Alex Wallbaum is THE discovery of the week. He lives in Chicago and shoots all types of food and/or characters; from fur coats, going through green asparagus and half a lemon tree, his compositions are the ray of light in cloudy days, a breath of fresh air on a hot August day and the visual party of this our beloved website. Wallbaum makes us want to write poetry (the teenager type poetry).
The amazing Majorcan photographer Biel Capllonch has one of those productions that no matter how many times you have a look at it, you will always find it amazing, like a Simpsons’ episode.
It’s common to see a Sonar (the Barcelona way of measuring what’s an AYE and what’s a NAY) campaign and instantly know that is Biel who’s shot the pictures that advertise the famous music festival; from a rather twisted point of view he takes all sorts of commissions but always, always, always, (let me repeat it again, always) leaving a recognizable imprint. You know it’s a Biel Capllonch; a fashion photographer that takes it away from its commercial core to a wider and more conceptual vision. His images are powerful topics that you can like or dislike, but they will touch you. Capllonch provokes doubt and a weird uncomfortable feeling, but it’s always difficult to forget.
The true esthete doesn’t need any reasons; an object takes over a place not for functionality, an act is not deliberate but born in the guts, things happen just because. The esthete eats a steak while throwing confetti and listens to someone playing Brahms’s compositions backwards just because. Because it’s artistic. Speak old English dressed in Moorish tunics with a lobster on his head, just because. Because it looks nice.
Lonneke Van Der Palen must be a bit of an esthete because, even though we can’t find a clear reason behind her pictures, they’re so graphically amazing it’s difficult to ask “why”. This Dutch artist/photographer specialises in still life and finished her studies in the prestigious The Hague Royal Academy of Art on 2011. That’s like, yesterday. Van Der Palen, who has collaborated with publications like Elle, Glamour France, Dust, Wad, Frame or Bullet, uses objects, both everyday or luxury items, nearly like a chromatic excuse to create her aesthetic ode. Just because; and she hits right on the spot.
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!