Surrealist canvasses featuring headless, featureless, limbless characters blending in to each other in suits and office wear – this is Eda Gecikmez’s bread and butter.
The Istanbul-based painter symbolically destroys the integrity of the language of power that she sees in images in magazines, posters and brochures.
Her fascination with issues surrounding gender and identity politics will keep you gazing at her work for hours.
Michelle Kingdom uses embroidery to bring memories, literary snippets and mythologies to life. She calls them psychological landscapes – her persistent inner voices made real.
Each piece is pretty small in scale, but they all pack a lot of intricate stitches. She uses a needle more expressively than tradition dictates – as more of a sketching tool.
Kingdom explores relationships, domesticity, self-perception with subtlety through her beautiful needlework.
We’ve always been proud when we remember how to make a paper aeroplane, but artist Calvin Nicholls takes paper art to a whole new level.
His method is called haut-relief, and starts with a drawing. Various paper components are then made from the drawing using templates, X-ACTO knifes, scalpels and scissors.
Each piece is painstakingly glued over weeks and sometimes years, until they sit perfectly in place and as part of the final, jaw-dropingly detailed 3D image.
Costica Acsinte was a documentary photographer during World War 1, and when he returned to Slobozia in his home country of Romania, he took photos of the local residents.
Fast forward nearly a century, to Australia, where artist Jane Long has discovered Acsinte’s archive of glass plate photographs, and has reimagined and digitalised them in colour.
The results are playful and often surreal scenes that extend around classic looking subjects.
DRIVERS IN THE 1980S
Chris Dorley-Brown had the foresight to take quite ordinary photographs in the 1980s of people driving around London – perhaps knowing that a few decades later they’d be brilliant relics of urban nostalgia.
In fact, his original intention was to document the privatisation of Rolls Royce, but his preoccupation with people meant he captured so much more than just the automotive changes of the time.
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT
There’s something touchingly intimate about browsing through the world’s largest collection of online sketch books.
Alongside pencil illustrations and bright felt tip designs are doodled biro swirls like the artist has been caught on a long phone call mid flow.
This is art that’s high brow yet lo fi and makes you want to carry a 4B pencil and a notebook around in your rucksack and start loftily sketching on the tube.
The search is over – we’ve found the best online magazine for artistic eye candy: Sight Unseen.
It’s the baby of former I:D editors Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer. A place where beautifully shot studio visits are accompanied by genuinely in depth and interesting interviews with designers and artists.
A hot pot of creativity and inspiration for you to dip your finger in – bubbling over and spilling offline too, with Sight Unseen exhibitions and curatorial partnerships dotted around the world.
Let us introduce you to Felix Roos. He’s a 25 year old cross-discipline artist from Sweden. By day he works as a designer and illustrator at a fashion agency in San Francisco. By night, he works on developing his own artistic style.
He doesn’t spend late nights hunched over a desk in a studio, or gazing contemplatively out of a window. He creates his rich and playful watercolour portraits “Out of pure enjoyment over good beer and Netflix”. Yes Felix!
SERIFS & SANS
We’re pretty sure if Patrick Bateman had a list of internet bookmarks, this would be at the very top of it. No don’t worry, it’s not what you think – if crisp, minimal typography is your thing – then this blog should be at the top of yours too.
Also entirely suitable for those partial to typography titillation, stationary smut, things-laid-out-neatly-and-photographed-from-above and fancy packaging.
It’s a forensic, visual haven to take solace from Times New Roman and Ariel.
Travel is so same-y. Who hasn’t dived in phosphorescent waters and eaten Kimbap from a street vendor in Seoul? No one, that’s who.
Our new find, Atlas Obscura, provides a ‘definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places’. Forget your big ideas and bucket lists, some Atlas Obscura places may be Huge and Important but most are small and unobtrusive and it’s these that are so enchanting. Tiny wooden houses lost in cornfields, golden shrines on housing estates, a tall tree, a forgotten fence, all nominated by blog readers who notice the importance of the small stuff.