In 2003 the 90-year old Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was due to be demolished to make way for newer facilities. Anna Schuleit was the artist commissioned to create an unforgettable memorial. She is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. After seeing the drab and somewhat depressing interior of the building, Anna decided to cover most of the facility’s floor area with a sea of flowers. The installation entitled “Bloom” was opened to the public for four days.
My name is Marie Wengler (born 1992). I have been interested in and working with photography and art since a young age, and at the age of only 20 years. Even though I’m still very young and completely self-taught (so far – I’m checking out different artistic educational options at this moment), I have been contacted by a recognized exhibition house in Copenhagen, Denmark, in order to establish my first solo exhibition from the 3rd of May – 5th of August 2012. The exhibition will also become a part of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012. The images featured in the exhibition, which is called ‘Generation Y?’, thematizes the life issues of the post/late modern youth generation, which I belong to myself. I have experienced the issues of the post/late modern existence myself, I have learned to understand the new living condition for our new post/late modern era.
Booktography is fast becoming a viral fad all over the web. The best ones are those which seamlessly integrates the book’s cover with the live person. A dead person may also be used for the purposes of this meme but that’s rather macabre. Much like photobombs, and jumping-in-the-air photos; the originator of this concept is unknown, but the concept behind his/her creative idea will go on to spawn many more memes.
Gamers are a breed apart. Timothy Saccenti did a great job capturing their game faces when Sony commissioned him for their ad campaign for Sony PlayStation 3. Every grin of triumph, frown of frustration, and grimace of anger was perfectly captured. The mood lighting and the contrast is simply wonderful and highlights the emotions of the players. Saccenti is a director and photographer whose high quality work can be seen in many other ads and music videos.
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Inspired by the YouTube video showing a chain-smoking Indonesian toddler, Belgian photographer Frieke Janssens decided to create a series highlighting the seemingly contradictory concept of a child smoking. Her series entitled ‘Smoking Kids’ garnered quite a controversy when it came out. But don’t worry, no cigarettes were harmed in the making of this series. Chalk, cheese, candles, incense , and a loads of misdirection and photo manipulation were used to make it appear that the children were indeed smoking.
With the advent of full color photography, the popularity of black and white has sharply declined. Taking great shots in this medium has become a challenge for photographers. Not so for French photographer Nicolas Evariste, his gallery is simply chock full of great black and white photos. A graphic designer by trade, Evariste is passionate about everything related to images.
Yeondoo Jung is a young, creative, and resourceful Koreean photographer who turned childish whimsies into reality. In his one-of-a-kind series “Wonderland”, Jung took crayon drawings made by 5-7-year olds and carefully reproduced them. The sets, made entirely by hand are impressive enough by themselves. It is the novel concept behind “Wonderland” that few mainstream photographers would have thought of.
Jonathan Ducruix is a Lyon-based digital artist who goes by the pseudonym Me&Edward. For him, photography is not an end but merely a source, a potential for creation. He is fascinated by people’s existence and of their emotions captured in a snapshot. In his “Metamorphosis” series, people are grotesquely altered in such a way to show the unlimited transformations of human body. Some of his digitally altered images are rather creepy because they look absolutely authentic. Who knows, there really might be horned people out there.
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Nagi Noda is a Japanese artist, designer, and director. She is the one behind the fantastic “Sentimental Journey” clip for Japanese pop star Yuki. She also created Hanpanda, the half panda, half other beast who appeared in her art exhibits and was also part of a collaboration with L.A./N.Y. fashion brand Libertine. One of her most enduring, and spectacular work is her Hair Hats series. This incredible animal-shaped hair sculptures didn’t need much, just some hair weaves, real hair, wire, and a ton of creativity. Sadly, Nagi Noda died in 2008 at the age of 35 due to complications from a vehicular accident.
Often, how the world looks depends on your point of view. An installation by Zadok Ben David brings the point home. Blackfield is basically a field of steel botanical specimens modeled from old textbook illustrations, embedded in a thin layer of sand. Viewed from one angle, it is a depressing field of black flowers set against a backdrop of white sand. Move to the other side and the dull field of black and white becomes a vibrant display of colorful flowers. Blackfield is one of the few artistic installations that can take your breath away not just by its beauty, but also by the concept behind it. The artist behind this thought-provoking installation is a London-based Israeli sculptor and conceptual artist who won the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Prize for Best Sculptor in 2005.