We don’t really know if it happens in general or it’s some sort of thing going on with us, but sometimes it seems that 3D gets to show more than what our eyes can look at, understand and process; exactly what Crtomir Just does. This Slovenian artist and designer creates plastic, colourful, squishy and, above all, golden worlds. Very gold. Such gold. Wow. Our inner magpie is well happy.
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).
Some weeks ago, if not months, we featured one of our favourite creative studios in the whole wide world; from Copenhagen, PutPut motivates us every day, they make us want to work and they surprise us every night when we go on Instagram, Facebook or MySpace. Just joking about MySpace. Today we feature them and show their work again, also filling this website with some of the best made and most beautiful still life examples you can find on the Internet; the “shoes” they’ve made for Bianco. All visual jewels here in PutPut Vol. II.
August in Malaga, old ladies dressed up in pearls and bling, squeezed into sequin dresses that sparkle more than a disco ball, shrimps and cocktails scattered around the pool while Julio Iglesias sings “Pobre Diablo”. Summing it up, that would be the imagery that could describe British Chloe Newman‘s “Black Tropicana” photography series, who presents us a world of decadence, darkness and everything sickly. Pictures focused on textures and reflections that make us think that hell is not deep down, but somewhere near the Spanish coast casino-resorts.
Newman has a wide portfolio filled with images that attract and repel at the same time. A bizarre look where neons, viscous intentions and bright colours are everywhere, an artistic imagery that would astound David Lynch himself. With this work we leave all the sweet Christmas holidays behind, we put the mistletoe down, we stop singing those good vibe Christmas carols and we continue being what we were: the Grinch.
It might be the country with more super mortiferous animals on Earth, the whole centre part might be like the Moon. Yes, there are snakes with more poison than every teenager called Tiffany in every North-American high school and it’s not really a handy place to get to from, let’s say, humanity. But I’ve really thought about moving to Australia. Like, tomorrow. A country as efficient as Switzerland but full of surfers? Where do I need to sign?
The thing is that, apart from sporty guys designed by Michelangelo, they’ve got plenty of creative talent in Australia. Anna Pogossova, photographer and illustrator, could be a perfect example for this. She’s been already doing what years later became so fashionable; those plastic, pastel, surrealistic and nearly edible still lifes. Living in Sydney, her work is linked to the world of Fashion and she’s worked with magazines like Vogue, ELLE, Catalogue and Grazia amongst others. Her amazing eye for creation it’s enough to make us look at the antipodes.
If there are capital sins at all, in Spain we’d always have the envy sin hanged on the back. We are, culturally, quite jealous of our neighbour upstair, the one below, the one by us and everyone of the block in front too. We sometimes get so green with envy that we could be easily confused with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles country.
Put it down to that or because we got a saying that actually says “no one is a prophet in his own land”, we seem to forget that our gross creative product exists and it’s good enough to be there with foreign schools. Like Noelia Lozano, Graphic Designer and Art Director from Madrid. After working for the prestigious Serial Cut studio and having published in magazines like Computer Arts or IdN, this freelance presents us a very talented manual work, with a turn to the analog versus the digital. The know-how, the colours and shapes are the best paella and sangria that Lozano can export. Olé!
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.