Art and design have always had a profound effect on our perception of ourselves and the world around us. It has the ability to lift our mood, shape our mindset, and completely transform our perceptions of our surroundings.
This magic power of art has always been known by artists and artisans, so we decided to take a closer look at 4 of our SINGULART artists and designers changing up how we perceive the world and the objects around us!
Neal Aronowitz founded his US based design company back in 2014 and has quickly won international acclaim in the design world and with our SINGULART art lovers alike thanks to his bespoke, handcrafted, and almost sculptural furniture and lighting pieces. He is most known for his experimental technique of using concrete canvas, which has featured heavily in his works since his debut piece, the 2014 Whorl Table. Each composed of a single sheet of concrete canvas—a high-tech, eco-friendly, cement-impregnated textile used in disaster shelters and drainage ditches— his series of Whorl tables seemingly defy gravity with their folding arabesques.
Sunyoung Cho is a France-based photographer who’s central interest is the manipulation of perspective and the disruption of the viewer’s gaze. In nearly all of her photographs she plays visual games with her audience. She turns landscape images into geometric abstractions simply by chopping up and reversing sections of her photographs and many of her photographs are taken of reflective surfaces showing the scene in mirror image. These upside-down images create new perspectives and fresh realisations of nature. In her impressionistic vision of reality, even the most stable constructs are constantly changing, revealing a hidden depth, like the diffuse memory of a dream.
Casey McKee’s strength as a contemporary artist arises from his unique perspective and spicy wit. Intrigued by hybridity, not only does he overlay photography with oil painting, but in each of his artworks one element spars with the next often resulting in rather surreal paintings. For example, in The Marchioness’ Knappa a woman is regally adorned with an ikea lampshade and in Tolstoy with Jetpack, Tolstoy is seen levitating in a meadow. The painting is in fact full of these pleasing juxtapositions. With these clever and quizzical contrasts between fantasy and reality, McKee takes us on a journey through his critique of the dichotomy of wealth distribution and social justice in the US, all whilst perfectly demonstrating his ‘one part flippant, one part earnest, two parts satire’ style.
Filipino furniture designer Wilhelmina Garcia is a strong advocate of green design due to her exposure to coastal clean-ups organized by environmental groups throughout her upbringing. As a designer, she seeks to find solutions to keep plastic out of landfills and turns to recycled and upcycled materials to fabricate her designs. Her creative yet tasteful collection of stools, seats, and daybeds all use her prototyped material: loops of rope made from cleaned plastic packaging. The resulting designs seem like colorful fluffy bubbles floating across our vision.