To finish our 15th year online we decided to select the 18 top visited posts in 2018. We also proud to run and co-run 2 events in London on our digital art platform The Digital Decade this year together with our friends and partners! Next year is going to be huge - we promise! New partners, new friends, new artists and new horizons!
TOP VISITED POSTS IN 2018
American artist Paolo del Toro painstakingly creates huge felt heads that appear to us as a mix of ritual and tribal masks from Central and South America and friendly characters from Japanese animations of Hayao Miyazaki.
Jocelyn Hobbie is a painter known for her hyper-realistic, brightly coloured portraits of women. “Over the years, Hobbie’s style has evolved from early days spent painting in an almost miniature scale to a later body of work that includes multiple subjects and more loaded scenarios.”
Being a Squarespace running blog we can’t miss their recent update of identity made by our friends from DIA Studio together with François Rappo (Typography), and Optimo
“Squarespace is one of very few technology companies that can truly call NYC home. The city has inspired our attitude, our aesthetic, and our mission to democratize good design for every ambitious entrepreneur, artist, or visionary with a dream. As we began to rethink our brand identity, we knew we needed to find a way to make New York a bigger part of the story.”
“New York is a study in movement; like jazz, it constantly heads in unpredictable directions. Since much of our output is interactive and screen based, we knew the brand needed to make sense in motion. So we developed a kinetic identity system that dimensionalizes our name and reinforces the two syllables in Squarespace.“
Leading Latvian award-winning illustrator and artist Vlad Lakshe is well-known world wide for his sport artworks with a focus on a street ball scene. Together with his partners runs “Ghetto Games” uniting the Baltic youth in street sport and culture
Arts Academy graduate and professional artist - Vladislav has started to immensely develop sports through art, contrary to all rules and prejudices. It became his life passion and together with playing streetbasket for over 20 years, he’s been creating unique designs for NBA stars and has been in charge of visual and creative side of many basketball world championships.
Trained as classic artist Vlad is a gem in art collections in different locations around the world due to his harsh social view on society through the painstaking reality of pencil artworks.
Instead of doing our classic Cream of the Top we decided to look back and underline the best thing we did this year. Definitely it was the 5th instalment of Digital Decade collaboration with 50 artists (let's say top artists of 2017 by our version) that ended in August as a group show of Phygital Art in London. And it wouldn't happen without a great support of the partners listed below:
Curated by Arseny Vesnin
The concept of Digital Decade5: Cyberia was “the Unknown Territories Shaped by the Digital Ethnos”. This, “Ethnos” refers to the generation of digital people that are changing our world, and continuing to influence our culture. As our world becomes increasingly digital, it ultimately transforms to become a ‘Cyberia’.
Identity of Cyberia
First us then Apple
The curator of Digital Decade and Designcollector founder Arseny Vesnin was happy enough to cross path with leading artist Shane Griffin whose works you can see on iPhone X and 8 now. But long before this, he created a special artwork for Cyberia collaboration
The idea to get on board one of the pioneer of digital art - Aristarkh Chernyshev came to me after I revisited "Electronic Superhighway" exhibition in Whitechapel in 2016. That's how we got his famous electric marquee artwork to the walls of Cyberia exhibition
The idea of a phygital (digital with physical) art was fully evolved during the exhibition by inviting talented VR artists. Together with the help of Virtually Mine Ltd we installed immersive installations of
ELLO x DCN
The whole event wouldn't happen without a massive support from Ello Creative Network and we are really happy to roll into 2018 affair with them. During the first month of summer together with 20 Jury Members we shortlisted 60 artists and selected 10 winners whose artworks joined our exhitibition
Stay Hungry, Stay Curioos
The whole event featured 15 installation artists and 35 print artists including the winners above. Together with our best partners at Curioos we selected 25 artists to join the search of Cyberia on the "Unknown territories shaped by the Digital Ethnos"
Digital Decade 5 was hosted by Ugly Duck space as a part of their Creative Seasons program. Ugly Duck is a London Based social enterprise that revitalises empty and underused buildings, and open them up for creative uses. Ugly Duck has also been used as unusual locations for films, photoshoots, and events.
There is no good exhibition without collectible catalogue of featured artists. Digital Decade 2017 is no exception and you can still support us by ordering the catalogue to your doors.
Official Video from Event
Xhxix is a Tokyo-based artist whose digital paintings depict mostly gaunt young men in surreal states of mental anguish or physical injury. His subjects are inspired by niche models, such as Jacob Morton, whose pictures he gathers off the internet.
Cape-Town-rooted artist Kirsten Beets works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subject is the interaction between humans and nature.
"The artist infuses observations of people and places, fleeting moments, into physical objects. She lifts their significance to touchstones of remembrance. Beets’ artworks represent the fragmentary illustrations of a shifting memory. They oscillate between the feeling of dry, heat shimmering Cape Town, geometric-shaped swimming pools and the preserved green nature of the suburban and gardens. In her paintings the artist expresses the illusionary spaces that remind of nature but are in fact fully constructed by humans. This play with illusion is substantial for Beet’s works where she comments on the interaction between humans and their environment in a bigger picture. Beets has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Scuola Internationale di Grafi in Venice, Italy. She also took part in the Cape Town and the Johannesburg Art Fairs."
"Gutless Wonder creates eye-popping CG illustrations and 3D sculptures. With intricate patterns and vivid colours, her work brings to mind psychedelia, religious iconography and tribal art." Read full interview on Creative Review
"Simon Christoph Krenn’s 3D animation, Parasitic Endeavours, initially started out as the creative wanting to explore distorted perspectives on human evolution."
The result is a compilation of body parts, mainly heads and torsos, that wobble along a white backdrop and bump together like rubber mannequins. The hyperreal detail is unnerving and to see recognisable human parts being manipulated making the viewer feel both uncomfortable and mesmerised.
Words by Rebecca Fulleylove, It's Nice That
Memory Lapses are temporary installations photographed by François Ollivier when he revisited places linked to strong memories, past or recent. By overexposing reflective material in the process, data becomes absent from the digital file, creating an empty zone in the image that alters reality and distorts our perception: like time and distance do.
As part of NGV Triennial, twenty large-scale new artworks have been commissioned by the NGV, including Ron Mueck’s Mass 2016–17, a monumental work of extraordinary presence comprising 100 individual skulls.
"Mass" is an installation of 100 individual human skull forms piled up on the gallery floor, each which engage with the architecture of the site.
"The installation brings to mind the massed remains in the catacombs of Paris, an imposing wall of human heads that resonates with a simultaneous and strange sense of impermanence and eternality. In ‘Mass’, Mueck celebrates the form that links all humanity and pays homage to a symbol that has stood within the art of essentially all cultures and religion. surrounded by skulls covering nearly every surface of the walls, visitors are reminded of the transience of life" via designboo
"For the last few months, New Yorkers have been treated to an unexpected sight during their daily commutes as random trash cans around the city have been converted into overflowing bouquets of colourful flowers. The temporary installations dubbed “Flower Flashes” are the idea of floral designer Lewis Miller Design who utilise a mixture of post-event flowers and fresh stock to create the displays on street corners or around statues, reminding us somewhat of Geoffroy Mottart’s installations in Brussels. You can see more of Lewis Miller’s work on Instagram. " via Colossal
It began few years ago when Russian Design magazine AD asked 5 leading designers to come up with pilot projects to save significant local industries from dying out of ideas. We wrote about Yar Misonzhnikov reinventing Vologda lace traditions. But today we put on review the only one project went in production
That was a redesign of classic Gzhel Porcelain Ceramics by then a designer and now art-director of Strelka Institute - Anna Kulachek. In 2015 together with HALF&HALF production firm, Anna released a small bunch of desert plates HALF&KULACHEK - the modern designs that use classical Gzhel colour motifs and geometrical patterns.
This autumn, the company decided to produce a limited supply of table version plates (27.5 cm) in two colours. Next year, the brand owners intend to continue the series with the same print, as well as produce cups, sugar bowls and other objects.