Zhong Shan’s Surrealist “Free Fall” Exhibition

Beijing's ArtDepot showcases the artist's captivating oil-on-silk works

by Alessandro De Toni The masters of surrealism left a strong mark on a whole generation of Chinese painters. Born in 1971, in the Southern province of Guizhou, Zhong Shan—like many artists of his generation—was inspired by surrealist masters, and a very eclectic sense of experimentation pushed him to explore different languages and address the juxtaposition of imagery through his art. “In my work, there’s …

Preview: MC Escher Wallpaper Collection by Jannelli & Volpi

Take a first look at the artist's impossible explorations of infinity turned into home decor

The name Maurits Cornelis Escher (more commonly known as MC Escher) is intrinsically linked to the concept of infinity. An exploration of repetition and impossibility permeates his artwork—derived from science—creating worlds that are as surreal as they are realistic. His work is still relevant today; reflected in everything from video-game backgrounds to data visualization. In reality, Escher’s creations are the results of studying the laws …

Inscaping Collection by Silvae

A Seattle-based ready-to-wear line using illustration-based prints to tell a tale of introspection

Deborah Roberts, the visionary behind Silvae clothing, is nothing if not poetic. Take for instance her forthcoming S/S ’15 collection, called Inscaping. The word “inscape” refers to the “unique inner nature of a person or object as shown in a work of art,” which is an appropriate definition for Roberts’ work. Her pieces go beyond the functional by striving to exude the essence of not …

The Haas Brothers Volume 1

A beautiful, comprehensive monograph accompanying the artists' solo NYC show

With wildly imaginative designs and an eye for material, The Haas Brothers have been redefining home decor, art and furniture since 2010. Whether they’re tackling sexuality, science fiction or wild animals across vases, benches and lamps, each piece in their portfolio represents a distinct vision and care for the craft. Accompanying their first ever solo NYC exhibition, “Cool World,” debuting on 4 November 2014 at …

Complements Portrait Project

A relationship creatively explored by way of odd and playful original images

When artists (and real life couple) Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski decided they wanted to collaborate, an idea arose that allowed them to explore their symbiotic relationship. Having long complemented each other’s independent work, and with both being intrigued by the onslaught of eccentric “couples photography” online, they embarked on the Complements Portrait Project. For the project, a Tumblr page houses images of the couple, …