Heart Like an Iceberg

Zaria Forman will likely take your breath away.

Zaria Forman’s pristine, photorealist paintings of the ocean and remote, icy landscapes are painted by hand—quite literally using her fingertips to render marks in paint and chalk, rather than brushes. Traveling to far-flung corners of the globe affected by climate change, in order to source inspiration for her large-scale compositions, Forman takes photographs and creates sketches, working from these and her memory in the studio after she returns to the US. Past expeditions have included one to Greenland in which Forman retraced the 1869 journey of the American painter William Bradford. “In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer,” she has said. “In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature.” Her work has been featured in the set design for the Netflix series “House of Cards”, as well as in set designs for the ballet performances.

When I saw this last image I literally started crying. This artwork is soulful, and her fingers are magical.

Prints and actual art available here:https://artsy.net/artist/zaria-forman

Street Stone

The Paris-based designer Leo Caillard had, as he wrote me, "the idea conception" and took the photographs. Alexis Persani dressed them. (Not actually; it was done on a computer, as you can see here. I know that putting modern clothes on classical sculptures isn't a new idea. Michelangelo's David has had "Fridge Fun" modern clothes for years. But the skirts, T-shirts and shorts in these images look so comfortable and fit so well, these ancients torque suddenly into moderns. It's like these two French artists have developed a new way to time travel. Which has me wondering about the reverse possibility: Beyonce, Halle Berry, Leo DiCaprio given drapes, spears and marbleized — could they pass for "ancient" at the Louvre in France?

RADIO LAB 

WIldfox art contest winners!!

Congratulations to these young ladies for their submissions into our 100,000 followers contest. I hope they enjoy their new clothing!

Congrats Brigitte May

She even sells her prints, such a talented girl! We love this special Wildfox piece.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrigitteMayArt

 

Congrats Clementine!!

 

"My name is Julia Trotti and I am a 21 year old photographer from Sydney, Australia. This is why I think I should win your "What makes me a Wildfox" contest with my art, my passion and my livelihood: photography.

I’ve always been a lover of the ugly pretty. I don’t mind shooting in harsh sunlight or when my model is looking the other way or has a tangled mess of hair on her face. My camera clicks when someone takes a deep breath in or are tying their shoelaces on the side of the road.

My photography is full of life and movement, and that makes me a Wildfox. On my shoots, we are never standing still. We scale rocks to shoot on the cliffs by the angry ocean and find refuge from the rain under big trees. I like to shoot knees with bruises and hands rubbing tired eyes with dirt underneath plain fingernails. I like to run around barefoot in the forest with the Wildfox I am taking pictures of in the few minutes of blue light after the sun sets and before the night sets in. I want to shoot designer clothing in the ocean and climb trees in dresses."

Congrats Julia for your beautiful photography submissions. Check out her work:

http://jtrotti.blogspot.com/

 

"I'm a 22 year old Illustrator from Sydney, Australia and I ADORE you guys. I wanted to introduce you to some of my artwork, which carries the same, vintage flavour as you guys have.

What makes me a wildfox? I'm not afraid to take inspiration from the things I loved as a kid. Pastel colours, scrunchies, big hair and lots of denim. If it makes me feel good, I wear it and create it! My personal style is closely linked with my art, and I'm always on the hunt for things that have both a vintage edge and a new flavour."

Congrats Rhea! What an amazing, 80's style original drawing. Go and see her other amazing comics

http://youngearlgrey.com/

And Congrats to Magdalena who wrote and composed a song for us. Very impressive!!

Listen to it HERE

Beauty is pain: The NYC Ballet company

Photos by Henry Leutwyler

 

Portfolio: Behind the Curtain at the New York City Ballet

“This is the secret,” says photographer Henry Leutwyler. “To completely blend in, to become invisible.” Leutwyler spent last winter as the most observant ghost in New York City Ballet’s rehearsal studios, capturing the uncommonly raw backstage images that now compose Ballet, which is both a book (out in December from Steidl) and an exhibit (on view at Foley Gallery November 28 through January 6). The shots here exemplify the peek-behind-the-curtain feel of Leutwyler’s photos, from an open crate of tutus (“like pizzas in a restaurant”) to a ballerina’s feet after a day of matinée and evening performances (“when the feet are demolished”). “If I had to title the picture, I would call it Reality and Dreams,” says Leutwyler. “The foot en pointe is what every little girl dreams of. The other is the hard, hard work, and the reality.”