When it comes to meticulously detailed works of contemporary art, it is hard to beat Ethan Murrow for the accuracy of his stroke. Populated with classical American figures, his drawings are enigmas which possess secrets and treasures, well hidden beneath the exquisite surface.
All images © Ethan Murrow Via Huffington Post
A big part of Zachary Norman’s art focuses on his study and creation of optical illusions from stacked 3D cubes that appear to be falling over, to impossible objects that are crazily intertwined and messing with one’s mind. If you enjoy these images, also view the work of Fanette G. and Gianni Sarcone.
Images © Zachary Norman Via Art Sponge
As it turns out there is more to Scandinavian cinema than just Ingmar Bergman and bleak, wintry black and white films which contemplate the human condition, religion and death. A new generation of young filmmakers are challenging old stereotypes and forging exciting new ground.
The current landscape of Nordic cinema is very exciting. Some of the most talented filmmakers working right now come from the far North. Whether they’re shooting indies in their home countries or big budget dramas in the US or UK, they are making their mark. Here are 10 of the finest examples from the last couple decades.
Top: A giant troll wanders about the frozen Fjords in “Troll Hunter” (2010).
The frankly terrifying Stellan Skarsgård in “King of Devil’s Island” (2010).
King of Devil’s Island
This Norwegian thriller is set entirely on the infamous Bastøy Island Prison for troubled youths during WWI. It is a cold, baron place lorded over by the disciplined and ruthless warden Håkon (Stellan Skarsgård). When new inmate Erling (Benjamin Helstad) arrives he begins a rebellion amongst the other boys. “King of Devil’s Island” is a handsomely shot, historical drama that gives the audience a window into a world long since past.
Bloody eyes are the window into your soul in “Let the Right One In” (2008).
Let the Right One In
The little Swedish horror film that spawned both a big budget Hollywood remake and a successful theatre adaptation in the UK, “Let the Right One In” also helped to spark a worldwide interest in Nordic horror with the snowy, silent streets of Stockholm offering the perfect setting for a monster to hunt. In this case, the creature is a 12 year old vampire who strikes up a friendship with a young social outcast. Bewitching and terrifying.
Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) and son in acclaimed Danish drama “The Hunt” (2012).
Director Thomas Vinterberg is best known for co-founding the Dogme movement with fellow Dane Lars Von Trier. In this slow burning thriller a Kindergarten teacher (Mads Mikkelsen) living in a small Danish village is wrongly accused of molesting his pupil. When the townspeople find out about it, they swiftly turn on him like Frankenstein’s monster in a terrifyingly realistic witch hunt.
A trio of punk Stockholm teens in “We are the Best!” (2013).
We are the Best!
Lukas Moodysson has a reputation in the international filmmaking community as being a bit of a depressing Swede. But that might be about to change with his upcoming release “We are the Best!” (2013). Set in Stockholm in 1982, it focuses on three outcast girls who decide to start a punk rock band. Early buzz from TIFF has been very positive.
Gangster thrills and drug deals going down in the vicious “Pusher” (1996).
The film that made Nicholas Winding Refn’s name as a director of highly stylized and violent art house thrillers. “Pusher” (1996) follows the exploits of a low level drug dealer (Kim Bodnia) on the streets of Copenhagen as he tangos with the cops, prostitutes and a Serbian drug lord. It is a brutal and engrossing depiction of Scandinavia’s underground drug war.
The beautiful, clever movie “Oslo, August 31st” (2011).
Oslo, August 31st
This is a film for life. It is a profoundly moving and wise drama that intelligently engages with the complexities of what it means to be human. “Oslo August 31st” spends a day in the life of recovering drug addict Anders (Danielsen Lie) as he is released from a rehabilitation centre and wonders the streets of Oslo, seeing old friends and partners. Just stunning.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) scrubs up well in “Headhunters” (2011).
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Nesbø, this Norwegian heist drama boasts an impressive cast, including Game of Thrones’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Set in the murky world of corporate headhunting Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) steals valuable paintings from his rich clients in order to fund a lavish lifestyle. It isn’t long before things go pear shaped, naturally. A richly drawn out and skilfully executed Scandi-thriller.
The thrills of hunting and killing Norwegian Trolls a la “Troll Hunter” (2010).
This is a bit of an oddball film: a found footage faux documentary about a group of Norwegian college students tailing and filming a mysterious hunter who turns out to be a specialist in capturing and killing trolls. The result is a surprisingly believable dark fantasy film with some top notch digital effects. All the trolls look like they have stepped out of a book of menacing fairy tales. If you go down to the woods today…etc.
English actress Emily Watson in Lars Von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves”(1996).
Breaking the Waves
Before he was known simply as cinema’s leading pervert with a string of art house torture porn flicks, Lars Von Trier made this hypnotic masterpiece. Set in the remote Scottish Highlands in the 70s, it centres on a strange young woman, Bess (Emily Watson) and her unconventional relationship with her husband, an oil worker who becomes paralysed in an accident.
Mads Mikkelsen pops up again, this time in “After the Wedding” (2006)
After the Wedding
The acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier has made a handful of fine flicks in her home country. “After the Wedding” is one of the best. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Jan, a manager at a Mumbai orphanage who returns to Denmark for a wedding in the hopes of securing a huge donation from a Danish businessman. But it is not long before the demons from Jan’s past return to the surface in this magnetic and gripping drama.
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Over the years Brody Polinsky moved on from tattooing in color to focusing on black and grey. His spontaneous mentality makes him a bit different from other artists who depend on stencils to help visualize their final designs. “I get into it by approaching each project loose to see what will manifest. The energy of the client affects the moment. I feel that spontaneity pushes me away from having a perfect stencil.”  This Canadian-raised tattooist is working at AKA in Berlin; and you can read a great interview with him at Sang Bleu.
Rochat, Jeanne-Salome. "Interview Between Brody Polinsky and Jenny Hoepke." Sang Bleu. Feb 1, 2014. Photos © Brody Polinsky Via Kamil Czapiga
Our website Illusion has won a Platinum award for digital and broadcast media, another nod to all the hard work the team has put into this project. But of course other entrants have also spent much time and effort on their concepts and final designs, and I would like to share 10 awarded examples.
Top: The Haezer album cover by Chris Slabber.
The model rips off his latex make-up during the Hazer album photo shoot.
Haezer Album Art
Chris Slabber designed this album cover for electronic music band Haezer. His goal was to illustrate frequencies in the human body that want to break through the skin. His inspiration was based on Classical sculptures.
A beautifully simple calendar by Japanese designer Tamura.
2014 Town Calendar
Artist Kanda is all about dancing and painting at the same time.
2013 Nissan Calendar
Every year Nissan creates a calendar revolving around the tagline: Excitement unlike any other. This time they collaborated with artist Saori Kanda who expressively painted on the backdrop curtain and floor of the studio. The photos of her performance art were composed on Calendar pages by E-Graphics Communications.
Painting studies were made for this collection inspired by a Russian fable, “Hostess of the Copper Mountain.”
The Hostess Fashion Collection
Apparel designer Daria Zhiliaeva wanted her womenswear line to have an androgynous appearance with forms influenced from miner uniforms and Russian national costumes. There are 23 other garments, but the one shown here is the most interesting of all.
One of the many pen drawings by Nippoldt for his elegantly composed hardcover book.
The Jazz Book
Robert Nippoldt loves music, drawing, typography and infographics, so he decided to unite his passions and make a book. It took him about two years to fully illustrate this publication which is about the early days of Jazz in New York.
A two-wheeler that combines new technology with past era styling.
The Black Shadow Motocycle
Designed by Mark Norton Menendez, the Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle is a revival of vintage bikes, but, with an environmentally friendly motor. It was built with quality in mind, for example to make the tank and seat the aluminum was handcrafted like in the old days.
These visually appealing bottles are directed to a modern, open-minded clientele.
Instead of placing the brand name on the labels, En Garde preferred using different patterns to identify six different wines. From semi-sweet to full-bodied, each geometric motif hints the taste of the wine to the consumer.
A great use of geometric shapes to form a minimalistic looking bull. Olé!
The Bullfighting Knife Holder
Originally titled “Only Right Here” (Solo Aqui Tienes Derecho) is a kitchen item that isn’t suited for everyone. It was inspired by traditional bullfighting events that have entertained people throughout centuries in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and beyond. Designer Alan Saga created this product with focus on how mentalities have changed in regard to animal rights in the last two decades, and cultural activities like these may one day be extinct.
It looks almost like 3D fractal art, certainly an intriguing strappy heel.
The Conspiracy Sandal
Gianluca Tamburini’s stunning collection for Conspiracy footwear expresses luxury and style. Customization is also another characteristic, as women are able to buy add-ons to change the look of the sandal for each outing. Not all stilettos are works of art, but these are quite something!
Often the best ideas are clear and simple.
Blossom Cava Wine Bottle
Making a packaging design interactive is not always easy, but Packlab was able to give a twist to Cava’s sparkling wine bottle so that you have more to give to a special someone. It is a light and feel-good visual that will contribute to a sellable product.
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Chloe Early is an Irish born, London based artist who uses her canvases to explore the contradictions between the romantic and the gritty. Simultaneously dreamlike and unflinching, her oil paintings are a place where opposites meet, they are full of colour and space and play with abstract and collage effects in interesting ways.
All images © Chloe Early Via The Verge
Dutch artist Redmer Hoekstra lets his mind wander to the point of envisioning animals fused with daily objects and human body parts. He draws these strange concepts on paper and it is quite fascinating to see the end results, such as a crocodile nail clipper, a ballerina crab (music) box and much more.
Artwork © Redmer Hoekstra Via Behance
Step into the surreal, fluorescent wonderland of illustrator Charlie Immer. His world is one of freaky skeletons, monsters and other fantastical creatures which have sprung from the dark corners of the mind and been coated in bright colours. Inspired by everything from cartoons to video games, you can abandon reality for a while and enjoy these magical drawings.
All images © Charlie Immer Via Juxtapoz
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In a sense, all Asian action movies kick ass—even those no-budget DTV “ninja” flicks that seemed to come out once a week in the Eighties. Ass-kicking is what defines them.
Yet there are some martial arts movies that can take on the competition and wipe the floor with it, through sheer filmmaking or fighting craft. These are the pioneering films, whose respect for past tradition or influence on the future guarantees them a key place in the genre’s history. Here are five of them.
Top: An intense fight scene in the “Warrior King” (2005).
The legend Bruce Lee in his last movie appearance.
Enter The Dragon
After appearances as Kato in American television’s high-camp “Batman” (1966-7) and “The Green Hornet” (1966-7), US/Hong Kong citizen Bruce Lee would star in a run of features in the early Seventies that showcased his extraordinary fighting skills while popularising the kung fu movie beyond China’s borders. This culminated in Robert Clouse’s “Enter the Dragon,” both the first Chinese martial arts film to be co-produced by a major Hollywood studio (Warner Bros.), and also Lee’s final motion picture before his untimely death in 1973. Much like Jeet Kune Do, the “style of no style” that Lee founded in 1967 from a combination of different martial arts techniques and disparate philosophies, “Enter the Dragon” is a hybridised mishmash of ideologies and genres all violently resolved in no-holds-barred biffo.
On a mission all at once to assist the British authorities, to reclaim the Shaolin Temple’s lost honour and to wreak some personal vengeance, Lee (Bruce Lee) enters a martial arts tournament in order to infiltrate the illegal operations of Shaolin renegade Han (Shih Kien). What ensues is a heady blend of cod spiritualism, 007-style espionage, voguish blaxploitation, and of course clashing martial styles and sensibilities, all pitted violently against one another in an island pad that combines the Eastern and the Western, the traditional with the groovily modern. Lee’s easy takedown of giant scarred thug Oharra (Bob Hall) is unmissable, while the climactic duel with Han multiplies Lee’s immense talents in a hall of mirrors.
Riki-oh (Siu-Wong Fan) is fierce in this Hong Kong martial arts film.
Riki-oh: The Story of Ricky
There was a notorious scene in “First Blood” (1982) when Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo established his tough-guy credentials by stitching up his own arm wound. The hero of “Riki-oh: The Story of Ricky,” whose name is not so far from another of Stallone’s iconic he-man roles, goes one better: after his arm is slashed in a fight with prison ganglord Oscar, Ricky sews the wound using his own tendon for suture. Then, after having an eyeball knocked clean out of its socket, Oscar disembowels himself, using his own intestines to strangle Ricky—until the latter deals a bone-crushing deathblow to Oscar’s lower skull (shown in glorious X-ray).
Lam Nai-choi’s prison-set dystopian Manga adaptation is certainly cartoonish, not to mention ridiculously camp, but it also fully earns a Category III rating (one of the first awarded to a sex-free Hong Kong film) for its improbably gory ultra-violence. When Ricky, trained in the mystic art of qigong, strikes, typically his fist does not just make hard contact, but passes right through to the other side leaving only a gaping fleshy hole in his opponent’s body—while he is himself resistant (indeed, he embodies resistance) to all manner of lethal attacks. So as this champion of justice and freedom works his way through the ranks of a privatised penitentiary, the increasingly monstrous criminals and corrupt wardens do not quite know what has hit them—and nor, thanks to this film’s deliriously unreal excess, do we.
Kham (Tony Jaa) acrobatically kicks ass in the “Warrior King” (2005).
There’s a scene near the beginning of “The Warrior King” where Tony Jaa, just arrived in Sydney in search of stolen elephants, runs into Jackie Chan on his way out (actually a lookalike who has often served as Chan’s body double). Chan, who has an early bit part in “Enter the Dragon,” would dominate the kung fu genre throughout the late Seventies, Eighties and Nineties with his cheeky personality and insane stunt work—but this airport encounter represents a passing on of the baton to new blood, and a new martial art.
Jaa (the screen name of Panom Yeerum) first caught western attention in “Ong-Bak” (2003) with his acrobatic moves and punishing use of elbows and knees as weapons—but in “The Warrior King” (a.k.a. “Tom-Yum-Goong,” a.k.a. “The Protector”), Thailand’s indigenous martial art of muay thai is literally taken abroad by Jaa on a quest for missing pachyderms and appropriated national identity. Not unlike much of Chan’s own output, the film is a not always well-judged blend of queasy violence and clownish humour, but it will go down in history for an uninterrupted four-minute take in which Nattawut Kittikhun’s steadicam follows Jaa up, around and through a multi-storied club interior, taking down scores of villains single-handedly. Yet perhaps equally representative of this film’s high impact is the climactic sight of Jaa surrounded by an army of fallen black-suited opponents, all groaning from the multiple compound fractures that we have just seen him mete out.
“The Raid” is a well-shot action movie that received several film festival awards.
The Raid: Redemption
If “Ong-Bak” introduced the world to both muay thai and its extraordinary on-screen practitioner Tony Jaa, the similar “Merantau” (2009), directed by Welshman Gareth Evans, did the same for Indonesian martial art pencak silat and the powder keg Iko Uwais. Evans and Uwais followed this up with “The Raid,” an uncompromisingly brutal police siege actioner wherein Uwais’ cop Rama must crash, kick and crunch his way through a whole tenement building’s worth of baddies for reasons both professional and personal. At first vicious bulletplay is at the front, but once enemy crossfire has mowed down most of Rama’s colleagues, the guns are mostly put away and the knives and machetes come out—not to mention the fists, feet, elbows and knees.
After all, as Rama’s aptly named opponent Mad Dog (played with visceral ferocity by Uwais’ fellow fight co-ordinator Yayan Ruhian) puts it in explaining his preference for fists over firearms: “Squeezing a trigger—it’s like ordering takeout.” So while all this film’s bullet ballet is certainly intense, its real home-cooked treats are instead to be found in the unflinchingly nasty close-up fighting whose effect is greatly aided by bone-snapping foley work. With all this pummelling punishment, no doubt the four on-set massage therapists listed in the film’s closing credits were required to work overtime. The results are genre in its purest form, unperturbed by the thinness of the characterisation or perfunctory quality of the dialogue. Here, the ecstatic orgy of carnage is all.
Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd beautifully composes the look of each fight scene in “The Grandmaster” (2013).
Apparently a biopic of Ip Man, grandmaster of the Wing Chun school of kung fu, Wong Kar-wai’s deviously beautiful film brings us full circle. For while Ip Man has become something of a legend in his own right, and his life has already been celebrated (with considerable license) in Wilson Yip’s huge Hong Kong hits “Ip Man” (2008) and “Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” (2010), the real Ip was also sifu to the real Bruce Lee in Hong Kong. Any movie about Ip Man’s life is inevitably also concerned with the history of martial arts in the cinema.
This take on Ip certainly delivers plenty of hyper-stylised, minutely controlled slo-mo fighting, set against raindrops, snowflakes or the rapid movement of trains. However, Wong continually frustrates expectation: Ip (Tony Leung) bests Grandmaster Gong Yutian in a battle as much of philosophical wits as of physical skills; Ip is then himself bested by Yutian’s daughter Er (Zhang Ziyi) in a fight that is also a flirtation; and Ip’s climactic combat, towards which the whole film seems to be building, never happens, replaced by Er’s greatest duel (shown in flashback). By the end, viewers may well be wondering who is the real “grandmaster.” Preoccupied less with brawling as an end in itself than with broader themes of time’s passage and artistic tradition, “The Grandmaster” falls into line with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Hero” (2002), and “House of Flying Daggers” (2004), elevating conventionally low-brow genre materials to the arthouse.
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If you look closely at the image at top, you may see more than just butterflies. Polish artist Aldona Szery tattoos in a way that mimics drawing, painting, and graphic novel illustration. She predominantly inks in black and red, which are two of the first colors used in art in the Stone Age, and clearly these pigments still look great together.
Photos © Aldona Szery Via Rise
Desire Obtain Cherish (aka Jonathan Paul) has been a key mover in the contemporary art world since the early 2000s. His delightfully satirical pop sculptures shine a mirror up to our brand obsessed society in the form of designer babies and gaudy pink poodles. With a large solo show currently on display at the Unix Gallery in New York, now is the perfect time to cast an eye back to this constant innovator.
All images © Desire Obtain Cherish Via Artsy
It is difficult to put in words our immediate reaction when we were notified about Illusion’s nomination for Best Art website at the Webby Awards. It was a whirlwind of excitement and shock which required some hours to let the news settle in.
The Webby Awards is known for being the Oscars of the Internet, already in its 18th ceremony, with members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences evaluating the websites. It is without a doubt a big honor to be nominated, and something we are very proud of.
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The winners will be announced on May 19th in New York City.
Below: Highlights from last year’s event.
It is often said that movies are the closest thing we have to re-experiencing our dreams. As can often happen after eating a block of cheddar cheese before bedtime, directors can present us with perplexing movie-dreams packed to the gills with the absurd, the baffling, the confusing, the mind-melting and sometimes just the plain old WTF?
In honour of this rather fine and wacky cinematic tradition, here are ten movies made in recent times that fried our noodles, wracked our brains, defied all logic and messed with our heads.
Top: Adrien Brody as the time traveller in John Maybury6s sci-fi drama, “The Jacket.”
Defying gravity in one of the most extraordinary sequences in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi heist thriller.
Christopher Nolan’s excellent thriller, “Inception” (2010), takes place inside the minds of people tricked into thinking their dreams are their waking life. The blurring of realities makes for a heist movie like no other, and the final shot is still debated by those who want firm answers rather than teasing ambiguity.
The Quay brothers and Stockhausen crafted a frightening movie experience.
Animation legends the Quay Brothers and experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen collaborated on a BBC-funded short film together, “In Absentia,” in 2000. It is both the very essence of avant-garde cinema and nightmare movies. The score is creepy—a dark symphony of droning effects, blasts of feedback, electronic shrieks and demonic voices. “In Absentia” is a perfect marriage between mysterious and frightening images and haunting music.
“Primer” will fry your brain.
Shane Carruth’s award-winning debut feature took inspiration from his years as mathematics nerd and software engineer. “Primer” (2004) was made for peanuts ($7,000) in the director’s garage and features a time travel plot that will make your brain hurt a lot. Carruth’s last film, “Upstream Color” (2013), was also deeply strange.
Sexist trash or girl power statement? “Sucker Punch” is loved and loathed in equal measure.
Plenty of people, maybe rightly so, loathe Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” (2011). Is it a pro-feminist, girl power statement or a horny schoolboy’s ultimate fantasy? None of it makes much sense and it is repeatedly self-contradictory—to the point where one must wonder whether Snyder himself understands his own movie? Still, there’s something charming about the lunacy of it all.
The director reveals a crazy approach to time travel in “The Jacket.”
John Maybury’s foray into American cinema was 2005’s time-travel drama, “The Jacket,” starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. As movies that play around with time and space go, it opts for a distinctly wacky premise: a man is pumped full of drugs, made to wear a straightjacket and kept inside the drawer of a morgue. He’s then able to go back in time to an earlier point in his life. Honestly, that’s what happens!
Martin Scorsese’s homage to American horror films is a genre joy.
“Why are you all wet, baby?” One of the most unexpected lines in screen history, uttered by Ben Kingsley, is also the moment “Shutter Island” (2010) revealed its own lunatic plot twist. Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is not a Boston cop on a mission to expose a mental hospital’s insidious experiments on vulnerable types, but a patient of the facility unlocking the door to his own troubled mind. Yeah, because that all makes total sense. Not.
A Parisian adventure like no other.
A celebration of cinema and a comic-surrealist odyssey set in Paris, director Leos Carax’s madder-than-a-box-of-frogs comeback, “Holy Motors” (2013), featured a mesmeric performance from Denis Lavant as the ever-changing Monsieur Merde. Hollywood actress Eva Mendes and pop star Kylie Minogue appeared in minor roles but everybody, bar Lavant, looked a bit confused.
Actors in weird-looking masks, pretending to be old people, humping trash. It could only be a Harmony Korine movie.
Harmony Korine is well-known as a provocateur and for producing very odd work. “Trash Humpers” (2009) was greeted by critics mostly with “What the f*** did I just watch?” bafflement. Shot on crappy videotape, four actors dressed in masks that look like melting old people, misbehave and trash—and/or indeed hump—anything they can lay their dirty hands on. Is it genius or just plain ridiculous? You decide.
Rob Zombie’s LSD horror flick is gloriously insane!
The Lords of Salem
Ken Russell on a pogo stick hopped up on LSD. That’s how I’d describe Rob Zombie’s psychedelic horror show. A radio DJ (played by Sheri Moon Zombie) is targeted by evil witches and made to do witchy things while losing her grip on reality. You’ll either find it all brilliant or hate its stupid guts.
Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is the craziest Biblical epic/blockbuster ever made.
“Noah” has only just been released but deserves a place on any list of this nature. How so? The William Blake-like intensity of vision and a generally whacked-out-of-its-gourd approach to The Flood narrative is mainstream movie-making at its most daring. Darren Aronofsky has used Hollywood’s mega bucks to produce the ultimate anti-blockbuster.
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Time to look to the beautiful Far Eastern shores of Japan for some gorgeous and unconventional pieces by designer Maiko Takeda. Tokyo born and bred, designer Takeda uses geometry, logic and space as the basis on which to create utterly unique head pieces which nod to minimalism and modernism and are a big hit with avant-garde celebrities like Bjork.
All images © Maiko Takeda Via Fubiz
I admire the unusual wall paintings and illustrations by The Weird crew (e.g. DXTR and Nychos), so it would make sense to feature another member, this time Vidam from Berlin. His visuals are like 80s cartoons entered a time warp to an advanced planet, and the residents are Rabbit-humanoids that look like they are wearing Zentai suits. It seems like a lot to process, but each mural presents a different adventure and details that require close attention, such as the image above is related with transformation and below there is a hidden key in the chest of the female rabbit.
Top: A collaborative painting by Vidam and DXTR.
Photo © Street Art Berlin.
Photos © Vidam
British designer and artist Chris LaBrooy has built up an impressive portfolio of digital artwork, including campaigns for some major clients like Nike and Time magazine. In his latest awe inspiring project he has concocted a visual treat for us in the form of fluorescent intestine tubes taking over a plane hanger. Bizarre and beautiful.
All images © Chris LaBrooy Via Behance
For those of you who weren’t in Lisbon last month, you missed AKACORLEONE’s solo show “Find Yourself in Chaos” displayed at the Underdogs gallery. From colorful art layered on acrylic sheets to a very cool anamorphic installation in ghost green and black, his work is about the frenetic urban lifestyle with so much going on at once and too much information to process. You can view his perspective illusion here with a caged skull and broken piñata, as well as a past anamorphic creation titled “Useless,” which relates to consumerism and the unnecessary accumulation of products.
Photos courtesy of Stick2Target Via Underdogs
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Natalie Shau is an illustrator, designer and photographer from Lithuania. Her unique style which combines Gothic whimsy and Marie Antoinette fashion with digital realism has made her a beloved figure in contemporary art circles. Shau’s enchanting work conjures up an exciting fantastical world, tinged with darkness.
All images © Natalie Shau Via Tumblr
Marc Adamus prefers spending most of the year venturing to outdoor locations and taking photographs, rather than spending time indoors on a computer. He has taken pictures during a month-long solo trek across the Alaska Boundary Range, inside a fiery canyon in Utah and under a magical aurora in the Yukon. His beautiful work has been published in numerous magazines, to name a few: National Geographic, Digital Photographer, and Reader’s Digest.
Photos © Marc Adamus Via Expressions of Nature