Stéphane Dafflon

all pictures: acrylic on canvas. courtesy of the artist

Drawing from the aesthetics of industrial and graphic design, Swiss artist STÉPHANE DAFFLON has become widely regarded for his wallpaintings, paintings and installations which are very graphic and abstract and whose soft linear geometry recalled 50s design.

The forms for his works are designed, deformed, combined and transposed on the screen of his computer: the corners of a square are rounded off, a circle morphs into an oval, a line splits while curving or becomes narrower, until all that is visible of it is a dot. As he takes the liberty of slipping production methods and elements of commercial art and industrial design into abstract painting, fissures and shifts occur in the tradition of concrete art and, moreover, new possibilities of combining art and design are opened up.

DAFFLON‘s colored motifs, perfectly realized and disconcertingly simple, maintain a precious quality of wonder!

And good news: you can view his work til October 30st at Evergreene in Geneva, Switzerland

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

Stills from the flash animation “The Struggle Continues”
Courtesy the artists

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (YHCHI) is a Seoul-based Web art group consisting of MARC VOGE (U.S.A.) and YOUNG-HAE CHANG (Korea). Using Flash animation techniques, they create fast-moving, text-based artworks (presented in 14 languages) that are synchronized with original scores. Using a seemingly simple format—texts on monochromatic backgrounds—YHCHI weaves complex and evocative narratives.

YHCHI’s imaginative, witty and often politically pointed narratives offer layered and compelling stories in which identities are assumed and discarded, and ideologies of all persuasions are held up and questioned.

In 2000, YHCHI‘s work was recognized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for its contribution to Online Art. In 2001 the group was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists. Their solo show, “Black On White, Gray Ascending”, a seven-channel installation, was part of the inaugural opening of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, in 2007.

Discover their work on http://www.yhchang.com/, and make sure to have your speakers on!

Damien Deroubaix

Die Nacht. 2007

Plague. 2009

Pusteblumen. 2009

Das grosse Glück. 2008 & Un homme nouveau. 2008
xylography. 160 x 122 cm

Revelations. 2007. exhibition view at Museu Coleccao Berado, Lisboa

In sculptures, drawings, collages, and woodcuts, but above all in large-format watercolors, French painter DAMIEN DEROUBAIX processes current political and social themes in a collage-like sign language, for which he recruits skeletons and skulls, soldiers and carnivorous animals, idols and advertising models—and raises them to the level of icons.

Great raw punk-metal aesthetic!

Jouko Lehtola

all pictures from the series “Young Heroes”. 1995-1996

After studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki JOUKO LEHTOLA worked as a press photographer, mostly covering the music scene. Quite soon he found it rather monotonous and turned the camera to the audience. Festivals and rave parties became his returning working field, which also gave him access to these sociological depictions.

Young Heroes (1995-96) is probably one of the most discussed series LEHTOLA has made. It portrays young teenagers partying in the Finnish summer. It is early morning, and the night has left its unmistakable marks. The kids are drunk, bruised and dirty; some have found a one-night stand, others have been in fights.

The title of the series alludes to the heroism of surviving a night in which the party really transforms into a battleground. In LEHTOLA‘s interpretations the kids are modern-day heroes who weekend after weekend struggle for dear life to retain their position in the group.

LEHTOLA’s pictures don’t always describe beauty. He could get horribly close to his subjects, each portrait feeling like an unveiling” – by JOHAN CRONEMAN

JOUKO LEHTOLA passed away last month on Saturday, September 11.

Cool kids can’t die!

Lauren Albert

Alien Invasion. Ongoing series. 2009-2010

PLeaSE, LALA showcases drawings, animations and illustrations all created by LAUREN ALBERT aka LALA: an artist, illustrator and textile designer living in Brooklyn since 2008.

Creepy and awesome at the same time, I love that!

Tetsumi Kudo

Cultivation of Nature-People Who Are Looking at It. 1970
Collection of Hiroko Kudo. Photo courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery. Photo: Chris Burke

Meditation in the Endlesstape of the Future -Past. 1979
Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery

Pollution, Cultivation, New Ecology. 1971-1973
Collection of David Giraud. Photo courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery. Photo: Chris Burke

Jeux de Fils de la Mémoire. 1980
Courtesy of Joshua Mack.  Photo: Chris Burke

Happening “Your Portrait” presented at the opening of the exhibition Salon de Mai at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. 1966. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

exhibition view at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 2008-2009

exhibition view at Andreas Rosen Gallery. 2010

TETSUMI KUDO’s work includes more than 100 works of diverse media and scale—objects, sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting—covering the entire trajectory of his career, from the late 1950s through the late 1980s.

Using every instrument of control, from box to cage, from deposit receipt to transistorised garden, he set out to recount the metamorphosis of modern man.  An ironic narrator, in the different stages of his work KUDO considers the bio-chemical survival of the human phenomenon and envisages its organic transformation.  Heads are locked in cages, human limbs are connected to plants by electronic circuits, hands are held captive in an aquarium because TETSUMI KUDO cultivated, with perverse refinement, a sense of humour and cruelty.

In his world, man and technology are not in opposition.  Raised together, they engender a new culture which he named “new ecology”.  Man as we knew him has disappeared from KUDO‘s world, despite the flowers, cigarettes and crucifixes, the last remaining souvenirs of a long-ago existence.  A new world takes its place, a world that no doubt remembers the unbearable violence of Hiroshima and which resolutely drapes itself in fluorescent colours.

TETSUMI KUDO was born in 1935 in Osaka, Japan and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1958. In 1962 he moved to France. He died of cancer on November 12, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan.  After his death, he began to gain popularity in 2008 in the United States as his widow, HIROKO, helped to contribute to galleries whose aim it was to increase recognition of under-appreciated artists, such as the Andrea Rosen Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery.

Shintaro Kago

SHINTARO KAGO is a Japanese Ero Guro manga artist. He debuted in 1988 on the magazine COMIC BOX.

Ero Guro, short for “Erotic Grotesque” is a wasei-eigo term (literally “Made-in-Japan English”) that describes a literary and artistic movement in the 1920’s and 30’s. Alternately, SHINTARO KAGO‘s style has been likened to “fashionable paranoia”, where “fashionable” refers to the idea that the manga itself is cool, rather than the actual artwork looking cool.

Abstraction (images above) begins as a normal comic that soon becomes wrapped around a three-dimensional object that rotates as the story continues. But soon, the characters start crawling in and out of their panels and into other ones, and suddenly there are giant heads and penises everywhere, people falling to their deaths by tripping out of frame, and girls making out with their own faces. Insane!

And good news: SHINTARO KAGO has set up a YouTube channel and started uploading bizarre animated shorts!

found via http://samehat.blogspot.com/

Stefano Casciani

“Don’t Forget To”. Serie Intarsi (Inlays) per Domus. 2010

Seven things you need to know about STEFANO CASCIANI:

  1. He was born in Rome in 1955
  2. He is designer and artist: he designed and realised objects in limited series of objects which have been presented in numerous exhibitions in art galleries and museums
  3. He carries out an intense activity in critique and journalism: he was editorial staff of Domus and Ollo and, since 1992, of Abitare
  4. He is the author of books on design, amongst which: ”This was tomorrow” (1991), ”Design in Italia 1950 – 1990” (1991), ”Atelier Mendini” (with Raffaella Poletti, 1994), ”La fabbrica dell’arte. Design in Italia verso il terzo millennio” (1996).
  5. He gives advice on image and communication (working for Alchiminia, BTicino, Cleto Munari, Edition Gabi Faeh, Olivari, Zanotta)
  6. Since 2000 he is vice-director of the Domus magazine
  7. CASCIANI has receive the Award ”Compasso d’Oro” 2001 for the RAI television programme ”Lesson of Design”

Tobias Zielony

Curfew, LampPost. 2001


Curfew, Campfire. 2001

Palm Trees. 2007

Disco. 2008


Kristina. 2007

Auto. 2008


Quartier Nords, Groupe 7. 2003

TOBIAS ZIELONY is a young photographer based in Berlin. Questions of open and latent violence are the focal point of his work. He is attracted to the fringe areas of urban reality: the banlieues of French metropolises, the cities of Saxony-Anhalt that have gained a reputation as shrinking cities, or the desert city Trona outside Los Angeles.

Even though people are the focus of the pictures, the architecture of the given localities also plays an important role. They are places you feel you have seen before. At the same time, the chosen scenes seem surreal, as if they were abandoned film sets. Now they function as stages on which the young people present themselves. Important is that TOBIAS ZIELONY is less interested in documenting the conditions under which young people live than in the ways that they present themselves to the rest of society.

In contrast to classical documentations, his pictures exceed the boundaries of artistic work. He juxtaposes various genres, such as individual portraits, group pictures, detailed views, landscape and architectural pictures, and action photos, developing a form of narration similar to that found in films.

Ingo Giezendanner

Punkmachine. audio: MRZ. video: GRRRR
published under creative commons
(CC) BY-NC-SA. 2010


Swiss artist INGO GIEZENDANNER, alias GRRRR, has been documenting, in black-and-white line drawings, the surroundings on location where he has traveled, lived, or just stayed for a while–from his native Zurich to cities like Nairobi, New York, Cairo, Karachi and New Orleans.

GRRRR has been presenting his work continuously in a series of publications like a self-published booklet GRR1 video , which appeared in 1998 or like “GRR30 urban recordings” his thirtieth publication which provides a great compilation of his drawings from the years 1998 to 2006.

Additionnally his drawings have been presented in numerous magazines, books and animated films as well as in spacious installations and wallpaintings.

By the way: great track from MORITZ WETTSTEIN which fits perfectly to the video!

Flore-Aël Surun

from the series “Nous sommes faits de nature”


from the series “For Ever”

from the series “For Ever”

from the series “For Ever”

from the series “Jeunesse à Pekin”

from the series “Jeunesse à Pekin”

from the series “Corps à Corps”

FLORE-AËL SURUN is a professional photographer with the Tendance Floue art collective, and she has a portfolio of pictures that seriously blows you away!

Her photographs document different lifestyles across several countries, from teenagers in Beijing to portraits of French authors: the result is an intimate look at the people around the globe!

FLORE-AËL SURUN lives and works in Paris

Kendra Grant Malone

KENDRA GRANT MALONE lives in Brooklyn with her cat Delores Grant Malone. She has been widely published on the web and has an assortment of e-books and chapbooks including Conor Oberst Sex, Rape Children, and All The Ways I Have Failed You.

In a word? Brilliant!

found via itsnicethat.com

Kavin Wong

all pictures from SharkvsBear.com

SharkvsBear is KAVIN WONG and captures all the frenetic energy of his daily life, his friends and of the city. Definitively low-fi and terribly good!

So if you need a mid-afternoon mood lift, make sure to visit SharkvsBear!

found via booooooom.com

Ulises Carrión

ULISES CARRIÓN, Self-portrait. 1979

Earlier this year, I fell in love with this picture of ULISES CARRIÓN (1941-1989) used for “Gossip, Scandal and Good Manners“, the first solo presentation in the UK of the work of Mexican artist, writer and publisher.

Incorporating concrete and visual poetry, mail art, videos, sound works and “bookworks”, CARRIÓN’s diverse practice focused on language as a raw material and the exploration of alternative forms of distribution and communication.

For him it was not the content that mattered, but the method. Mail art and the exchange of ideas with other artists and writers was a creative exercise in that it nurtured a collection of connections and relationships. This network formed a living and metaphysical art work that for ULISES CARRIÓN had a deeply social and communitarian purpose.

He was also the founder of Other Books and So in Amsterdam, a gallery and bookstore that during its short life (1975 to 1979) became the first major centre for the flourishing international artist-led publishing scene.

Can’t get enough? Watch the exhibition views via this it tomorrow

Stefanie Posavec

Writing Without Words project

“Writing Without Words” is a crazy project by American visual artist STEFANIE POSAVEC. It explores methods of visually representing texts and visualises the differences in writing styles of various authors. The resulting works are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes. Nothing less than spectacular!

In fact, STEFANIE POSAVEC was born and raised in Colorado but moved to London in 2004 where she got a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her day job deals with text but in a different way: she focuses on projects ranging from data-driven design to designing book covers (or anything in between) !

And if you like this project, posters are available via her website: http://www.itsbeenreal.co.uk/