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Anatomical Cross-Sections of Human Heads Reveal a Menagerie of Found Objects

July 3, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Chicago-based artist duo Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn (previously) sculpt cross-sections of human heads that are organized into compartments of tiny objects. The series began several years ago as an intersection of sorts involving Massart’s personal collection of found objects that she began at the age of four, and Wynn’s childhood discovery of “split body” models at Chicago’s Field Museum that inspired a lingering fascination with human anatomy. Each sculpture is given only a number (ie. Head 14) leaving the viewer to examine the compartments of objects and draw their own parallels and conclusions. You can see more recent work from the Heads series on their website. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Art Photography

The Playfully Surreal Photography of Ben Zank

June 28, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Brooklyn-based photographer Ben Zank has an eye for the unusual. Strange juxtapositions, awkward inconveniences, and often the ongoing struggle of life itself are all expressed through his surreal photography. Zank often portrays figures (some of which are self-portraits) as physically encumbered with faces obscured or turned away from the camera, seemingly in the throes of personal conflict. Yet despite the adversity in each photo, the element of humor seems constantly present. It’s hard not to laugh and smile at the absurd predicaments he conceives of for each shot, reminding us all to take a step back sometimes and just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.

Zank shares his work almost exclusively through Instagram and prints of some photos are available through Opium Gallery.

 

 



Animation Art

Wildly Absurd Experimental Body Animations by Esteban Diacono

June 22, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Argentinian motion graphics designer Esteban Diacono spends most of his time producing slick digital treatments for corporate clients around the world from Fox to FX and the Discovery Channel. But he also sneaks in a few hours each day to work on an ongoing series of hilarious (or completely discomforting depending on your perspective) animation experiments that he shares through his Instagram account. The floppy 3D renderings of haggard old men being shot at with donuts and imposing suited figures clad in scale-like armor are all ways for Diacono to learn new animation tools like Houdini while expressing himself creatively, free of commercial constraints.

Dianco says the experiments began about 8 months ago, inspired in part by the wildly popular mo-cap dance video produced by Method Studios. “I started doing some small tests, and decided to start uploading them to Instagram as a way of forcing myself to start and finish something,” he shares with Colossal. “Otherwise, you can work on a piece forever and then forget about it when commercial work comes and you need to put it aside. These small things are manageable, they don’t take more than a couple hours to make and that’s great for me.”

While Dianco states emphatically on his Instagram profile that he’s “definitely not an artist,” he was approached in May by ArtFutura to participate in an exhibition at Ex-Dogana in Rome that’s up through September. You can follow more of his works on Instagram.

 

 



Art Illustration

Segmented and Compartmentalized Graphite Portraits by Miles Johnston

June 7, 2017

Christopher Jobson

The female characters inhabiting the world of London-based illustrator Miles Johnston appear to be undergoing near perpetual transformation, their faces or bodies split in half, or their entire form morphing into globby organic forms. Over the past few years he’s examined four specific transformations organized into series titled Deform, Divide, Attract, and Recur. Johnston will have work on view at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at beinArt Gallery and you can also follow him on Instagram. (via Booooooom, Artnau)

 

 



Art

A Menagerie of Animals Covered in Surreal Landscapes of Flora and Fauna by Ellen Jewett

April 24, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Working with a mixture of cold porcelain and polymer atop a metal wire armature, artist Ellen Jewett (previously) creates wildly intricate sculptures of animals covered in a tangle of surreal embellishments. The artist describes her works as “anthrozoology meets psychoanalysis,” where tiny clues left in the feathers, fur, and tentacles of each piece lead to a greater story of its meaning. From her artist statement:

Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand. Within each piece precision is balanced by chaos. The overarching aesthetic knocks on the door of realism, yet the hand of the artist is never intentionally erased; brush strokes and fingerprints abound. Even the narratives themselves harbor a degree of anarchy as they are rarely formally structured. Rather, I seek to achieve flow states while working to create a fluid progression of unconscious imagery.

Jewett most recently exhibited at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco for a group show titled Hindsight, and just wrapped up work on a body of 10 new artworks. You can see some great behind-the-scenes process photos on Instagram.

 

 



Illustration

Lovely Storybook Illustrations of People Communing with Nature by Jin Xingye

April 11, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Each image created by Chinese illustrator Jin Xingye seems suggest a moment from an untold story, where people and creatures appear to share surreal, tender moments from within a larger narrative. You can see more of his recent work over on Behance. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



Illustration

New Surreal Illustrations From the Mind of Simon Prades

March 28, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Illustrator and graphic designer Simon Prades (previously here and here) creates illusion and intrigue through old school methods of illustration, choosing to loyally stick to pen and ink as his go-to medium. Despite choosing to clean up and sometimes color his work digitally, Prades’ physical mark making remains apparent, such as in the realistic details provided in his subjects’ faces.

The German illustrator tends to focus on select colors when creating work for clients such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, staying within a palette of bright greens and yellows, and muted blues. You can see more of Prades’ recent editorial work on his Instagram, Tumblr and Behance.

 

 

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