Mandy Smith is an artist whose favorite medium is paper. Any and all kinds of paper. Even sandpaper. In one of her more recent series, she used just that. Mandy fashioned a pair of bikinis, a bicycle, a double bed, a slide, a pair of shoes, and toilet paper out of a material no one would want anywhere near their sensitive parts. Bruno Drummond thentook photographs of them after carefully arranging them in such a manner that makes them even more realistic. She also has a series of paper houses where she faithfully recreates the traditional architecture of canal houses in Amsterdam. Mandy also had a hand in making some of the models in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”.
Seth Taras is a veteran photographer with plenty of international awards under his belt as a testament to his skill and vision. He was recently commissioned by The History Channel to do a series entitled “Know Where You Stand”. The series aims to ‘act as a reminder of the past’s significance in our everyday lives, and the important role history plays in our future’. In the series, Taras expertly juxtaposed authentic World War II images over shots taken in modern times of the same places. This gives the viewer a thoughtful, if not chilling, reminder of the history behind common, everyday places most of us take for granted.
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.
Jim Golden is a Portland-based photographer who has worked with a lot of big brands like Yahoo, ESPN, and Nike. He learned the ropes in New York where he worked as a high-end compositor and visual effects specialist in the competitive, and fast-paced world of advertising photography. After mastering his craft, he moved to Portland where he opened a studio of his own where he specializes in “creating striking imagery that strives to capture the essence of his subjects”. One of his most recent series features a collection of objects neatly and meticulously laid out in a plain background which highlights the differences between the objects as well as the common theme that binds them together. The series started out with Jim’s impressive collection of scissors and grew to include shots of locks, speakers, camping gear, flotsam, cameras gear, cellphones, eight-track tapes and more.
Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.
Bela Borsodi is the photographer and conceptual designer behind the cover of VLP’s newest album “Terrain”. The album cover is an optical illusion which tricks the mind into seeing four separate divisions. The separation is nothing more than a clever arrangements of the objects. Edges were carefully lined up to delineate between the different areas of the picture. It also helps that the objects are carefully grouped according to color. Bela studied graphic design and fine art before discovering her passion for still-life photography. She is currently based in New York.
Spanish photographer Chema Madoz loves blending two unrelated objects that share at least one similar feature. The result is a visually stimulating image that would make anyone look twice. He often uses black and white imagery or sepia tones in his photographs which further heightens the contrast between the two objects. Madoz took photography courses at the Image Teaching Center while studying History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
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.
Sue Beatrice is the founder of All Natural Arts. Originally, she started it as a venue for selling her creations. She specializes in creating lovely pieces of art from antique pocket watches, sea glass, jewelry pieces, stones, and other found pieces. Her work has a touch of steampunk in it with a great big dash of whimsy. According to her site: “Combining talent and imagination with a love of nature, the designs are created with the environment in mind. Recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects are combined with natural elements into unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources.”
Suzan Drummen is a Dutch artist who specializes in colorful, large-scale installations incorporating circular patterns vaguely resembling fractals.
All of the objects in her installations are carefully laid out by hand and are not in any way fixed to the floor. The slightest nudge has the potential to destroy the whole display. What’s even more amazing is that she doesn’t even enclose her intricately laid out installations in some sort of barrier. Suzan uses a variety of objects in her work, all of them shiny, sparkly, and colorful. The list of objects include, mirrors, chromed metal, crystals, rhinestones, optical glass, and even precious stones. Suzan currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
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