Marlene Dumas (B. 1953, Capetown, South Africa) The relation between art and female beauty, art and pornography, female models and models of art have been a constant theme for Marlene Dumas. Her work recalls the painterly gestures of Expressionism, whilst combining the critical distance of Conceptual art with the pleasures of eroticism. Some of her images are derived from polaroids of friends and lovers, others from glossy magazines and porno pictures. Through her delicately painted oil-on-canvas or ink-and-watercolour works on the female form as well as portraits of children and imagery from contemporary events, she comments on the state of painting today. (via Frith Street Gallery)
Marwencol is a fantasy world created by Mark Hogancamp. This website is dedicated to capturing the beauty of Mark’s secret world. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark built a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populated the town he dubbed “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and created life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helped Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds from the attack. Through his homemade therapy, Mark was able to begin the long journey back into the “real world”, both physically and emotionally – something he continues to struggle with today.
Coral is a range of lights with a uniquely shaped modular element which is reminiscent of a branch of coral and is produced in injection moulded polycarbonate. “ We wanted to create a light that was both visibly rich and articulated, starting from a very simple module. The module repeats itself like a fractal (a geometrical shape which is repeated throughout its structure in different sizes) and grows following the principle of nature – from simplicity to complexity ”. The lights come in two colours with three coloured branches inserted to create a contrast. – Designed by Studio Lagranja for Pallucco.
” Beginning my career as an Illustrator and Designer for Various Fashion Companies – I then became an educator where I’m now a University lecturer at the Birmingham Institute for Art and Design – teaching visual communication to the Fashion Communication Students. After completing an MA in illustration, I then began building my illustration portfolio and freelance interests – Faces and Narrative subjects are a particular passion and these comedy portraits featured as a part of staff exhibition. ” – Steve Stone
‘ Nobuhito Nishigawara’s sculptural work plays out the battle of cultural identity in a humorous way with dark undercurrents. The work focuses on the dichotomies and junctures of the two cultures that prevail upon the artist – those of Japan and the US. The resulting strange figures reference various models, including toys, to reflect the commercialization of individual experience that forms our desires and identities. These figures relate and interact with each other, exploring interpersonal and societal connections. Nishigawara utilizes characters, poses and gestures sourced from religion, Manga, J-Pop and traditional Japanese culture – as well as American models – combined with other cultural sources from around the world to create odd visual nexus points of cross pollination. ‘ (via Mark Moore Gallery)
Deseo is an independent artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Having a passion for drawing from a young age, his style is inspired by a diversity of influences ranging from Japanese manga, classic art, pin up, graffiti, the adoration of the female form, and many other artistic styles. Known for his distinctively sexy digital art, he has been able to share his work with a growing number of fans around the world. In addition to working in the digital art realm, he has contributed to a growing list of art shows in galleries around the country showing his one of a kind acrylic paintings. Learning about animation has given him yet another way to express his ideas, as in the deseoworks intro.
‘ Images are made by finding old photographs of places, printing them out, and then holding the print up in the modern day location that the original photograph was taken. So far, most of the historical images have been available for free at the Library of Congress. ‘ Link here.
Sean Chao was born in 1983 and grew up in the densely populated urban city, Taipei, Taiwan. As a teenager in the early 1990’s, Chao lived in a blooming metropolis made of skyscrapers and factories of exporting manufacturers. Nature and the wildlife however, had always seemed more fascinating and captivating to him. On his grandmother’s 50th birthday, he made for her a box of beetle specimens adorned with drawing and mini-comics that she later secretly threw away because she hated bugs. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Chao stayed in Los Angeles where he currently lives and works. Through drawing, painting and sculpture, Chao narrates personal history and imagination. Creatures and characters he created assemble in the mysterious mixture of nature and urbaneness. The processes of imagery, mixed media and imagination are intertwined and investigated in Sean’s work.
Romain Lenancker is an interdisciplinary art director specialized in creating intelligent solutions for corporate, packaging, print media and papermade illustration. Clients include: Lacoste , Amusement magazine (fr), Creative Review (uk), Computer Art (uk), Grafik (uk), Print magazine(us), Kulte french brand (fr), Noeuf (fr), Creasenso agency, Shoes-up Magazine(fr), Victionary édition(japan), Chamonix Mont-blanc (fr), DXI magazine (spain) and french pub agency : Long Island, Et compagnie, Elvis, Trois Cube, Entrecom.