Quirky

Amazing. Surreal. Seemingly ordinary. The very special pictures of Djuno Tomsni are hard to describe, but I believe these three points describe them quite adequately. The artist chose ordinary scenes and common compositions, such as a boat in the center of the picture  floating on a river towards the horizon. To differ from these rather dull and known photographs he created a mashup with pictures of extraterrestrial objects, galaxies, planets or stars. The result is truly amazing. At the first sight the onlooker recognizes the ordinary scene before its details and is tempted to characterize or box it in that category. The mashup is perfect, which makes it so intense: although the scene is clearly not taken from reality, the inserted photography is adapted to all elements of the original picture and therefore it is not a disturbing factor. The effect these works have is hard to put into words, so please have a look yourself.

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Enfants de la Rue

The artist I would like to present today is Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, who I discovered during my visit at Saatchi Gallery in London. His series “Enfants de la rue” was especially fascinating to me. Aboudia captures images from the streets of his hometown Abidjan and sees himself only as a reporter. However, his work goes far beyond an observatory function. Aboudia enhances and exaggerates certain characteristics of the persons and objects he portrays to reveal absurdities of our modern world. In “Enfants the la rue 1″ the, wide, bright smiles of the children shows the preposterous nature of people (only in extreme cases children) following directions of a superior ‘ruler’, a person that is human just like everybody else, to fight and kill for the sake of the country– fight humans, just because they were born in a country this ‘ruler’ considers to be generally evil, the enemy. During wars, citizen kill, become murderers, and are celebrated and honored for that. The white-colored weapons (where white traditionally stands for peace, innocence and life) in this context seem highly ironical and provocative.

The technique of painting in a sarcastic manner creates the tension of these works and forces their onlooker to deduct the artists’ message themselves; at the same time there is relatively little room for misinterpretation. The message Aboudia conveys is extremely profound and an essential problem of human nature, however, his pictures are not at all grave and onerous, which is why I could not stop looking at them.

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Momentaufnahmen [snapshots]

One picture says more than one thousand words.

Today I would like to draw your attention to Frederik Buyckx‘ art. Buyckx is a Belgium artist with an increasingly growing popularity. I discovered his series “Jesus, Make-Up and Football” in Antwerp one year ago. Buyckx travelled to Brasil to capture the country in its purest form, in contrast to the blurred image the media presents. The pictures show people living in Rio de Janeiro’s ‘no-go-areas’, however staged as if shot for a high-end fashion label. He manages to capture the air of the country and the life spirit as he brings fleeting everyday situations in the spotlight, the center of attention. The subject’s honesty give the pictures a certain charm; they convey brazilian lives with neither posed grievance nor false joy. It is hard to put the picture’s complexity each of which are rather individual stories- into words, which in my opinion is one of the most important attribute for truly good art. Art should not be pretty, it should be affecting.

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Please also take a look at Frederik Buyckx’ other work!

CREDITS TO FREDERIK BUYCKX

Psychokinesis

The power of belief is the greatest power we possess. I believe everything supernatural that goes beyond pure science give certain things so much more value and I envy all who lived before the disenchantment of the world. Brendon Bruton’s photographs master to capture this ‘special something’ that is in all of us through the visualization of light. I chose theses specific pictures not only because they show the human being in another perspective but above that because they are so extremely intense. They give you a sense of belief. No matter if it seems disconcerting to you, it makes you sense its power. In my opinion it is this intensity that sets these pictures apart from any other works of art.

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CREDITS TO BRENDON BRUTON

B/W Tensions

Dear Readers!

The series I would like to present to you today is the work of marvelous Stefani Pappas: Branko! He took photographs of the New York male model Branko and by that especially played with light and shadow effects in the individual works. In addition to that some of the photographs are rather blurry which creates an effect of movement and motion and make the pictures lively. In my view the contrast between the clear edges of black and white and vagueness gives the pictures its energy and tension, however discretely and without intimidating the original object of the picture which makes it so mysterious and eye-catching!

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CREDITS: Photography STEFANI PAPPAS
Styling KATHARINE ERWIN
Model BRANKO at Fusion Model Management NYC

 

Supernatural

Art is our only salvation from the horror of existence.

I would like to introduce today’s post with this quote, because I think it is true in every perspective. When we step back and scrutinize society and the rhythm of life, it seems paradoxical to live against our desires- and yet only extremely few people lead the life they love. A certain system determines the lives of man, we go to school, to work, we marry, get children, become old, acrimonious and life for the ‘good’ moments of life, the vivid memories which are rare and precious and become scarcer over time.

It is this system, this rhythm, whose routine takes away the pure joy and beauty of life. I dare to claim that artists, true artists who are artists for the sake of expressing themselves through art, capture the world’s beauty and the diversity of art demonstrates that this beauty can lie within anything. However one aspect of human nature is especially present within this inspiration process: curiosity. Modern human has the desire to understand and discover everything (literally everything) as he is eager to learn and develope by nature.

Andrew Millar presents a vast variety of interesting and mysterious elements in his work. He combines modern earthly motives with an antiquarian photography technique as he uses Polaroid dias and cameras. His motives have a supernatural aspect which make them so fascinating, as we cannot truly grasp its meaning- they seem positively alien. Furthermore, Millar combines contrary objects and by that he gives his works the tensions that constitutes and excellent art work.

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CREDS TO ADREW MILLAR, found on Tumblr.

Alienation?

Dear readers,

vast technical progress is inevitable. New technologies became a part of our lives so strongly integrated we could not imagine anymore to live without them. Although it can be argued if one can identify a revolutionary era whilst being part of it, I do dare say: we are at the dawn of a new era. This new era, the technical revolution has just begun and its extent is surely unpredictable. Movies as “I, Robot” have shown us the worst-case scenario, on the other hand people dream of futuristic machines making life easier and more pleasant than one could ever imagine. However the central question remains: To what extent can machines imitate and even replace the human being?

This question and the difficulty of modernity occurred to me, as I came across the work of Echo Yang: ‘autonomous machines’. Surely, any person, who is only shown the finished version of the work, would call it art. What else would it be? Anyways, art is hard to define. But no matter how one might define ‘art’, it is clear that an artist created it. Whether it is created out of rationality or emotions- art must essentially be a product of a human’s creativity. No matter if its deeper meaning is very shallow, abstract or of the opposite: extremely profound, the intentional creation of a creative product defines art.

So can these works still be called art? No matter how you decide, I found them, and especially the production videos, extremely fascinating!

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Photos taken from designboom.com // CREDS TO ECHO YANG