The work of Hiroyuki Hamada feels like a mystery. His large sculptural pieces are strange and surreal and yet there’s a familiar nature to them too. Above is a large white form which stands silently in an empty gallery. What could it be? A model for a futuristic housing complex perhaps? Maybe it’s a classic modernist drinks cabinet? Could it be a small part of a busted-up spaceship? The answer to these questions is an obvious no, and yet Hamada’s work seems to unavoidably prompts you to ask these types of questions. It draws you in, and despite their non-representational forms, it leaves you making endless associations and imagining wildly what they could be.
Jess Douglas is an illustrator currently living in a small coastal town off the coast of south-west England. Growing up in Ibiza, Jess moved to the city of Plymouth to study illustration and found that her work quickly began to rebel against her country upbringing.
“[It began] reflecting a growing interest in the grunge and grime of the urban environment” she says, and it’s clear to see this reflected in her work. Shop fronts, buses, signage and grungy old streets make up the focus of her work and the resulting images are terrific.
Brooklyn-based illustrator Kurt McRobert has been making some GIFs recently and I really like them. The one above is a particular favourite. It shows the dangers and challenges of life as a cyclist in New York City and features suspense, drama, action and comedy! In all honesty, what more could you want from a four second loop? It really does have everything!
“Simple recipes deliciously shot” is the strapline for Forkful.tv. In those four words they perfectly sum up what the website is all about; making simple food look beautiful. While it may be a fairly straightforward premise, the selection of receipes and the quality of their videos is what really makes this website stand out.
Irish graphic designer Cian McKenna has a bit soft spot for swimming. For the last few years he’s been heading down to ‘the 40ft’ for a swim. This secluded cove is located just south of Dublin city and has been a popular place for swimmers for more than 250 years. With camera in-hand he’s been documenting these excursions and the resulting work is really beautiful.