The Place Where Wishes Come True

33c3ce_cdba4a26f19e47ad8217555aff73f2cf

Image courtesy of Sena Runa

Sena Runa is a Turkish artist who quit her day job less than a year ago to dedicate herself to paper quilling. She creates small paper sculpture (this one is 30x40cm) from colored paper. Paper quilting consists of rolling and gluing pieces of paper together to create patterns.

It might not be monumental or a museum piece but I think it’s a nice example of where contemporary art  is going, with people working from their houses and getting noticed through the internet. Thank you tumblr and pinterest.

It also shows you how thin the limit between crafting and art is. I am going to keep following updates of this artist because I think she has great potential, even if she never ends up being exhibited in a significant way.

So check out her work here, she also has an etsy store if you’d like to own a piece.

Silence/Shapes

All images courtesy of Filippo Minelli

Today I’m posting some contemporary art. This series by Filippo Minelli is a work on shaping silence and bringing attention to a happening in a certain set. The artist creates his photographs by setting up smoke bombs in selected locations. The essence of it is to capture the moment in a photograph; not to create a performance or installation.

The use of colored smoke bombs for silence is well thought through as they are usually associated with protests, crowds, and loud noises. This is entirely reinterpreted here and we see them put out of context, which is what art does I guess. There’s a lot more of conceptual thought behind the project, and you can read about that and see more pictures here but I like the fact that they have a high aesthetic value (in my opinion at least) in addition to a solid concept. I think that a lot of contemporary art is so conceptual and abstract (in the semantic not the artistic sense) that it eats up on the looks of it.

So if you’re a fan of Minelli make sure to check out his website here. He has other works about silence, and a favorite of mine is the Geometry of Silence installations which I might post about as well.

Hibiscus Fish

Image courtesy of Limzy

It would seem like I have become a Sunday blogger but I guess this comes with actually having a job and trying to have a social life too.

Anyway I’ll make it up with really great art (at least I think so), starting with this super illustration/mixed media print by Taiwanese artist Lim Zhi Wei, who goes by the name of Limzy. She works mainly with leaves and flowers, both on paper and as installation.

Her Blooming Fish series is probably my favorite, and you can check it out here. I had such a hard time picking only one for the blog. I like this series because I think it’s one of her most original artwork. Her more fashion-oriented Flower Works is beautiful as well.

If you like her work, you can follow her on wordpress here and check out her shop here.

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2010

Image courtesy of style.com

There was a time in my life when I was obsessed with Fashion tv and I used to spend hours watching runway shows. A couple of them stayed in my head, and in particular this Viktor and Rolf collection featuring cut tulle dresses. I think the rigidity and the lightness of the tulle make a very interesting paradox in this collection, which mixes very feminine shapes and textures with some more rigid and masculine elements. This collection is all about contrast and visually it works really harmoniously.