Map collages from New York based artist Matthew Cusick. Some of these are on show at ‘The Mind is in it’s Own Place’ exhibition at Pavel Zoubok Galley in New York. I like the idea of these excessively intricate works using thousands of sections of maps rearranged to depict reclining nudes, waves and landscapes. I guess you could say there’s some political undertones of colonisation, war, and foreign culture here but they look great even if you don’t think about all that stuff.
Some impressive coding wizardry from conceptual Artist Kim Asendorf who works mainly in media and digital art. These images are from the series ‘Mountain Tour’. They use the algorithmic image manipulation process named ‘pixel sorting’ by Kim Asendorf in 2010. The result of this technique seems to be pretty random; leaving uncontrolled results. Prints of all these images are available to buy through his site here and you can find more of Kim Asendorf’s boundary redefining works on his maze of a site below.
The Mast Brother‘s are craft chocolate makers based in Brooklyn, New York. Their produce is all handmade; even down to the packaging. The short films below by The Scout Magazine and Conor Hagen document Rick and Michael Mast developing their business concept of basic traditional production by sailing to the Dominican Republic to create a deeper connection with the families who grow the coco beans they use in their chocolate. Fairly Hipstertastic but you got to admire these guys, it’s really great to see something like this becoming a viable business.
Unbelievable video from Finnish free-skiing group Nipwitz by Flatlight Films. They mix free running and skiing with deadly results. The video is the crew free skiing in abandoned burned out buildings and frozen landscapes of the remote Murmansk Oblast in Russia. “This remote corner of Russia is just a five hour drive away from our home but feels much more distant.” You can see a few more of their videos below.
Richard Gilligan started out publishing his own skate magazines as a platform to show his work. His DIY work ethic paid off after College and several trips around the world documenting the underground international skate scene. Rich has developed a portfolio which includes editorial work for various skate magazines and other publications, Fashion and music labels including: Kindpin, Lodown, The Irish Times, SLAP, Heroin Skateboards, Dublin Fringe Festival, State, Mongrel, JD and Foto8. In 2010, Richard established JAR Studios, an independent photo studio in Dublin city centre.
Rich Gilligan worked as a studio assistant for Danny Bird in London after College, where he learnt the art of lighting which he uses with great effect to create his beautiful images. Rich gave a really great quote from the late Photographer Paul Graham at his presentation at Offset 2012 from the essay ‘Photography is easy, Photography is difficult’ you can find the essay here, well worth a read. Watch below the short fashion film he made with Aisling Farinella, Fergal Brennan and Conor & David for Eilis Boyle’s 10th collection, Music by Katie Kim.
Inspiring work from Colorado based Artist and Designer Evan Hecox. I saw Evan’s presentation at Offset 2012 in Dublin last weekend and was really impressed with his work and how he’s now experimenting more with composition and material surface. Evan Hecox’s work is based on photographs he takes himself; simplifying and distilling them down in areas to create graphically beautiful city scenes of everyday places which we would over-look.
“Like snapshots or filmstrips, Hecox’s work encapsulates the everyday existence of average people as they traverse the modern metropolis. This stylistic approach is based on the process of amplification as it affects form and color, breaking down the image, removing certain elements and emphasizing others.”
Evan has done loads of great work for incase, Chocolate Skate Boards, Carhartt and has exhibited with both solo and group shows in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. He is represented by the JoshuaLiner Gallery and You can follow Evan Hecox’s creative process and influences on his tumblr here giving an insight into the very neat savage looking studio where he works using his own hand made Judd designed chairs. Watch the video below of Evan creating one of his images for incase.
Surreal large scale paintings from Finnish Artist Markku Laakso. I saw an exhibition of Markku Laakso in Helsinki last year at Galleria Heino and was very impressed with his work. Markku has an amazing ability with paint which along with his use of very odd juxtaposed subject matter create refreshing work that really has to be seen in person.
“When I was seven years old the death of Elvis Presley made an indelible impression on me. Specifically his death. That moment when the man known to millions was ultimately transformed into a myth and how the myth began to live a life of its own. That moment was my first concrete experience of death and dealing with it. Immediately once a person is departed we begin to think about things that they never got to experience and our personal relationship to that person. When the deceased is a superstar of show business – Elvis, John Lennon or Michael Jackson – we mourn that which we did not have time to experience. We take solace in the belief that the deceased was able to live such a so-called rich life, was able to experience so much and leave behind such an impressive catalogue.”
Markku Laakso is represented by Galleria Heino, Helsinki.