Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by design, assembly, and the built form. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), offered dramatic, rare views of the behemoth machines that are hidden behind modest facades in New York City. His second book, Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (MIT Press, 2009), which includes an essay by the renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, was the result of a seven-year survey of America’s vast and largely shuttered state mental institutions. Payne’s new book, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City (Fordham University Press, 2014), explores an uninhabited island of ruins in the East River. Payne’s photographs invoke the former grandeur of the site over different seasons, capturing hints of buried streets and infrastructure now reclaimed by nature, while also providing a unique glimpse into a city’s future without people.
” My artistic aim is to show a different perception of everyday urban architecture and the environment around us, what we can construct with a boundless imagination.” – Thomas Lamadieu
‘A house on display at the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is built to resemble a typical European summerhouse with one exception — it’s upside down. Visitors will discover that even the curtains and contents of the fridge all have been installed upside down, appearing in an unusual perspective.’ Link here.
” I’m Jeannie Phan, a full-time freelance illustrator who specializes in conceptual editorial work. Originally hailing from the prairies of Canada, I’m now based in a studio in Toronto’s West End. When I’m not drawing, you can catch me making zines, nerding out or being an amateur plant photographer. I also like to swim and hang with my cool cat studio mate, Odin.” – Jeannie Phan
Nicola Samorì is an artist steeped in the tradition of 17th century Italian painting and sculpture, but with a determinedly contemporary stance. His allusions to the inspiration of Old Masters reveals how Samorì shares with them an idea of creating something new out of what already exists by means of artistic transformation. Works such as his figurative busts and sculptures made from wax push the tradition almost as far as possible from the idealized vision of Ancient Greece and the Renaissance to become deconstructed representations of classical sculpture. Nicola Samorì was born in 1977 in Forli, Italy, and lives and works in Bagnacavallo. He has exhibited widely both internationally and in the UK including solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Tubingen, Germany and Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna. He featured in the Italian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. (via Rosenfeld Porcini)
” I am interested in the tension between reality and representation of existence. I feel inclined to talk about the relationship between obsessions and detailed observance. The works that I do are project based which uses a process of reconstruction and fusion to examine the chaos of the regular city life. I like to experiment with different media like painting, photography, sculpture and video. A choice of media for particular idea is the important part in the process of my work. I always think about the control and releasing point, static and moment. My research area is specific everyday moments in which the consumer world repeats itself. The idea of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of space; in a way tries to reduce the complication of visualizing my work. I want my work to lend visibility to such minutiae that often tend to get overlooked in the course of grandiose representations and this traumatic mark to be sensual, perfected, mechanical, a controlled gesture.” – Rajesh Kargutkar
Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist known for his murals throughout Queensland and later in New South Wales. Magee grew up in Queensland and gained a reputation as a graffiti artist before obtaining a Fine Arts degree and moving to Sydney. He now works out of “The Tate Gallery” above the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe. He received national acclaim for his mural depicting Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane. Described as “Australia’s Banksy”, Magee’s work is recognised for its lack of a political message, compared to other street artists, and its humour.
I stumbled across this fantastic work today of Brian Donnelly. Very, very nice.
Amazingly creepy-beautiful sculptures by Monica Piloni, an artist based out of São Paulo, Brazil. Click here to view more of her work.
Jutta Koether (born 1958) is a German artist, musician and critic based in New York and Berlin since the early 1990s. Koether’s paintings are exercises in color, line, form and pattern and often feature text. Her style has precedent in the work of Sigmar Polke and Kenny Scharf. She is also inspired by artists and intellectuals who have created an alternative to mainstream culture, including underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger and musician Patti Smith