ART, EDITORIAL

Burning for Art – Barbiekuh Book by Christian Eisenberger

27/08/2018

The smell is pungent and familiar, as I pull the book out of its bag. The distinctive scent of smoke and burned paper brings memories of camp fireplaces and old wooden saunas. The book itself is a beauty, and I feel excited to be holding two copies of it. An untouched one, and a smoked one. Amusingly titled Barbiekuh, the book by Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger is filled with images of work he created by smoke and fire.

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Eisenberger first became known for his painted cardboard cutouts, but since then has succeeded in mastering numerous mediums, as “he eludes the apparent inevitability of the so-called artistic position by taking as many different positions as possible”, Giorgio Palma explains in the book. For 15 years Eisenberger has been traveling between Vienna at his parents’ farm in Semriach, where he built a home-made smoke pit. Dug at the bank of a stream near his parents’ house, Eisenberger covered the pit with mesh, placing different materials, such as papers or clothing inside for up to 8 hours at a time. While the artist patiently waits and oversees the process, the physical manifestation of the flames, the smoke, and soot trace patterns onto the paper.

With the artist taking a passive role, he lets the fire be the creator in the process. It can be argued the artist simply uses fire as his medium, but with a significant difference to the surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen who invented the fumage technique, Eisenberger paints with the flames by letting them roam free, not controlling or manipulating them. The papers are left inside the pit till the brink of their destruction, as the unstoppable potency of fire paints beautiful patterns with its relentless power.

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

The only signature of the artist is the composition and choice of stencils which he uses to cover the papers with, partly figurative, partly abstract. Familiar from his earlier work, silhouettes can be seen, as well as motifs such as scattered puzzle pieces and spruce twigs. Though the artist’s labor seems random and incidental at best, the transformative power and the regeneration cycle of nature is conspicuous as the very first branches used for igniting the fire serve as stencils, with their outline appearing on the images.

Also holding one of the 500 limited editions of the artbook where the book itself has also gone through the smoking process, brings the experience a full circle for the reader, as it creates a better understanding and connection to Eisenberger’s work.

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Barbiekuh is a beautiful art book with 180 pages between hard covers, designed by im Kollektiv and part of the Cserni collectionThe book is available from the Krinzinger Gallery.

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Barbiekuh artbook by Christian Eisenberger

Images © im Kollektiv

ART

12 Paper Meals To Devour With Your Eyes

20/08/2018

Paper art has been gearing up lately to new levels, as we’re seeing more intricate, more detailed, and more creative pieces than ever before. Over the years we’ve featured many incredible paper art designs here on Design&Paper and we are not about to stop bringing in the goods!

It’s truly inspirational what artists can create out of a simple medium like paper, a humble and modest material can be transformed into unbelievable masterpieces, whether it being flower arrangements, ornaments, or portraits. Some of our favorite paper art is the kind that depicts objects and subjects so unthinkable and imaginable it confuses and makes you take a closer look. Inspired by the idea we’ve put together a feast for your eyes of 10 tasty paper meals for you to devour with your eyes. Bon Appetit!

1 Hattie Newman

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

2 Ollanski

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

3 Amy Harris

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

4 Maria Laura Benavente

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

5 Maud Vantours

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

6 lee jihee

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

7 Anna Kleindienst

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

8 Fideli Sundqvist

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

9 Lobulo

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

10 Anne van den Berg

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11 Anais Profit

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

12 Chloe Fleury

Paper Meals To Devours With Your Eyes

ILLUSTRATION

Alja Horvat’s Illustrations Take You Back a Few Decades

17/08/2018

Alja Horvat is an illustrator and graphic designer from Slovenia, working and studying in Ljubljana. She started drawing at a very young age and has continued her artistic career at High School for Design, now completing her studies at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. With a very distinctive style, Horvat’s illustrations show the everyday life in portrait style settings, depicting female figures in colorful retro clothing, with humorous titles such as ‘Don’t Leave Me Waiting’, ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘Pizza Lady’.

how many plants is enough Alja Horvat

Working mainly digitally, Horvat also loves acrylics, gouache, and watercolors. The use of texture and down to earth colors mixed with blazing oranges muted greens and, dare I say, the infamous millennial pink create an atmosphere reminiscent of the past decades while being deeply rooted in the present. It’s fun to imagine the story behind the women in Horvat’s illustrations, from the stunning fashion they wear to the environment they are placed in. Flowers and lush botanical themes are constant, often combined with psychedelic patterns as backgrounds. Her work has a vintage feel, recalling the heydays of feminism and female empowerment of the 60’s and 70’s.

Horvat utilized modern day tools, such as Pinterest and Instagram in her research and stays in close contact with her followers, often asking them what they’d like to see her work on next. Follow her here.

sweater weather Alja Horvat

i prefer cats Alja Horvat illustration

Alja Horvat illustration

we are all magical Alja Horvat illustration

Alja Horvat illustration

dont leave me waiting Alja Horvat illustration

night in desert Alja Horvat illustration

Photos © Anja Horvat

 

ART, EDITORIAL

Paper Cut Book ‘Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology’ By Mary Komary

15/08/2018

Paper cutting is a form of paper art in which most-often a single sheet of paper is cut in ways which creates negative and positive space as a pattern, landscape or silhouette. What’s fascinating is that with an age-old medium: paper, you can create anything from simple graphic designs to incredibly detailed three-dimensional images. The beautiful ‘Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology’ book by Russian designer Mary Komary is filled with delicate papercut illustration, alight and photographed in a way which creates ethereal sceneries of the city.

Paper Cut Book 'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' By Mary Komary

A graduate of the Stieglitz Academy of Art and Design graphic design department, Komary has a strong aesthetic style, working in projects involving packaging, branding, illustration, book design as well as paper arts, like paper cutting. Her latest project, a book about St.Petersburg – Russia’s second largest city and the main cultural center – is a true beauty, especially for all paper lovers.

Komary created a series of papercut illustrations about the city for the project. Stunning paper models cut out from paper and photographed under various lighting conditions. The book shows the four conditions of the city: morning, day, evening and night. The “Essays of Petersburg mythology” is a collection of myths, legends, and tales about the city, on the pages of the book the reader can see it’s typical citizens, their life, humor, uniqueness.

'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' Paper-Cut Illustration By Mary Komary

Paper Cut Book 'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' By Mary Komary

'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' Paper-Cut Illustration By Mary Komary

'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' Paper-Cut Illustration By Mary Komary

Paper Cut Book 'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' By Mary Komary

'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' Paper-Cut Illustration By Mary Komary

'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' Paper-Cut Illustration By Mary Komary

Paper Cut Book 'Essays of St.Petersburg Mythology' By Mary Komary

Images © Mary Komary