Zeitguised, the spirit of the time…
Zeitguised, the spirit of the time…
Japanese scientist/fisherman/artist Iori Tomita is the man behind this curious collection of see-through animals, which form part of his project called ‘New World Transparent Specimens’. The specimens are created using a preservation and dyeing technique usually only used for scientific purposes, such as examining the skeletal system and the underlying biological makeup. Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the flesh. He then injects red dyes into the harder bones and blue dyes into the softer cartilage, thus highlighting usually unseen internal structures. The dead creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin. Tomita started to create these transparent specimens as pieces of work to help people feel closer to the wonders of life and say that there are no limits to how people may interpret his work – as academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. Magic!
Arian Behzadi is currently a Biological Sciences major with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis. In between classes he does personal and commissioned visual design work. He has always found parallels between art and the sciences so a lot of his studies find their way into his artwork. Aside from design work, Arian interns at the Same Day Surgery Center at the UCD Medical Center and does research at the Carraway/Sweeney Cancer Lab. Sweet!
Randy Mora is a self-taught artist and illustrator currently working in Bogotá, Colombia. He makes cut and paste collages where he mixes a bit of everything, like scary anatomy, plants, kitschy devices and animals into elegant artwork. His collages develop from ideas he first puts down in small sketches. During the process, however, many variables lead him to other solutions far from the original idea. He usually works in Photoshop, scanning the pictures he needs. Each one of them has its own history: “the key is to know how to organize them into a solid concept. I don’t like to rush things.”
Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk are the men behind Coarse. Always on top!
For more than two decades, multi-artist Beverly Fishman has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of different media. Mixing optical patterns with vibrant colours and representational elements taken from pharmaceuticals and scientific imaging system her paintings, sculptures, and work on paper raise the question about the relationship between technology, our bodies and our minds. Her exhibition ‘Pill Spill’ consisted of filling the Toledo Museum of Art with more than 120 unique glass capsules in different sizes. An idea with is both beautiful, addictive and totally free od unpleasant side effects.
American illustrator Tavis Coburn‘s unique style is inspired by 1940s comic book art, the Russian avant-garde movement and printed material from the 1950s/60s. We love it!
Olek, who is one of our favourite yarn bombers, was born Agata Oleksiak en Poland but later on moved to New York where she took up crochet. A good decision it seems since her yarn sculptures have been presented in galleries in Brooklyn, Venice, Brazil, Istanbul, her homeland Poland and of course out on the streets.
Keep that crochet hook moving!
Working with oil on linen, UK-based artist JKB Fletcher creates dazzeling superhero women.
Born in 1976 in Marseille (France), Gaëlle Villedary is an artist who loves to experiment with materials and create spaces that allow the viewer to interact. A good example of this is her eco-friendly installation in the village of Zhozhak, a small community located in the south of France. She was invited there for the celebration of the ten year anniversary of the initiative Art and Nature Trail, and Villedary decided to create an organic carpet that ran through the village to join the natural areas that are located on both sides. One of the objectives with the project was to show the path of development of the modern village, closer to nature, more active and harmonious use of natural resources, but the the installation also represents the rebirth of life on the road.