Swedish illustrator and graphic artist who’s based in Barcelona Klas Ernflo has produced a diverse field of graphic projects – both independently as for clients. All of the artist’s projects show his incredible sense for colors and patterns. His most recent project is highly impressive. Consisting of 18 separate boards, Ernflo created a large work showing his signature organic forms, a wonderful sense of humor and tremendous colors.
Using ink and oil paints gives them a sense of craft and technique that allows us room to appreciate the subtlety and graceful nature of each form individually. This consideration for each character makes it even more impressive when they come together in one magnificent tapestry of shapes and symbols.
Cristi Rinklin received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1999, and her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1989. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States, as well as venues in Rome, Florence, and Amsterdam.
“I present a pictorial language that is altered by technology, in turn becoming a lens through which we translate our contemporary understanding of space. Imagery in my work is constructed and manipulated through opposing forces and visual impossibilities, via intense color, and optical effects. The seamlessness of layering I employ is a response not only to current widely available digital technologies, but also to the great tradition of illusion in painting.” Cristi Rinklin
From June 6th to 12th, JUSTKIDS, in association with StreetArtNews, was invited by Urban Nation Berlin to take over their notorious signature event Project M. Bringing summer ﬂavors to Berlin they selected six internationally acclaimed artists, including 1010, Askew, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Borondo, Eron and Faﬁ to create murals around the German capital for Project M/9 “Colors”. The painting week was ﬁnalized with a group exhibition showcasing the works of eleven artists including Tristan Eaton, Felipe Pantone, Okuda San Miguel, Crystal Wagner, Maser, Jan Kaláb, and the six muralists.
Whether in large-scale murals in urban environments around the world, or on smaller scale pieces on paper and canvas, the featured artists—hailing from around the globe—converge to investigate the speciﬁc way a high-octane color palette can produce an intense visual experience. In some of the works—shown for the ﬁrst time in Berlin—this emerges from the interactions between colours and their tensions and contrasts; while other works inquire into the expressive qualities of colours in the context of visual culture today.
Artist and designer Matt W. Moore took a new approach with his latest work, SHADOVVS. During a 2 month stay in Oakland, CA, and a 2 week residency within 886 Geary Gallery, Moore constructed a new body of work that fuses his bold, graphic, op-geo vocabulary with extruded mosaic forms that bring the works to life in three dimensions.
The series is activated by the angle and intensity of the light source, be it a deliberate directional lamp, or the natural curve of each day’s sun cycle. Symmetries and depth are revealed in a spectrum of proportions, and color palettes are expanded upon, into numerous parallel hues revealed by the shadows.
The exhibition is made up of five parts, each having their own concept and look. There is a four piece series of purely symmetrical, colorful compositions, a series of 12 square works that reflect Moore’s signature graphic skills but in 3D, a series of greyscale cut-paper mosaics that led to this new way of working, an extra large construct made up of five, colorless pieces that explore light and shadow, and finally a large mosaic, white-on-white mural composed of the same shapes used in the rest of the work.
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud that creates its inspiration from nature and objects with artisanal processes.
All sets are handmade. For years, the designers have worked on metals to note the formal qualities of steel, brass or copper and the way they behave over time with certain chemicals or colors.
Kneip aims to do unique projects along with the web shop. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques, and wants Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship.
The collection Pat.vol 1 shows the results of these experiments inspired by nature, climate and geometry. Kneip offers an experimental design with a number of ornamental objects that show the effects on metal.
Technology will increasingly be integrated into the body “to extend our abilities, our knowledge and our perceptions of reality”, according to Barcelona-based Neil Harbisson, who wears a head-mounted antenna attached to a chip at the back of his skull that allows him to perceive colours. “I think this will be much more common in the next few years.”
Harbisson wears the “eyeborg” headset to overcome a visual impairment called achromatopsia, which means he sees the world in shades of grey. The eyeborg turns colours into sounds, allowing him to “hear” them and meaning he qualifies as a cyborg, or cybernetic organism (a living being with both natural and artificial parts).
The sounds are transmitted through the bone to his inner ear, which allows him to interpret what colours are according to the different sign waves of each sound.
After a long battle with the UK authorities, Harbisson’s passport now carries a photo of him wearing his eyeborg, making him the world’s first government-recognised cyborg.
In 2010, Harbisson founded the Cyborg Foundation, an organization whose mission statement is to “help humans become cyborgs, to promote the use of cybernetics as part of the human body and to defend cyborg rights [whilst] encouraging people to create their own sensory extensions”.
He has created a series of artworks using his eyeborg, creating sound portraits by scanning people’s faces for different hues and turning the tones into short musical compositions.
Harbisson believes that recent technological advances mean there will be a rapid growth in the number of people with cybernetic implants that give them enhanced abilities. This in turn will change what it means to be human.
This is it peoples, my last Miami Blog post! So as I was tellin you guys Florida sucks unless you’re a Cubin Coke Lord, or a dumb ass spring breakster drinking yourself to STD sleep. If not ,you’re probably old, fat and/or moist. So, me and my mom dukes needed to break away from the oldies and did so on an almost not so enjoyable trip to South Beach. This mecca of supposed party paradise has taken a turn for the lame and fucked up as well. Like the rest of the city there are alot of empty stores and homes. There are actually some cool museums down there. One is the Florida Museum of Art and Design which, believe it or not, has some pretty good shows. Another is the Bass Museum of Contemporary Art. So here is a vague play by play of our final adventure, in Miami.
Me and Mom waiting for our ride.
An amazing store that has only been open for three months is the Taschen Store. They have some very expensive books but if you can muster up between $100 and $2,000 to buy one it will be worth it. One was the Helmut Newton book which is an oversized photo book that comes in a box. It is printed in color and showcases some of his best work. It has lots of naked girls and color photos that come from old films like kodacolor and kodacrome. The point is the colors were off the hook. Another great book on display was a book of photos from the film Taxi Driver. Some of the C-prints were also on display in the store. They were really amazing, also shot on old film so the colors are really great. There is one notable portrait of Jodie Foster when she is like 14 and it is fucken hot. Check them out on line….
Some of the remaining retro achitecture that is becoming scarce in south florida.
Ok ,so this is it. Only an hour to catch our plane and we began to breath again.
We just want to say to Escif… keep the hits coming. This work he just did in Valencia, Spain looks good again. Escif is in Barcelona for his Montana Colors show, and we just wanted to throw these images up. Good evening to you all…