Kirsty Mitchell’s photography is an ethereal wonderland of lush fairy tales and historical fantastical dress set in beautiful woodlands – inspired by her memories of her mother reading aloud to her. She worked with Alexander McQueen’s studio and finished her costume studies at the London College of Fashion.
After her mother’s death, Kirsty immersed herself in photography to deal with the trauma of grief. Starting with everyday shots taken on the street or subway, her creations morphed into large detailed imaginative tableaus taken from her dreams. Involving much more than just clicking a shutter button, she hand made and painted everything - from the costumes to the sets. In the woodlands around her home, she constructed elaborate scenes akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting, assistants and models.
Featured Artist – Monica Tiulescu
Monica Tiulescu series – ‘Species Work’ – is contradictory, multi-leveled work, referencing the past, the future; micro and macro; flat and 3 dimensional. Micro-assemblages that are simultaneously grown computationally and composited materially.
Featured Artist: Rebecca Szeto
Recycling old paintbrushes into iconic portraiture, Rebecca Szeto has found a wonderful niche for her artworks. After all, don’t we all hate throwing away our well loved paintbrushes? And they all end up with their own character and personality, just like people. I love the crude and sometimes crusty buildup on the garments where the paint has dried up, time after time.
The Installation Art of Bernard Pras
French artist Bernard Pras creates fantastical found-object installations which are also optical illusions. Sometimes called “anamorphic”, the intended final image can only be seen through a particular device or from a particular vantage point. Otherwise, they just look like a huge pile of junk. See his completed Dali (above) and the entire installation, (below.)
The Oscars 2015, Graphic Design
If you were awake, you must have noticed the stunning Academy Awards graphic design on the recent Oscars 2015 telecast. Henry Hobson is one of the unsung graphic designers behind those category introductions, along with the California animation studio Elastic and show co-producer Lee Lodge. The fantastic graphics were the best part of the whole show, breaking up the usual pomp and cheese with refreshingly beautiful visuals.
Featured Artist: Charles Wilkin
The wonderful composites of Charles Wilkin have a linear eye with the seasoned influences of Dada, Man Ray and elements of current mass media. His simple collages are carefully edited and selected – yet seemingly deconstructed. While being tightly designed, the collages also manage to incorporate loose, almost random aspects of pure childlike abstractions, resulting in strongly blunt final images.