Leonid Tishkov is a Moscow-based doctor who has spent the last ten years traveling around with his very own crescent moon. The moon is actually just a lamp he created for a contemporary art festival. He took the moon home with him and the rest, as they say, is history. What he does, he describes as a “performance of a lifetime”. Tishkov said: “The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures. And everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.”
Baydakov Aleksey is a Russian artist who has a wonderful way with caricatures. His cartoon caricatures of the stereotypical mobster, cop, and sailor not only captures their very essence, it also has a humorous twist. Aleksey’s may have drawn them a little out of proportion, but proportion is the last thing you’d expect from a cartoon character. He has worked in collaboration with different advertising agencies and magazines as an illustrator. He currently lives and works in Moscow
The Price of Being Superheroes is a colorful infographic made possible by the collaboration of Emil Lendof, Bob AlGreene and Nina Frazier. The created a hilarious mash-up of a superhero’s hypothetical expenses then and now. It looks like ordinary mortals like us aren’t the only ones affected by inflation. Dr. Bruce banner probably took one look at the price tag and hulked out. Bob AlGreene created the illustrations while Emil Lendof was responsible for the lay-out. with the overall art direction by Nina Frazier.
Marion Luttenberger is an Australian designer and photographer. She recently launched a series where she used mundane, everyday objects to create letters, words, and even phrases. She describes her work as a ‘low-budget, handcrafted, conceptual and experimental typography combined with photography’. Marion uses the oddest things in her work. Bacon, for example, was used to spell out the phrase “Save in Meats”. Olive fruit and leaves were also creatively arranged to spell the word olive. She has even utilized an orderly grocery aisle to create individual letters.
Los Intocables is Spanish for ‘The Untouchables’. It is a photographic series by Erik Ravelo which addresses controversial issues such as child pornography, child obesity, nuclear catastrophes, wars, and the black market organ trade. The children are depicted in a vulnerable pose, pinned up against the backs of adults in a pose reminiscent of the crucifixion. The subheading to this provocative series is: “The Right to Childhood Should be Protected.” He (Ravelo) attempts to speak for those who cannot properly articulate their pain. The sick, twisted games that adults play can come at a cost to future generations and Ravelo’s series gives a voice to those children who get caught in the crossfire.
This house was designed for a special exhibition in Germany and is open to the public for visiting. It is the brainchild of Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk who aptly named it “The world stands on its head”. The Cape Cod-style, 120-meter-square house is built with a steel frame to withstand its awkward architecture. Everything inside it is upside-down. Only the stairs were spared to enable people to get to the second floor. It still stands in Trassenheide, a German town on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom.
Peter Pink is a German artist who created an amusing series using strategically placed potatoes, cucumbers, and handmade props. Peter likes to describe himself as a ‘nonsense maker’ and ‘clueless inventor’. His dressed-up veggies can be seen sunbathing in the beach, having a rally outside a fast food chain, and holding a funeral for one of their own who was turned into a side dish. The Cucumber police has also made their presence felt in some of the tableaus, especially when the ‘taters are showing signs of becoming rowdy. Peter Pink’s installations are strategically placed in public places where they must’ve brought a smile to a pedestrian or two.
Joseph OLeary was born and raised in a small, blue-collar town in Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works on his farm outside of Minneapolis. He started his series on bearded men with an unfavorable bias towards men with beards. Facial hair, in pop culture, tend to be viewed as something to hide behind. Joseph’s work clearly shows the extent to which facial hair is not only an extension of a man’s outfit, but their identity as well. He admits that after doing the project, his opinion of men with beards took a 180-degree turn. He found all of them to be “incredibly open, honest, and real”. He said: “It’s a brotherhood. Guys with beards are amazingly comfortable complimenting another man on how his beard looks. I love that.”
Clare Conway created these realistic typewritten ‘paper’ using porcelain. Her sculptures are incredibly detailed with pieces of porcelain ‘paper’ creatively crumpled, shredded, and thrown into the wastebasket. In the readable documents, Clare gives out details of her personal life in the typewritten documents. The trick is that she intentionally censors a word here and there, arousing the curiosity of her audience. The censorship is ‘partly a revolt against the increasingly blurred line between public and private information in our current society due to social media platforms’.
Doaly is a designer and illustrator from the United Kingdom. He describes himself as a designer, doodler, photographer, day dreamer, and part time superhero. His most work is a series of alternative movie posters which many on the internet (me included) think is way cooler than the actual movie posters. He uses no fancy 3D software or graphics but he gets the message of the story across anyway. I sure hope he gets a break and starts designing actual movie posters for Hollywood. It would be a nice change to see minimalistic movie posters for a change.