Category: finds

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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“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!

Need a change of perspective?

Oops, what happened? Well, we certainly had rather not drive on this bridge – that is situated not far away from the Niagara Falls. It looks a bit, well, shaky. But don’t worry: It is only a screenshot you’re looking at, taken with Google Earth by Clement Valla. Who now sells them as postcards due to them looking so strange.

These surreal looking pictures are made when Google Earth imploringly tries to change from a two-dimensional view into a three-dimensional view. And is a bit too slow with that. We, however, are glad that the real world usually has now problems existing in 3D…

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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Vinyl faces

Foto: William Petrovic/The Testoricci Family

We could spend hours and hours browsing around the Sleeveface-Blog: People from all over the world send in pictures with them holding vinyl covers in front of their nose. So that the rest of their body is perfectly fusing in with the picture shown on the cover.

In most cases completely new interpretations are created: Or do you think Ted Magend (on the left) was drying his hair half naked while having the portrait taken? We don’t think so!

What we like…

Today on our list of favourites: This picture of Jimi Hendrix. Nope, picture is actually understated, sculpture would fit better – because the musician in this case consists of dozens and dozens of plectrums.

That are the small plastic things keen guitarists hold between their fingers to avoid breaking their (surely not manicured) fingernails.

The artwork was created by Ed Chapman, who is famous for his mosaic pictures in his home country Great Britain. And it was made for a good cause as well, because it was auctioned off during an event for Cancer Research UK. We like!