” My paintings express my personal and cultural histories. Having grown up on the island of Taiwan, I have a deep affinity for the elemental power of water and the forces of nature. Now living in America, I feel the ebb and flow of competing cultures. The ancient philosophies of my homeland, which teach self-discipline and selflessness, collide and mingle with Western notions of ego, alienation, and desire. My working method is a process of subtraction from darkness to light. I carve into the paint with a stylus to bring forth the individual lines that are the central motif of my work. These lines flow across the canvas in rhythms and frequencies that create depths and swells on the painted surface. Something of the self is lost in the resulting tangle, and then regained, only to be lost again. Simplicity and harmony exist within the chaos.” – Leigh Wen
Sculpted heels made by SIT in cooperation with Rob & Erik Hillenbrink. Wow.
” While watching a nature program on primates I was struck by their facial similarity to our own. Humans are clearly different to animals, but the great apes inhabit that grey area between man and animal. I thought it would be interesting to try to photograph gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans using the aesthetic of the passport photograph- its ubiquitous style inferring the idea of identity. I decided against photographing in zoos or using ‘animal actors’ but traveled to Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia to meet orphans of the bush meat trade and live pet trade.” – James Mollison
‘Most of our classic bars of soap are being replaces by soap pumps. However, a lot of these soap pumps contain a lot of chemicals. Not only the soap itself, also its packaging. The main reason to use soap pumps is because its more hygienic and easier to use. I wanted to give the classics and more natural bar of soap the same features so we could start using them again. The block contains different sizes for different needs. Dirty hands? Just use a bigger piece. ‘- Dave Hakkens
Jacques de Oliveira Cezar is a sculptor based in Paris. After studying architecture and graphic design, he devotes himself to sculpture and streetart. His work is exploring anatomy throughout its relation to animality and spirituality.
Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province of China. Mu graduated from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with master’s degree in 2005. In 2003, Mu Boyan displayed his series work, “Bath Center” in the public bath house of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. It is said, that group of sculpture was accepted to make for a bath center a job for living. After that, Mu Boyan has concentrated continuously on portraying the images of a fat person. The newest solo exhibition of Mu Boyan at Aye Gallery will be on view until March 13th, 2013.
JUCO represents the collaborative work of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. They first met at The San Francisco Art Institue in 2002 where Cody received his MFA in photography and Julia her BFA. Their first projects together were actually class assignments. Team JUCO is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Cool series entitled ‘Beat Generation’ by London-based freelance illustrator and animator Andrew Khosravani.
“I live and work in Kinshasa – in the heart of the chaotic megalopolis of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was born there in 1981. In my early childhood i lived in Kalemie – a city in the province of Katanga in the south East of the DRC. I returned to Kinshasa – to my birthplace, which is a phantom for me… I was a member of the collective of young Congolese artists. We tried to explore with passion and engagement free and innovating creations. The collective was constituted as a framework to exchanges the different experiences in our lifes, spirits and expressions, but also to fight for human rights and our freedom. All the attempts are articulated around a concept which is called – the librisme. This is a movement of young revolutionary thinking artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries of the African continent by being opposed to colonial and old school academic art.” – Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo