We got a little tied up with work this time, hence there was a small delay in releasing this edition. But here we are with a new set of WILA (Why I Love An Art). Read on:

Hidden Gem —  Daydreamer

Artist/Collective: Genoma (aka Raphael Tobar)

WILA by: Indrani Mitra

I like everything about this piece — the cloud , the balloon , the sleeping cat. In general ,with the artwork that spans three dimensions, I tend to gravitate towards intricate shapes and natural forms that are organically represented and the clouds got me in this one. From far they have this rough texture of pastel work on grainy paper that I love but when you look closely — they do not lose their magic — they seem to be made up of these white thin pieces that seem to glow.

Above that — this composition radiates a lazy, dreamy, yawny, stretch after a good nap feel in a pool of warm sunshine — something the cats excel at. That cat even has that smile on its face- a little smug as if it knows something that you do not.

Rafael does some wonderful things with low poly structures and is amazingly deft in forming intricate shapes and structures out of them.

Hidden Gem —  Lighthouse

Artist/Collective: Andreas Papastergiou

WILA by: Fabin Rasheed

Andreas’s imaginations of the post-apocalyptic era shuttles you back and forth between the past and the future simultaneously. When we find solace in the serene secluded landscapes, we also realise the reality of the past where we silently witnessed the apocalypse befall us. First came the period of surprise and hardship, then the period of revolt, and finally the period of acceptance. We realised and accepted that the world in its course has become this. And we had to make the best of the situation. And hence we evolved and created a future that was one with a distant past. To strike a balance between time and meaning. 

There is a relation between how a rather other-worldly structure contrasts against a peaceful beach-side in the “Lighthouse”. The question arises thinking why this alien-looking creature of a structure could be called a lighthouse. What exactly would such a lighthouse do in a post-apocalyptic era? An inter-planetary beacon? A tower of light-based connectivity within the planet? Or is it quite-literally a place that houses light itself? A place of transcendence perhaps?

I love the beautiful warm-cold gradients and the overall shade which give is it a rather ominous look. Looking at the beach, we find peace in the calm water s— a lakeside is it? The one or two people that remains in the scene gives an impression of how the apocalypse could have dwindled human population. And this adds to the rather desolate yet futuristic look. I was indeed very curious about the process of Andreas’s works and I dug a little deeper to find his sketchbook:

And I can’t tell you how inspired I am to go through it, to learn the process behind his post-apocalyptic conceptual works. I would say this series marks a a big check-mark to aesthetics, process and concept in my books and I really am impressed. Looking forward to more works from him.

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