Japanese artist Maiko Akiba gave us a glimpse of the future with her series “100 Years Later”. The series features artificially aged everyday gadgets, clothing, and objects. Among the aged objects are: a digital camera, shoes, a coat, jewelry, boots, an accordion, a vending machine, and a calculator. The aging was artfully done with what Maiko calls “aging paint” which is basically fake rust and artificial moss/lichen. It’s basically a homage to today’s accelerated culture where the hottest gadgets today become obsolete in a matter of months.
Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless”, a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured as they fall. The whole series elicits a feeling of wonderment. Bakonyi currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
Takahiro Iwasaki is a Japanese srtist whose sculptures are in every danger of being stepped on. His small, colorful, and delicately-made constructs are usually found on floors amidst haphazardly strewn towels. You might need magnifying glass to truly appreciate Takahiro’s work. His topographical maps carved out of electrical tape are my personal favorites. They’re accurate right down to the ravines, buildings, and peirs found on a real topographical map. His work has beed displayed at galleries around the world. Recently, he had a collection of his works on display at the 7th Asia Pasific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland.
David Zinn describes himself as an avid whistler, a haphazard ukulele player, a shameless word nerd, and an inveterate doodler. He is a self-taught artist who has a B.A. in Creative Writing and English Language. David has also been known to dabble in theater now and then. He has used ink, pencil, chalk, charcoal, paint (water-, acrylic, oil, and house), dyed silk, small rocks, cake frosting, and outdated computers to utilize art as a problem-solving tool. The playful and imaginitive humor found in his art is what sets it aside from other street artists. He said: “My career reflects a love of drawing, a love of words, and a keen desire to understand when to use which to make a point.”
Chris Maynard is more than just slightly feather-obsessed. He is a Washington-based artist who carves tiny birds out of different kinds of feathers. He uses the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses handed down from his family. He said: “My work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.”
What looks like an unwashed pair of underwear is actually a wood carving by Mary Leu. Her laundry list of carvings also include: a filthy pair of socks, a lacy bra, a brown hand towel, a pair of gardening gloves, and a remarkably detailed handbag complete with wooden zippers. Leu’s attention to the finest details in her life-sized carvings sets her work head and shoulders above the competition. It takes her anywhere between tree months to a year to complete a single piece. Leu also owns and operates her very own Fine Carving Gallery.
Roeselien Raimond has a passion for nature photography. In her series “Fox in the Snow”, she has has given us small glimpses of the day-to-day life of the most secretive of nature’s creatures. She has captured foxes at play, grooming one another, hunting, swimming, and dozing in the autumn sun. She said: “I’m just a fan of the more complex, layered characters. Every fox has his own character, which keeps me fascinated.”
David Paget is a Concept artist who delights in giving the viewer a small and not-so-fleeting glimpse of post-apocalyptic horrors. he is currently working as an artist Double Eleven Limited in England. Prior to this, he taught digital art at Teesside University in the UK. He also freelanced within the Games and Film Industry. David graduated with First Class BA Honors in Digital Character Animation.
In 1963, Andy Prokh was born in the small rural town of Ural in Russia. He is an economist by profession but was always a photographer at heart. He started engaging in professional photography around seven years ago. His favorite subjects are himself, his daughter Katya, and his cat Tom. Katya and Tom are usually posed in wacky shots that highlight the contrast (or in some cases, the similarity) between a girl and a cat. In case you aren’t wearing your glasses, the cat’s the one on the right.
Brian Chan fell in love with origami as a child. He spent most of his childhood folding complex designs with paper. Origami appeals to him because it incorporates a lot of geometry, which is his favorite sector of mathematics. He also has a lot of fun from the extra challenge of folding from a square. Love of geometry aside, Brian stays away from modulars because he feels that it takes away from the kind of challenge he’s focusing on. Most of his work feature bugs and critters, and maybe a paper robot or two.