"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."
This week we had the privilege to interview La Luna Negra. We admire the political and social stances she takes on in her art pieces. Here’s a set from one of her recent projects! You can purchase her jackets here and creep on her to see more projects on instagram! Creep your eyes peeled for the interview, coming soon!
Hey creeps, just in time for Halloween we’d like to present ‘E.T.’ our first photo shoot that focuses solely on beauty. We illuminated our models to appear futuristic and otherworldly.
Katie Raffa is a visual artist and art educator born in Manhattan, NY currently working in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in paper collage, video art, installation and sculpture. Her work indirectly confronts social topics like gender, politics and urbanism. She is currently obsessed with deconstructing the depiction of femininity in print media.
“Great American Road Trip” is a tribute to both wanderlust and the diverse North American landscape. The grass is always greener on the other side, like the wave of New Yorkers moving transcontinental to Los Angeles shows (and vice versa). The flora in North America varies SO greatly from region to region and this piece serves as a reminder to myself to explore more.
“Avoiding Fates Glance” falls in line with my never ending critiques on feminine roles and norms.
Even in 2016, we (unfortunately) need to drastically shift society’s notion of gender roles. I’m deeply committed to continually address gender inequality through art.
“Feeling Jaffa” is rooted in a daydream. The ancient looking stairs lead to an abstracted window of whimsical textures, colors and places. The orange alludes to classical still life and western culture, while the chalice, stairwell and stonewalls remind me of worlds further east. The title itself is a play on my last name and the Middle Eastern influences in the Mediterranean.
“Groningen (Awash)” is the product of my first opportunity to make art while away on vacation. A quiet day to myself in Groningen (whilst doing laundry, finally) I could finally meditate and reflect on my trip to that point. How appropriate, our protagonist is talking on the phone, perhaps talking about her vacation? The red line suggests the classic telephone scene with two subjects on screen separated by a line.
Hey creeps! Here's our newest submission! Here's a little bit about the artist: "My name is Andrea Martinez and I am currently a senior at Ramona High School located in Riverside. My goal is to share my digital work with others to enjoy and to bring out the young artist in the community."
Squares and lines to give the broken computer look
Focuses on 3 main colors to bring out the pieces
Fire like effect that moves and transforms the piece
3D color effect and tilting mixes
3 beautiful flowers mixed with a puzzle blur effect
Played with tones of happiness and sadness giving a mixture
Detailology: Submission by Lilly Vigna
This peice was submitted by Italian photographer, Lilly Vigna. Here's a little description on her submission:
"pellicola + dettagliologia delle imperfezioni / detailology" is a photography project with the goal of editing pictures using the latest digital tools and, at the same time, try to make you remember the movies atmosphere of Sixties and Seventies, when globalisation was still far and eather current technologies or social apps, such as digital cams and Instagram, were an utopy.
Some of subjects include insects, leaves, flowers which remind wild environments, attempting to contrast the current world and all its degenerations.
In this project details enphasize the message rather than the image itself, the imperfection in opposition to perfection, cutting off borders and becoming the real subject."
Hey creeps! We're super stoked to share with you our first submission from Julia Fletcher! Here's a little bit about her: "I go to school at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. I’m working towards getting my BFA in Photography with a minor in Gender Studies. I’ve been interested in pursuing photography as well as film since I was in middle school, starting with film. I’d make my own short films and while I was growing up I was convinced that I wanted to be a director, until I started taking my first photo class in high school. After that, I became more and more interested in photography as my main medium. Recently, I’ve been getting back into film as well as mixed media photography with design and even painting. When I think about people that inspire my work, I rarely think of photographers, but rather directors. Directors like Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, and Nicholas Winding Refn have really inspired my artistic vision. For “Oddity”, I was heavily inspired by Stanley Kubrick and Nicholas Winding Refn’s directing and set design. The series is shot and edited with a cinematic mindset and meticulous manipulation of the environment. Some films from Kubrick that I pulled inspiration from was “The Shining” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and for Refn, “Drive” and “Only God Forgives”. Music is also an influencing factor in my work, a lot of my neon lights that I use in my work is not only an inspiration from movies but also from my love of synthwave, which is electronic music inspired by 1980s soundtracks."
With the beginning of 2016 in full swing, the Collective XIII is pleased to publish our first set of film stills. TEEN-AGE stemmed from society's fascinations with youth and how everything was better back in the day. Adolescence is a period of time that films tend to fixate on, so we thought it would be interesting to create our own version to illustrate what goes on in teenager's minds during a house party. Movies such as Palo Alto and Perks of Being a Wallflower inspired the party aesthetic we were going for.