Betz & Sainer are two Polish artists (from Łódź and Turek, respectively) who collaborate under the ETAM Cru moniker and are just as comfortable creating screen prints and canvases as they are painting huge-ass murals. The attached images are just a small sampling of their work so, if you want to see more, hit up their individual blogs (Betz / Sainer) or the official ETAM site. Enjoy!
P.S. If you like what you see here, be sure to check out Aryz’s work, too.
“I don’t really know what [my work] should be called, some people call it graffiti and some [call it] street art. I don’t really care. I started painting graffiti, and then I started doing characters and big walls…I don’t know. I think [my paintings] are just interventions in outdoor spaces…more”
“A message, for me, is something secondary. If I have to say something, it’s worth representing it and doing it big but sometimes my art is simply about the pleasure of painting and nothing more, or the simple fact of joining colours together. The shape [of a wall] is an excuse to put colours in one place or another. I don’t give much importance to the message…more”
Barcelona-based Aryz is young (23 at the time of this post), talented (see attached images) and – judging from those two quotes above – far more concerned with creating aesthetically beautiful work than fussing over which labels to attach to it. See loads more on both his website and Flickr feed or click here if you’d like to watch him paint in HD.
Taking part in a conversation about what is or isn’t art is the intellectual equivalent of masturbation; it’s probably fun for you but isn’t of much utility to anyone else. I obtained a four-year degree in art during my early twenties which means – beyond accruing an obscene amount of debt – that I’ve spent more than enough time locked in my own head, enamored with how wonderful my own thoughts were on the subject.
This is not something I’m proud of.
That being said, I’ve found that thinking intentionally about anything is rarely a waste of time, just as long as you don’t allow the procesc to transform you into a pretentious douche. The net outcome of my autoerotic cognitive fiddlings? Two things:
The first item above is self-explanatory but the second is why I instinctually dismiss performance artists, ‘found-object’ impresarios or anyone else whose manifesto over-leverages the word ‘exploration’ and tend to revere potters, illustrators, photo-realists and graffiti writers.
Smug is an exemplary example of the latter two. Anyone who has attempted to draft anything with aerosol will attest to how difficult it is to get it to do what you want it to. I tried my hand at it during my late teens and was instantly repelled, knowing immediately that I didn’t possess the patience to be competent, let alone great. Just look at the images I’ve collected above, marvel at their draftsmanship and the artist’s mastery of color – can you believe a human being is capable of this shit? Attached is just a small sampling of his work, hit up his Flickr for loads more.
Kid Zoom/Ian Strange is an Australia-born, Brooklyn-based artist who combines a graffiti/street-art sensibility with photo-realistic draftsmanship. His work is super-ultra-dope; it’s quietly contemplative one-moment but big-and-loud the next, equally engaging from far away as a whole or up-close where you can get lost in the details. This video is comprised of footage shot between May 2010 and January 2011 in NYC and LA for his This City WIll Eat Me Alive show. The first three minutes are upbeat, showing Ian at work (both indoors and outside) but the mood shifts to chill for the second half when Boards of Canada‘s excellent Kid For Today provides the ambiance for a private stroll through the gallery and an introspective encounter with his work. Enjoy!
“The face paint animation film is made up of 4,816 separate stills. Each and every frame was hand-painted, shot, wiped off and redrawn, slightly differently for the next frame in order to create a seamless sequence. This time-consuming process involved the band members lying still for two consecutive days in a studio…more”
Ida Gronblom & Fabian Berglund (of W+K) and David Wilson (one of the many talented directors at Blinkink) were tapped by We Have Band to direct/create this stop motion music video for their tune, You Came Out. We likey.
“Where I usually look for inspiration is the macro and micro; the place where words end and the grey area begins and things start becoming more difficult to explain…”
Up-and-coming photographer/filmmaker Colin M Day put together this film of a collaboration between two ultra-talented artists Mars1 and Doze Green who are equally comfortable with spray cans and exterior walls as they are with blank canvases and brushes. I’m not sure what I like more: seeing the finished piece or hearing their explanations of it’s meaning. Metatron forever…
“A film about the frenetic pace of modern life, Jeu is set to scherzo of Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano No. 2, Opus 16. The film has received 12 international awards, including the Silver Dove Award from the international jury for animated film at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, the award for best experimental/abstract animation under 35 minutes at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and a Special International Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Jeu is co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS…more on wikipedia”
Jeff Sipko wrote in with this fantastic animated short by Georges Schwizgebel that was funded by the National Film Board of Canada. The best way I can think of to describe it is: Cézanne meets M.C. Escher. It’s as rad as it sounds, friends – enjoy!
“Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two significantly older brothers, and an absent father. Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, all paving the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His propensity for the unusual has been a constant since childhood, a lifelong fascination that lent itself to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful…more”
Kris Kuksi is a super-talented painter/sculptor whose work is exhibited in galleries all over the world and collected by folks like Robin Williams and Guillermo del Toro. The six images I have collected here are but a small sampling so, if you dig what you see, be sure head over to Kris’ site to see loads more.
Jude Buffum paints pop-culture subjects with an 8-bit aesthetic, often times as if they existed in the 80s and had a video game tie-in. My personal favorite is his infinitely-awesome Big Lebowski series which you can order t-shirts of here. Lots more on his website, blog and Flickr.
Khoda is a short film created as a student project by director Reza Dolatabadi . The film utilizes over 6,000 individual paintings shown in succession. When I first read that I knew it was an absolute must that I watch it. I suppose it is a psychological thriller, but I’m not sure. I was too busy gawking over the painstaking visuals of the film to really focus on the story. As the description says, if you pause it, you are facing a painting. It’s only 4 minutes long, but it certainly packs a punch. Turn down the lights and watch this one closely. I think you’ll be impressed.
Rest in peace, John. :(
Why, oh why, couldn’t I have been born with the gift to be a terrific illustrator? Instead, I am forced to search the interwebs for artists such as Andree Wallin. Wallin uses just the right blend of traditional illustration and oil painting with digital retouching for my tastes. Plus, his works include a lot of robots, demons, and general sci-fi carnage, plus a few landscapes for good measure. Something for everyone! Full gallery at the link below.
To me, the unifying quality of Jeremy Geddes’ work (besides his excellent draftsmanship and tight control over oils) is that each image he creates is so quiet. His paintings exude a stillness that is vaguely unsettling (nearly frightening, really) but strangely peaceful as well.
Frou-frou art BS aside, they are an absolute treat to look at. If you’d like to see more, check out Jeremy’s website.
I’ll be unable to post much this weekend so if you’ve got some stuff that you think would be great for The Tripatorium™ don’t hesitate to send it over so I can do a big update once I’m back to my usual routine of habitually staring at LCD screens.
Loved watching artists Supakitch and Koralie do their stuff. Gorgeous, trippy, and fascinating work being done by these two.
Japan-born Yuta Onoda lives and works in Toronto, Canada as an independent illustrator, painter, and all around fantastic artist. His style blends Japanese folk-lore and fantasy with modern elements, with a strong emphasis on nature themes. Check out the rest of his work featured in the wonderful Behance Network.