Contemporary Art

Javier de Riba

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Javier de Riba is a catalan designer and artist born in Barcelona. He currently works as a part of the Reskate Art & Crafts Collective, developing graphics and communication projects focusing on sustainability and human treatment. In this particular project, he spray paints beautiful geometric patterns on floors and gives new life to abandoned buildings.


Contemporary Art, Contemporary Design, Culture

Lernert & Sander

What I would do to to spend a day in the heads of Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander. They’re known for their high-conceptual art films, installations, amusing aesthetics and brash sense of humour.

Recently Lernert & Sander created “Cube”, a photo of 98 unprocessed raw foods cut into extremely precise laser-cut squares. The piece was commissioned by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant for their their food-themed documentary photography issue.

LS-Fruit cubes

They’ve also collaborated with designers and companies such as COS, Unilever, Jean Paul Gaultier, Eastpak, and MTV to name a few. Here are some of my favourites:

Contemporary Art

Treats in the Streets x Jim Bachor

Wanksy via facebook

Wanksy via facebook

We can all admit it: Potholes suck. Not only are they bad for your tires and dangerous for cyclists, they are just overall eyesores. Some people just ignore them by driving around them, while others embrace them by simply changing them. You might have heard of the mysterious stylings of potholes by Wanksy, but have you heard of Chicago artist Jim Bachor? He fixes city potholes by filling them with themed mosaics for his series “Treats in the Streets”.

bachor bomb pop

bachor twin lime popiscle

bachor Amppari-mehujaa

bachor single scoop ice cream cone

bachor push up


Images via Bachor’s Facebook

For UK based street artist Wanksy, he spray painted penises around potholes that were being ignored by the city’s council in order to get them filled faster. Bachor goes for a less-obscene route, he uses hand-cut pieces of italian glass and marble to leave his mark on this world and also make this world a little prettier at the same time.

I’m a fan and I will be looking for his work when I’m back in Chicago in July! I can’t wait!

Contemporary Art

Hiromi Tango

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From top to bottom: Now New Neo (2015), Sea Tears (2014), Monster Hotel and details (2014), NatureNurture (2015), Tears (2014) from Hiromi Tango and designboom

Hiromi Tango constructs and weaves by hand every wild and colourful environment with donated materials and fabrics with each embodying the personal histories and emotional memories of the donors. Focusing on mental health, she uses colour, light, texture, and performance to create environments to spark a sensory experience for each of the participants to explore.