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The wicked witch bites it on the streets of Verona, Italy

May 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Spotted this on Wooster this morning, though unfortunately it’s uncredited. Hilarious nonetheless.

Update: Found it.

 

 



Art

Pop culture wooden relief sculptures by Diederick Kraaijeveld

May 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Diederick Kraaijeveld constructs these detailed relief sculptures out of reclaimed wood. Via his web site:

Working predominantly from photographs, each piece is hand carved and assembled using reclaimed, genuine coloured wood that Diederick scavenges himself during daytrips around his native Holland and travels around the world. He gets tipped frequently when centuries old floors (his favorite material because of the history and the natural patina of ages) are torn out of buildings all over The Netherlands. Painted wooded planks, flooring from old mansions and rural farmhouses have all found a place in his work. Often the material comes first and then, sometime much later, it’s place in a work.

(via beautiful decay)

 

 



Art

Tom Hanks + Banksy = Hanksy

April 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Posted without comment. (via juxtapoz)

 

 



Art

Kazuki Guzmán

March 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson



Banana illustrations created with needles.


Modified street cone.


Carved pencil.


“That’s Impressive” video installation.


Sculpted chewing gum.

Chilean/Japanese artist Kazuki Guzmán takes everyday objects and turns them into something extraordinary. From his delicate banana illustrations using thousands of delicately placed needle piercings to a miniature chewing gum sculpture, his works are embedded with a delightful sense of humor and whimsey. Via his web site:

I consider my art practice as part of a playful exploration of ideas and materials. The notion of ‘play’ is at the core of my art practice. I enjoy taking jokes seriously, until they become ‘art’ in one way or another. My artworks are often the accidental outcome of playful interactions between the materials and myself. I equally enjoy allowing my materials to define the context of my artwork, and conversely, the challenge of letting the context of my work dictate the material execution. Most of my inspirations arise from mundane events: a trip to the antique store, revisiting children’s books and toys, or buying groceries. Most importantly, I strive for intricacy and exquisite craftsmanship in my work, while focusing on not loosing my very whimsical sense of humor and play.

See more work in his portfolio.

 

 



Design

Margaux Lange: Barbie Deconstruction

February 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

New York born jewelry designer Margaux Lange deconstructs Barbie dolls into their component parts and turns them into elaborate bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.

The most interesting part is that Margaux Lange uses only second hand dolls and accessories from donations, garage sales, thrift stores and of course eBay. It is important to her conceptually that the Barbies are already used and played with in the hands of a child. Thousands of Barbies in her studio integrate the dreams and secrets of the children who donated their dolls. It this way, each one of her designs, is part of a child’s story and life. It’s an inseparable part of their tender youth!

See more of her work over on Yatzer.

 

 



Art

Scott Fife

February 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Scott Fife constructs the heads of pop culture icons, historical figures, and animals using archival cardboard, drywall screws, and glue.

I like the physical nature of building the sculpture–it seems very old-fashioned and traditional. The idea of the material itself–it’s friendly, flexible, there’s a glow from in it. I’m the full-service artist–doing it all at the moment. I like the aspect of the low-tech tools that I need to make something like this. In the beginning [it was] an Xacto knife, masking tape and glue–now it’s the screwgun. So that hasn’t changed much at all–the directness of it, that I could begin to shape this, I can make this very plastic without any special process. There is that sense of one person building this thing–it becomes a “feat”–the whole thing isn’t about that but within the world we live in right now, it makes it a kind of tribal ritual piece; the fact that it was done by the human hand. [That] takes people back to the place in their life where they remember pasting things together [and so] understanding the process.

 

 



Design Illustration

Pop-Culture Calavera Prints

February 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Illustrator Jonathan Koshi has turned the heads of pop-culture icons into cavaleras, a visual depiction of skulls most often associated with the Mexican celebration for the Day of the Dead.

After nearly 10 years living in the Mission, I was inspired to design a series of Calaveras, sugar skulls, popularized by the Dia de los Muertos celebration. I got a lot of positive response and more than a few requests for prints. […] This is a limited edition, six designs, 50 prints per design. Each is 12 inches square. Mailed flat.

For sale at his web site, Notes from the Zeitgeist. (via omg posters)