January 2012 Blog Posts (239)

Uprooted Walking Trees

An uprooted tree typically has roots at the bottom, but sculptor Yoan Capote's bronze renditions change that convention. Instead of roots, there are boots in the Havana-based artist's large-scale sculptures. The long metallic trees lay beside each other, extending human legs and feet in the work entitled Migrant. The installation is a metaphoric representation of migrating one's…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Three-Dimensional Geometric Light Paintings



Photographer and expert light painter Trevor Williams blows our minds with his three-dimensional light graffiti. Williams, who is originally from Canada, founded the group Fiz-iks, which is based in Japan. The group explores fascinating locations throughout the architecturally rich country, redefining its surroundings. Equipped with various LED and xenon flashlights, the…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2012 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Bold Breaking Waves by Maggi Hambling



Maggi Hambling bring forth the energy and power of waves through her beautiful oil paintings. The sea has become an obsession for Hambling who starts each day with a ritual. "Early each morning I go down to the sea and try to capture its mood by drawing, and each day is different. Back in the studio, these drawings become paintings. Whether they are tiny or cover the studio wall, I try to…

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Added by alice on January 31, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Shocking Sculptures by Mark Jenkins



Installation artist Mark Jenkins recently brought his work indoors at his first solo show, Glazed Paradise, hosted by Gestalten. Most famously known for his street installations made of tape, this particular project involved life-like figures placed throughout the Gestalten space in order to provoke audience reactions through interactions with the forms.

His sense…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 31, 2012 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Elaborate Art on an Office Whiteboard

Data manager Bill Taylor has found new ways of using everyday office supplies to reconnect with art and to jazz up his North Carolina cubicle. “Some people put up pictures and newspaper articles. Maybe calendars or stuffed animals. Perhaps I will get around to those things. For now, I just draw on the whiteboard.” He spends about 2-5 minutes a day sketching with his personal…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 31, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

Pop Culture Locations Turned Illustrations

The Simpsons - Moe's Tavern

If you've ever wanted to see an artist's interpretation of famous TV locations, look no further than Tim Doyle's new works for Spoke Art Gallery. Called "Unreal Estate," it's places that we all know and love, even though they only exist in our pop culture memory. As Doyle says, "'Some of us have been going to these places for decades -…

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Added by alice on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

20 Fantastic Photo Manipulations of Water

Disclosure: This post is coming to you from MiO. Change your water. Change your day. What do you want to change?

It covers over 70% of our Earth's surface and it's the most essential element to life. Water is so important…

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Added by alice on January 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Vintage Photos Remixed into Superheroes and Sci-Fi Characters





L.A.-based visual artist Alex Gross has taken cabinet cards to a whole new level. In the late 1800s, cabinet cards were a stylish, high-brow way to present portraiture. The cards were about 4 ¼" x 6 ½" and included information and advertisements on the back to promote the photographer. Due to the large size, a card could be displayed on a cabinet and easily viewed from across a…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 31, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reused Portraits are Uniquely Textured

For painter David Agenjo, a palette and a canvas are interchangeable. While he works on an older canvas, already covered in splotches of layered paints, the Madrid-based artist uses new canvases as palettes. His artistic cycle continues in this pattern of creating a new painting on a used canvas, while simultaneously preparing the next used canvas.

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Soaking Up Nature Photography



Long Island-based photographer Laina Briedis' seasonal images emanate a naturally Earthy beauty. A common tactic in her work is to isolate limbs or hide the subject's face within a frame and incorporate an element of nature (leaves or flowers) against an open backdrop. It's difficult to tell whether the female form or the natural environment is the main subject. It actually seems like they are…

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2012 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Monumental Sculpture Demands Attention

Levi van Veluw is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Netherlands. His work often consists of illogical “combinations of materials, patterns, colors, and forms.” His earlier work, The Origin of the Beginning, involved a large amount of material and patterns to…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 30, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Beautiful Streaking Ink Paintings



How often do you sit around doodling while in class or at work? Artist Shane McAdams takes his doodling to the next level in his Ballpoint Pen Paintings series. The Brooklyn-based artist dismembers pens to get to the liquid nectar within - the ink. The abstract patterns that the multihued inks create are the root of the artist's work.…

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Bustling Movement of Megacities

It's quite easy to get swept up in the fast pace of today's modern world. Urban growth is rapid and, in the next twenty years, nearly 60 percent of the world will be city dwellers. Photographer Martin Roemers believes that “even with their bustle and chaos, megacities retain…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 30, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Emotional Trash Bag Figures

Using trash bags, unused grocery bags and plastic sheets, Pakistani artist Khalil Chishtee creates life-sized figures wracked with emotion. He uses these materials as a metaphor for "recycling our identities" or braving the problems of life.

“For the first time I have used trash or recycled bags as my medium because no matter how many times I recycle plastic, it will…

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Added by alice on January 30, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Intricate Paper Collage Art

Based in Montreuil, France, Nathalie Boutté takes what others may see as paper garbage—tissue paper, old pages from a novel, tracing paper—and transforms it into remarkable artwork by carefully layering paper strips. From up close the images appear pixilated. But if you take a few steps back, similar to some pointillism paintings, the image becomes clear.

Her process is…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 30, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

Beautiful Mother and Child Street Art by C215



French street artist C215 (aka Christian Guémy) made this beautifully moving mother and child piece at Vitry-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris, France. Called Peace, it's juxtaposed against on old, decaying backdrop. Love how parts of the image are made up of the word "peace," in different…

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Added by alice on January 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hilarious Drawings by Matthieu Barrère

 

We dare to try not to laugh as you look through these illustrations by Matthieu Barrère. Called "Aweful Drawings," they're a fun way to start off your week.

I really enjoyed reading Matthieu's thoughts on finding inspiration, via Nonsense Society.

"Everything I see, hear,…

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Added by alice on January 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Sweat the Small Stuff



Loving this beautiful typographic poster of the words "Sweat the Small Stuff" by Brooklyn-based graphic designer, letterer and illustrator Alonzo Feliz. "A stylish reminder that details matter, this one goes out to anyone in any line of work that cares about attention to details, craft, and putting in the time to make things just right," he says on his website. "It's a great addition to…

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Added by alice on January 29, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Beautiful Portraits of Today's A-List Actors

George Clooney



Photographer Gavin Bond recently shot these gorgeous black and white photos for Newsweek magazine's Oscar Roundtable. Taken in Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, these minimalist portraits really bring out the different personalities of each actor. Love how he even captured the scene-stealing 9-year-old Jack Russell from The…

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Added by alice on January 29, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Brilliant Jellyfish Photography



Photographer Alexander Semenov has a degree in Zoology with a specialization in invertebrate animals, particularly squid brains. Rather than fear the uncomfortable sting of jellyfish, like most of us do, Semenov seeks them out, discovering the natural beauty and magnificence of these creatures in their own environment through underwater photography.

After four…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 29, 2012 at 7:53am — No Comments

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