Sandcastle Matt is a Massachusetts-based artist who loves playing around with sand. His creations have been mistaken as the result of lightning-struck sand. What Matt actually does is apply the drip method technique to various found objects such as plywood, vines, and anchors. Despite their fleeting existence, beachgoers can’t help but be amazed by Sandcastles Matt’s awesome sandcastles.
Kirstin Smith is the photographer behind the two-part series of photographs called “Bodies of Thought”. Her series captured the graceful movements of her subjects with some clever tweaking of the the exposure time. The colorful and flowing costumes of her subjects also added to the appeal of the images. You, the viewer, may not exactly know what Kirstin’s subject is doing, but it’s the uncertainty that makes you want a closer and longer look at the image. the series is said to be exploring the concept of “an intelligent body, where the body’s thoughts are realized through movement”.
Barry Rosenthal is an outstanding photographer and a nature lover. He has a series he calls “Photobotanicus” which features perfectly ordinary weeds and flowers. The kind you can find in roadsides. He looks for plants with inherently interesting structure or design and play that structure against the negative space of the white background. The combination of artistic elements has resulted in an almost 3D quality to the finished images. In one of his other series, “Found in Nature” Barry really let his inner beachcomber go. He collected assorted detritus from beaches and sorted them all out in his studio. He sorts them either by color or by type. Some of the stuff that found their way into his final images are: spent shotgun shells, balls, bottle caps, toys, and disturbingly enough: medical waste. He said: “The objects I use also represent personal and cultural history and memories fond and haunting.”
Darran Rees studied to become a painter before he really got into photography in the mid 1990s. Born in Wales, he currently splits his time between his studios in New York and London. Darran has made a name for himself in advertising photography for his clever concepts, but he also loves to do a lot of freelance work. He has traveled to the remote areas of Mexico, Africa, Nicaragua, and Peru where tea and coffee are grown. His client, Fair Trade Charity Organization has tasked him to document the growers, the artisans, and the thriving communities in these enchantingly remote areas. He is currently working on a long-term project involving rising Eastern European countries.
Li Hongbo grew up in the Chinese province of Ji Lin. The Chinese saying “Life is as fragile as paper’ had a deep impact in her life which is probably what influenced her to use paper as her medium. To create her delightfully bendy paper sculptures, she has layers sheets of paper by gluing them to each other, forming a honeycomb pattern. She does the gluing by hand until she forms a small block of paper just the right size for her sculpture. Li then uses a woodworking saw to make the initial cuts, switching to an angle grinder for fine work. The final step involves touching up the whole sculpture with sandpaper.
The real title of this series is “Crash Landed”. It is produced by the dynamic Danish duo Ken Hermann and Gemma Fletcher. Ken is the man behind the lens while Gemma is the art director. Ken is currently based in Copenhagen while Gemma divides her time between denmark and London. The series features what appears to be an American astronaut who has crash landed in a seemingly empty and abandoned version of the planet Earth. Together, they have created a haunting and thought-provoking series which begs the age-old question: “Is there anyone else out there?”
ROA is a rather prolific Belgian street artist who loves creating monochromatic animal forms in walls. Not content with the walls of his own country, he has since spray painted a whole menagerie in walls located all over the world. ROA’s work can be found in the United Kingdom, Austria, Portugal, the U.S., and even Canada. His works are also accompanied by narratives that highlight the impact of human enroachment on native habitats as well as the widespread apathy that humans have towards conservation. He said: “I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”
Max Ellis is a professional photographer and freelance illustrator from the U.K. He studied photography at University of Brighton and has more than 15 years of professional photography under his belt. He currently vasscilates between pure photography and photo illustration, but what really caught the web’s imagination is his series of perfectly timed images of adorable squirrels. Humans have always been suckers for anything warm and furry and squirrels are no exception. It took Max an incredible amount of patience and a whole lot of garbage shots to capture the perfect images. He even made miniature toys for his furry subjects and bribed them with seeds and treats. But don’t worry, no squirrels were harmed in the making of the series.
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Cbloxx grew up in the grim industrial town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. She is a self-taught artist who, by dint of sheer will and talent, shed the trappings of small town syndrome by going against the flow of convention. Her day job involves working with disaffected youths, at night however, she’s a freelance street artist who spray paints a number of interesting art on walls. Cbloxx’s gritty style is a mishmash of the psychedelic, surrealism, and tribal references. Her art is created in layers with freehand drawing, spraypaint, markers, and her veery own handmade stencils.
Ian Strange is the artist responsible for this buried black house set smack dab in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia. It’s actually a scaled down recreation of the artist’s suburban-style home built in the 1920s. The piece, entitled “Landed” does look a lot like it had fallen out of the sky, albeit still in one piece. They sure don’t make houses like that anymore. Ian did the sculpture/installation for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.