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blog. 23.08.2016

In Zin Taylor’s photographs, palm trees take on strange dispositions in the fog

Zin Taylor, a Canadian artist who lives and works in Brussels, is known internationally for his elaborate installations, which encompass elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing and video. Taylor has made narration an essential component of much of his work, and many of his installations have also been accompanied by publications. In the essay that accompanies his Palms of the Fog photo series, Taylor writes, “Here we are, we’ve arrived on an island jungled with palm trees. Soaring thin trunks, crowned with extended leaves, sway in response to the traveling wind.” The story starts in January of 2013, when he awoke in…

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blog. 28.07.2016

Photographer Silvia Conde reinterprets landscapes through shapes, textures and magic

There’s something magical about the work of Silvia Conde, a Berlin-based photographer who hails from Barcelona. What accounts for that magic? “That magic feeling appears when you photograph something out of the ordinary in a distinctive way,” Silvia says. Her alluring use of golden light, shadows and reflections is particularly distinctive, as is her focus on the shapes and textures of landscapes. For example, her recent images from a trip to the desert island of Lanzarote, Spain, look as if they were taken on the Moon or Mars. “I like to capture images to share them with other people, so they can see things in an…

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blog. 18.07.2016

In her provocative tableaus, Katarina Janeckova eroticizes cactuses of all shapes and sizes

Katarina Janeckova’s paintings bring to life imagery that is both playful and complex, almost like modern-day fairy tales — if those tales were populated by naked figures and animals in intimate settings. A topless woman fishing, a bear nuzzling a woman in a field, a woman and a bear bathing in a river. The paintings show provocative tableaus of passion and pleasure, and their unexpected subject matter is meant to surprise people. Janeckova might surprise you in other ways too. She’s a Slovakian expat living in South Texas. She’s also a world-champion wakeboarder, who at one point was ranked the best woman in the world. “I’m…

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blog. 25.03.2016

Ren Hang’s intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies

Photographer Ren Hang had no set plan when he began the series of images featured here. He encountered the lily pads and flowers along the side of a road and knew he had found a setting that would work for him. Often, the plants that appear in the artist’s work—the tulip in a male model’s mouth, the leafy plant wrapped in a woman’s hair, the poppies covering crotches—seem accidental or intuitive, like something Hang simply encountered and so incorporated. Born in 1987 in Changchun, part of the Jilin province in northeast China, Hang moved to Beijing to attend college and stayed. He often documents the…

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blog. 25.03.2016

Kathryn Bentley of Dream Collective talks about her Silver Lake store, plus scents, soundtracks & ceramics

In 2012, California-based designer Kathryn Bentley opened Dream Collective, a boutique in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, which she also uses as a studio for her namesake jewelry line. The shop stocks her own jewelry (think enchanting diamond ouroboros rings and opal amulets), as well a range of carefully selected items, including Waka Waka furniture, Bzippy ceramics, Nancy Pearce bronze sculptures, and our very own Strange Plants books. “I am rarely looking at other jewelry,” she told the New York Times in an interview. “Art is my inspiration. And how things are made—the actual hands-on part of it. That’s what is interesting for…

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blog. 25.03.2016

Stills & Strokes experiments with light, perception and plants

Stills & Strokes is the creative marriage of art director and illustrator Melanie Homann and photographer Stefan Vorbeck. Both originally from the north of Germany, they met while studying communication design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts. Hormann worked with major advertising agencies, and Vorbeck assisted well-known photographers such as Joachim Baldauf and Armin Morbach. When they decided to pool their talents, creating Stills & Strokes, their combined experiences gave birth to a now much sought-after aesthetic, with their installations, paintings, typography, collages and papercuts exhibiting a Warholian tendency toward turning even the most humble of everyday objects into rock stars. For their Paradies…

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blog. 25.03.2016

In his mixed-media collages, Misha Hollenbach juxtaposes the tranquility of Ikebana with the chaos of vandalism

Misha Hollenbach is a Melbourne-based artist, musician and one half of the duo behind lifestyle brand Perks and Mini (P.A.M.), known for its bold, avant-garde aesthetic. He’s also a mountain biker, a gardener, and a recorder of field sounds. To him, nature is an art form unto itself—the sounds of bees, birds and the wind are musical genres. Engaging with his surroundings is important to Hollenbach, who has used dead cactuses as canvases, as well as breezeblock walls. “The act, the experience, is maybe my favorite part of making and creating,” he says. “The work is a souvenir of the experience.” In Flormal, a series…

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blog. 25.03.2016

More than a dozen artists discuss the exhibitions that first inspired them

For i-D magazine, our founder, Zio Baritaux, asked a dozen artists about the first exhibition or piece of art that inspired or impacted them. In the interviews, Misha Hollenbach, Synchrodogs, Allison Schulnik, Eric Yahnker, Chloe Wise, Brian Scott Campbell, Erin M. Riley, Fuzi Uvtpk, Emily Motto, Stanislava Pinchuk, Ari Marcopoulos, Baron Von Fancy and Ana Kras discuss the works that changed how they viewed art, shaped their early careers or affected their artistic direction. “I remember, in particular, standing in front of ‘Woman Knitting’ by Chaim Soutine and feeling a swell of something heavy,” explains Schulnik, whose own work is textured and woozy. “I’m not sure…

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