Papirmass 113 features two mysterious photographs captured by Brendan Ko. Naupaka IV and Relief are flora images that elicit intrigue in the viewer. Brendan’s special connection to the landscape helps us discover the hidden spirits of plants and encourages us to consider their more ethereal qualities.
Though Relief is meant to be viewed horizontally, feel free to create a diptych by hanging them side by side in your space! Share your new lovely decor with us on Instagram (@papirmass) so we can applaud your fab decor taste. 👏🏼
Brendan has achieved a look in his photography that permeates throughout his portraits, landscapes, and detail images. By using coloured gels and harsh flash, his work features a mix of both soft and hard light, which provides the viewer with different sensations. Gaze at the two photographs and consider these three questions:
1. What would it feel like to be in this artwork?
2. If you could ask the artist a question, what would you ask him?
3. What elements seem dreamlike or imaginary? How so?
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, because that’s where all the fruit is.” – Bob Ross
Sometimes the sweetest and most unexpected things happen when we reach beyond our comfort zone and take a risk. It could result in failure, but by not exploring what sits on the end of the proverbial limb could result in more disappointment than what you may find! Look deep within yourself and recognize the areas in your life where you could reach a little further, push a little harder. You never know what delights lie on the other end!
Brendan’s work was restrained and “institutional” when he came out of university, but by developing his own language and understanding the stories that inspire his photography, he began creating work that spoke to him and learned to accept when it doesn’t vibe with his audience. Brendan follows his “gut feeling” and creates work that’s true to him and his story.
Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. Widely known for his PBS show “The Joy of Painting” (1983-1994) Ross’ instructional painting series encouraged everyone to embrace “happy accidents” rather than mistakes. With his soft fro, casual look, and encouraging demeanor, Bob Ross was embraced by viewers of all ages for making art accessible and creating an un-intimidating environment to create in. Bob Ross continues to be popular today.
This month’s Creative Activity is a perfect match for the complementing quote card! Except these are a different kind of limbs. 😉 How did your ladies turn out? Are they holding themselves up in a supportive embrace or are their arms and legs reaching out to welcome people into the frame? Or maybe their arms are wild, doing a funky dance (that we’d love to see!) Watch the video above to see the big reveal!
Did you know you have the chance to be featured on the Papirmass Instagram? It’s true! Share your finished Creative Activity with us with a simple @papirmass tag.
“Eclipse Butterfly” is this month’s mini print by Brendan Ko. We love the vibrant colours in this image and how the flora and fauna pop off the print. It’s reminiscent of a fancy museum biodiversity display, don’t ya think? Send this mini print to a friend or family member to help them embrace those beautiful Spring blooms!
We hope you enjoyed Edition 113! Tag us on Instagram (@papirmass) so we can see where Brendan’s work is nestled in your space! By the way, we mail out a new edition every single month to our Subscribers! Don’t want to miss our next edition? Subscribe to a Papirmass Art Subscription and sign yourself or a friend up for a monthly creative surprise!