The collage work of Jesse Draxler combines tendencies of immediacy, appropriation and a denial of visual ownership, though with hand-crafted technique. His mixed-media fusion of found images, typography and design sensibilities thrives in information-overload times, both in drawing inspiration as well as being viewed instantaneously. By finding source material from anything, Draxler is able to ‘remix’ fashion spreads as easily as referencing art movements, crafting a new 2-dimensional language that has an immediate accessibility.
Mana Morimoto creates out-of-this-world works of fiber art by embroidering colorful thread onto black and white photographs. Morimoto’s photograph embroidery exists in the “in between,” as her use of colorful fibers transforms vintage and often serious images into vibrant works of art.
According to the artist, she chose embroidery because she always found stitching and weaving therapeutic. She coupled this love for embroidery with a fondness for geometric shapes, resulting in an ever-growing collection of photographs hand-stitched with laser-like elements shooting out of people’s eyes and unnatural geometric objects integrated into various scenes.
Los Angeles based Joshua Dildine is a painter that repurposes family photographs, using them as armatures for abstract painting. Three different steps in his work are construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Construction involves selection of the photography and setting up the emotional context that the image possess. Deconstruction is actually defacement of photography so he could create something new. During this step that last only a few moments Dildine works very quickly to harmonize the photo with paint. Last stage is the reconstruction of the context. Using acrylic, spray paint, oil and UV coated ink, he defaces the image into works of art.
Francis Pienaar is a visual artist based in Toronto. And that broad description is as specific as it will get. His illustration work is among the best we’ve seen in a while. But the photography and 3D work is worth mentioning too. Take a look at a selection of his illustrations here. The subtle use of lines and hard colors will surely claim your attention.
American artist Andrew Faris uses acrylic paint on canvas to render minimalist, abstract artworks, then sets them within rural outdoor settings and photographs the outcome.
Juxtaposed against cool panoramas, Faris’ paintings seem like portals to a digital world. Recalling the geometric abstraction of Frank Stella, the bold, colorful pieces sharply contrast their serene and snowy settings, tricking the eye into thinking they’re virtually fabricated.
UK based Rosanna Jones describes herself as a fashion and portraiture photographer, as well as a mixed media artist. She has all the necessary elements of alluring art; a distinctive and unique perspective, inventive technique and haunting imagery.
Jones distorts and tampers with her photographs to create unique mixed-media pieces that are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time.
“I love creating and capturing a beautiful moment, whether that be involving people or places, and then, in a way, destroying the innocence and aesthetic beauty of the image. Scratching away, or bleaching photographs is a way that I can relate to my images on a higher level; each scratch, tear or bleach mark symbolises how both society and the human mind have the power to destroy even the most beautiful of people or moments.” Rosanna Jones
Benoit Paille describes himself as an atypic artist, conscience agitator, creative genius, monstrously curious, absent and edgy. With his growing number of likes in the digital world, we can really say he acquired the artist status. Far from looking for specific opportunities of creation, it’s in the primal impulse, the instantaneous situations that images reveal to him spontaneously.
Using colorful flashes to outline surreal representations, he often sees himself like an hyperrealist painter. Paille’s pictures document an altered state of mind. Cultivating a predilection for casual people and locations, kitsch landscapes, fences and strange parking lots, he constantly finds himself seeking the unexpected and the unseen.
Fat & Furious Burger is a project by french graphic designers Thomas & Quentin who started putting together elaborate burger ideas during their lunch breaks. The two graphic designers from France have recently begun to generate internet buzz with their burger creations.
They decided to cook some crazy burgers in their little kitchen. It soon became a ritual: improvising and experimenting each week new ways of cooking and representing a burger in very short lunch break. It takes about an hour and a half to find an idea, run to a supermarket to get everything, cook, take a shoot and eat. From week to week, they tried to re-invent some edible burgers, despite their over the top made to be photographed nature.
Brooklyn based Photographer David Samuel Stern builds a bridge between direct portraits and abstraction. His way of abstracting the images does not only offer his subjects a way to hide within themselves, but also turns digital photography into physical objects by adding geometric texture.
Taking several photos of his subjects, Stern then physically cuts them apart and threads them together, causing both the image and the sitter to become a complicated fracture of bits and pieces we cannot fully make sense of. The series is a kaleidoscope of splintered identities, the distortion adding another layer to what would generally be considered a standard portrait.