Here’s a fun piece in Dresden by street artist OakOak (previously) who also recently published a new book. You can follow more of his quirky pop-culture influenced street installations on Instagram. (via Street Art Utopia)
Retired graphic designer Don Moyer has found a delightful second career illustrating and designing a line of charmingly calamitous products to help you keep your woes in perspective. The Calamityware Mug Set, newly available in The Colossal Shop, features four identical mugs glazed with Don’s illustrations. Riffing on traditional Blue Willow porcelain patterns, the Calamityware mugs slyly integrate some unlikely and unwelcome visitors. Watch out for UFOs, a zombie poodle, aggressive pterodactyls, and, perhaps most fearful of all, the Unpleasant Blob Creature. Each porcelain mug holds 12 ounces and is made at the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland. The set includes four mugs because as we all know, misery loves company.
For his latest works in the ongoing series Art History in Contemporary Life, Ukrainian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov (previously here and here) has staged classical paintings in scenes from modern day Naples, Italy. The figures effortless merge with their present day surroundings, two women looking perfectly bored flipping through comic books in the back of a dusty book store, while a different woman takes a nap beside a latte and half-eaten sandwich. You can view more of his digitally altered scenes on his Instagram and Facebook page. (via My Modern Met)
Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside). A park solitude rating guide, oversized emergency panic buttons, or personal space preference cards, all completely ludicrous and yet it’s hard not to think these might be useful in certain situations. We’ve mentioned Pederson here previously, and you can see more of Pederson’s work on Instagram.
One might not think that parking lots, crosswalks, and other broad asphalt expanses would be particularly amenable to artwork, but for Montreal-based artist and activist Roadsworth (aka Peter Gibson, previously) every white or yellow traffic paint stripe is a new opportunity. Although his work on the road is what he’s most known for—turning parking stripes into dandelions or urging drivers to get out of their cars and onto bicycles—he’s also branched out into other mediums, creating large scale installations and working on mural commissions. He recently updated his website with tons of work (both old and new) and currently has a print available. You can also follow Roadsworth on Instagram.
Atlanta-based photographer and art director Stephen McMennamy (previously) continues his humorous split-image photo juxtapositions that he refers to as #combophotos. It would be easy enough to sort through countless images on the web to find unusual ways to overlap images, however McMennamy dramatically elevates the quality of his work by utilizing his original photography. In this way, he’s able to perfectly execute the ideas in his head, creating objects, scenes, and hilarious creatures that matchup almost seamlessly. One exception: for a recent elephant/tree mashup McMennamy relied on a photo by Zimbabwe-based photographer Jez Bennett.