New York-based artist Daniel Rozin (previously), creates incredible installations and sculptures that react to the movements of viewers. His latest project called "PomPom Mirror", features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs controlled by hundreds of motors that respond to the presence of viewers using computer-vision. Along its surface, figures appear as fluffy animal-like representations within a three-dimensional grid of beige and black. Rozin explains, "Ghostly traces fade and emerge, as the motorized composition hums in unified movement, seemingly alive and breathing as a body of its own."
Brazilian artist Edu Monteiro often puts himself into his own work, using his own body as an artistic medium. For his project titled "Sensorial Self-Portraits", he constructed a series of masks that enveloped his entire head (often with organic materials) to completely alter his personal sensorial experience of the world - sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. He then photographed himself wearing the strange head wraps. When asked how it felt to be wrapped in things he feared, Monteiro said, "The worst was being buried in sand, even with a breathing tube (which you cannot see in the photograph), I felt certain that I was going to die."
Manhattan Park Pool on New York's Roosevelt Island. Inspired by his color field installations that take up both private and public spaces, the artist used 120 gallons of paint to create vibrantly luminous gradients in the area around the pool. The private commission called "Asylum," was commissioned by design firm K&CO and Pliskin Architecture and will be open all summer for pool visitors. "I entitled this piece 'Asylum' because the act of creating it pushed my mental and physical endurance so far that I wasn’t sure I could complete the task,” he says of the project.
A creative designer and artist born in Barcelona, Javier de Riba has worked at various agencies and studios in the role of Art Director. Nowadays, Javier uses his amazing color skills to paint the floors of abandoned buildings with unique compositions made out of geometric shapes and patterns. Via his website, "For Javi, each piece challenges his aesthetic, driving him to try new styles and techniques while balancing his existing abilities with his desire for growth and exploration. His journey is an ongoing battle against stagnancy, in favour of versatility and innovation."
Blending themes of consumerism culture, artist Gurt Swanenberg, obsessively hand-paints the skeletons and skulls of animals with major brands' logos. His work depicts a modern version of the classic theme of the seven deadly sins and challenges viewers to reflect upon the certainties and stereotypes of the exploitative nature of gluttonous capitalism. "I like the juxtaposition of skull and logos from consumer goods." Swanenberg explains, "This is an unusual way to use skulls in artwork, but reflects the death of our independent society when we’re buried in mass consumerism."
As part of this year’s edition of the Ús Barcelona street art festival, artists Octavi Serra, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa, collaborated on a series of public art installations that were made with cut salvaged tires which were hung in various urban locations around Barcelona’s ‘Tomato District'. The project titled "Pneumàtic", engages passersby into a playful dialog between physical and imagined worlds by going beyond the formal limits of walls and architecture.