Category: people

We present: Brendan Monroe

Maybe the sculptures made by Brendan Monroe look a bit, well, bizarre at first sight. A glaring red fluffy ball with legs? A male figure without a face but instead a body full of lumps?

The creatings of the Swedish artist may not be accessible directly, but even more interesting if you take a closer look. Several of his artworks are made out of wood, but look like they were manufactured out of a smoother material like dough or clay.

Often these sculptures radiate an atmosphere of solitude, which can be found – despite all those nice and warm colours – in the paintings of Monroe as well.

Working in the Bell Jar

The weather can be lovely and sunny outside – but if you happen to work in this office, you will surely not feel cut off from nature. It was created by Christian Pottgiesser, an architect from France.

All employees of both companies the architectural jewel was made for, work ar´t their own little honeycomb-like desk. Transparent globes shield their phones and computers (and thus the noise) from their colleagues, but without obstructing the view of them. Trees – whether they are real or artificial we’re not quite sure – growing between the desks add a cosy atmosphere to the room. Well, why can’t all offices be as nice as that!

Interview with Amy Earles

Amy Earles makes things, prefers autumn, dreams in color, reflects from half closed eyes…”, the artist has written in her little profile on her website. And yes, all her drawings and paintins involve a kind of dreamy and autumnal atmosphere with forest, dark skies and stars.

She loves painting with gouache on paper, and often her pictures are turned into lovely looking paper dolls – Amy is clearly fascinated by dolls. We pinned her down to answer us some questions about her life and work.

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Interview with Nick Cocozza

Please say “Hello” to Nick Cocozza, a young Illustrator and Street Artist from Scotland.

Nick is a illustration graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of art, Dundee. To most of his work he tries to take a light hearted and fun approach. He enjoys using a variety of mediums, which reflect his playfulness as well as his sense of humor. Most of his graffiti-style illustrations present a vivid depiction of the street and gang culture in the UK that he experienced in his youth.

Nick’s work, which is also available on ARTFLAKES, got so far featured in several exhibitions in the UK and by talent spotters he is being picked as the one to watch in Scotland. His illustrations also got featured in a variety of magazines like Popshot Magazine and now here.

Check out our interview after the click!

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“Back to the Future” art project

Nope, we’re not talking about the cult film from the 1980s here – but about the absolutely wonderful project of Irina Wernig, called “Back to the Future“. Wernig had always had a passion for old photographs, she writes on her homepage. And then, someday, she had the idea to invite several people to reconstruct pictures from their childhood.

A simple but stunning idea, isn’t it? So we look at the mop of curly hair – twenty years older, though – who tries to copy an old yearbook picture with his nerd glasses and a tooth space. Or take Matias, who stumbled around the beach nakedly as a toddler – 33 years later a lot of chest hair has been added, but he is still good at featuring this slightly manic expression. Hats off, Miss Wernig, we say. Enjoy browsing around her wonderful picture project!

Eyecandy: Todd McLellan


©Todd McLellan

Men like it: breaking down technical stuff into its components to look how it exactly works. Todd McLellan is a real stereotype in this case, we guess, but he adds an artistic touch to it – after he has fumbled apart clocks, typewriters, video tapes and old radios, he arranges all small pieces. And takes a picture of them.

Because McLellan is a photographer and fascinated by the specific beauty of technical collections, it seems. But he does not only take pictures of these meticulously arranged componentes, but of the process of taking them apart as well. And then, well, it doesn’t look that easy anymore…

Interview with Kathryn McNaughton

An illustrator who draws her inspiration mainly from vintage porn magazines? Well! Anyway, we liked the pictures of Toronto based Kathryn McNaughton right away, which is why we boldly asked her some questions concerning her work.

Her pictures are a wild mixture of drawing, painting and collage, in most cases with a hidden message and always slightly gruff. But even without an extensive interpretation it is fun to click through the portfolio of this girl.

What she had to tell us? Read it yourself!

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Find of the week: Peter Freitag

At first sight the pictures made by Peter Freitag look like those usual snapshots from your flat. Maybe a bit wry, maybe not that suitable for the family album. But then you take a closer look: What the hell are all those spots doing there? Is it my eyes?

Nope. Because we’re talking amateur nude pictures here, taken of girls and published on the internet. Freitag simply grabbed them for his series “Private Stages” and made a decollage out of them by covering their silhouettes with dots – thus the main content of the picture vanishes or seems to be transparent. I guess the actual motifs must haven been rather shabby to look at anyway…

Interview with Melissa Azizi

Please welcome the lovely Melissa Azizi to our blog this week.

Melissa lives and works in Sydney (how we envy her!). When she is not working on projects for her own Production Company CineDream, or supporting and creating films, she creates beautiful and dreamy pictures.

One of Melissa’s photo projects is  The Daily Foto, an initiative where she shot 365 photos in 365 days (!), which she sells in her Etsy shop and where she donates 5% of each sale towards a charity of your choice. We like!

Where she draws her inspiration from, which her favourite chocolate is and who she thinks we should interview next, you can read right after the click.

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Interview with Katogi Mari

Had the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tales these days, surely they would have asked Japan based artist Katogi Mari to do all of the illustrations. I guess there is nobody who is more skilled to create precise and wonderful fairy tale like illustrations with brush and paint.

For our series of interviews she, who is fascinated by nature, animals and of course the romantic stories from Germany, answered some questions about herself.

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