Designer Thad Markham is a California native, born and raised in the mountains of Southern California. His youth was spent skiing competitively every winter and racing around Big Bear Lake on jet skis and waterskis all summer. Santa Barbara was the next stop, as Thad pursued an engineering degree at UCSB. He worked in his field for a mercifully brief time before striking out for more exciting pastures as an entrepeneur. Thad moved to Cambria, California in 1992. Years of hard work and long hours later, his business a roaring success, Thad’s ever-active mind sought new challenges. It all started with the bananas. One bright sunny morning he was sitting at breakfast and his glance fell on a bunch of bananas on the table. “That’s funny,” he said to himself, “it almost looks like they’re dancing.” Thus began his preoccupation with the secret lives of fruits and vegetables…he began haunting the produce department of the grocery store, his mind captivated with a single burning question… What do the fruits and vegetables do at night when no one is watching?
‘Whether he uses digital photography, sculpture, public statuary, installations or even the art of the exhibition, Xavier Veilhan builds his work around the same axis: the possibilities of representation. The Rhinoceros (1999), made at life-size, was lacquered in Ferrari red in a way that instantly modifies the perception of the mastodon’s ‘body work’.’ Link here.
“Michael Moebius came into the world in 1968, in the city of Pirna, Germany. Having developed a love for art at an early age, cartooning became his first passion. But in the then-communist East Germany, more pragmatic pursuits were the order of the day. Art would have to be put on the back burner while a formal education was pursued, and Michael decided on a career in engineering and construction. It was during a stint working in a parallel field of architectural illustration that Michael happened upon a book featuring the pin-ups of Alberto Vargas. A new love affair took root, and Michael decided that figurative art would be his life’s work. He started studying painting at the academy of arts in Dresden, and in 1998 he got a big breakthrough. It was at this time, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Michael was able to make his way to the United States. His talent as a painter and photographer was readily apparent, and he quickly became a sought-after favorite of collectors. Michael has already been part of major exhibitions throughout the US. His collector base and publishers include Playboy, Procter & Gamble, Laura Biagiotti, Vogue, Vanity Fair and other well-known companies.”
These sexy tea light holders are an easy-to-make, inexpensive DIY project to add style to your favorite living space. These candle holders are made out of lace underwear. Yes, underwear! I cut up the bikinis (generously provided by the lovely people at BEX nyc) .. wrapped and glued them to small latex balloons.. waited a couple hours for it to dry. I then took the balloons out and put LED tea light candles inside, and viola! With this simple idea, you can enjoy candle light anytime. Click here for the link.
Bernar Venet is known internationally for his large-scale steel sculptures. French born, Venet has based himself between Europe and New York City since 1967. Exhibiting since 1968, his works have been shown in major museums across Europe, the USA and Asia. Public sculptures have been commissioned and installed in equally as many varied locations including Cologne, Japan, Norway, Luxembourg, New York and Chicago, among others. (via Gow Langford Gallery)
Philip Rantzer is one of the giants of contemporary Israeli art. His work in sculpture, assemblage, mobiles, mixed media and drawing using found objects are zany, sardonic and magical. Never forgetting his childhood in an Israeli transit camp, he uses found materials to create dada and surreal masterpieces. His work also owes a debt and pays homage to fellow Romanian Constantin Brancusi. Rantzer’s works deal idiosyncratically with larger themes of civic justice, class warfare, and environmental destruction. But the objects themselves never lose a sense of childhood wonder and fascination blending horror and humor to jolt the viewer’s thought processes. (via Michael Hittleman Gallery)
‘Though Alessandro Twombly‘s motifs are essentially botanic in origin, the themes oh his work touch on emotion, lyfe cycles and their expression in art. The sense of space and proportion, combined with the simple effect of juxtaposed colours, is sufficient to produce the sensous illusion of a floral texture, a profusion of scent, a field of wild irises. Elsewhere, in a flower unconventionallybut passionately depicted, the spectator is torn between the sheer luxuriance of forms and colours and the desire to remember where and when the sensation of these extraordinary images was first encountered.’ (via UnDo.net and Galerie Forsblom)
Ohad Meromi <-- sculptor, born 1967, Kibbutz Mizra, Israel; Lives in New York; Education: Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; 2004 M.F.A., Columbia University, New York.
Todd Brainard “Looking at things from just outside the expected point of view is integral to Brainard’s work; this unique perspective is the through line in each of his highly keyed paintings. While Brainard’s landscapes have the look and feel of real life, they pulsate with the light and color of a surreal fairy tale. His vibrant skies are as readily reminiscent of lollipops as of a dusky sunset, of coloring books as of catastrophe. In the majority of these paintings, the connection between earth and sky remains prominent, almost primal, and is enhanced by a deft use of scale and composition. Vast swaths of lush grass or barren earth counterbalance expansive skies while lights, buildings, trees—any evidence of human habitation—fill a lively but comparatively narrow strip between land and air.”