Found wandering around on Instagram, Kelly Malka‘s cartoon style combined with strong and deep themes impressed me. In fact, behind the colors, clothes and faces of hundreds of women she depicts are hidden messages related to themes more than actual. The acceptance of oneself and one’s body, the freedom to choose, equality between men and women, the mysterious and terrible world of mental illness are just some of the topics touched by Kelly’s pencil.
The artist from Los Angeles who moved to San Francisco manages to take some sometimes cumbersome topics, dry them to the bone and give them a new and original shape, which unconsciously leads us to address and reflect on a problem.
Below you’ll find some of Kelly Malka’s works, but to learn more visit her website where you can also buy her coloring book.
Layla Chenyz is one of the tattoo artists who are part of and work at the Bebop Ink in Vancouver. I was captured by the minimalism and cleanliness of the shapes of her Instagram profile, then, going on to scroll through the gallery, I found myself in an endless world, a continuous loop, a bit like her creations.
The protagonist of many of her tattoos, who impressively resembles Layla herself, is reflected endlessly in the mirrors, looks at herself on a television screen, or is literally divided in two as if one part of her body were in a time and the other in a totally different time.
They are macabre creations that will disorient you a bit, then maybe you’ll want a tattoo like this.
Born in 1979, André Mendes was born in Curitiba (Brazil) and trained artistically between his country and Spain. Now, ten years after his first individual international exhibition, he arrives in Italy with a solo show that will overturn your conception of contemporary art. To host “Ainda não” (Not yet) until September 21 is Matéria, the gallery of contemporary art in Rome that for 4 years now is committed to promoting expressions related to contemporary artistic research, with a program designed to encourage experimentation and research.
The spaces of Matéria lose their classic role of the exhibition gallery, becoming a place of creation, breaking down the boundary between laboratory and exhibition. But it is not the only border that is abolished, even the border between installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing becomes increasingly blurred.
“Ainda não” shows us how a place can lose its canonical guise and reappear to the public in another form, with the aim of making the viewer part of the creative process.
There is an unwritten law, that of seduction, and the Instagram @wasted_pleasures profile knows how to seduce the 141,000 followers who follow the page assiduously every day.
Behind the name@wasted_pleasures lies the identity of Luca Sorice, author of the erotic images. The most obvious feature of the feed is to contrast two main colors: while the lines are marked by a deep black, the background remains on pink and gives the tables a very pop and contemporary mood.
The alternation of moments characterized by the sweetness typical of couples in love, are made captivating by other works clearly more explicit and less romantic, which always hide a playful and fresh attitude towards eros.
Take a look at the profile of @wasted_pleasures here and also discover the works of Frida Castelli, of which we have previously spoken here.
The first meeting was in 1970 when Lucien Clergue, photographer, Michel Tournier, writer and Jean-Maurice Rouquette, historian, decided to create a festival of photography that would make a Roman town in Provence the meeting point in Europe.
Les Rencontres de la photographie celebrates 50 editions in 2019, with 26 different artistic directions and over 1234 exhibitions. Three months, from July 1st to September 22nd, when the city wakes up and lives, opening its doors to places otherwise impossible to visit.
We start from l’église des Trinitaires, a church built in 1630 on the remains of a convent built by the Order of the Holy Trinity in 1198.
Perhaps to celebrate the history of this Gothic church, the curators have decided to name the exhibition celebrating Arles’s 50th anniversary “What a story“, with posters of all the editions and a selection of photos that have made the festival famous.
Philippe Chancel presents an exhibition that is the result of unprecedented research work: DATAZONE. For over fifteen years he has been exploring sensitive areas of our planet, from Japan after Fukushima to North Korea via the United States, China, Africa and Europe, to document the decline we are experiencing. Not only environmental but above all human.
Helen Levitt, with her sensitivity typical of the early 1900s, makes us discover a different and now forgotten New York, where children still play on the streets. Also on show are the negatives. In the same location, the Van Gogh space, on the upper floor, is an exhibition dedicated to women and the female body: Susan Meiselas and Eve Arnold together with Abigail Heyman are the protagonists of Unretouched Women.
Don’t miss the exhibition Home sweet home at the Maison des Peintres: a tribute to how the concept of home in England has changed from the 1970s to the present day.
The Luma will host the Prix Dior de la Photographie pour Jeunes Talents with a splendid series by Mexican photographer Daniela Costantini on colours, beauty and femininity.