Don’t these photos look like surreal paintings? Love what a little bit of paint and a whole lot of skill can create.
August 4, 2014
July 14, 2014
I was totally caught by surprise when I saw these prints are a merge of staged photos of real plexiglass and digital illustrations. Crazy! Basically the shapes, colours, and reflexions from the lights in Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider’s studio serve as a base pattern from which they create unique prints.
I love that the materials used in this series were actually bought at the shops in New York’s Chinatown. See, there’s no limit for creativity! You ain’t need expensive shiz to produce amazing work. See the behind the scenes over here AND buy the prints over there.
June 5, 2014
So, as a creative being that I strive to be, I cannot help but to always try to criticize my work until I feel like Snooki’s armpit. Yeah. Pretty gross. BUT then – as The Jealous Curator says – I stop listening to my inner asshole critic and I move on and continue to create. Cause seriously, who wants to feel like an armpit all the time.
Along the way you find the work of peeps that inspire you, and in this case I found the work of photographer Andrew Thomas Lee, who has a more than excellent portfolio of lifestyle, interior, and food shots.
Aaaaah! Look at those oysters! (I HATE OYSTERS) Those nasty little salty snots look AMAZING and tempting, and the lighting, oh the lighting on those smoked lil’ fishies, so good! I think it’s safe to say that if someone makes you want to eat something you definitely don’t like, then they are super good at photographing it.
Enjoy the rest of Mr. Lee over here
June 2, 2014
Ha! Love these photos! Aren’t they creepy and fun? Especially the one with the carousel (’cause let’s be honest, carousels by themselves are already creepy enough).
These ghostly photo-paintings are the creation of Angela Deane. I think that defacing photos and blocking the subjects kinda forces you to look at the image from a different point of view – I swear, if these images didn’t have ghost, we’d probably never pay attention to them.
I think I wanna carry around a camera this summer to snap a few photos and will try to do the same! Mind you, I haven’t done an art project in ages, and most of my art projects are actually happening in the kitchen, but hey, it’s never too late to try something new, right!?
April 17, 2014
Hey fellas! Guess what? The Artful Desperado is premiering a brand new series in collaboration with two talented dear friends: Vancouver photographer Tomasz Wagner and his lovely accomplice Amy Tran. Together we’ll unearth the best kept secrets and treasures of a specific destination. Obviously we’ll start close to home and take it from there.
Our very first post features Revolver Cafe along with their new place next door, Archive. Both spots are a must-go for coffee lovers! Let’s hear from George Giannakos (pictured on top image), one of the men in charge of this family-owned gem in the heart of Gastown.
What occupied your days before Revolver and Archive?
Coffee! More coffee! Ever since my parents opened up a coffee shop called Crema in West Van (December 2006) I have been working in coffee. I worked there right up until we got the keys to the space that is now Revolver. If you want to go further back than that though, I was studying Languages at various colleges/universities for a bit, only to ultimately leave to work full-time at Crema not long after it opened.
What influenced your design decisions for Revolver and Archive?
Revolver’s design decisions were influenced by many places we’ve been to, seen or imagined. We worked with Craig Stanghetta of Ste. Marie Art Design who has done some gorgeous rooms in Vancouver and he did a great job of translating what we were saying and thinking into realization. There is certainly more than one aesthetic you could lop Revolver into, but one of the main themes is the idea of being ‘open/exposed/transparent’. And this is something that is persistent in our open bar and shelving, exposed electrical and plumbing, all the way through to every drink being served in glass.
What challenges have you faced as a business owner in Vancouver?
I can’t say there have been many challenges that I would attribute specifically to Vancouver internally. At least in Gastown and specifically on Cambie St., life is good! That being said, because we work with shops and roasters based out of the U.S. there is always the potential for extra shipping fees and customs/duties hassle. This would be a reality for any business that imports goods from another country though
What are your favourite places in Vancouver?
I have a long list of go-to places but some of the establishments that I keep finding myself back at around town would be the Pourhouse for imbibing, Moderne Burger for immortal burgers and fries, Shiro Sushi for humble Japanese sushi, Paperhound Bookshop for reads, and Paper-Ya on Granville Island to feed my stationary vice.
What is your most memorable travel experience?
After I finished my first year of college I went travelling for 6 weeks — 3.5 of which were spent in Greece, 2.5 which in Iran — and as you can probably imagine it was a pretty great time. I absorbed a lot at the time but would love to go back now for a second round so I can really see what’s going on, like a re-reading a book or re-viewing a film.
Any developments and/or projects you’re excited about right now re: Revolver, Archive, or otherwise?
On the coffee side of things we’ve set up accounts with some really great roasters based out of Europe that have world wide recognition and are quite rare to see on this side of the water — so we’re obviously excited to be able to offer those. We’ve also just started bringing in Field Notes in Archive and are looking to dip our toes a little deeper into ‘cafe lifestyle’ items (think stationary/pens/magazines, stuff like that.)
Thanks so much for chatting with us, George!
Photos: Tomasz Wagner
February 11, 2014
Oh goodness gracious, it’s been a while since I’ve featured some embroidered art. It seems there was a crazy wave of it and all of the sudden went quiet. To break the silence of the threads, I bring you the work of Melissa Zexter, a Rhode Island photographer that packs some serious stitching skills.
Her exploration of femininity goes beyond the portrait, adding lots of depth and details with colourful embroidered patterns and textures. I know a bunch of you (including myself) are a fan of this kind of work, so you should definitely visit her site to get a taster of her talent.
A couple years ago I tried to get into stitching photographs, and bajeesuz, I poked my fingers with the needle to many times that it looks like I had red polka dots all over my hands (a.k.a dry blood). So, let’s leave it to the pros to amaze us with their creations, yah?
January 17, 2014
So the polar vortex has been dicking around with the weather in Easter Canada and the US, freezing everything in its path (like that movie the day after tomorrow, so crazy!). But not everyone has been hit hard with winter fuckery like our friends out East have. Luckily some areas in the world have had snow that’s actually quite enjoyable, like in Berlin.
These photos taken by Matthias Heiderich titled Snow Blind are absolutely dreamy..and creamy. The tones, the hues, the textures; oh so smooth babeyyy. I kinda thought they were paintings, but turns out they are actual photos of Berlin covered in a romantic blanket of snow. Everything is always better in Europe, god damn it. Even their fucking snow is cool and artsy, like, how? Here in Vancouver whenever we get a bit of snow we gotta rush out and take photos because it’ll melt and become a sloppy, dirty, salty mess. Kinda like you after a night out in town (ha! just kiddin).
If you want to drool and sooth your eyes with more beautiful imagery from mr. Heiderich, visit his Behance portfolio which is FULL of angel-wing soft photos.
Wishing you all a warm – and not so icy and cray cray – weekend!