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Reading between the lines

A while ago SVP saw an interesting work of Eto Otitigbe, which had the combination of craftsmanship (or at least the feel of it) and concept.
His project consisted of three panels with portraits of the artist.
Alle portraits look like a big  woodcut, painted black.
These panels are not made by hand although it looks like they are. They are made of MDF and lasercutted with machines, and painted black.
The light on the work reveals the images cutted out of it.
Eto is wearing a hooded sweater on the images, which is a reference to the protest in USA against shootings against innocent black men.
In the USA the right of self defence is taking its turn.
The unarmed, and innocent black man Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, African American man was shot, probably  just because he was wearing a hoody and the shooter felt scared.

“The linear patterns in Becoming Visible were inspired by traditional wood carvings and bronze statues from Benin, West Africa.  Many of these works depict the King or “Oba” of Benin with lines that contour this face.  Traditionally some ethnic groups used these lines to identify each other after they had been separated.  In this case I place the lines on an image of my own face to express empathy for the families of innocent African American men who’s lives were taken unjustly.” (text from website of Eto Otitigbe )
More information about this project of Eto here.

SVP saw this work already quiet a while ago at  the exhibition Trampoline presents…TRANSFORMERS: COILED POTENTIALS, of the Master programme of Transart Institute,in Berlin (Germany).
This exhibition space was tucked away in Kreuzberg, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, with a nice outside space too. Worth to pay a visit when you are in the neighbourhood!

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and counting…

I found out about this very nice video project of  Jeroen Wolf (NL): 100.
It is an ode to people and their personality. It took Wolf about 4 months to find all 100 people.

Funny fact: it took Jeroen Wolf a lot more time to find the person that says 99 than it was to find the one that says 100.

Jeroen Wolf his company is currently working on a new documentairy called  ‘I am Innocent’.

Ode to my love for industrial sites

Ok.
Almost every creative person seems to have a fetish for (taking pictures of/in) old factory buildings, and other things found at industrial sites.


Strangely enough, although you can find tons of nice pictures in this category I still do not get tired of those images.

One artist that makes beautiful imges of industrial sites and such is the Slovak Branislav Kropilak.

in your dreams

This post is for all the stuffed animal lovers…
There is a studio Child’s own Studio that makes children’s drawings into stuffed animals!
You can send in the drawing from a child to this studio, and they will turn it into a 3d interpretation of that drawing. They are not making their own thing out of it but stay as close to the drawing as possible.
I definitely like the monsters the best!

and ok one last gem:

More images here and here.

And for all the people who would love to realize these furry friends themself, you are invited by the initiators of this project to send an email to find out how to collaborate with them! Because of the popularity of the website and the amazing toys they make there is a waiting list so you would be of great addition when you are good with sowing appliance.(info@childsown.com)

Bless you

Recently I came across the project of  the photographer Ben Ritter  and art-director Jackie Anzald.
Besides that I love the amazing picture gallery I love the funny behind the scene fact about the project too: the models were tickled in their nostril until they sneezed!

you can check out the full  sneezebook gallery here!

Jacob van Loon is a painter.

My name is Jacob van Loon. I am a 25 year-old visual Artist based in Chicago. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. My freelance work is a hybrid of the formal background in Graphic Design and Fine Arts training attained prior to Northern. I am currently looking for a Design job which caters to that method. My paintings focus on an analytic synthesis of data, which started from studies on early national highways, and the Russian Avant Garde.

I get inspiration from a lot of places. Lately it’s been Andre Petterson, Nicola Samorì, El Lissitzky, Francis Bacon, Paul Harnden, Carol Christian Poell, Barry X Ball, Daniel Arsham, Ryoji Ikeda, Maurizio Cattelan, Sterling Hundley, Edward Kinsella, Tim Hecker, Library Tapes, a glass of cognac, proto punk, and small cute animals.