featured a lot of food art before but Daryna stands out with her creative use of everything that happens to be at hand. the list of things she’s used include: lipstick, mascara, blueberries, cookies, coffee, bread, and sugar cubes. According to her, her inspiration comes from the little things she saw everyday. It’s not so much a matter of creative arrangement as it is seeing the artistic potential of the most ordinary, everyday objects. I’ll definitely be watching out for her work from now on.
Big Appetites is the brainchild of photographer Christopher Boffoli. It’s a series featuring miniscule figures interacting with perfectly chosen food items. The series has been published both in print and online in more than 100 countries. Its worldwide appeal may lie in the fact that everyone has to eat – no matter your race, creed, or color. In an interview about his popular series, Christopher said: “I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions. . . Combining what are essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone. Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood. And whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food. Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human.” Christopher is also a journalist, filmmaker, and writer. He is currently based in Seattle.