Created in 2010 by the French artist Théo Mercier, Le Solitaire (aka The Loner) is a strange sculpture of a monster made completely of Spaghetti. Standing nearly 10-foot-tall, this mysterious beast is a surreal sight but there’s a great sadness to it too. It’s odd how Mercier can evoke such sympathy from such a strange figure yet behind its simple form there’s an odd sadness and empathy to it too.
I recently discovered the work of Russian illustrator Ekaterina Trukhan and felt that her cute illustrations were perfect for this time of year. Now based in London, Ekaterina has created a whole host of images that are sure to brighten up your holidays. One thing that I particularly love is her paper doll. If you visit her blog you’ll find a template there which you can print off and have your very own festive friend!
Clayton Junior is a London-based illustrator originally from South Brazil. His editorial work is great and I love his use of color and shape. His work feels modern and vibrant and there’s a balance and personality to everything he makes. Over the last couple of years he’s worked with an impressive array of clients including publications such as the New Yorker, Monocle and The Guardian.
Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.
I recently discovered the work of Victo Ngai and was really impressed. Born in Hong Kong and working in New York, Victo’s illustrations have an amazing energy to them and her work seems to put a modern spin on a traditional style. The results are fantastic!