GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

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SPIRITUAL AWARENESS BY XIAOYI CHEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Xiaoyi Chen currently lives and works in UK and China. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communications in 2014 and was awarded the LCC/Photofusion Prize. Chen’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.

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Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Photography is a personal tool for Chen, used to question broad concepts that migrate from the personal to the philosophical realm. Her recent work focuses on the combination of photography and printmaking, a combination of techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Henn Kim is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. Her minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. It’s a free flow of visions and sensations depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects, metaphoric illustrations of emotions or windows opened on our subconscious.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS BY VEINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Melbourne-based artist Christian Vine aka VEINS’ artwork possesses strong characteristics of solid black work, which is surrounded by a mix of white space and contoured outlines. There is a sense of unfinished business that emanates through his work, although others might see it as a space for improvement or a space that is yet to be developed to its full potential. What may look like a regular picture at first glance has layers upon layers of stories hidden within.

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Fashion Forward: Drawings You Can Wear | EDDA GIMNES

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes’ Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs of Edda’s newest collection is truly a work of art.

Edda is the hottest Norwegian fashion designer out of London College of Fashion, with several awards and positive critiques already under her belt. In an interview with Norwegian Arts, Edda states, “I enjoy using old objects and things that have gone to waste, so for my collection I have been ‘The Ragpicker’ of my own project.  I have been making my own archive and collecting things from society in London and outside, that has been refused, forgotten and lost”, when she tries to explain how her creative process develops, from idea to collection.”

Look out on the runway for more fashion forward collections from Edda Gimnes.

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)
Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Photos: Yoo Sun

Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

 

AMAZING ETCHINGS BY THOMAS AMERLYNCK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out these gorgeous etchings by Brussels, Belgium-based artist Thomas Amerlynck.

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“The aura of engraving has always attracted me even beyond its exercise. Engraving has acquired a sacred format due to its development coinciding with printing and its worldwide best-sellers ( the bible, the dictionnary, scientifical or historical publications). On the other hand, television, a more popular and modern image broadcasting medium is at the opposite of the latter. Hence the idea of confronting these two practices in order to bring about hybrid images where the social and artistic codes are interwoven.”

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