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Eye Candy's Blog – May 2016 Archive (39)

PREMIERE: Filmmaker ETA creates diversity in mumblecore, coming-of-age genres with understated feature film 'Stockton 2 Malone'

Filmmaker and fine artist ETA inserts intersectional, diverse identities into the mumblecore genre with coming-of-age feature film 'Stockton 2 Malone'. As a 1st generation Vietnamese-American, and the son of refugees, ETA uses his perspective to challenge and explore themes of nature vs. nurture, free-will and determinism, and the subtleties and fluidity of social structures. The film itself, which is part two of a triptych, centers around a group of…


Added by Eye Candy on May 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Trinidadian-Canadian artist Ishmil Waterman creates ode to famous fashion photographer Herb Ritts

Feast your eyes on this sumptuous black and white editorial series by photographer Ishmil Waterman, a Toronto-based artist of Trinidadian heritage. The series is an ode to famous fashion photographer Herb Ritts and features costumes designed by Huis Van Suri for Toronto's Caribbean festival in Caribana. Waterman’s gorgeous images were also featured in Vogue Italia. Check ‘em out down below!

By Erin White, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on May 26, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Cape Town-based art student Nicolas Van Graan and model Sanele Junior Xaba promote self-love with conceptual series

Nicolas Van Graan is a third year graphic design student from Cape Town. The conceptual photo series down below is a collaboration between Van Graan and friend and model Sanele Junior Xaba was developed around the concept of self-love in the face of a society that tells us that are natural existence isn’t good enough. A society that conditions us to second-guess ourselves and shame us for anything considered to be undesirable. “Loving ourselves is probably one of the most…


Added by Eye Candy on May 26, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist Daniela Yohannes explores the metaphysical on the road to self-discovery

Before we are born expectations are immediately assumed for us and individuality is often times not promoted. In the case of British artist Daniela Yohannes, she has found refuge, enlightenment, and guidance through her wondrous paintings of surrealism & abstraction. Life experiences have enabled her to break free of the artifices society has created. She has used art to help redefine not only herself but also provide a perspective for others to the same. Daniela inputs…


Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Bi-costal visual artist Jabari Jacobs shows off some serious editorial photography chops

Jabari Jacobs is a seriously talented, multi-purpose bi-costal photographer. Jacobs excels at everything from live musical performance photography, commercial and experimental editorial. His work has been commissioned by the likes of Interview Magazine, Paper, NY Times, BET, MTV, Wilhelmina, The Fader, Paper Mag, Pitchfork, and way, way more. You may have seen his photography as the cover art for some of our favorite records, like The Internet’s ‘Ego Death’.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Get a first glimpse of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer in Fox 2000’s NASA Drama “Hidden Figures”

Official initial stills for Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer’s NASA drama, 'Hidden Figures' were recently released by the New York Times. The Fox 2000 film centers around three black female mathematicians who were involved in NASA’s Friendship 7 mission—an endeavor that resulted in astronaut John Glenn…


Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: London-based photographer Ade Okelarin presents dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable attributes in ‘Skin’ project

Scarfication isn’t for the faint of heart, but even if you’re not bold/brave enough or interested in marking your body with raised scars, boy oh boy, do they look neat. Photographer Ade Okelarin’s (aka àsìkò) ‘Skin’ project presents a dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable traits; including a pair of freckle-kissed black gingers. The London-based artist is known for his highly conceptualized and stirring editorials that linger in your mind long after viewing them. Check ‘Skin’…


Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits." …


Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 12:09pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Salvador-based photographer Tamires Allmeida uses artistic representation as a form of protest with AFROdivasedivos

AFROdivasedivos is a photographic project from Salvador-based artist, Tamires Allmeida. “The project is not only a photo shoot, it is a form of protest. A form of repositioning blackness within our universe.” A quote from poet Jonatas Cesario from whom Allmeida drew inspiration from in creating this representational project. The vastness of AFROdivasedivos is impressive on its own and the images themselves are certainly compelling to look at. They range in style…


Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Tacoma-based artist Perry Paints creates imaginative magical realism watercolor portraits

Perry Paints is a surrealist watercolor painter and portrait artist from Tacoma, WA. Perry, who is inspired by women of color, depicts just that! Many of his portraits are rooted in magical realism while the others content elements of surrealism, like the seamless allusions to the sea and of marine life seen with the blue-haired character below or the woman with her head, literally, in the clouds. Check out some of Perry's portraits below then hop to his Society6…


Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 4:44pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Bruno Gomes heads to Rio’s The Rocinha district for ‘DONA’ fashion editorial

Bruno Gomes is one of our favorite Brazilian photographers around right now—you might be familiar with his work. If not, check out this beautiful editorial, 'DONA', which was shot in The Rocinha district of Rio de Janeiro. Gomes chose this area to experiment with angles and lightening and to take advantage of the local marketplaces, scenic backstreets, and vegetation. Scroll below to check it out!

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 22-year-old digital sculpture artist Deji Onwugbufor creates impressively detailed fictional and historical 3D illustrations

Check out some impressively detailed 3D illustrations from 22-year-old digital sculpture Deji Onwugbufor. The London-based artist creates absolutely gorgeous renderings that are inspired by art history, religious history, social issues and whatever else bubbles up in his imagination. My personal favorite is the black Jesus, of course, because what other color would a man born in a Bronze Age Palestine be? Check them out down below.



Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Botswana-based Androgynous model Kesaobaka Kay celebrates Afrocentric style and queer identities through modeling

Botswana-based Androgynous model Kesaobaka Kay celebrates Afrocentric style and queer identities through modeling. Kay was born and raised in the village of Mahalapye, located in the Central District of the country. His objective as a model and creative are to represent the diverse identities of the region and portray freedom to express one’s sexuality, lifestyle, and identity in an authentic way.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2016 at 6:41pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ghanaian illustrator El Carna Studio is one to watch. Check out their fictional fashionista series Aku & Molly

Aku & Molly is an illustration series by Burma Hills, Accra, Ghana-based El Carna Studios. The project follows (fictional) fashionistas Aku and Molly by documenting their fashion sensibilities—which play on contemporary Ghanaian street style. The renderings have a sleek, almost painterly quality about them that brilliantly shows off texture and detail. El Carna is definitely one to watch—meet Aku & Molly down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Fagner Damasceno and model Rodrigo Somalia channel political restlessness in “Black Is Beautiful” editorial

Brazilian photographer Fagner Damasceno teams up with model Rodrigo Somalia for his new project where he explores and expresses the restlessness many black Brazilians are currently facing in a time of socioeconomic and political strife. The series, which is called “Black Is Beautiful” is, of course, a reference to the same slogan from the Black Liberation Movement and the famous Brazilian song by Elis Regina. Damasceno, who also describes himself as someone who is…


Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2016 at 5:21pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Jamaican born artist/business owner WizziDread makes lasting impression with editorial photography

WizziDread is a Jamaican born photographer, artist and designer and the founder of WizziDread Productions and HeavyMannaz. Through her production company, WizziDread dabbles in commercial photography, fashion, fine art, and more. This afternoon we’re featuring some of her awesome editorial photography. See some of those images down below and be sure to follow WizziDread on Instagram.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

FEATURE: X-Men’s Storm gets darker dystopian tribute in Maya Glick’s independent fan film ‘Rain’

A while back we previewed artist/performer Maya Glick’s short film project ‘RAIN’—a fan-fiction short derived from punk versions of X-Men’s Storm, the darker, dystopian story arcs within the Marvel’s X-Men Universe, as well as Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith’s comic LifeDeath. The project was born out of Glick’s own experience… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on May 17, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Check out NYC-based Nigerian artist Ike Slimster’s dynamic illustrations

Where to begin with the man in front of the canvas and behind the lens, other than to just dive right in? Ike Slimster is an Nigeria-born artist, now based in NYC, who churns out some pretty amazing work across each of his many disciplines, like photography and graphic design. But today I want to highlight Silmster’s illustrations and graphic edits. These brightly-colored original pieces appear to be partially inspired by large-scale graffiti murals and comic books. Many of…


Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o in talks to star in Black Panther movie alongside Chadwick Boseman

The goddess who goes by the name Lupita Nyong’o is currently in talks to star in Marvel’s much anticipated black superhero Black Panther flick, which stars Get Up and 42 actor Chadwick Boseman and Creed and Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan. It’s unclear who the Academy Award-winner will play in the film, but all speculation points to a love interest role. Because of course. Either way, after seeing Boseman steal the show in…


Added by Eye Candy on May 13, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out these pop art-inspired illustrations from Angola, Luanda-based visual artist Kwanhama Art

Mandume Domingos, aka Kwanhama Art is a visual artist and designer from Angola, Luanda. His digital illustrations are done beautifully in a pop art style and often depict portraits or couples. His other pictures, which are a little more abstract, harken back to ancient and art historical images of the female form: think The Venus of Willendorf. Check them out down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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