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I have no ambition to be mainstream: Uncovering the layers of artist Knut van Brijs

A message came in from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina by artist Knut van Brijs. He shares his story and point of view through layers of collage.

Making collages, I get a chance to play with decontextualization by breaking common patterns.

Steampunk Kathrina

My art makes a statement by creating different points of view on many social or personal issues in my environment.

Clarissa on my mind

Experimenting with materials takes me on many visual adventures inspired by spontaneous brainstorming and Dada art.

Mind stalker

Each collage tells a different story, often as a social and artistic critique of the zeitgeist.

Mondiana

My art lives in the shadows.

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I have no ambition to be mainstream. I am an underground rat eating the mainstream, choking and provoking the bourgeoisie.

– Knut van Brijs

To see more work and learn more about Knut van Brijs, find him on Behance.
Special thanks to Knut van Brijs for sharing.

 

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Art Of The World: Collage Arte from Argentina [Ignacio Rivas]

Argentine artist, Ignacio Rivas,  shares his “collage arte” with us all the way from Buenos Aires; traveling thousands of miles (or kilometers), minus the jet lag– it was well worth the “cyberspace” trip. Enjoy!

Hi! Mi name is Ignacio Rivas. Im a visual artist from Argentina, Buenos Aires and I want to share my collage arte with you.

Ignacio Rivas

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Ignacio Rivas defines himself as an “Artist by accident”. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989. His work is varied, and now he is working with manual and digital Collage. 
To see more art from Ignacio Rivas,  visit his Behance, find him on Tumblr, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Special thanks to Ignacio for sharing.

 

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Art Of The World: Peek Inside The Studio of Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.

Alucinógeno
Alucinógeno 1

When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.

Alucinogeno 2
Alucinogeno 2
Chamanismo
Chamanismo

…I feel pleasure in that.  I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.

Cómplices
Cómplices
Constelaciones
Constelaciones
Copete
Copete

When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.

El Banquete
El Banquete
Eminencia
Eminencia

I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young.  Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.

Encantamiento
Encantamiento
Encuentro Desencuentro
Encuentro Desencuentro
Entre Perros y Gatos
Entre Perros y Gatos

I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.

Giran Soles
Giran Soles
Levitando
Levitando

If I had to pick a style for my art,  it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art.  My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.

Los Años No Vienen Solos
Los Años No Vienen Solos
Magnético
Magnético
Nevado
Nevado

The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.

Saltando en El Ocaso
Saltando en El Ocaso
Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).

Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.

Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta
Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta

I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art. 

Supergalactico
Supergalactico

I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures. 

Suprahumano
Suprahumano

When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.

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I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.

Thanks,

ESTELA CUADRO

For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.

Thanks again to Estela for sharing her story.

 

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The Valley of Dolls (Short Film)

A short film by Fritz Schumann.

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Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.

Click here to watch

The ‘Born Free’ Generation: 20-year-olds in South Africa Prepare For First Vote (VIDEO)

20 years ago, apartheid ended giving way to South Africa’s first fair and free elections. Today, the ‘born free’ generation (those born in 1994) anticipate their first chance to vote. Hear their stories of growing up in post-apartheid South Africa.

(Via The Guardian)