Monthly Roundup

Modern War Masks by Jim Wimhurst
Carved Pencils by Ragna Reusch-Klinkenberg
Architectural Alphabet by Jing Zhang

Pencil Shaving Portraits by Kyle Bean
Space Quilts by Jimmy McBride
We took a look at our most popular posts this month and wanted to share our reader’s favorites. What are your favorites?

Collections: Record Center Labels

Center Of Attention is a website dedicated to the artwork, graphics and logos of record center labels by Simon Foster. Whilst record cover sleeve art has always received plenty of attention, center labels have been somewhat neglected, even though they are a great source of design inspiration, being full of interesting colors, shapes, graphics and typography.
Find out more about the collection here.

Imitation of Life

For her series titled "Mimesis" artist Sarah Garzoni applied corporate logos to real butterflies using an ink jet printer. Sarah's work questions our constant struggle to harness the planet's resources for the benefit of civilization, and shows us how nature can quickly expose our vain pretensions.

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Set and photography for Louis Vuitton shoe series by Ill Studio

Protocol of Desire

Carmen Freudenthal (photographer) and Elle Verhagen (stylist) have been working together as a creative team since 1989. Their collaboration with fashion designers, performers and other artists results in a wide variety of work, which is, at the same time, always recognizable by a typical humoristic approach of daily life and an undeniable own style, using and abusing contemporary imagery and photographic techniques.
Find out more about their work here.

Bound

Canadian sculptor Maskull Lasserre creates very interesting mixed-media pieces using multiple volumes of found books, stacked and bound with twine, and combined with old frames. Via his website:
"Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday and its associated structures of authority, class, and value. Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected." Find out more about Maskull's work here.

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'Chernobyl' - Modified Russian Doll by Jaime Pitarch.





Multiscapes


Pim Palsgraaf's "Multiscapes" is a series of sculptures that brings us straight to the battle lines between nature and urban expansion. Comparable to tumours of urban growing Pim drapes found objects on taxidermy animals to symbolize the contrary of culture and nature.
Find out more about Pim's work here.

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Masks for the Modern Tribe

Jud Wimhurst’s "Masks for the Modern Tribe" is a series of works that explore the identity of 21st century consumers. Throughout history tribes have worn war masks into battle. The masks were designed to intimidate and strike fear into the enemy, to protect the wearer and to evoke the spirit and strength of particular animals and gods and transpose it to the warrior. Jud's collection of war masks are designed to reflect the way in which we deal with our own battles in a modern world.
Find out more about the project here.

Recycled Constructs


New York City based artist Cordy Ryman creates playful geometric constructs using recycled wood, gorilla glue, studio sweepings and other found objects. When working with wood, he often keeps the rough jagged edges visible to the eye. This creates a very tactile surface. Ryman alters the surfaces of his artwork to change the appearance but still allows for the character of the materials to be recognized.
Find out more about his work here.

Terra Cibus

San-Francisco-based photographer Caren Alpert uses an electron microscope to capture images of food magnified 150 times, turning familiar foods into abstractions that almost resemble aerial landscapes. Caren explains, "“As a food lover and a photographer I answer these questions visually. Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance.”
Find out more about Caren's work here.

Futurama

Jeremy Dean's "Futurama" is a series of life-like models of gas-guzzling Hummers and Escalades that have been transformed into horse drawn stagecoaches. Jeremy explains, "This work is about the process of exploring historical amnesia, sustainability, consumption and the future. Back to the Futurama is a project that focuses on the rise and fall of the automobile industry as a symbol of the vulnerability of the American capitalism”
Find out more about the project here.

Bedscapes

For his series titled "Bedscapes" photographer Skott Chandler created replicas of well-known landscapes out of his blankets, sheets, pillows and other items from his bedroom. Photographed with black and white film, from the right angle, and with the right light, the textures of the sheets create the illusion of monstrous mountains and deep valleys. Skott says, "I spent numerous hours researching places I felt viewers would connect with; then I began constructing these places. At night in my bedroom, I spent hours propping up pillows and getting the wrinkles and folds to lay just right, then adjusting the light and camera to best sell the illusion that these photographs of my bed were more than just the bed."
Find out more about Skott's work here.

Made in China

For her project titled "Made in China", photographer Lorena Turner collected a number of items made and packaged in China and kept them in their original packaging until they were dusted for fingerprints and then photographed under black lights. This process allowed for the evidence of another's touch, quite possibly the person involved in constructing and packaging the item, to be revealed. Made in China highlights the human factor and invisible history in each object's production, and forces us to reconsider the relationship those who are leaving their fingerprints on each item may have with it.
 Find out more about the project here.

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Finest Paperware

Ceramicist Rebecca Wilson (featured previously) created a beautiful series of disposable paper cups made to resemble fine china. Rebecca explains,"The paper cup is an icon of the ‘throwaway culture’ and by imposing classical ceramic styling and transposing materials I aim to highlight and question our tendency towards wasteful consumerism."
Find out more about Rebecca's work here

Bonsai Couture

"Bonsai Couture" is the latest collaboration from Guerra de La Paz, the Miami-based Cuban team of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. Using discarded clothing, fabric and materials from second-hand goods shipping companies, they created a series of sculptures that combine the traditions of bonsai making with the practices of haute couture.
Find out more about their work here and here.

Travelling Mickey

 
For their latest collaboration titled "Travelling Mickey", Hong Kong-based fashion brand CLOT and Disney asked ten notable artists from around the world to personalize a blank canvas in the form of a Mickey Mouse  based on their own personal vision and aesthetic.
Find out more about the project here.

Turnaround

Vincent Kohler's "Turnaround" is an artistic project focusing on the theme of the baseball bat. It consists of a collection of thirty baseball bats, turned in different species of woods, each unique in form.
Find out more about the project here.

Daily Haptics

 
 
Designer Marie Rouillon created a series of cups designed to reconnect people with tactility in our increasingly digitized world. Marie says,"Daily Haptics is a series of objects which aim to emcompass unexpected materiality, in turn to make you question your sensory abilities. Sometimes surprising, sometimes attractive, sometimes pleasurable or the opposite, in any case you have to touch the samples to get the tactile feedback they can provide you with. I chose to illustrate this concept by working on everyday objects, such as cups, … by rethinking their materiality, I am giving them new tactile properties, so that the user has to THINK while touching."
Find out more about the project here.

The Map as Art

Mixed -media artist Ingrid Dabringer creates whimsical acrylic paintings inspired by the organic and geometric lines of ordinary maps. Ingrid says, "I spin maps and search for figures formed by the interdependent lines. The figures found within the lines of the maps illustrate our quest for meaning, and are my attempt at triangulating our presence here on earth."
Find out more about Ingrid's work here or visit her Etsy shop