Growing up, my parents raised me on the disposition that it's good to be uncomfortable once in a while. "It puts hair on your chest," my dad would always say. While that didn't make any sense at the time, I grew to learn that symbolically, he speaks the truth. So, in turn, I like my art to be a little challenging. Much like Studio KK's series "The Uncomfortable"—which features furry plates, a cement umbrella, toe-less galoshes and tilted chairs—Seyo Cizmic's ceramic work embodies a similar sentiment, while edging a bit into the realm political commentary. The San Diego-based ceramicist/painter incorporates both physical and mental contradictions that leave the viewer equal parts contemplative and unsettled.
Aside from ceramics, Cizmic also dabbles in filmmaking. My Design Week saturated brain's first response to his short "Everyone has a Song in their Hearts" goes something like this: "Woah, that's a lot of shoes." Obviously, it's a little more involved than that. Check it out:
Another video includes a set of dancing knives set to cartoonish music, disregarding the design's danger and functionalities, which for some reason is—you guessed it—uncomfortable to watch.
Check out more of Cizmic's work on his website.