New York-based designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman turn boring old junk into cool new junk with the use of spray paint and typography. The project is called ‘Quotes on Shit’ and features objects transformed by colourful new coats of paint and hand-lettering, combined with first-person sassy remarks such as a glass of wine saying ‘I’m cheaper than therapy’, a plastic duckling claiming ‘I’m not ugly’ or a cassette tape reminiscing ‘I used to matter’.
According to Argentinian photographer Romina Ressia everybody wears a mask. Masks are defense mechanisms that we use to not look weak in front of others. Our image is under constant surveillance and there are clear rules to abide to by in order to gain social acceptance. That makes it hard to distinguish between our real self and the constructed identities we adopt to please the others. The idea of beauty is a powerful influence from an early age on and that’s why Ressia’s Wonder Woman – who is shown as old and imperfect – reveals how values become undoubted facts in our collective memory: “As many other children, I have grown with the ideal of omnipotence, beauty, physical and supernatural powers. I have been told that evil never wins; that if I am in a dangerous situation, somebody else will save me, and that all stories have a happy ending… This project explores how we stand faced to the real world, as individuals, with the baggage we bring, which has been inculcated to us through cartoons, comics and fictional characters throughout our childhood. Explore how strongly those values and beliefs have been incorporated into the collective memory to the point that, to see these photographs, causes me opposed feelings. Even when I knew that the model was having fun at the time of shooting and the coffin was a simple prop made by me in Styrofoam”.
There’s also the passion for classic art, heavily influenced by Renaissance. Instead of being stereotypical, Ressia brings a fresh air to the style by mixing cubism and Renaissance postures & portraits, or adding brush strokes to cover the faces of her models.
Discover more of her award winning works below.
After releasing a few singles earlier this year (listen to ‘River’ here and ‘Said and Done’ here), Dutch singer Sofie Winterson’s debut album ‘Wires’ has now seen the light of day. Winterson found her artistic voice by combining her folk roots with electronic music. This led her to making dreamlike indie pop, by press also referred to as kitsch pop or art pop and sometimes compared to artists such as Beach House or The XX. She kicked off her career with the song ‘Your Eyes’, which was featured in a world wide Braun campaign in 2013. In 2014 she followed up with a first single entitled ‘Said and Done’, which was accompanied by a music video directed by artist duo Pinar & Viola. The same year she presented her live show at SXSW and Eurosonic/Noorderslag. Listen to the album below or through iTunes and Spotify.
The non-profit Fondation Cartier in Paris, a center for the creation and exposition of contemporary art, celebrates its 30th anniversary this month with a new multisensory installation conceived by renowned Argentinian artist, Guillermo Kuitca. Opening this October, ‘The Inhabitants’ will immerse the viewer in Kuitca’s world of optical illusions, where works by American artist Vija Celmins will converse with paintings by David Lynch. Inspired by Lynch’s life-size living room from the exhibition ‘The Air is on Fire’ at the Foundation in 2007, this project will transform the entire lower level of the iconic building in Paris into Guillermo Kuitca’s universe.
Watch the action-packed trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’
Joaquin Phoenix can boast an array of astonishing acting performances, such as emperor Commodus in ‘Gladiator’, Johnny Cash in ‘Walk The Line’ and Theodore from the 2013 feature ‘Her’. Chances are, he will be able to add the character of Doc Sportello, the private eye in ‘Inherent Vice’, to that list soon. The story is an adaptation on the eponymous novel by Thomas Pynchon and is set in the 1970s. One day his ex (played by Katherine Watson) rings the doorbell with a new idea: at that moment she is the lover of the wealthy Mickey Wolfmann. The plan is to kidnap him and hide him in a psychiatric institution.
For the American director Paul Thomas Anderson who adapts the story by Pynchon, this film will without a doubt be a happy reunion with Phoenix – the two worked on ‘The Master’ which received three Oscar nominations. The all-star cast features names as Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro. The New York Film Festival will premiere the film on October 4th.
Watch the trailer below.