Marta Klonowska’s sculptures may look adorable, but you wouldn’t want to pet them. They’re made from thousands of carefully arranged pieces of broken glass. Her collection include hounds, hares, deer, and foxes; all posing as if in a hunt. These glittering, life-sized glass animals are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings. Her creations are often displayed right next to paintings by Francisco de Goya or Peter Paul Rubens.
Edina Tokodi is the founder of Mossitka, a collective of eco-minded street artists dedicated to green guerilla tactics and inspired public art. Their mossy and/or grassy installations have a habit of sprouting all over the urban landscape. These Zen-inspired installations produce a stark contrast with the steel and concrete surroundings. It forces the viewer to “explore the diversity and intricate connections between nature and the inorganic world created by man”.
Luigi Gallo was near Napoli, Italy in 1993. He studied at “Europa” Institute and got a diploma in graphic design. He’s currently into digital imaging and photo manipulation and his surreal composites have created quite a stir in the web. His subjects are mostly fantastic landscapes presented in a surrealistic. Steampunk loudspeakers, flying islands, Atlantis, and a floating ship-farm are just some of stuff you’ll see in his landscapes. He signs his work with “Gallus”.
Mu Boyan was born in the Shangdong province of China. In 1997, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in Fine Arts. He obtained her Master’s degree in 1995 from the same university. His work has extensively been exhibited throughout the world. One of his more recent work tackles the touchy subject of obesity by featuring an adorable, but undeniably fat Sumo wrestler. Fat is fat, but there are two ways of looking at it. While an excess of adipose tissue may be unattractive to Westerners, in the East, it’s a sign of decadent wealth. After all, only people who can afford to be fat are those who can afford to eat more food than they absolutely have to.
David Olenick’s art combines clever wordplay with cute imagery to create entertaining illustrations a lot of people would want to wear. David finds the funny side of everything from lame excuses, bad decisions, to basic human behavior. You can almost forgive his nasty puns (An adorable hornet saying “Me So Hornet”) when he combines it with a quirky cast of characters. The drawings and lettering themselves are quite simple, but it is the combination of both that brings a genuine smile, or maybe even a laugh or two.
Chris Parks hails from Tampa Bay Florida. He is also known as Pale Horse, perhaps as a reference to one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. His art is as colorful as it is bold. The theme usually revolves around religious icons thinly disguised with the trappings of Mexican culture. Chris is also into heavy metal, tattoos, heavy metal, skateboarding, and psychedelics.
Ken To made his first bonsai wire tree as a Christmas present for his wife. Poor material and craftsmanship notwithstanding, his loving wife was thoroughly impressed with the concept. He spent the next three years improving his wire-bending skills. In 2010, he made his wife a second bonsai wire tree for Valentine’s which was infinitely better than the first. After finding the perfect wire as well as inspiration in Kevin Iris’s work, Ken became an unstoppable bonsai wire tree – making machine. Ken believes that the only way to get better is through perpetual practice. He now has a LOT of miniature wire bonsai trees, some of which are for sale.
Walls, tunnels, and mounds of trash are all fair game for Davi De Melo Santos. This Brazilian street has peppered the streets with comic murals. Far from the common perception of street art as hateful vandalism. His subjects are most often a bit monstrous in origin, yet Davi manages to portray in them in an amusing way. David turns potential eyesores into a thing of beauty. In the art circles, he is known by his initials DMS. He currently lives and works in Brazil.
Mark Bridger describes himself as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer”. Judging by the quality of his work, he could definitely be right up there with the pros. His wife started him on photography when she bought him his first camera as a birthday present. His main interest is nature photography and, lucky for him, he lives a few miles south east of London where he can shoot owls, frogs, kingfishers, and bugs to his heart’s content.
Stephen Emerson was born in Northern Ireland. I suppose it helps that he can point his camera pretty much anywhere and get a great shot. Nevertheless, a lousy photographer still won’t be able to capture these landscapes with the same brilliance. Stephen likes to “experiment with different ways of creating an image to give it a air of mystery”. His loves shooting at dusk and at night to create a dramatic mood.