Genesis Belanger

Longing for humor in these pandemic days and discovered the whimsical sculptures of Genesis Belanger.  The New-York based artist graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and also attended Hunter College in New York and Rhode Island School of Design.  She studied painting before moving onto sculpture. Her work is lighthearted and at the same time treads on repulsion treating objects as surrogates for the body.  On Art and Object she says this about her work:  

“I’m interested in how human we are. One way to address complex and complicated ideas is to be aware of our own limitations and not try to present ourselves in the best light—to comfortably own our flaws. So, I think of these props as markers of what it is to be human and flawed.”

“I was initially attracted to advertising because of how brilliantly that industry uses visual language. Although I’m not entirely behind the end goal of that ability, I’m still very impressed with how they utilize imagery. I think about that when I’m making my own work—like how beauty and complex imagery can translate really complicated ideas, even if the viewer isn’t consciously aware of it.”

You can view more of her work here on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Genesis Belanger.

Francesco Camillo Giorgino aka “Millo”

Would love to see all the large-scale murals of street artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino aka Millo.  The Italian painter has created murals in the United States, Russia, China, Australia, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Uk, Netherland, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and of course Italy.  Millo mainly paints his murals in black and white and often incorporates a slight touch of color emphasizing items like flying paper-planes, toys, cassettes, and greenery.  In Orb magazine he says this about his first interaction with art and about his process:

“I was born in Mesagne, a small city in the province of Brindisi in south Italy, where I attended a science high-school before moving to Pescara and graduating in architecture. Mesagne is a very small city, and at that time was very important to be focused on something after going to school, so drawing was my something. I had no other example in my family, and I cannot say why it happened, but it had been like a safe haven to me. Art was at that moment and still is, the only thing that makes me feel happy and satisfied… that’s why at a certain point in my life I could not ignore this feeling, and I start to put all of my efforts into it.”

“I usually realize my works with the help of a crane, first of all, I realize a small sketch of the character with a long pole and a brush at its end, just to place him or her on the wall, then with my brushes I start to draw hand free all the clouds, planes, streets and buildings. From the moment I’m up on the crane usually it’s only me, the wall and the brushes for 5 – 6 days.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Francesco Camillo Giorgino aka Millo.

Maxim Shkret

These stunning digital illustrations are the work of Moscow-base illustrator and designer, Maxim Shkret.  The artist has over 10 years of experience in the field of graphic design and art direction for various advertising firms.  He mixes a unique method of 3D modeling with carefully applied shadow that evoke paper-like sculptures.  He writes this about his work:

“Being a strong advocate of experiments on the intersection of digital and physical, I firmly believe that imagination is free from any constraints and boundaries. It is a powerful engine that fuels the creative process allowing to propel the aesthetics of the visual art to new heights. Nowadays, the imagination is further equipped with the latest evolving technologies, which make it possible to refine the visual breakthroughs on the continuous basis.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Behance and Instagram.  He has a shop here at Society 6.

Images:  Courtesy of Maxim Shkret.

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