If Magritte would raise from the grave and he saw British artist Mat Maitland‘s work, he’d probably get down on his knees and he’d kiss his feet. It turns out that we’re already in that very position, praising Mat’s collage projects. Without the shadow of a doubt, he’s the king. His work is like a perfect fruit salad or a rave party in a tropical forest (and lots of drugs). It’s a shame is not only us who’s in love with this guy (we’re a bit possessive that way), since others with an eye as good as ours have already hired him. Brands like Kenzo or Hunter have collaborated with Maitland for their campaigns and artists such as Kylie Minogue, Jean Paul Gaultier, Goldfrapp or Michael Jackson have been his clients. Do you remember that cover for the Xscape album? Yeah, Mat did it. Kneel down with us!
What’s behind the most iconic album covers of the music scene? Unicorns? The Holy Grail? Carmen Sandiego?
We all know that covers are, or used to be, a recap of what bands wanted to say with their work; a message or, simply, a portrait of their style. But… what happens if we enlarge that cover and we see what’s surrounding the background? With this project done by the Digital Aptitude agency, they’ve chosen the albums that would be victims of their “revelations” and have meticulously and very wittily created a scene that frames what’s happening. How ingenious the manufacturing is makes Justin Bieber’s “My World” or Adele’s “19” releases worth having a second look.
Mermaids dressed in shiny fabrics, bizarre nudes where flowers, fruits and inflatable dolphins are welcome, shocking characters and scenes out of normal life are what Synchrodogs, photographic duet that Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven form, are made of. They bring us a new way of looking, full of surrealism and bodies in the middle of nature surrounded by Barbie amputees, from Ukraine.
Synchrodogs have worked for Kenzo, Bimba and Lola, magazines like Harper’s Bazaar or Esquire, without losing their dark and bizarre touch that leaks through their pictures. Their website is an unending waterfall of images of their personal work, a total style masterclass, their professional commissions and their blog, that shows how this couple of artists understand photography as a way of picturing an irrerevent outlook on life and not as a simple hobby. We open our week with a new Synchrodogs devotion.
We want to make clear that we haven’t fallen in love with Vanesa Krongold because of her website, in which there’s a running unicorn, or because of that lovely detail the daisy pointer is. Actually this girl is just amazing and makes whatever she wants in her clothes collections: assymetric cuts, fishes and lemons, degradé colours, plastic and tinsel… We could really state millions of elements. We don’t really know where does Krongold get the inspiration from but we guess it’s from literally everywhere, that’s why the outcome is surprising first, haunting later. Do you want us to tell you a secret to love her even more? Click on the unicorn.