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.
French artist Alexandre Ciancio creates nostalgic collages of black-and-white figures on pastel backgrounds and I am very here for it.
Despite Alexandre Ciancio initially being an architect, there are no signs of buildings or infrastructure in his art. Instead, the only sense of spatiality and depth is provided by the subjects and how they interact with each other. Subtracting these black-and-white figures from their context and placing them in a dreamy, pastel world makes them feel more like vintage paper dolls than actual human beings. I guess you could say that Alexandre Ciancio has taken our past and turned up its aesthetics… And I am not one to complain.
Brooke DiDonato is a New York based photographer who’s work I love. Awkward and anxious subjects in pastel domestic settings – or as she herself puts it in her Instagram bio: ‘uncanny eye candy’.
Apparently I am drawn to images where humans pose awkwardly as if they are lifeless props. You can find blog posts about art with similar motifs here, here and here. Anyway. Brooke DiDonato has mastered the art of combining aesthetics and concept to create beautiful pictures with an underlying narrative. Although that narrative is subjective to the viewer, a reoccurring source of inspiration for DiDonato is the antiquated concept of “female hysteria” and women who struggle to align themselves with social conventions.