Ramon Todo is a Tokyo-born artist whose recent creation is a study of contrast. He incorporated a thick layer of glass in between rocks, books, and something that appears to be cheese. The glass fragments are expertly cut and looks like a natural part of the stones. Ramon’s creations gives his viewers a surprise when they encounter something so fragile and breakable perfectly juxtaposed into something hard and enduring. This budding Japanese artist is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany.
With contrasting patterns and loud colors, Madame Peripetie’s work doesn’t just grab your attention, it takes it by the shoulders and gives it a good shake. In her series ‘Patchwork’, she experimented with fabrics, patterns, and blond models to produce a fashion statement that some might accurately call eccentric. Her real name is Sylwana Zyburay and she has a masters degree in applied linguistics and a B.A. in photography. She is of Polish ancestry and is currently based in Germany where she worked with high-profile clients such as H, LAB, Neo2, + ing Japan, Beijing Art, and Photo Masterskaja Russia. To explain her attention-grabbing style, she said: “I was never interested in depicting reality as it is – the escapism and interdisciplinary hybrid-thinking has always been fascinating me.”
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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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.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser is an Austrian sculptor, painter and architect. He is best known for his colorful, quirky, and oddly shaped buildings. He first became famous for his paintings, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that his building designs brought him worldwide acclaim. His buildings all sport his trademark labyrinthine spirals which can also be found in the postage stamps and flags he designed. One of Friedensreich’s most famous work is the Hundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna. The building has a roof covered with earth and grass, undulating floors, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He refused to be paid for it, insisting that he did it in order to “prevent something ugly from going up in its place”. Friedensreichhas always been against monotonous architecture, he even called for a boycott of architecture with straight lines and demanded the right to create individual structures. He died in 2000 at the age of 72.
Nick Frank finds inspiration everywhere. His specializes in architecture photography and with his penchant for finding the perfect angles, it seems he just can’t go wrong. According to him, his photography is not about showing the reality, it is always my personal subjective view. He loves shooting with a wide angle lens since it compresses the center with interesting results in the outer part of the image. Nick is interested in both portrait and architecture and has yet to decide which specific area of photography to pursue.
Artur Fast is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Germany. His art is highly imaginative, most often featuring otherworldly creatures. Very few of his ‘creatures’ can ever be described as cute or cuddly. They may, however, be described as otherworldly. The fellow in the striped shirt with the glowing eyes is outright creepy, but a few, like the sea creatures below, strive to hide their true nature with an island-hat and a shoddily built ship. Artur describes himself as a conceptual artist.
Dietmar Eckell is a globe-trotting photographer who has spent considerable time and effort to locate and photograph plane wrecks. But they’re not just any old plane wrecks, each tells a story of sheer luck and survival. Dietmar carefully sifted through thousands of crash landings and picked only those where all aboard survived. So far, his collection features only 15 airplanes, but he’s working on the funding to get to a few more located in remote areas. The series is entitled “Happy Ends”. Dietmar is currently based in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Anne Patzke is a talented German illustrator who specializes in creating adorable characters for children’s books. One of her first and most enduring cartoon character is a bunny girl named ‘Kulla’. Kulla gets to have all sorts of adventures in Anne’s very own comic strip. All of her characters (kittens, a penguin, an acrobatic panda, a squirrel, a cuddly pair of raccoons, and a baby hippo) get an eleven-out-of ten for cuteness. She currently lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany.
Sonia Rentsch is an Australian designer and stylist. One of her more recent compositions feature a variety of handguns made entirely out of dried plants. The series was made for the latest January Biannual. Sonia has a degree in Industrial Design from MIT, Australia. Her clients include the Suddeutche Zeitung (Germany), L’oréal Melbourne, and Christian Dior (UK). She was also the editor-at-large of some popular design papers. Before Sonia transitioned from film to still-life set design, she worked for the creative house Moth Design n Melbourne.