The selfie has become commonplace in the last year or so, even making itself into the Oxford Dictionary as the word of the year for 2013. It has completely changed both the worlds of social media and also photography. Many members of the public now repeatedly take these ‘selfie’ photos but, as a piece of self-portraiture, are they truly an accurate representation of how the photo taker views themselves as a person?
This is where the #Bagsie exhibition comes in, a collaboration between Soapbox and Sons, Creative Advice Network, photographer Jonathan Knowles and a collection of ten different illustrators, artists and writers. #Bagsie updates the selfie and brings it more into the world of portraiture photography with a great new idea, covering each subjects head with a decorated brown paper bag.
Each participating artist illustrated their paper bag to represent the individual personality within them. The idea behind this was to create a more accurate representation of the subject than just the face value that the standard selfie would capture. It’s a really interesting thought with some of the bags produced being fantastic pieces of art in themselves that, when paired with their subjects, make for a collection of really fun images.
The #Bagsie show runs from 11th-16th November at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET
Found via Design Week
Very few people can gain a large following for their work over a short period of time, but this is something that UK based artist and designer Olly Moss has managed to achieve. I am a huge fan of Moss’ work, in particular his reinventions of movie posters and his overall minimalistic style and pop culture references. However, the work I am going to talk about in this post is from his first solo exhibition in 2011.
Entitled ‘Paper Cuts’, the exhibition featured laser cut, black Victorian silhouettes of 300 pop culture characters from movies, tv, video games and more. Each piece was individually titled and framed, with the layout of some of the pieces linking to the theme of the character they depict (see “Real Boy” below).
The exhibition was incredibly popular, with people lining up 24 hours before it opened on its opening night, and hundreds coming to view it, as seen in the image below. The one thing I love about the whole idea and concept of it, is how even though the images are profile silhouettes of the characters, they are all instantly recognisable. This is probably why Moss chose the laser cut way of working, as it fits with his minimal style and also allows just the outline of the character to tell you who it is, showing you how recognisable they really are.