Yong Ho Ji is a Korean artist who uses old, recycled tire scraps to make amazing sculptures. He uses rubber tires as his medium because he thinks of the material as a mutation, something that comes from nature but ends up looking entirely different from it’s original form. He also likes the material because it’s malleable and a close approximation to skin and muscles.
I personally think these are exquisite. I think it’s amazing that he’s able to combine all these materials to create these epic sculptures. The layering and details that must go into these is kind of mind boggling to me, and I would love to see one of these in person, and better yet, feel one of them.
I’ve got a black and white vibe going on with my posts today, I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes. The photos above were taken by a guy named Zoltán Vancsó, a Hungarian photographer who’s sense of light and mood is incredible. His photos remind me of a contemporary Hitchcock film but with a bit of a surreal edge to them. I would love to see this guy direct a film in fact, I think it would be one of the most intense pieces of cinema ever. He has a ton of great work so be sure to visit his site if you enjoy these photos.
Since I’m heading out to ICFF I thought it would be good to start mixing in a bit of furniture posts before the barrage of furniture that will come this and next week. First up is the beautiful Lockheed Chair concept which was designed by French designers Benjamin Riot and Valentin Sollier. This little beauty came out last year but I think it’s an amazing take on the DSW Chair by Ray and Charles Eames.
I love that it looks more like a piece of architecture then it does a chair. The facets on the bottom of the chair are really beautiful and I love the supports that connect the legs look like struts on a bridge. Yet because it’s mostly all white it looks exquisitely clean and modern and not clunky like architecture sometimes can.
Scottish illustrator Jen Collins, who works under the monicker Hello Jenuine, has just launched her new website and it is overflowing with delightful illustrative works that are fuelled by daydreams and cups of tea.
One of my favourite projects is the so far incomplete iTunes A-Z where Collins has created an illustrated journey through her iTunes library. Her signature flushed cheeks and rosy-tipped noses have graced the faces of musicians such as, Joanna Newsom, Flight of the Conchords and My Brightest Diamond. Not only is she a talented emerging artist, but she also has exceptional taste in music. Put simply, hers is a world that I would happily immerse myself in.
The set of Itunes A-Z illustrations can be viewed on Collins’ flickr and, if you’re as enamoured of her work as I am, there is a selection of prints, postcards and zines available in her shop.
Everything Imagined is Real(after Dante) consists of a series of 9 sculptures by artist Robert Taplin (previously) exhibited at MASS MoCA. If these images seem foreboding, it’s probably because the 9 scenes represent the story of Dante’s Inferno. And what isn’t creepy about Hell?
“My personal hell is being stuck in a room with Carrot Top.” Maybe you’ve said this, or some other iteration where eternal damnation is aligned with a lost phone charger, or an endless viewing of the upcoming Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl movie… these sculptures aren’t funny, either. But there is a contrast between the weighty subject matter and the preciousness of the models. I could be wrong since I’ve never seen these works in person, but there’s a fragility in the abeyant actions of someone getting out of bed in the middle of the night… or trying not to fall out of a canoe into the river, Styx, that bounds Hell in Dante’s Inferno.
Whether or not that river flows with tendrils of Carrot Top’s hair is up to your imagination.