Fascinatingly strange portraits from Italian born, Berlin based painter Dario Puggioni that portray, according to Puggioni, subjects that exist in a world of complete silence. The result of this existence is an evolutionary step that is also silent: subjects growing plants from their bodies. See more of Puggioni’s paintings below.
A couple years ago I posted about artist John Franzen’s “Each Line One Breath” – morphogenetic freehand drawings. In the years since he has begun drawing into 2mm black coated copper and brass plates with a needle, creating gorgeous etchings, from which he produces a small series of discharge prints.
His meditative drawing process starts a single straight line from the top of the plate to the bottom, which is followed by an attempt to copy that line as precisely as possible. Each subsequent line results in a slight straying from the original line, exaggerating the original imperfections. His breathing controls the line, and the line also controls his breathing, it is incredible to watch. See the videos below.
Artist Chad Murray has never been skydiving before. He has made a series of paintings without visual references, imagining what it would be like to skydive. He hopes to exchange his paintings for the opportunity to experience the real thing. My favourite part of his Kickstarter is under risks: “Maybe the parachute won’t open”.
There is an honesty to Chad’s work that I find funny but also kinda profound. This skydiving project is really about a person’s ability to dream something into reality. If Chad imagines it hard enough, it will actually become real! Help make his dream come true through his Skydiving Kickstarter.
*Chad has reached his goal; he will get to live his dream!!!
There were so many incredible murals painted at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii event. It’s impossible to the fully appreciate these works without seeing them in person so maybe you’ll have to fly out to Honolulu and find them.
All the images in this post were painstakingly shot by Brandon Shigeta, who had to wake up extremely early (and also wait around for hours) to catch some of these without cars blocking them. He’s one of the hardest working people at this event every year.
I hope people in Honolulu realise how special this is; Vancouver is dying for something like this. Keep in mind, this post doesn’t even include all the work that was produced this year!
Mural by Sainer and Bezt (Etam Cru)
Mural by Smithe and Case
Mural by Doze Green
Mural by Tristan and Matt Eaton
Mural by Cryptik
Mural by Esao and Aaron Horkey
Mural by Ernest Zacharevic
Painting and flower installation by Fafi
Mural by Hueman
One of many many yarn pieces by Hot Tea
Mural by Katch
Mural by Kevin Lyons
Mural by Mark Dean Veca
Mural by D*Face
Mural by Reach and Debe
Mural by Sever
Mural by Lauren YS and Tatiana Suarez
Mural by Vincent Di Nguyen
Mural by Woes, Nosego, Sainer, Lauren YS, Caratoes, Boykong
Mural by Matt and Roxy Ortiz
Mexican artist Smithe painted one of my favourite murals at Pow! Wow! Hawaii this year; it was a collaboration with German artist Case, and you can see it here. When I first posted his work back in 2012 I didn’t realise that in addition to being an insane painter and illustrator he’s also a musician! His band, .Stendal will be playing SXSW this month!
Seeing his work nice and big in Hawaii took it to a whole other level for me. I love his line work and the way he colours his pieces. Take a look at some more images below.