Two painters who were far ahead of their times Kalmakoff (1873-1955) & Savinio (1891-1952):
Nicholas Kalmakoff‘s style had a sort of Art Nouveau influence in the external approach with a mystical and fantastic filling inside. His paintings reflect his various obsessions with martyrdom, asceticism, decadence, spirituality and sexuality.
Alberto Savinio was an Italian writer, painter, musician, journalist, essayist, playwright, set designer and composer. His work deals with philosophical and psychological themes. He was a renaissance man of the twentieth century; he worked with passion in all arts and lived the passion of a time of theoretical changes. Savinio’s work received mixed reviews during his lifetime, often due to his pervasive use of surrealism.
“Hello, I am Cyriak from 100 years into the future, where I have been exhumed and sent backwards in time via cyberspace in order to welcome you to the unabridged contents of my brain-damaged imagination”.
Cyriak Harris makes remarkable animations, videos and comics. They’re all super surreal and eclectic brain-spillages often baring a distinct British theme. Many of his animations are based on Z-List celebrities, television shows and his hometown of Brighton. His pieces feature cats, cows, and robots, among other themes. Some of his work is set to his own electronic music compositions.
Here you can find Cyriak’s You Tube Channel.
This blog post is made possible thanks to our beloved neighbor Bart.
We have been introduced to her work while working on Zo Werken Wij. While flipping through her work, Saskia Olde Wolbers made us totally lose navigation in a non-kinetic mental travel.
Olde Wolbers creates science-fiction-like spaces, composed of miniature sets that are often placed under water in aquariums. These surreal spaces accompany alienating stories. These stories are fictional, but are taken from true stories seen in newspapers, movies and documentaries. The way in which these images support the story refers to the use of supporting visual materials by documentary makers. In Placebo, the narrator is inspired by Frenchman Jean-Claude Romand, who pretended to be a doctor for eighteen years. When the truth came out, he murdered his family to save them from the shame that would follow. The protagonist tells his own dramatic story, yet is also on the outside because as narrator he ‘steps out of his body’. The setting is a hospital room, filmed under water and constructed from metal, wood, rope, plastic and thick paint. The enchanting images of the disintegrating hospital room create a dreamy atmosphere in the hypnotic narrator’s nightmarish story. As the operating room slowly loses its solidness, viewers also lose their grip on the story, because truths and fabrications start to merge.
Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow based artist and graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (2009). She works largely in new media, including digital photography and video, which is developed alongside related installation, costume, performance, painting and sculpture. Her work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, presenting a hyper-glowing, artificially saturated surface that is both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque.
Her videos stylistically unify the aesthetic of The Edinburgh Bargain Store, Youtube, Hieronymus Bosch and High Renaissance painting with MTV style green screen and channel changing cuts.
You can find a previous Pinar&Viola post about Maclean here.
Phyllis Galembo is fascinated by all the beauty that survives in the poorest slums on our planet. She has been capturing the exotic patterns of Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Zambia and Jamaica for over twenty years.
Her subject is mostly the masquerade in religious rituals and local festivals, carnival costumes, art and nature, the transformation of men, and the visual culture in West Africa.
She isn’t worried about whether people see the work from a fashion perspective or from that of an anthropologist.
Galembo burrows deep into what she calls “the transformative power of costume and ritual”. She explores the ways costumes magically transform their wearers creating new personae of great cultural significance.
TEEN WITCH is a magazine that puts BOP and J-14 through a kaleidoscope, aiming to honor and give praise to the gay and trans youth underground scene. Essentially art-based, TEEN WITCH is inspired by sub-cultures, the Internet, Nickelodeon magazine and childhood nostalgia.
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about lying in a hammock with JTT when your parents weren’t home? Well your dream may come true. TW’s interactive quizzes will give you the indefinite answer you’ve been looking for. Can you hear the wedding bells now? Exposing the likes of teen pop singer-songwriter Jenna Rose, Japanese virtual pop star Hatsune Miku, House and soul extraordinaire Alexis Penney and, “the Black Sailor Moon”, New York’s raptress Mykki Blanco, TW is daring to steal your heart away from JTT.
Invite us into your homes and we’ll fill your eyes and your hearts with a teen zine for the underground scene. Ever wanted a Kingdom or Hunx pinup on your wall? You must have lost your Bieber Fever. We don’t blame you. TW aims to capture the essence of the preoccupied minds, the excessive and the impulsive. We are looking at the deeper meaning of pop music and the way it reflects onto the obsessed. And like pop music, TEEN WITCH will be on your mind all the time.
New Feeling Industries drops us into a ’90s New Age virtual reality session in this clip for “Lovecool,” a soothing, airy new soundscape from Maria Minerva. Taken from Maria’s forthcoming new record Cabaret Cixous, out soon on Not Not Fun:
We have received Hubert Renner’s portfolio via Holger Jacobs, a friend of ours. Apparently Hubert contacted Holger for a job application six years ago. We are speechless, mesmerized, and all sorts of other ecstatic adjectives. Hubert was directly classified in our inspiration folder. Wanted to share it with you. This blog post is made possible thanks to Holger Jacobs.
Kenny Hassan Irwin – chances are you never heard of him, A Flickr artist sells his work on MySpace for 57 pounds per print including the frame, his titles read like news headlines from the Arab-occupied planet Qambar Shahdadkot. Operating between the confines of hard news tack and science fictional indulgence, between the Taliban insurgency in Pakistan’s North-West frontier and the prospect of cosmic travel – his is an under-rated and actively indeterminate position. The photographic work itself lies between hardedge photography and crappy Photoshop interruptions. We Got Incoming dOvelanders Over The Skies Of Gilgit! is a part of the 2011 ***dOverstar Chronicles*** series, and mirrors the entry of Chinese Army troops into the Gilgit-Baltistan Region of Pakistan. Irwin’s work marks an occupation of unchartered futuristic territories in the Islamic tradition that, according to scholar Achmed Khammas, is marked by it’s “almost complete lack of ‘futureness'”. This post is taken from 032c magazine.
Visual research for an upcoming project.
We recently designed the graduation booklet of Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam’s fine arts department. Each student is presented with a positive populist art quote.