Helen Pynor: Liquid Ground
Conceived from her research into the numerous recorded cases of accidental drowning in london’s thames river,
Australian artist Helen Pynor has created ‘Liquid Ground’, a series of large-scale photographs which capture
various water-buoyed garments expelling human organs from within its floating form. simultaneously haunting and surreal,
the unexpected injection of internal organs into an otherwise dreamy underwater scene results in a collection of images
that is arresting in both a visual and visceral manner.
Pynor explores new ways in which we can relate to our body’s makeup by rejecting the celebration of gore and horror but drawing from both personal and cultural stories. utilizing phantom forms, the notion of the human body is approached in a highly sensitive and emotional manner despite the morbidity of the subject matter.
via Design Boom
Helen Pynor gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology at Macquarie University majoring in cellular and molecular biology, a BVA at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney majoring in photography, sculpture and installation, and a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. In her doctoral thesis, she sought the reconciliation of materialist understandings of the human body with understandings of the body as a culturally-constructed entity, a theme she continues to explore.
Pynor draws extensively from the writings of scientists as well as philosophers of biology, in addition to working with scientists in both collaborative and consultative roles. Her practice is integrally tied to a questioning of the philosophical and material status of human and non-human organisms. (via)
Finding Hope and Healing Through Art
"It wasn’t even one of the six most difficult days I had that week."
-(Michael Carini) Asked about the assault and battery
This month marks the 5th anniversary of the assault and battery that hospitalized me in April (2009) with multiple facial fractures, a concussion and severe ocular trauma. Asked why I elected not to have post trauma surgery: I want to wake up each morning, look in the mirror, and remember what I’ve lived through. Adversity serves only one purpose in my life-to illuminate the obstacles that heart and perseverance can overcome.
I found the hope and healing I needed to endure through my art. My hope now is that my experience can bring the same to someone else in need. Never underestimate the healing power of the arts. In an effort to share my story, I am currently presenting a three month solo-exhibition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in San Diego, CA.
What happened to those responsible? I gave them a painting and thanked them for the inspiration.
-Michael Carini | The Acrylic Alchemist
Canadian designer Andrew Zo has created a ring box, called Clifton, which has the discrete shape of a wallet. This little box presents the ring in a very aesthetic way since the ring turns and blooms like a flower in front of your lover’s eyes. This box’s cost is set at $90 and it will be once more available to buy on October.
found at Fubiz
Drawings by Olivia Knapp
Olivia Knapp’s intricate hand drawn pen and ink style is influenced by European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th to 18th centuries. Her tight cross hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.
Most of Olivia’s content explores the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance. Her current body of work uses the head and heart as contrasting characters in an on going story.