Friday, December 4, 2009

Top 10 Dec 4

Wow it's December...& Friday... & yet another Top ten list has arrived much like Father Christmas with some sack full of rock solid presents, the best kind!
Well what more can I say...
...Enjoy Ho-Ho-Ho...

Mr. J

1. Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes spends his days trying to get some painting done, in between jumping around with his air guitar, drinking coffee and playing video games. When he puts down the controller, sighs heavily and mutters 'Right, i've got to get some work done.' His dog Colin usually wants to go for a walk.

Check out more work by Jeremy HERE

2. Yoo Young - Wun

Yoo Young - Wun transforms newspapers, advertisements, handbills, and other media paper goods into these monstrously distorted caricatures. They remind me of pinatas in the way they take pop cultural stars, Spiderman, Homer, Elvis or other mass-produced icons and turn them to cheap tzotschkes, frightening and hilarious in their new forms.

Check out more work by Yoo HERE

3. Jochen Twelker

Strictly speaking, the paintings of Jochen Twelker are not abstract works, even if they display structures or patterns that cover surfaces. The choice of represented detail, however, makes deciphering the image’s object more difficult. Through irregularities in the patterns and the modulation through light, a physicality of high plasticity emerges from the image. Here is the key to the image code: Twelker paints human bodies, or, better said, the clothing that covers these bodies.
In the aquarelle Tote Tragen keine karos, (Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid), it is unusual perspectives and the structural similarities in background and the figures placed above them that estrange the representation. A person in a plaid suit lies on a carpet or fabric in the same pattern. Even the face is made unrecognizable through the grid structure, like a computer simulation to preserve anonymity. Only the deformation of the squares lets the body emerge from the network of forms, like Vasarély’s design principle.
The painting’s titles, which are often borrowed from the famous classic films, complete the narrative moment of Twelker’s painting, but they do not lead to any type of understanding. In this way, Twelker’s works remain located in the tension between clarity of form and the mystery of content.

Check out more work by Jochen HERE

4. Give it a Ponder

Awesome work from Y&R New York.
Agency: Young & Rubicam
New York Chief Creative Officer: Ian Reichenthal
Client: LG Chief
Creative Officer: Scott Vitrone
Global Creative Director: Darren Moran
Associate Creative Director: John Battle
Copywriter: John Battle
Associate Creative Director: Jeff Blouin
Art Director: Jeff Blouin
Art Director: Evan Benedetto
Art Director: Jan Jaworski
Copywriter: Tara Lawall
Production Company: Smith & Sons
Director: Ulf Johansson

Also check out the online campaign HERE

5. Waldemar Hansson & Max Modén

This series is entitled Leap of Faith by photographers Waldemar Hansson & Max Modén.

Check out there blog HERE
Check out Waldimar's Work HERE
Check out Max's Work HERE

6. Nawel

Studied in the Applied Arts in Paris, Nawel was a stylist for Guy Laroche men’s wear collections, then photo stylist, costume designer, casting and production for Hermès by Martin Margiela, and press officer for Chachnil. At present, Nawel is creating illustrations that combine her classical arts training (painting, nudes and portraits) with the ephemeral fantasies of fashion. With her mix of techniques (academic oil painting, photography, collage, etc.), Nawel has invented a highly personal style that seeks to arouse emotions as well as reflections that reach beyond appearances.

See more work by Nawel HERE

Thursday, December 3, 2009

7. Dan Witz

Dan Witz spent this past summer working on his latest project, Dark Doings, which opens as a solo exhibition tonight at the Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in LA.

Inspired by a recent visit to the Red Light District of Amsterdam, Dark Doings explores the tragic obliviousness we’ve developed to our surroundings through subtle, haunting images of human and animal faces trapped behind dirty glass windows.

"I’m trying to exploit our collective tendency towards sleepwalking by inserting outrageous things right out there in plain view that are also practically invisible. My goal is to make obvious in your face art that ninety-nine percent of the people who walk by won’t notice. Eventually when they stumble upon one or find out about it I’m hoping they’ll start wondering what else they’ve been missing.”

The project embodies the true purpose and power of street art — to challenge, to compel, to jolt us out of our self-constructed comfort zones and stagnant defaults. Dark Doings is a remarkable reminder of, to quote the theme from TEDGlobal, the substance of things not seen.

See more work by Dan HERE

8. Eunsuk Hur

Eunsuk Hur is a textile designer who is looking to push the boundaries of fashion and interior design by exploring different materials and approaches leading to new textile futures.
she graduated in 2009 from central Saint Martins School of Art and Design with a degree in MA Design for Textile Futures.

Her final year project selected for the CSM Contemporary Collections is chosen to represent the best of CSM 2009 and also selected for the Casamica Talent Scouting in salone satellite at the Milan Salone del Mobile 2009.

See more of Eunsku's work HERE

9. Tristram Lansdowne

Tristram Lansdowne was born in 1983 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He studied visual arts at the University of Victoria and in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 2007. Currently he lives and works in Toronto.

Artist Statement:
Tristram Lansdowne’s paintings focus on ideas of permanence and function inherent in our constructed environments. An idealistic view of the past exemplified by the 19th century Romantic ruin is juxtaposed with the emotional vacancy of the contemporary urban landscape, presenting a pessimistic view of human progress rooted in the realization that a brighter future is increasingly difficult to imagine. Outmoded architectural ideas mix with discarded pieces of the landscape in delicately painted watercolours, depicting incongruous, mysterious structures. Employing an aesthetic reminiscent of natural history illustration, these structures are presented as specimens, carefully preserved on the white of the paper.

See more work by Tristram HERE

10. Daniel Rozin - Trash Mirror

For more interactive work by Daniel click HERE