Thanks to Holly for stumbling across the work of South African painter Gina Heyer, who creates these amazing photo-realistic paintings of empty schools: ‘I thought these paintings were absolutely brilliant, and gave me a weird feeling of nostalgia combined with dread at the sight of school corridors so similar to my own. Really, really atmospheric.’ Gina’s Order and Division series can be seen until October 3 at the Brundyn and Gonsalves gallery in Cape Town, if anyone happens to be in the area. Found via It’s Nice That.
Thanks to Audrey T for finding this on My Modern Met: ‘It’s raining umbrellas! Dozens of colourful umbrellas suspended in mid-air gave the residents of Águeda, a small town in Portugal a nice surprise as they blanketed the skies. Streets were transformed into whimsical walkways of colour part of the town’s Agitagueda art festival last month. I love how they instantly brighten up the place and provide much-needed shade from the summer heat. Not to mention putting a smile on every passer-by’s face. I would love to see more of this sort of outdoor art in Singapore.’
Audrey also found these lovely geometric illustrations on Juxtapoz Magazine, which frequently features work by new artists. At first glance they look like vector drawings, but they’re actually drawn by hand in pen by 20 year old English artist Josh Bryan. In his set of illustrations entitled ‘Triangulations’, Josh depicts several well-known personalities like Albert Einstein, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Knoxville in abstract form. Each face is made out of thousands of lines and triangles. His creative interpretation of dimension in human form sure makes for a visual treat.
I loved Stacey Page’s embroidered portraits, which Dan found via Flavorwire. I love the way she plays with the idea of the person in the image having an alter ego, which is revealed by the crazy embroidery, and the way these quite staid and serious-looking unknown people are given a sense of humour. It reminded me of the work of Julie Cockburn which I saw at London’s Photographer’s Gallery, although her images are slightly darker.
Thanks to Jonny for sharing this inspiring video about David A Smith, who is well known for his beautiful ornamental sign writing and glass gilding work. The film is around 14 minutes long, but worth a watch just to see the craft and amazing skill that goes into it.
Holly went to the ‘Another London’ photography exhibition at the Tate Britain in London last weekend: ‘It was really inspiring to see a side of London captured by those visiting or living in the city as a (for want of a better word) ‘outsider’ to the city’s idiosyncrasies. The photography was stunning, but the stories behind each photographer were equally as brilliant, celebrating London’s diversity in a really beautiful and simple way.’ The work in the exhibition has been selected from 1400 photographs in the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection, which have been collected over 20 years. The exhibition is on until 16 September, and you can also buy the book here.
In: Art, Exhibitions, Film & Animation, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, Product design · Tags: Craft, Embroidery, Glass gilding, Illustration, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sign writing