Artist Ohni Lisle’s ( @ohnilisle) work is part Matisse cutout, part fashion illustration, with an appreciation for classical forms of drawing infused injected with pastel hues. The Brooklyn based illustrator is adept at creating defining features (high cheekbones, a strong nose) with just a few swipes of color. “As I kid, I really enjoyed pushing myself to learn to draw more and more things, maybe more than the average child. I think that's stuck around; I always have this urge to create, but also to share. Eventually people started paying me for it!” Lisle gets tapped for collaborations frequently, and counts The Hoxton ( @thehoxtonhotel), Chobani ( @chobani), and Aelfie ( @aelfie_) among her clients.
The videos on @dogceo are a smörgåsbord of skateboard and sports clips, cartoonish video effects, video game characters and load screens, glitchy old web imagery, and aggressive beats. It’s as if the team behind the account absorbs everything on the internet—every meme, every video, every joke, every headline—by osmosis. When asked what five things about the internet bring them pure joy, the @dogceo team replied: “Positivity, Soundcloud, playing Fortnite, Minecraft, and Rust.”
Eva Stories (@eva.stories) asks, “What if a girl in the Holocaust had Instagram?” The account recreates the last four months in the life of Eva Heyman, a Hungarian Jewish girl who was murdered at Auschwitz. It’s a masterful use of Instagram Stories and a compelling narrative that warrants watching again and again. #evastories
Best How’d-They-Do-That Animation: Matias Liebrecht (@toxiframe) Perfect if you love: Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, spending hours and hours working to get the tiniest detail just right. Genre: Stop-motion animation Why he matters: Few animators will ever get to flesh out the characters voiced by famous actors. As an animator on Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Matias Liebrecht tells Curated, “I made Bill Murray bark and Bryan Cranston play dead.” Liebrecht was also an animator for Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ and directs and produces his own films. Any given shot is painstaking work but with results so seamless and fluid it’s difficult for audiences to grasp just how intensive the process can be. In his own words: “I do this because I believe things need to be moved and people ache to be moved.” #animation, #stopmotion, #wesanderson, #timburton, #isleofdogs, #filmmaking, #directing, #stopmotionanimation
Having your aura taken can yield a fun souvenir, or it can provide an introspective and moving experience. Head to our Stories to see how artist @radianthuman_ takes the discipline to the next level. #auras #radianthuman
Best Still Lifes for the Digital Age: Meiko Takechi Arquillos (@meikophoto) Perfect if you love: Lavish still life paintings from bygone eras; desserts in pastel hues; photos that make you feel like you just ate a full meal; Man Repeller ( @manrepeller) Genre: Photography Why she matters: Raised in Tokyo but based in Los Angeles, Takechi Arquillos makes still life photography shot for brands feel as fine and manicured as any still life painting found in a museum. There’s a decadence to the prop styling and a love of detail that gives these images, some of them shot for Man Repeller (@manrepeller) for monthly content themes, a delicious quality (and only in part because food is so often the subject here. In her own words: “I do this because I believe great visuals elevate our way of life.” #artdirection, #fashion, #photography
Most Likely to Give the Voiceless a Voice: René Schultz (@renschz) Perfect if you love: Watching commercial technology get repurposed for deeply human needs Genre: Tech innovation Why this work matters: Danish tech designer René Schultz saw that the most powerful use for emerging voice technology lies not in simply improving Siri or Alexa. He and his team developed Project Revoice, working closely with Patrick Quinn, the creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, to approximate Quinn’s voice from recorded interviews. In his own words: “What if we could actually take that technology and give it a human purpose?” #technology, #tech, #innovation, #alsicebucketchallenge, #icebucketchallenge
@kidmograph ’s videos might be vignettes from one long cyberpunk fever dream. The Buenos Aires based animator's imagery evokes the ultra-cool absurdity and camp of 1980s sci-films: a sports car speeding toward a sunset, a motorcycle cruising through an empty city, glowing neon rooms filled with classical busts—all set to hypnotic pulsing music. Kidmograph, the Buenos Aires based animator Gustavo Torres, is the art director for Canadian DJ A-Trak and has created work for Kanye West, Bruno Mars ( @brunomars), The Strokes ( @thestrokes ), @gucci and @adidas, among other artists and brands. #neon #video #animation #loops #carousel #vhs #car
Every day is summer in Ana Popescu’s (@ana___popescu) illustrations. The sun casts drenches minimalist, midcentury modern inspired interiors, shadows cast by foliage speckle garden walls, bathrooms are given cavernous dimensions with a grid of deep blue tile, and swimming pools brim with David Hockney vibes. “I didn’t study architecture; I actually studied drawing and printmaking in Vienna,” says Popescu, who is originally from France. “But I am fascinated by geometric shapes and by my surroundings in general, which is how I cam to paint a lot of interiors and exteriors.” For the Warsaw-based furniture company Tylko ( @tylko), Popescu incorporated Tylko’s Type 02 shelves into paintings of her signature minimalist interiors, emphasizing the brand’s simultaneous retro and timeless approach to design. . . . . #visualart #art #artistsoninstagram #artist #illustration #drawing #acrylic #painting #acrylicpainting
Most Likely to Get People Talking About Important Issues: Sindha Agha (@sindhas) Perfect if you love: The BBC, This American Life, Radiolab, radical visibility Genre: Video Why she matters: The subjects filmmaker Sindha Agha tackles aren’t wholly taboo, but they still seem to make the general public squirm—which means they’re all the more important to address. In her short film “Birth Control Your Own Adventure,” which she first debuted with the New York Times, Agha charts what she calls her “experience playing birth control roulette” after being diagnosed with endometriosis at 11. For BBC 3’s “Body Language” series, she’s helped other people tell their stories, including a woman who experiences sex as profoundly painful and a man coming to terms with severe depression. Agha’s imagery is simple but evocative; faces rarely appear, but hands do, as well as fruit, objects placed against a flat backdrop, and brushstrokes of bright color. In her own words: “I do this because I feel better when I share my secrets.” #superlatives #art #film #tv #curated
Most Likely to Make Us Ditch E-Readers: Ice Cream Books (@ice_cream_books) Perfect if you love: Books and ice cream (I mean, it’s in the name), typography, surprising graphic design Genre: Photography Why this matters: The conceit of Ice Cream Books is simple on its face: Account creator Ben Denzer selects books of all genres, shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Then he selects an ice cream pairing for each book, and places the melting tableau against a backdrop in a complementary shade. But the account achieves something beyond all this. First, it’s a bit of a send-up of influencers who Instagram books the way they would latte art at a café. But Ice Cream Books is also a celebration of the book as a physical art object and the thoughtful design that makes a book cover iconic. In his own words: “Nothing is better than a good book and delicious ice cream.”
Most Well-Rounded: Kastor & Pollux (@kastorandpollux) Perfect if you love: Symmetry, Wes Anderson, lush design, cornucopias of fruit, Maurizio Cattelan Genre: Multi-disciplinary design Why this matters: Kastor & Pollux is more than any one installation, any one pop-up, any one event, any one video. This women-led studio creates rich mini-universes, bringing to life brands’ visions for IRL experiences, gorgeous video design, next-level art direction. If we could inhabit a Kastor & Pollux set for the rest of our lives, we would. They also put out Ephemera Magazine (@ephemera.magazine), which celebrates fashion, art, and culture. In their own words: “We do this because we believe small studios can be mighty.” #curatedbyfb #kastorandpollux
The world as Rich McCor ( @paperboyo) sees it is full of real whimsy; nothing is ever so serious, no artwork so profound that it can’t be made fun of just a little bit. The London based, globetrotting artist starts by looking for landmarks in the cities he visits. He then creates paper cutouts of divers, airplanes, knights, deer, dragons, and characters from movies and TV, and then photographs these figures against the landmarks. In McCor’s view of the world, panels become a knight’s shield, the illuminated Tokyo Tower is transformed into fire from a dragon, and Michaelangelo’s David wears a pair of briefs. “When I started, I was really self-conscious with standing in the middle of London, holding up a cutout, taking a photo, because I could feel just people looking at me, going, ‘What is he up to?’” McCor tells Curated. “Now, I don't mind so much. If someones interested, I'm happy to show them what I'm doing.” #carousel #instagram #photography #paperboyo
Most Likely to Make Us Question How Artificial AI Really Is: Miquela Sousa, AKA Lil Miquela (@lilmiquela) Perfect if you love: Fashion, fashion, fashion, questioning the nature of your reality, Westworld, the movie AI Genre: Unclear! Why she matters: Who *is* she? Lil Miquela claims to be a robot, with a tight crew of other robot friends, cared for by the tech and design agency Brud. She’s also more than that; she’s a model, a singer, an artist, an activist, the kind of super-cool teen you wish were your best friend. But her mere existence is a unique form of storytelling, taking the narrative of the fashion-forward influencer and turning it into an interactive piece of fiction for the Instagram age. #curated #lilmiquela #cgimodel #fashion #instagram
It’s sometimes nearly impossible to discern where the physical world ends and the digital begins in the work of artist Nikita Replyanski (@n.replyanski). He builds prosthetics and 3D prints masks that look like they belong in a club in a future when the organic and the robotic have become permanently intertwined. But he also uses Instagram’s AR tools to expand each of these projects, giving them life, movement, and texture. “I’m a transhumanist artist,” Replyanski says. “It means that I believe human evolution can be directed with technology and science.” Replyanski also describes himself as a “cyber fashion designer” and sees the AR expansion of his work as a kind of democratizing endeavor. “People all over the world can wear my digital accessories for free, without any delivery or other issues that can separate an artist from his audience.” Follow @n.replyanski to get access to his face filters. #curatedbyfacebook #AR #facefilters #fashion
Most Likely to Rewrite Art History: Allison Zuckerman ( @allisonzuckerman ) Perfect if you love: Critiquing problematic cultural forces, mashups, Renaissance and Baroque portraiture, Matisse cutouts, vaguely Disney-ish cartoons Genre: Painting, collage Why this work matters: For so long women were left out of the narrative of art history. Even now, what Zuckerman does—taking female figures from old masterpieces and reframing them in new settings with abstracted and grotesque features—feels subversive. Zuckerman uses her work to poke fun at the seemingly arbitrary way in which images of women’s bodies are sometimes censored on social media. In her own words: “I seek to reclaim female nudes from art history. I consider it a representation of them, giving them power.” #superlatives #curated #art #facebook #instagram #byfacebook
Most Imaginative: Julian Glander (@glanderco) Perfect if you love: Absolutely bizarro characters that give you cute aggression Genre: Animation Why this work matters: As Julian Glander knows, there’s beauty in the weird, charm in the absurd, and something almost comforting about humor that follows its own strange logic. Glander’s videos, illustrations, comics, and installations create a silly, beautiful world that always delights. In his own words: “I do this because I believe the world needs more pink and purple globs and goo.” #superlatives #animation #curated #facebook #instagram
Most Likely to Prank the Internet: Pablo Rochat (@pablo.rochat) Perfect if you love: A steady diet of subversive memes, bad puns, good puns, Bob Ross, texting your friends about how bored you are at work Genre: Animation, design, general meme-istry Why this work matters: Does our modern world make almost no sense to you? Do you find communication difficult, work overwhelming, the news incomprehensible? Then Pablo Rochat is the prophet for you. Rochat is a masterful practitioner of meme magic, taking the visual language and pop culture that surrounds us and injecting it with an absurd humor. It’s a simple but effective salve for the anxiety of our times. In his own words: “I like to juxtapose ordinary things that we face throughout the day with fun, exciting videos that you might not expect to be connected.” #superlatives #instagram #curated
Most Likely to Make Us Want to Hit the Road: Baboon ( @baboontothemoon) + Olivia Locher (@olivialocher) Perfect if you love: Fantasizing about traveling the world and never coming back Genre: Fashion, Photography Why this work matters: In this campaign, the Go-Bag from Baboon isn’t just a bag, it’s a partner in crime, an accessory to adventure, the friend who’d get you in trouble for breaking curfew in high school. Thanks to photographer Olivia Locher, visually this feels like what would happen if Andy Warhol piled all of his friends in a car and drove and drove without any real destination. It’s joyful and quirky, but also minimalist and stylish. In her own words: “We used a really fun collection of Baboon's friends as models—also, the most random collection of props: a boat oar, a steering wheel, lightsabers, 3D glasses, marshmallows, a stick from a tree outside my apartment that Bella [from Baboon] climbed to secure.” #superlatives #curatedbyfacebook #instagram #mostlikely
Best Depictions of Everyday Life: Sally Nixon (@sallustration) Perfect if you love: Pizza, watching movies from the ’80s and ’90s with your friends, super-stylized interiors, all footwear, just being on your own Genre: Illustration Why this work matters: Sally Nixon elevates moments from quotidian life into elegant images. Her subjects, mostly women, find profound joy in ordinary things: reading a magazine, eating cereal straight from the box, surfing the web in bed, or just being solitary and still. In her own words: “I do this because I believe there is beauty in real, mundane moments.
Class Adventurer: Cristina Mittermeier (@cristinamittermeier) Perfect if you love: Exploring the world, nature documentaries, elephants, seals, sharks, penguins, cheetahs, whales, rhinos, et al. Genre: Photography, Climate Change Why this work matters: This National Geographic ( @natgeo) contributing photographer has spent her career telling compelling stories about our planet, whether she’s documenting endangered species or giving her audience a glimpse into some of the most remote societies in the world. When it comes to depicting other human beings, Cristina Mittermeier is quick to note that many of the communities she comes into contact with place accountability and the value of community individuals above all else. She also uses her platform to depict exactly the toll climate change is having on our planet through photographs that are as unsettling as they are necessary to see. In her own words: “When I look at people, I want them to know, I am accountable to you and, hopefully, you're accountable to me too.” #natgeophotos #natgeo #nationalgeographic #photography #photographer #wildlifeconservation #conservationphotography
Milan based photographer Stefano Guidani is one of the most versatile photographers you will find today. As well as fashion, sports, celebrities, dance and cars, in recent years he has also made time to shoot for a nonprofit in Haiti after the earthquake, as well as in China. Stefano says all his photography is reportage. “I try to see something others don't in a way that can be deemed beautiful,” he says. “If you see the world differently you have a responsibility as an artist to capture and share what you see with the world.” #curatedbyfacebook #photography #fashionphotography #portraitphotography #milan #fashion #girl
NEW INC ( @newinc) is the first incubator of its kind, a museum-led initiative that celebrates the intersection of art, tech, and design. NEW INC’s director, Stephanie Pereira tells Curated, “I think an exciting movement in that art-tech space is that the tech space is really, truly, in an authentic way, welcoming the arts community to the table as leaders.” The incubator has grown a robust community of multi-disciplinary creative practitioners working at the cutting edge of such budding fields as artificial intelligence, wearable tech, virtual reality, and more.
Glenna Van Nostrand, who works under the moniker Bright Future (@bright_fuchsia), seems to have been born to be an aura photographer. “I grew up in a pretty New Agey household,” she tells Curated. “My mother was a midwife, herbalist, and energy worker. My father was a Jungian therapist and professor of divinity.” Van Nostrand sees aura photography as an evolving practice with what she calls the metaphysical arts, and she hopes fans of aura photography will make sitting for an aura portrait a regular occurence. As far as her long-term hopes for work, she says, “I really love working with collectives of people—communities, families, art collaboratives. Documenting groups of people over time interests me. It would be beautiful to have a family tree of aura photos that spans over generations.” If you’re at the Cannes Lions festival, swing by the Facebook Beach space this afternoon to get your aura photographed and read by Bright Future! #auraphoto #auraphotography #cannes2019 #canneslions
Did the internet even exist before Tim and Eric (before their shows ‘Tom Goes to the Mayor’ and ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job’)? Did the world? Did the universe? Tim Heidecker ( @timheidecker) and Eric Wareheim ( @ericwareheim) were creating meme content years before any of us thought to create and share meme content on whatever social platforms we favor. Call it alt-comedy, call it weird, incomprehensible, niche, bizarre. But the point is Tim and Eric have a kind of preternatural understanding of obscure pop culture, absorbing the visual language of commercials and old public access programming and spitting it back out in sketches that feel like they only approximate real life in the most uncanny way. All of this is to say, when Purple ( @purple), a mattress and bedding brand into whose ethos is baked an obsession with the science of sleep, recruited Tim and Eric to make Purple-related content, the brand was looking for something that didn’t feel like any commercial anyone had ever seen before.
REO ( @thisreo) is a true renaissance man for the Instagram age. He makes videos, writes music, creates prints, takes photos, and, as he tells Curated, he's "even been getting into making some installations, lately." He's a staple at shows for indie designers during men's fashion week, and has created videos for mega brands like Nike, Sprite, and Adidas. But it was his kaleidoscopic videos of people cut out and placed against abstract backgrounds that first brought him attention. #soundon to hear some of REO's music, as well as his take on how his work comes together. #repost
Michelle Kolnik, who performs under the monker DJ Crykit ( @djcrykit), knows how to party. More importantly, she knows how to make a crowd feel like they're at the best party ever, every single time she's on deck. Kolnik got her start when she was just a pre-teen, making mixtapes on a boombox in her room. Later she became fascinated by rave culture, which evolved into an encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop. As an entrepreneur, Kolnik has created Crykit's Playhouse ( @crykitsplayhouse), a side project through which she expresses her obsession with the collision of style and music. Kolnik curates and sells an eclectic mix of clothing she sources herself. Attendees of her monthly Playhouse parties can expect aggressively stylish fashion shows and, of course, highly danceable beats spun by Kolnik and her friends. She promotes all of this with videos shot in her apartment that show off her highly sophisticated taste in music and fashion, as well as her own surprisingly slick moves. #repost #dj #curatedbyfb #curated #facebook #instagram #vinyl #lasvegas
I am Anna Salmi (@salmi_anna). I make illustrations and animations, and I'm especially into GIFs. I love to illustrate bold and empowered women who we can look up to. I created a GIF for Solidaarisuus ( @solidaarisuus70), an international solidarity foundation, for a campaign to end violence against women, a GIF for an essay by Sara Yasin about not wearing the hijab that was published in Buzzfeed News ( @buzzfeednews), and a GIF that just brings to life a daydream about a road trip. I would love to see a future where images in printed newspapers would move like in the Harry Potter universe. I used mostly Photoshop but some After Effects for editing and Procreate when I paint. #repost #womenshistorymonth
“Our communities are yearning for safe spaces to be creative,” says Andi Scull ( @andiscull), founder of HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Campaign ( @hopecampaign), a nonprofit that produces community-focused cultural creative experiences that draw on the expertise of artists, designers, directors, and producers. Originally founded in 2006 to raise awareness around the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Scull's initiative has broadened to address a variety of causes. In Austin, where Curated caught up with Scull during SXSW, one of HOPE's most recent developments is an outdoor gallery and art garden, where the letters H-O-P-E are visible from the air. #portraits #womenshistorymonth
I am Divya Seshadri (@bydivya). I make illustrations and illustrated comics. I do this because I believe representation matters. I used Adobe Creative Suite and Procreate. #repost #womenshistorymonth
Artist Jessy Nite ( @jessynite) is an illustrator, a sculptor, a painter. But she is best known for her text pieces—letters made from metal spelling out phrases like “SUN IS HIGH SO AM I,” “REMEMBER ME,” “LIKE PARADISE,” and “HIGH HOPES”—that jut from the walls of outdoor spaces. Shadows cast by the letters grow and shrink with movement of the sun, and anyone passing by stop to admire. But Nite isn't just creating clever sundials; she begins every piece with its ultimate location top of mind. “Each text is going to be very much related to the neighborhood and the environment and the placement of it,” she says. “People are going to places to see this work so it's really nice if the work can say something about the place they're going to, too.” See more from Jessy Nite in our latest episode of #ACuratedConversation on IGTV.
Follow @dior right now and you'll get a free pair of DiorSoLight sunglasses. I mean, the glasses are an AR filter Dior created with creative content studio The Mill ( @millchannel) and Facebook's Creative Shop, but they're free in the sense that you can go to Instagram Stories right now and try them out against a kaleidoscopic background. Congrats, Dior, on the elegant filter! Wouldn't have expected anything less. #repost
Shelley Zalis ( @shelleyzalis) is in the business of advancing workplace equality. She founded The Female Quotient ( @femalequotient) to raise awareness around some hard metrics about women in the workplace, to advocate for greater diversity, to create opportunities for collaboration, and to generate more thoughtful conversation about what it takes to be a great leader. Be on the lookout for The FQ Lounge and other upcoming Female Quotient events. #portraits #womenshistorymonth
I am Karo Oh (@karo_oh). I make illustrations and animations (and good food in between). I created a personal illustration that I first published on March 8, International Women's Day 2019. I used Procreate for this piece, but my other two favorites are Photoshop and After Effects. #womenshistorymonth #repost
We’re continuing our celebration of #womenshistorymonth with painter Charlotte Keates ( @charlottekeates), whose work of midcentury architecture seems to exist outside of time and space. After spending three months traveling through the United States and Canada, Keates returned to London to paint structures that captured what it felt like to occupy a place, even if just for a few minutes. “It's kind of a combination of memories and observations of spaces, combined with some of my own imagination,” she says of the project. Her hope, she explains, is for her paintings to spark some kind of memory or connection within the viewer, even if the viewer has never been to a building like the one they're observing. “I'm mostly collecting Kodachrome slides from the '50s at the moment,” Keates continues, “because I wanted to get the same idea of a journey back then when the places were being built.” For this episode of #ACuratedConversation, we sat down with Keates during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2018. Watch the full interview now on IGTV.
At SXSW, the Facebook Art Department ( @fbairprogram) partnered with Facebook Creative Shop and Austin-based HOPE Outdoor Gallery ( @hopecampaign) to create a public mural with original AR pieces. The project – aptly named “AR/T” – is a Spark AR initiative to create augmented, community-driven experiences that change the conversation between the viewer and the artwork. Local painters from the HOPE program were matched with AR artists from the Spark community—including Bruno Canales (@crea.st) and Caco Peguero ( @unitedfutures) featured above—to bring their visions of Austin to life. “People often think of futuristic technologies as cold. Through art, we are showing how Spark AR can bring new depths of warmth and soul to an artists’ vision,” says Elizabeth Valleau of Facebook’s Creative Shop. The mural is installed at The Native Hostel ( @nativehostel) in Austin with QR codes placed throughout to initiate the AR. The art will be left behind as a gift to Austin and a sign of gratitude to the community. #repost
Up next in our #instagramcreators series is Liss Amyah, an Australian mother of six and an artist with a focus on all things calligraphy and lettering – or as she prefers to call it – letterigraphy. Check out her account at @lissletters and read more about her via the link in our bio. #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness
To fuel her passion for seeing others discover their creative freedoms, @lissletters teaches online courses. “Working out how to teach others helps me grow as an artist. It forces me to stretch myself, try new things, and get better at them so I can help others get there too.” To learn more about @lissletters, check out the link in our bio. #instagramcreators #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness
Covering a broad range of subjects and topics, Dominique is the creative voice behind @allthatisshe. Splitting a myriad of content creator roles between her and her partner Dominic, @allthatisshe is a fun and creative #instagramcreators feed that's constantly inventing new styles and producing innovative content. Check out Dominique's work @allthatisshe and read more about her process via the link in our bio. #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness
Dominique is constantly pushing herself to invent a new visual trend on @allthatisshe that will be adopted across the platform - like the #allthatisthree style image that’s gone viral and what her feed is known for. In her own words "knowing that your work has inspired others is truly amazing." Read more about @allthatisshe via link in bio. #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness
Have you met IG Creator Caroline Solomon AKA @lowcheekbones? Caroline started her account as an outlet to parody the ridiculous makeup trends and tutorials she was witnessing in the beauty industry. Since then, she has expanded the account into DIY mash-ups of food, pop culture, and fashion. Check out her work @lowcheekbones. #instagramcreators #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness
@lowcheekbones got her start as a beauty assistant at Glamour magazine. Bored in the beauty closet, one day she decided to take home some products and film herself trying to use them. She’s been hooked on making videos ever since and films most of ‘em around NYC, including on her roof. Read more about @lowcheekbones via link in bio. #instagramcreators #creatorsfridays #curatedbyfacebook @instagramforbusiness