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22 April 5
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Casajordi – realities and surrealism

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Souvenir (details) - Casajordi

Souvenir (details)

Fantasy, dream, surrealism, to whatever it takes to escape reality. Casajordi has redefined reality based on his imagination. He enjoys ‘pictures’ and playing with their meanings, and with the duality in between illumination and darkness. I felt lost in his work like Alice in the Wonderland only to wish if I could understand French!

Based in Perpignan (France) near the Spanish border, Casajordi draws his ideas on paper before taking them into Photoshop to create collages – sometimes with over 300 layers spending 15/16 hours on each piece. From overall composition to minute details, you can sense strong narrative expressions as well as unexplained references in his work.

Enfermer - Casajordi

Enfermer

Etrange Famille - Casajordi

Etrange Famille

Jardin Secret - Casajordi

Jardin Secret

La Photographe - Casajordi

La Photographe

Various compositions - Casajordi

Various compositions (close-ups)

Livre - Casajordi

Livre

Peur De Grandir - Casajordi

Peur De Grandir

Renaissance - Casajordi

Renaissance

Cerveau - Casajordi

Cerveau

You can view more of Casajordi’s amazing art in fine details here.

Shape My Language – a typographic exhibition by Bruno Maag

Under - Design, Inspiration, Typography
Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Oliver Schöndorfer)

Some amazing typographic work by Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag Studio) goes on display at the Walking-Chair Design Gallery in Vienna, Austria.

There are dozens of different script systems in use in the world today, giving shape to thousands of spoken languages. A typeface designer’s task is not only to visualize the emotion with which a message is spoken, but also to ensure that the reader can absorb the message with a minimum of distraction.

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Dalton Maag)

‘The previous life’ by Apple Yin

Under - Art, Inspiration
The previous life - Apple Yin

The previous life - Apple Yin (Photo source: The Art Gallery of New South Wales)

Apple Yin, one of the finalists in the Australian prestigious art award Archibald Prize 2010, painted her fellow artist Terry English as Marco Polo.

19 April 3
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Here comes (Digital) Circlism!

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Bob Marley - Digital Circlism by Ben Hein

Bob Marley - Digital Circlism by Ben Hein

A modern artistic expression or a mix of Pop Art and Pointillism? Ben Hein developing this technique in Photoshop by understanding the dynamic movement of facial contours.

Dust and rain, and rainbow

Under - Inspiration, Media, Music

Dust and rain, and rainbow - Pakistani folk, classical and Sufi music

I wrote about Pakistani folk music before. Here comes a fusion of classical Pakistani folk and Sufi music with modern strings. I’m extremely sceptical when it comes to remixing classical folk with modern tunes but what is done at the Coke Studio below by Rohail Hyatt is so full of life, vibrant, refreshing and soul warming that I want to stand up and applaud, and applaud, and applaud…

The tracks below are in Seraiki, Sindhi, Punjabi and Urdu languages, featuring legendry Sufi kalam and folklore. Pakistani music is very diverse at its core, with heavy influences from South Asian, Central Asian, Turkish, Persian, Arab and modern western music especially American Rock resulting in a very distinct and signature sound.

Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

Mai Ni Main by Atif Aslam

Aik Alif by Noori & Saieen Zahoor

Aj Latha Naeeo by Javed Bashir

Toomba by Saieen Zahoor

And, this post wouldn’t be complete without a nice pop song by Zeb and Haniya.


Chup by Zeb & Haniya

Artists featured: Saieen Zahoor, Javed Bashir, Atif Aslam, Noori and the female duo Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam.

Visit Coke Studio for more electrifying performances.