Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates fluffy, white clouds in unique indoor settings. In his ‘Nimbus’ series, Smilde has developed a well versed technique that produces clouds, which he then photographs in churches, museums and castles.
Clouds are just about the most universal matter one could think of. But seeing them indoors, with their organic forms in contrast to manmade architecture, really throws me off.
Berndnaut Smilde carefully adjusts the temperature and humidity of his scouted locations. Thereon he produces perfect little clouds using water vapour and a fog machine. The lifespan of his artwork is about 10 seconds – just long enough for the cloud to be photographed.
My latest obsession is the music video for SANDÍA by Argentinian rapper Nathy Peluso. This vaporwave aesthetic is so millennial it makes me want to put it in a time capsule and preserve it for generations to come – together with a note saying “this is the aesthetic the post-internet era was all about”.
For those of you who are not down with the millennial lingo, vaporwave is basically a subculture of music and art that satires and celebrates pop culture. The visuals of vaporwave are coincidentally enough referred to as ‘aesthetics’. If you’re looking at something pink, with a marble classical bust, nostalgic imagery from the 90’s, and a glitching, stretched out font – you’re probably looking at a vaporwave aesthetic.
You can definitely see the vaporwave influences in SANDÍA by Nathy Peluso. Like Cabanel’s Venus photoshopped in front of a picture of Ciara = my two favourite things in life. <3
The term ~ contemporary art ~ is often synonymous to weird art. Just to be clear, ‘contemporary’ just means that the artwork was made fairly recently.
Anyway. Artist Christopher Chiappa‘s installation of 7,000 fried egg miniature statues in the Kate Werble Gallery is definitely just as weird as it is contemporary. Nevertheless… I’m a big fan of fried egg statues.
The Kate Werble Gallery describes the exhibition as follows: “Chiappa’s fried eggs operate squarely within the uncomfortable intersection of two symbolic legacies, mining the darkly humorous vein where perfection and failure meet.”
Haha operate squarely who?!? Uncomfortable intersection whatttt? Darkly humorous vein whom??? This is literally gibberish to me. EITHER WAY. I’M A BIG FAN OF EGG STATUES.
British artist Danny Fox has really been poppin’ off on the art market lately. His paintings are (what people in the art world call) naive, yet super confident.
Danny Fox grew up in a small town in the British country side. He lived a hard knock life in London for a few years until he relocated to Los Angeles as his career took off. Now he and his famous tattoo artist wife, Tati Compton, are the ultimate LA hipster couple.
Danny Fox’s naive painting style almost becomes iconoclastic in the context of Sotheby’s prestigious auctions. The one with boxers and birds is my favourite :)))
I do believe Brazilian art director and photographer Carolina Mizrahi is the answer to all of our prayers. Rooms fully painted in pink or beige is at least all I’ve ever wanted.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, now living and working in London, Carolina Mizrahi art directs and photographs creations that are an absolute dream. Brace yourselves for a heap of pictures because I simply could’t just select a few.
The music video to ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’ by Parekh & Singh is everything I have ever wanted and more. A combination of India and Wes Anderson-aesthetics? Yes please!
The Kolkata based indie pop band Parekh & Singh consists of musicians Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh. The music video to ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’ was shot on a budget of just US$5000! Consequently the duo had to DIY location scouting and art direction themselves. This Wes Anderson inspired music video is such an Internet gem!
Today being an artist can mean so many different things. Other than a painter or sculptor you can be a creative director, illustrator, graphic designer or art director – to name a few! In this blog post I will spotlight 3 incredible art directors that I love!
We are living at a time when visual creativity is given a huge platform through social media. Thanks to apps like Instagram, art directors can easily share their creations with the world. I can spend hours upon hours clicking my way through these perfectly curated Instagram accounts. There are just so many of them! And they are all so inspiring! Below I have listed a few of my favourites. Enjoy!
Australia and China based Blanche Yu art directs minimal and tasteful pictures for fashion editorials and campaigns. I’m in awe of how her entire life seems to go in one single color scheme. Her Instagram is a combination of casual, aesthetically pleasing observations and photo shoots directed by herself. Follow Blanche Yu on Instagram here.
This German/ Moroccan /Israeli goddess is the founder of nobasicgirlsallowed.com and the art director behind campaigns for Nike and Beats by Dre. Her Instagram is meticulously curated – she always posts three matching photos in a row. Follow Sarah Feingold on Instagram here.
Pau Lart is an art director and artist from Barcelona. She explains her aesthetic as “freedom, order, colour, feminism, painting, art, passion”. You can follow her personal Instagram account here. However, she is more known for curating the content for the Instagram account Hello Artists.
Italian photographer Gigi Cifali has travelled across the United Kingdom capturing abandoned swimmingpools in his series Absence of Water.
Gigi Cifali’s photographs of abandoned public baths are beautiful and eerie. These pools represent the optimism and aspirations of Victorian society. But today they are simply a decaying cultural heritage – and an aesthetically pleasing one at that.