Get Familiar: Chloe Early

15 04 2014
Image Courtesy of Chloe Early

Image Courtesy of Chloe Early

Chloe Early, the Irish born, London based artist is hands down my favourite artist right this moment. Absolutely amazing how she blends her oil paintings all the while creating this abstract collage of surrealism. #stunning 

All images © Chloe Early





Get Familiar: Alexander Korzer-Robinson

27 10 2012

 

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

New Sculptural Collages Made from Antiquarian Books by Alexander Korzer Robinson sculpture paper collage books

This gentleman’s body work not only speaks for itself but it also puts most other artists in his “field” to shame. ‘Artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson eviscerates text and white space leaving only the images. In doing so he creates entirely new narratives using only the pre-existing illustrations, charts, graphs and other visual elements printed inside of each book.’ In his own words, he says:

“By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.”

‘What you see above represents a selection of his work from 2012, but you can see much more on his website. He’ll also have work at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London starting next week.’





Peace Day Kalashnikov 47/ Damien Hirst

3 10 2012

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For the Peace Day 2012, superstar artist Damien Hirst presents an AK47 machine gun, decorated in his signature spin painting style. The assault rifle/artwork will be on display at the ICA (Institure of Contemporary Arts) in London, as part of an exhibition that brings together many more English artists that also interpreted the AK47 rifle that was developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov during World War 2.

On October 4, 2012, the entire line-up of AK47′s will be auctioned off at Phillips de Pury in London.

 





ROA on Buxton Street

9 08 2012

Continuing with ROA month, I present to you…

“Pig”
Buxton Street/ Bricklane, London





Tom Dixon Studio’s “Tower House”

4 08 2012

Tower House

Tom Dixon Studio’s ‘Tower House’ in West London’s Kensington area brings avant-garde architecture to a whole new level, or rather to an above ground level. Although the abandoned structure was once used to contain and filter water, the designers have re-purposed it in the interest of upscale housing.

Tower House’s 7 meter diameter and 60 ft height have accommodated the creation of a remarkable living space. The two floors include a kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms and a stunning terrace that overlooks the Notting Hill neighborhood.

These domestic spaces lend an element of practicality to the spherical abode in spite of the over-the-top blueprints that lie at the heart of this Tom Dixon venture.

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Percy Lau’s Little Ears

12 06 2012
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London-based artist Percy Lau has created this trippy earring design which makes it look like you’ve got a smaller ear growing off your lobe. Freaky!! And she also signed the Little Third Ear (a pair of ear earrings), the Little Mouth Ring (a fleshy mouth ring), and the risque Little Penis Ring (below),  you can get more designs from her Etsy shop.





Sony World Photography Winner: Mitch Dobrowner

30 04 2012

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Sony’s World Photography award winners for 2012 have been announced and in addition to the awards, there is an exhibition showcasing photos from the winners at Somerset House in London. The exhibit runs until May 22 of this year. The winner of the top prize was American photographer Mitch Dobrowner who wowed judges with his series of stormy landscape photos. View the runners-up at Highsnobiety





Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French

18 04 2012

New Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French painting art anatomy

New Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French painting art anatomy

New Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French painting art anatomy

New Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French painting art anatomy

New Optical Illusion Skull Portraits by Tom French painting art anatomy

“Painter Tom French just posted a number of new paintings in preparation for his upcoming exhibition titled Don’t Look Back at Zero Cool Gallery in London later this month. French’s acrylic works often depict couples in seemingly amorous relationships that create the optical illusion of a skull, pieces that walk the line between beautiful and unsettling. Just squint or take a few steps back from your monitor for maximum effect. You can see much more of his work on Flickr, and prints are available at Zero Cool.”





The Town Hall Hotel In London, UK

9 02 2012

photo © Sue Barr
photo © Sue Barr
This Edwardian Grade II listed building was erected in 1910 and then considerably extended in 1937. Now an 8,900sqm project, we can easily say that the East End has never seen anything like this before. The brief by Singaporean hotelier Peng Loh was to create a contemporary luxury hotel to sit sympathetically within the existing building (the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, at the heart of London’s burgeoning East End), restore it and also add to its volume with an extension. We’re not sure as to whether the extension fits in ‘sympathetically’ but rare architects certainly gave it their all. Rare architects Michel da Costa Gonçalves and Nathalie Rozencwajg saw the project as the building’s third age, after the 1910 and 1937 phases.
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
The Town Hall Hotel is wrapped entirely by a laser cut powder coated aluminium skin, no windows or doors are externally visible. This pattern, which clearly separates the extension from the existing construction, was selected from a pattern book developed by the architects especially for this project. The inspiration was derived from an original art deco feature in the Council Chamber, which makes the design process so much more meaningful and respectful to the buildings prior architectural elements. However, the architects from Rare did not stop there, as the pattern book also consisted of designs with a similar historical background regarding the radiator & air-condition covers together with wall panels and much more. This is an approach, which we are always admirable of and respect the process behind the finished product in greater depth. Suffice to say that with projects such as these, it is great to see architects taking a step back before moving forwards. With regards to the shape of the extension’s skin and roof, this was dictated by light and views that had to be maintained for neighbouring buildings.
Once inside, you get to see the combination of the complete restoration of the original detailing with the introduction of modern glazed partitions and loose furniture items. This restored detailing was realised by highly skilled craftsmen who brought the interiors back to their original glory. With features such as ornate moulded ceilings, wooden panelling, dado rails and decorative skirting, the constructive shell has such great importance that the ‘less permanent’ structures have been left simplistic and light in order to appreciate the historical surroundings. Glazing played a primal role in the interiors giving onlookers  the ability to see through all the existing spaces while at the same time creating an almost dropped like boxed element clearly dictating the language of the new build. The new solid partitions are solely white in colour and are only present where absolutely necessary in order to maintain the multitude of viewpoints.

photo © Ed Reeve
In the bedrooms, the pod designs are custom made and strongly apparent raising the new structure from floor level to make the separation between old and new. These modules are simplistic with clean lines and a stark white pallet blending within the interior. The sizes of these 98 rooms may vary but the design philosophy is the same. The overall feeling you get as a guest is something very exclusive. By incorporating simplicity into the new features the guest feels privileged to be in a building with such character, which almost has a museum like effect. Now combine the adoration of a museum to a hotel bedroom and that’s where you have exclusivity.
photo © Edmund Sumner
photo © Edmund Sumner
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Edmund Sumner
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Ed Reeve
photo © Calvin Chua
photo © Calvin Chua
photo © Sue Barr
photo © Sue Barr
photo © Edmund Sumner




The Future is Nigh

28 09 2011

Heathrow Airport has begun to transport passengers in computer controlled, driverless, car-sized personal “pods”. The system reduces the time it takes business passengers to move from the terminal to the car park by 60%.








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