Russian paper-cut artist Asya Kozina recently created an ornate array of white wedding dresses inspired by Mongolian folkloric fashion designs. Though they resemble haute couture, the sculptural outfits are made entirely from paper. The St. Petersburg-based artist described the traditional Mongolian garments as “futuristic.” Her versions exaggerate their shapes and emphasize their geometric structure by removing the color. Kozina collaborated with photographer Anastasia Andreeva on a shoot featuring models donning her baroque pieces.
Artist duo Nonotak (composed of Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto) creates spellbinding audio-visual installations using simple arrangements of light reflections. As viewers step up to gaze within the large panes of glass at the facade of the structure, they encounter a seemingly endless vortex that appears to reach into a world beyond. Combined with Nonotak’s audio compositions, their high-intensity visuals transform the mundane spaces they inhabit into something more otherworldly. We previously featured their installation “DAYDREAM V.2″ on the blog and today we bring you the latest work in the series, “DAYDREAM V.4,” which was shown at MU in Eindhoven, Netherlands earlier this month.
Will Cotton’s paintings take the viewer into confectionary, celestial wonderlands where voluptuous cumulous clouds are made of cotton candy. The New York-based artist asks his viewers to suspend disbelief and enter his sweet, sticky paradise populated by model-esque women. In this land of milk and honey, cake decorations and macaroons constitute proper dress code. His human subjects, however, often stare off into the distance with melancholy expressions, suggesting that this dreamworld may not be as idyllic as it seems at first glance.
GR2 recently celebrated the return of Japanese comics artist Katsuya Terada’s ‘Hot Pot Girls’. Aptly titled “Return of the Hot Pot Girls” (previewed here) his exhibition is an original series of girls wearing Japanese cooking pots, drawn in striking detail. At a live drawing event on Sunday, Terada shared his undeniable connection to French artist Moebius- “It’s impossible to keep away from what you like and enjoy.”
A master manipulator in the dark room, Misha Gordin has been creating surreal photographs with PhotoShop-like effects since the 1980s. Gordin’s work looks at the universal elements of life: conflict, birth, death, loneliness and the quest for companionship. His bald, naked subjects represent the archetypical everyman. Often featured alone or with their doubles, these characters are not tied to any particular time or culture. Gordin’s most recent work takes place on the beach, where his unadorned subjects engage in fraught and seemingly aimless activities that suggest a battle within themselves more so than a struggle against an external force.
A prominent player in Russia’s burgeoning street art scene, Rustam QBic paints enormous walls that feature colorful, illustration-inspired imagery that stands out against the bright snow. The artist recently painted a mural called “Blossom” in Nizhny Novgorod for New City, the metropolis’s first street art festival. “Blossom” alludes to the power of the imagination. As they hunch over their books, three boys’ heads bloom into pink peonies. QBic’s storybook-like murals often feature youthful characters navigating their surreal settings, where mundane objects often transform into dreamlike amalgamations of symbols. Take a look at some of QBic’s latest murals below.