Much of my focus in life is trying to define what connects the natural world with the materialistic world. In other words “what makes us lust after possessions especially if they are coming from nature?” Why do we love diamonds? Gold? Silver for that matter? It seems like every artistic movement in human history has had it’s moments where minerals from the earth convey status, power and wealth. Chapels in Italy covered top to bottom in precious gold and bronze. Even modern day handbags and dresses seem to be decorated in gold and silver as if it were so common in value.
My fascination towards gemstones and earthy minerals have lead me to question my own aesthetics and become more curious of the earth’s resources. I want to know how the environment ties into the way we live, love and create. The answer could be found underground.
Experimental Artist Adam Ferriss (adamferriss.com) creates these surreal yet sensitive landscapes from digital software glitches. On his portfolio he also includes plenty of landscape photographs taken in different locations in the United States which look heavenly and dreamlike.
“[Adam’s] recent work utilizes the RGB Tricolor separation process and pixel sorting algorithms as procedural mechanisms to initiate iterative changes in light and pixel structure.”
- Adam Ferriss
If you want to know more there’s a pretty kick ass Creators Project article on his Instragram photo series. (http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/blog/instagram-who-creating-vintage-style-photos-with-a-19th-century-color-photography-technique)
Percy Lau’s Exploding Imagination
Percy Lau is a Jewelry artist graduating from Central Saint Martins Jewelry Design Course this year. What makes her contemporary jewelry fantastic are her perceptions of human nature, her whimsical sense of humor and fantasy. In an interview featured on the CSM Blog Lau says this about her work:
“The human body and animals inspire me. Nature is God’s wonderful creation! What I need to do is break the normal ideas [people have] have about daily life. I always think about changing the [status quo] and exploring impossibilities.”
The graphic design duo originating from France have been creating abstract visual language for the Givenchy label for a pretty long time. Personally they are my favorites for of their involvement with Bjork’s artistic portrayal in her album covers, music videos and poster graphics. Cue in on the Vespertine album cover and “Hidden Place” music video to fully grasp what I mean. The book itself is part of a series that takes a closer look back at all the best collaborative work M/M Paris has produced and how it influenced the Givenchy label.
Holy Blood - Oh The Draamaaa!
I shall introduce to you a very unusual artist that goes by the name of Holy Blood (Jennifer Mehigan) She’s an Irish expat currently living and studying in Singapore. Her images are playful, eclectic and most of brain boggling to the highest degree. What’s very striking is her sensitivity to colour harmonies and total experimental approach to graphic design, illustration and painting.
Giving in to Live the Experience
Here’s a fellow who further draws a relationship between the natural world and the material world. This book is a display of various drawings, paintings and media experiments that brings a new perspective to still life.
This book is available for purchase at Antenne Books