STILL LIFE: BENT OBJECTS
The secret life of everyday things.
BY TERRY BORDER ON DECEMBER 15, 2010
UPDATE: The Return of Bent Objects
Wires transform these objects from inanimate to hilarious works of art.
Charles Bergquis is a director, designer and photographer from San Diego, California. We were taken by the diversity of the beautiful images he creates in high quantity in his ongoing project, ‘Everyday Project‘. Photos and video snippets capture the summer haze and iridescent surfaces along the coast. They’re selections from his daily experiments with images and motion tests, which he has been doing for many years.
© Charles Bergquist, 2013
The Awesome Environments Of Zhichao Cai
Art director Zhichao Cai (aka Trylea) uses no tricks or photocomping in his amazing, ridiculously vertical compositions, featuring incredibly pushes perspectives, impossible architecture and a plethora of detail to scour for in his incredible digital painted illustrations. As an art director at the Hangzhou, China based Gamecox, his emphasis is on creating striking worlds via his knack for environment painting, which he’s really damn good at.
Zhichao uses personal narratives to give thematic direction to his pieces, including crafting lore including projects like his personal set of paintings titled Legend Of Yunzhong, featuring five kingdoms based off of 5 elemental powers (All after the break). If you’re in the mood to gawk at some impossible, fantastical landscapes, you’ll get your fill with this incredible art. Enjoy.
Grant Wood saw a house in Iowa that he decided to paint along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” He chose his sister and his dentist.
Here’s the house…
Artist Zdzislaw Beksiński is best known for his immense, obsessively detailed paintings of catastrophic landscapes, surreal humanoid figures and afflicted nudes. Born in 1929, he grew up in southern Poland, then traveled to Krakow to study architecture where he subsequently spent several miserable years working as a construction site supervisor. His work from that era is primarily photography and sculpture.
In his mid thirties, Beksiński shifted his focus to painting large, purely abstract pieces on wooden boards (he preferred wood to canvas). Eventually, their form and structure became more straightforward and he entered a self-proclaimed “fantastic period” reminiscent ofBruegel, Ernst or Bosch, and drawing comparisons to his Swiss contemporary, H.R. Giger.
Beksiński’s post-apocalyptic vision, much like Giger’s, is uniquely disturbing owing in part to a highly developed architectural eye. His manipulation of scale and manic overworking of texture is ingenious. Overwhelmingly huge structures rise up from dust or empty desert. Sinewy figures cavort under ominous skies.
Although he depicts a harrowing world, Beksiński claimed that much of his work is misunderstood. Like Kafka (known to laugh hysterically when reading his own stories aloud), the Polish painter was often amused by his own work. He insisted his vision was ultimately optimistic.
Like a cathedral or skyscraper, many of his paintings are strangely life-affirming in a shock-and-awe sort of way. Blighted lovers embrace, cheery balloons float above crumbling towers, a tiny man holds a light aloft at the bottom of a deep chasm…
But yeah, heebie jeebies nonetheless…
Beksiński claimed to abhor silence and listened continuously to classical music while he painted. He was soft-spoken but surprisingly gregarious, given his bleak body of work. In the late 90s, captivated by computer technology and the internet, he shifted his focus again, this time to digital art/photography. These pieces proved to be far less critically or commercially successful than his paintings.
Thus began a very tragic era for the man. In 1998, after years of illness, his wife Zofia died. A year later, his son Tomasz (a popular Polish radio personality and movie translator) committed suicide. Beksiński, who discovered his son’s body, was never quite the same.*
News of Beksiński’s own death in early 2005 was difficult to fathom. On February 21st, the artist’s body was discovered in his Warsaw flat, stabbed 17 times. Robert Kupiec (the teenage son of his caretaker) and a friend were soon arrested. Apparently Beksiński had refused a loan to the boy, prompting the attack. Kupiec pleaded guilty and is now serving 25 years in prison. His accomplice, Lukasz Kupiec, will be up for parole in a couple of years.
- appropriately gorgeous Beksinski website
- buy The Fantastic Art of Beksinski book
- a large online gallery
* An interesting sidenote: Tomasz, like his father, loved music, especially The Legendary Pink Dots. After his suicide, the band’s Polish reissues featured many of Beksinski’s digital art as covers, dedicated to Tomasz.
Posted by Meredith Yayanos
These Giant Hyperrealistic Paintings Will Absolutely Floor You
KIMBERLY HOLMES SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 2
To say Eloy Morales is an extremely gifted artist is an understatement. Based in Madrid, Spain, he has been refining his craft since 1995. Possibly one of the best photorealistic painters in the world, the depth and detail of his work is astounding; not only are his paintings photographic in quality, they possess a kind of life to them.
Morales uses himself, family and friends as subject matter. He does this so that he is able to better develop the psychological aspects within his paintings. “I want to show how the person is feeling in that moment… this is the most important thing for me”.
But how does he create such incredibly detailed and realistic artworks? The secret, it seems, is more to do with blending and layering, rather than focusing on the details…
Many people think that my work is based on details, but it is not that way… for me the secret is in the correct valuation of tones… tonal transition must be smooth to avoid abrupt cuts.
Scroll down to check out some of his work… images so real it’s hard to believe they’re paintings.
Unveiled Obscurity, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 32″ x 46″ x 12″.
Unveiled Obscurity, detail.
Neo-Hellenism, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 37″ x 35″ x 11″.
Intelligent Redesign, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 40″ x 50″ x 12″.
Intelligent Redesign, detail.
Expulsion, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 24″ x 32″ x 9″.
Der Ubermensch of the Post-Post World Calamity Variety, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 54″ x 48″ x 16″.
This week Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi (previously) opened his fourth solo show, Revival, at Joshua Liner Gallery. Kuksi continues his use of ornate assemblage to create wildly complex sculptures that comment on history, life, death, and spiritual conflict. In the words of director Guillermo del Toro:
“A postindustrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.
Revival will be on view through January 18, 2014 and you can see many more pieces from the exhibition in this gallery
Implications - Now if that isn’t the most fatalist piece of decision-making I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is. But you have to respect an artist with that kind of conviction. David Mach is the definition of ‘go big or go home.’
Implications - These would definitely make wonderfully delicious and cozy gifts for chic chefs or classy cooks. They are very comedic and cozy, and will definitely set you apart from the crowd. “Slice” up your life with these “loafed” up loafers!