"Humans rely on nature to survive but within our physical existence we have started to rely on our fabricated society, and in our gradual incline of artificiality we have forgotten nature. Even though we are a part of nature we try to control it, synthesize it, and in turn we are starving our beings. Most of us hold nature as an ideal place we can visit, or come and go as we please but the mind, the body, and nature are all part of the singularity that is the universe. These paintings depict our present attempt to leave nature and the beginning of something else entirely." -Joe Hengst, San Francisco
Berlin based artist Pierre Schmidt aka Drømsjel’s mind or better yet, face altering work is almost like walking through a garden in the 1960s but instead you are the garden possibly going through a little psychedelic experience.
Zak Smith is an artist based out of Brooklyn, NY and an Alumni of Cooper Union & Yale. He is best known for erotic portraits of female subjects which are characterized by intricate patterns and vivid coloration. Zak is also an adult film performer who is in a long-term relationship with Mandy Morbid.
Claire Harvey is a British artist who paints intimate works on canvas and everyday materials such as post its, slides, acetates, and scotch tape. This is a selection from both ongoing series and completed works intended to give an over view rather than a complete catalogue.
Lauren Brevner's interpretation of female portraiture are combined with a collage of Japanese chiyogami, yuzen, and washi paper on wooden panels. Her portrayal of women serves to empower rather than objectify: a reflection of the vitality of sensuality over sexuality. She plays with polychromatic layers; the figures within it existing in surreal and isometric spheres.
Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within.
Latest mind-bending music video from Japanese electronic artist Noah entitled “Flaw”. The beautiful, hypnotizing and lush natural landscapes were shot in Southern Prefecture of Aichi, Japan. Directed by TAKCOM with ethereal visual effects by McRAY.
San Francisco based firm Dirty Bandit's series entitled 'I'm a Piece of Garbage' involves dragging in discarded items from the street and painting self deprecating phrases on them. Gui Machado photographed them on pristine, bright happy backgrounds, producing both a number of physical objects as well as a set of prints for this series.
"These works are an homage to an often lost sensibility and quality, not simply the look, of Old Masters' works. They (con)fuse realities between politics and consumerism, pointing to an endless loop of transformative regeneration and redemption. Paint and Brush are ripe for visual wordplay: Women's work and their brush off from much of art history, whitewashing of culture, and bristling at patriarchy, bourgeois ideals and waste." -Rebecca Szeto, San Francisco, CA
Jose Mertz is an illustrator/street artist based out of Miami, Fl. He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from ancient civilizations, science fiction, to eastern philosophies.
Mischa Rozema and PostPanic Pictures' debut film project SUNDAYS completes a first step towards its Feature Film goal with the release of this ambitious proof-of-concept short. Much-anticipated and widely-supported by the international creative community (over 50K US Dollars was donated on Kickstarter alone for the live action filming part in Mexico City), SUNDAYS is directed by Mischa Rozema.
“Human beings cannot live alone; thus they form groups and societies. Ironically, however, this characteristic of human beings does not guarantee that individuals always form intimate ties with others.” -June Lee, South Korea
"I approach different gestures and tactile and haptic games. Through a merging of the banal and the forbidden I open up ways to see new perspectives on the depicted act and what is inherent to it. Simultaneously, my paintings are also a way of depicting a multilayered curiosity regarding the body and the flesh. It is an ongoing exploration of inherited human behaviours, embedded mechanisms and embodied expression." -Martha Persson, Gothenburg, Sweden
What if modern movies were released during the old analog days? What would they look like? French new media/graphic designer Julien Knez redesigned recent movies and TV shows with 80’s mock designs on VHS tape covers. How do they look? Freaking, spot on.
Mark Khaisman is an artist based out of Philadelphia who creates portraits with translucent packing tape.
“Tape reflects everything in human nature from practicality and banality to democratic techniques, used one way or another, in everyone’s tactile experience.”
Chinese photographer Ren Hang has really taken the spotlight within the past few years. His banned, controversial and yet beautiful work has been showcasing all around the world and his most recent solo show was displayed at Capricious 88. The photographer portrays sexuality and queerness in it's rawest form while dealing with Chinese censorship.
Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images.
"Sometimes my work also has literal connections to archeology, or rather to history. In A Place Where My Thoughts Are Frozen Together, I set out to attach a human femur to a coffee cup. I thought it was interesting how the cup has gradually acquired a handle during its evolutionary process. I ended up giving the femur a small raised bump so that, together, the cup and the bone could hold a sugar cube. It looks like something has grown out from inside the bone in a way comparable to the relatively slow process whereby the handle of the coffee cup evolved. I think it's beautiful how both of them, powerless and armless, hold the sugar cube." -Mark Manders, Ronse, Belgium
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