Self-taught French artist Lostfish has a sweet, yet haunting style that captures classical essence through doll-like figures. Her surreal paintings are an intentional mix of youth and adult sophistication, borrowing methods from Flemish painting and 19th century art. Her half-child, half-adult porcelain subjects have been described as disturbing, cute, and melancholy at the same time.
Theme parks, simulated landscapes — we are all familiar with them and flock to them as a form of escape from our everyday settings. Mary Anne Kluth draws a parallel from the them park to the landscape in her collage work, creating landscapes so exaggeratedly sublime that they become artificial. Her works, an array of colorful digital and traditional collages, examine the construction of these blissful lands. Read more after the jump.
It’s hard to imagine Parisian street artist Phillipe Baudelocque getting many complaints from property owners for putting up his art. His work is fascinating and intricate, and completely ephemeral: Chalk is Baudelocque’s unconventional medium of choice. The artist draws out animal figures with the white substance on dark surfaces, playing with the contrast to give the figures abstract details. Some of his work is strikingly large for being drawn with one chalk mark at a time. On the street, Baudelocque’s work is vulnerable to the elements and it is unpredictable how long each piece will last. Not all of his artwork is impermanent, however. The artist also has a repertoire of drawings on canvas and gallery installations. Baudelocque recently completed a lengthy rhinoceros mural in Paris. Take a look at this and some of his other recent work in the French capital after the jump.
London-based sculptor Hitomi Hosono has a versatility that to her work that is hard to miss. Educated in both Japanese and European sculpting techniques, the forms of Hosono’s ceramic sculptures range from having zen-like simplicity to intricate detail. Despite the vast differences in her styles, there is a balance between them, as the styles mirror, yet contrast one another. Her most recent works are compact, plant-like forms look almost like they could be functional vessels, but Hosono makes them sculptural inside and out, with ornate plant-like details and gold-leafing on the insides of the works. Of her work, the artist writes: “I study botanical forms in the garden. I find myself drawn to the intricacy of plants, examining the veins of a leaf, how its edges are shaped, the layering of a flower’s petals. I look, I touch, I draw.”
Amsterdam based artist Jeroen Bisscheroux creates optical illusions that bend the mind. His installations over the past decade transcend the limitation of what is physically possible with imagination. In reality, his work exists on a flat plane, but from the right perspective is like a portal to another dimension. Jeroen’s inspiration is the urban space- taking the world around us and putting it into the context of interactive art with a humanitarian message.
Peter Gronquist’s work dazzles with glittering bling and sex appeal — that is, at a first glance, until one begins to notice all of the subtle nods to death and destruction caused by, presumably, excess. His artworks are fast and furious vanitas. Like the Renaissance-era genre of still life, Gronquist’s sculptures entice the viewer with their display of opulence while simultaneously evoking mortality.