The world of Justine Otto (born 1974) is inhabited by girls, women and animals. The painterly handwriting is merciless, the iciness brutal. Even when the landscape is turning green, the temperature remains at the freezing level. The pictures’ intrinsic metallic appearance alters the protagonists into beings for whom nothing, absolutely nothing is foreign. They locate their actions with inquisitiveness, torturous, perhaps even sadistic, but always mysterious, in a no-man’s land without orientation. Her painting generates the emotional, dissecting undercooling of the female figures up to the aggressivity of the animals. For their part, the interacting figures reflect a desire that determines the actions. These, in turn, are mysterious, probes in the realm of shadows that lends alchemistic traits to the experience of an “uncanny” knowledge. Justine Otto creates a reality by way of her pictures’ hardness, their inexorability that is neither exaggerated nor melodramatic but instead coldly touches the nerve of a present in which contradictions are either leveled or explode. (via Museum Franz Gertsch)
Artist Philipp Weber tells the stories that move him, using a hyperrealist style. Realism, pop, composition and an attempt to find an inner truth determine the artist’s approach, which places women at the heart of his cyclical works. Like Mel Ramos, Philipp Weber depicts the artificiality and the clichés of the fashion and advertising world. His young women pose as if for a photo shoot for a glossy magazine, providing a blank canvas for men’s dreams, thus picking up on a traditional artistic theme. But Philipp Weber shows more than that: he brings his models to life, releasing them from the artificiality and rigidity of the master image, going under their skin, exposing irregularities in apparent perfection and revealing aspirations and great dreams. (via Kerber)
This tennis court business card by Anonio Correa created for Denia Salu Tennis Academy, is handed folded in half and, when opened, becomes a tennis court. Cool!
Hiro Kurata was born in Osaka Japan, and grew up in Tokyo and Chicago. His main focus is in creating surrealistic moment through his paintings,using motif of sports and chairs. Destruction and strength of the baseball bat, stability and gentleness of the armrest chair. “Calm days make me sleep and wild days are too chaotic. Wake up and sleep, to soothe and then again to derail”. Creation is a progress and he believes that true creation will contribute to the human society in an evolutionary way.
French-born and now Brooklyn-based, Benjamin Løzninger is an art director, graphic designer, photographer, musician, video editor, sound engineer, illustrator, and multi-media artist. Trained at France’s prestigious École des Arts Décoratifs, Løzninger made His first video, a soaring rock sci-fi fantasy, at the tender age of 10. Now, as an artist and graphic artist, he helped launch Paris’s famous musical odyssey agency, Super! who produced the 2012 Pitchfork Paris festival. Also he is an active touring musician and uses his world tours to experiment with photographic diary projects – imbuing His travels with a signature paradox of melancholy and color. In 2011, he directed Elektrisk gonner’s “Uknowwhatiwant” Which music video generated over 1 million views online and was featured on Syfy’s Lost Girl series. In 2013 co-founded Løzninger FrenchBK, a creative collective focused on innovations in the ever-blurring lines between the cultures of digital storytelling and experimental brand experiences. He’s Also an Art Director for the Los Angeles “creatively driven agency” No Subject.
Have a look at Nestor Jr‘s portfolio, whose work is nothing less than amazing. Click here for the link.
Ivan Franco Fraga is a graduate in fine arts, specializing in painting, at the University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain. His work has been seen in numerous exhibitions and competitions in Spain and in a solo exhibition at Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.
These cups of acne, wounds and hair by French instructor and artist Gladys Hack is definitely not for the faint-hearted.