As our loyal readers should certainly know, this is the fourteenth and final installment of the weekly Coroflot Genius Gallery, showcasing over a hundred portfolios over the summer of 2011. From foamcore prototypes to fashion photography, we hope that our carefully-curated selections—some 500 images in all—represented the strongest work and most coherent portfolios among the submissions, worthy of featuring both on the Coroflot homepage and Core77 itself.
Of course, we couldn't have done it without the countless submissions we've received, and we'd like to thank everyone who submitted a portfolio over the past three months. While we would have liked to revisit some of those portfolios that we'd shortlisted early on, this week simply saw too many strong submissions to pass up, including a variety of transportation designers, alongside our usual mix of product designers and illustrators. Turin's Liviu Tudoran is among the former, though it is his concept work that ultimately earns him the honor of being named our sixth and final book prize winner.
Liviu has a talent for visually striking transportation design, and the sleek digital chiaroscuro that characterizes his auto designs translates perfectly to science fiction-y concepts as well. The uncanny element of drama truly brings his work to life—you can almost hear the roar and hum of supernatural engines...
This week also marks the completion of the second book prize, by (alternate) winner Karen Preston. Folks of Fantasy and Places Untold is actually her second artist's book and even based on the online preview, it looks like something she can truly be proud of. The large-format edition has more of a narrative structure than Andrew Walsh's more abstract graphic design experiments in Gradient Species, though he might agree with her statement:I have always felt that art is magic. There is such an excitement that comes with creating something from nothing. One moment you have a blank space, and the next, there's a new world in front of you. When I finish a piece, and I like it, it's an incredible high. I can't sleep the night I finish a piece.
Without further ado, the last seven selections of the Coroflot Genius Gallery:
Peter Ragonetti (Brooklyn, NY) - Peter's found his niche in pet products, but his other work is worth a look as well.
Joris Dewolf (Antwerpen, Belgium) - Joris's painterly digital illustrations are invariably expressive and often funny.
Boris Schwarzer (Detroit, Michigan) - Boris designs a variety of vehicles down to the very last detail.
Andrea Moresco (Bologna, Italy) - Andrea's style is equally pop and punk, at times grotesque but all the more awesome for it.
Daniele Pesaresi (Milan, Italy) - Daniele demonstrates his strong sense of form in elegant renderings of a mix of ID standbys.
Alex Thusbass (Amerang, Georgia) - Alex's slick industrial design work is interesting whether it's on the market or it's just spec.
Palina Klimava (Gatineau, Canada) - Palina's drawings and illustrations capture her creative approach to straightforward subjects.
For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of seeing your name turn up as three months' worth of Mondays came and went, we can truthfully say that we didn't have the time or space (i.e. the bandwidth) to highlight everyone who deserved the recognition. We simply can't thank you guys enough.
We'll be posting updates on the book winners, but be sure to follow the Coroflot members who happened to strike your fancy (we've done our best to choose those who might be not only more consistent but also more active than their peers).