„Everything passes on and becomes something else. Existence is a constant state of change. In a few billion years our own Sun will grow so large that it will engulf our Earth, and then it, too, will eventually transform into something unrecognizable. The nearest galaxy to ours, Andromeda, is on a collision course with the Milky Way. The convergence will change both galaxies completely.
𓐍 It is a gift to be human, right now.“ – Quote by artist Serpentfire.
Laura Berger is one of my current favorite illustrators and artists. Her illustrations tell stories of joy. Through her soft forms and colour compositions her art manages to calm me down, whenever I look at it. Laura Bergers work is about spirituality, inner peace, nature, femininity. I selected three of her artworks and she gave us brief backround stories about them. Click the gallery to read what she has to say about the following illustrations.
„This summer I found myself becoming increasingly troubled by the violence and hatred happening in the world, and I started a body of work called „softer world“, which is also the title of this piece. The paintings in this series were focused on envisioning a different kind of existence. It’s about imagining a place where everyone feels relaxed, comforted, safe, supported, free. Soft. In this current political environment, I am suddenly feeling very called to turn to my work as a means of peaceful activism.“ – Laura Berger
„For this piece I wanted to create a clean visual for tides or waves using human forms, also calling to mind the ebb and flow of our relationships and our lives — the impermanence and fluidity of it all.“ – Laura Berger
„I’m interested in our connectedness, as people and as women. How we can come together to create something positive and inclusive and warm. How we can honor our bodies.“ – Laura Berger
For more of Laura Berger’s Art click here. You can shop her prints here.
The story behind the image is a new row on the blog, in which artists tell us what they want to share about their artworks.
Differently from the rest of the blog, this row will be written in english. I am becoming more and more secure with that whole blogging thing, so I am trying to take a step further and try something new.
We’ll start with Mr. Donald Sanger, a young illustrator whom I found on Instagram. I like his work because he shows big people who are relaxing, having sex, are eating unhealthy. Just as many of us do. He depicts them as normal as everyone else is and does it in a humorous way.
At least that is what I see in his work. You may see irony or criticism, that is what I like about Dons art, too. It allows many ways of reading, although the motives are not abstract. He, in any case, claims that he simply likes to draw big people. Click the gallery and let’s see what he has to tell us about the four illustrations below.
„Fat man in the pan is probably one of my favourites. I don’t know why but I started doing lots of food themed pictures. It’s not something I decided to do for any other reason than that I found it funny. I like the herbs on this guy. The icing on the cake. There is also something sexy about the hand and especially the red nail varnish. The hands in my pictures always contrast the skin colour of the little (but big) person.“
„The hot dog picture shows this too. I remember doing this and not realising it was the evening of the Super Bowl in the US. It turned out nicely and actually ended up looking like a friend of mine. He didn’t thank me for it. @nigelpeppercock did a great animation of this picture. He is a genius, check him out. He even made the eyes bulge as the ketchup smothered the poor man’s cock.“
„The picture of the two ladies facing each other is actually the letter ‚A‘. It was part of the word ‚TAX‘. If you look at my Instagram you will see that the letters ‚T‘ and ‚X‘ straddle it. The picture was done for a group on Instagram called Tax Collection (@taxcollection). They asked me to do a picture for them and this is what I came up with. I was a bit stuck for getting fat people in a letter ‚X‘ so you’ll have to check my Instagram for the best I could come up with.“
„Pool party is an old one. I really love the guy at the front but not so keen on the others. I always think the one at the back left looks like one of the Hairy Bikers (UK food show about two plump hairy fellas riding around cooking stuff). I recall no inspiration for this. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a pool party. I remember the scene in Caddyshack where there was a pool party only because the following scene had boobs in it. When I was 16 I really liked golf (and boobs).“
For more of Mr. Donald Sangers art click his tumblr or Instagram
Tony Oursler, Trance, 1996, Videoprojektion auf Glasfaser – kugel / Video projection on fiberglass sphere, Performance: Kiki Smith, 30 min Loop
Seated Anatomical Model, 1991/1992, Silbergelatineabzug / Gelatin silver print
Ich habe letzte Woche meine beste Freundin in Berlin besucht und wir haben es uns richtig gut gehen lassen. Lange gefrühstückt, Second Hand geshopt, Nächte durchgequatscht, im Sisyphos getanzt und noch viel mehr Schabernack getrieben. Mitunter haben wir uns zwei Ausstellungen im me Collectors Room angeguckt, von denen ich euch hier kurz erzählen möchte, da sich ein Besuch dort aus mehreren Gründen lohnt. Weiterlesen