Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen is a self-taught artist whose creative production revolves around classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner. Henrik explores the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing and loneliness, juxtaposed with fragile beauty.
The atmosphere in his subject matter is often presented in a dream or limbo-like state, with elements of surrealism. His focus on atmospheres rather than narratives and realism leaves his painting open for many interpretations.
Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, being subjective and elusive. Artist and magician of modern technology, Jonty Hurwitz transcends his art beyond conventional form by means of engineering, mathematics and computer processing to create anamorphic sculptures that show their true beauty when placed in front of a cylindrical object.
One of his prominent sculptures is called Rejuvenation, depicting the anamorphosis in art, which originated in the artwork of Leonardo DaVinci in 1485. The sculpture explores our culture’s obsession with youth and beauty.
Hurwitz has also pioneered a new frontier in art by creating the world’s smallest sculpture in the order of 1/100th of a millimeter with the help of scanning electron microscopy, nanotechnology and two-photon lithography. He has won two Guinness World Records for the smallest human and animal sculptures in 2015, one of a woman and one of an elephant. The microscopic elephant sculpture was especially important because it highlighted the travesty of 100,000 elephants killed by poachers in Africa in three years.
Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves.
Some of the images appear to be self-portraits that conceal, and yet reveal, her essence and unique talent.
Escif, who showed at the gallery with fellow Spanish artist, San this last summer just wrapped up working in Niort, France for the 4th Wall Festival (or better said, Le 4eme Mur). He completed a few walls, including this beauty.
According to the artist: “For the first issue of tarot deck, I wanted to express this duality in the plainest, simplest way possible, by using opera. Everyone knows that Tosca will die, everyone knows that Norma will confess her sins and everyone knows that Salome will dance her dance. what attracts people to Opera is not the unravelling of the plot, but the beauty bursting from every aria. Opera is an enhanced version of the present, where every moment has its own value. Opera has no interest in the future, it only references the past. From this point of view a relationship to fashion obviously comes to mind, as they both are deeply plunged in the constant repetition of archetypes. Every season, new femme fatales, new frivolous maids, and new high priestesses populate the international catwalks, always presenting themselves as new takes on the same stereotypes.”
When we think of Audi, we think of fast cars and the farewell expression “I’m Audi 5000.” Well San Francisco is now being introduced to some great new fixtures, crafted by Audi, that can be enjoyed physically and visually along Powell Street. They’ve created miniature gardens and gave street benches a new look that is fantastic. Go out there and rest your feet, watch the trolleys, and admire the beauty. They’re only meant to be here for 5 years so go make use of them.
We are going to endorse, just as Selectism did, this beauty of a backpack, the Manhattan Portage Cordura Hiker Camo Backpack. There are a lot of backpacks out there these days, Herschel making a good one, etc, but this is like going with the comfortable classic, with a touch of camo to keep it a little interesting. And at $99, it isn’t crazy.
This will get us on a bike. Portland, Oregon bike maker Renovo and German automakers Audi has teamed up for this beauty of a three-part creation, the Duo City, Duo Sport and the Duo Road – featuring Audi logos and colors. According to Bornrich.com, the duo “in the name bears reference to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Audi Duo bicycle has a monocoque frame made of hardwood. Audi says that wood offers the smoothest ride of any bicycle frame material due to its ability to absorb shocks.”