Broken Stone, Manipulated Portraits 2012
Heitor Magno is a visual artist from Brazil that works in various mediums, from painting to films, and photo manipulations. The Brazilian wonder does an amazing job capturing and manipulating/editing these portraits with these interesting rock formations. See more incredible portraits and other work from Heitor over at his main site, here.
Heitor’s work is also available here on Tumblr.
Laughing Squid recently featured German artist Wolfgang Stille and his creepy “Matchstickmen” installations. These large-scale matchsticks sculptures are made of trimmed lumber topped with human heads that resemble the burnt ends of matches. There are many of these human heads on sticks scattered about the space. These sculptures are disturbing both because of the separation of the heads from the figures’ bodies and because the heads appear to burnt up.
Julia Randall - Blown (2011-12) - Color pencil on paper
“Bubblegum initially connotes innocent, cheeky pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptibility of the body, and the dreaded passage of time.
Bubblegum is an insignificant, disposable material, and the pleasure taken from its flavor is fleeting. The bubble is a vessel that holds our breath, for a brief moment, in a physical form.
Seen as a group, the inflating/deflating bubble imagery is a visual manifestation of breathing. They are decidedly anthropomorphic, and can appear abject, fragile, and as vulnerable as the human body.”
Nina Katchadourian - Mended Spiderwebs (1998)
“In the forest and around the house where I was living, I searched for broken spiderwebs which I repaired using red sewing thread. All of the patches were made by inserting segments one at a time directly into the web. I fixed the holes in the web until it was fully repaired, or until it could no longer bear the weight of the thread.
In the process, I often caused further damage when the tweezers got tangled in the web or when my hands brushed up against it by accident.
The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process.
My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned.”