Abstract work has been stereotypically hated by people who are not open minded with art. Mirek Jan Bialy, a contemporary writer and painter, on Art Slant writes, “Abstract paintings tend to elicit responses in viewers that fall toward one extreme side of the spectrum or the other.
Occasionally, there’s that one piece of art that just grabs you. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t forget it. It’s a static image that suddenly becomes dynamic. A picture is alive in your mind. Graffiti artist MTO brings those living images to the streets.
Tangled in a web of thick vines and bright leaves, a face stares back at me. I cannot quite tell who it is, but I feel the face is playful. It is pouting its lips as if asking for a kiss and beneath it, there is another one flipped upside down.
For a photographer, there are projects that they are hyper focused on in order to understand their own style of art. For some, it is composition or subjects. For others, it is lighting or settings. Photographers often brand themselves in the elements they use to create a photo. For young African photographer, Noma Osula, his attention to color theory in his art is what makes his pieces stand out among other.
When photographer Petra Collins’ Instagram account was suspended in 2017, it was for a fairly conventional image—a bikini line. In fact, as Collins stated in Huffington Post, over 5,000,000 images on instagram were tagged with the #bikini at the time of her suspension. What makes her photographs controversial is the way that Collins photographed her bikini line.
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It’s not everyday that we’re confronted with the idea of legacy. Sure, we’re taught that actions have consequences and that what we do matters, but when was the last time you thought long and hard about legacy? When was the last time you reflected on your role in the larger world? Have you taken the time to consider how the heritage of your ancestors determined so much of who you are today? These are the questions painter and artistic director Jarvares “J.Q.” Franklin encourages us to ask ourselves.
With eyes trained over the edge of water, you may witness a swimmer in a moment of suspended balance. The second where their body is a weightless, floating object; their guarded breath escape in bubbles that distort their head’s swirling image. Any swimmer knows this moment, the quiet break from gravity’s bonds where you are for an instant captured by the pull of water.
“How you treat others is a reflection of who you are. Be Yourself. Be Persistent. Be Patient!” Inspiring words from photographer Kris Lou of the photography duo Kris + Erik, in a brief interview with children’s fashion outlet, petitePARADE. Kris Lou and Erik Rodgers, better known as Kris + Erik, are a married couple who’ve been working together on some very powerful projects.
Recently, I sat down with 26-year-old multidisciplinary artist Ellex Swavoni. A discussion ensued about the importance of fostering creativity and being honest in your art. She is an artist who is passionate about what she creates and is very careful about who she lets into her world.