Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (185)

A Massive Field of 200,000 Clay Figures

British sculptor Antony Gormley is well-known for his life-size sculptures that creatively mimic the human body, but the figurative clay mounds from his series titled Field, though not as accurate in depicting mankind's form, holds deeper value for the artist. Gormley says…


Added by Pinar on April 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Changing Figurative Traffic Lights in Prague

In Prague, forty-eight standard traffic lights were replaced with filters depicting the usual walking man engaging in other atypical activities, including urinating, defecating, drinking, and hanging himself. The man behind these street art delinquents and figurative social statements is Czech artist Roman Týc, who also happens to be a member of the guerrilla art group Ztohoven. The traffic…


Added by Pinar on April 30, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Preserving a Penguin's Life Through Photography

What's black and white and has a tough life? A penguin. While we revel in how cute penguins are and the funny internet gifs they star in, these flightless birds lead incredibly difficult lives. Like the documentary March of the Penguins, this photo…


Added by Pinar on April 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Scariest Bathroom in the World

Typically, when people go to the bathroom, they seek a quiet place. Designer Hernandez Silva had other ideas. Located inside a penthouse in Guadalajara, Mexico, the scariest bathroom in the world sits atop a 15 story elevator shaft and features a glass floor to ensure your constant terror!

Those who are afraid of heights should probably avoid using this space. But, on the bright…


Added by Eugene on April 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Transportation Vehicles Made of 3D Wire

When I first looked at these pieces by Chinese artist Shi Jindian, they reminded me of really amazing line drawings. I was completely taken aback when I discovered that each form is actually a delicate and intricate 3D wire sculpture!

Shi Jindian says, “I don’t like hard, heavy materials…I prefer fine and delicate things.” So the steel wire is a perfect medium for creating these almost…


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

Two Tons of Glass Blasted Into a German Abbey

Paris-based artist Baptiste Debombourg continues to amaze us with yet another awe-inspiring installation. His newest work, Aerial, is the shattering of two tons of glass flooding into the room of a former Benedictine monastery called Brauweiler Abbey in…


Added by katie hosmer on April 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sweetly Surreal Paintings by Robert Dowling Jr.

Maine-based Robert Dowling Jr. creates wonderfully whimsical stories with a slightly surreal touch. The self-taught artist, who works primarily in acrylics and oils, often paints characters with their faces covered or turned away. Love art like this that both children and adults can enjoy in their own…


Added by alice on April 30, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Famous Artists are Dissected

They're instantly recognizable artists - Dali, Van Gogh and Picasso - and now their likeness is the inspiration for a new ad campaign for MASP Art School. Like that unfortunate frog you dissected in high school Biology class, these dead artists have been pinned down and are ready for inspection. Look closely and you'll see their insides, only their organs are different than the average person's.…


Added by alice on April 30, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Man With Axe Destroys His Past

While many of us see small figurines as children's toys, artist Liliana Porter sees stories in the making. She finds her "cast of characters" at flea markets, antique stores and other odd places and gives them a new lease on life. "On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can…


Added by alice on April 29, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The 10,000 Swarovski Crystal Cloud

A sparkling new art installation involving 10,000 Swarovski ELEMENT crystals and chicken wire was just set up in Georgetown, Washington DC. Cloud Terrace, by landscape artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot in collaboration with J.P. Paull of Bodega Architecture, made its debut at Dumbarton Oaks, a Harvard University institute that supports garden design and landscape architecture,…


Added by alice on April 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Secret Spy Photographs of Average Citizens in Prague

Unbeknownst to them, the citizens of Prague in the 1970's and 80's were being photographed by the secret police. Many of the elusively captured black and white photographs can now be found in a book aptly titled Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police, as published by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The intent of this classified operation was…


Added by Pinar on April 29, 2012 at 6:48am — No Comments

Kinect's Dazzling Infrared Lights Disco

Technology is constantly advancing, to the point where software is able to recognize human motion. The video gaming industry has flourished with this technology and continues to improve upon it with motion-sensitive consoles like the Wii and Xbox 360's peripheral Kinect. While the specifics of these mechanisms' inner workings are beyond my grasp, I understand that light plays a…


Added by Pinar on April 28, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Rotating Bike Pedals Form Colorful Circles

I loved my spirograph toy when I was a kid, and this Drawing Machine by Australian visual artist Joseph Griffiths looks like even more fun! Griffiths says, “I make drawings and installations which explore my interests in nature, urbanism, folklore, technology, craft, and the relationship between creativity and survival.”

The mixed media installation requires a user to…


Added by katie hosmer on April 28, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Shifting Energy Into Layers of Color

When you see these paintings by artist Tobias Tovera, you may find yourself getting lost in the shifting, swirling sea of lines and shapes. The strokes of vibrant color evoke a sense of energy and the layers of pigment undulate across the panels in these complex scenes. Some of his pieces are reminiscent of distant nature landscapes. In the abstract shapes, I can almost see the ghostly…


Added by katie hosmer on April 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Recreating a Scorched Room with Black Thread

When I first set my eyes on Japan-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota's work, I wasn't sure if I was looking at an installation or a dark charcoal illustration. Though the piece echoes sketch-like imagery, it is in fact an installation piece involving a burnt piano in a room ravaged by black wool. The work known as In Silence is inspired by Shiota's own traumatic…


Added by Pinar on April 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Eat in Style with Laser-Cut Seaweed

Japan-based ad agency I&S BBDO puts a new spin on a centuries old Japanese delicacy. In an effort to reignite the seaweed-eating community for their client, the series of laser-cut seaweed known as Design NORI offers a stylized meal to entice consumers. By taking traditional seaweed and cutting intricate patterns into them, each sushi roll created with the edible square is turned…


Added by Pinar on April 27, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paige Bradley's Stretching Sculptures

You may remember Paige Bradley as the talented artist who completely blew us away with Expansion, an incredibly beautiful sculpture of a naked woman with light bleeding out of her cracked body. Her recent set of works are just as amazing but involve a different type of material, silver nitrate. What's most intriguing is how these figures appear to be stretching out of…


Added by alice on April 27, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Zaha Hadid's Gorgeous Water Table

Famed architect Zaha Hadid recently debuted a new table that stopped us in our tracks. Called Liquid Glacial, it's a clear acrylic table that looks like it's transitioning from ice to water. Ripples start at the center and descend downwards, toward the legs. Quite gorgeous, isn't it?

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Added by alice on April 27, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

An Interview with Robby Cavanaugh

After a recent post about photographer Robby Cavanaugh, we had the opportunity to catch up with him for a follow-up interview. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us, so we’ve included several more of his expressive photographs along with that interview…


Added by katie hosmer on April 27, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments

Recording Moments Along the Streets of Lisbon

Photographer Rui Palha’s black and white portfolio of Street Moments takes you on a journey into an inspirational new world. Palha believes that photography is the practice of being in the streets, of learning and capturing, giving flow to what the heart feels. He says, “Why black and white? Because if you are photographing in color you show the color of the clothes. If you use black and white you will show the color of the soul.”

In his book called Street…


Added by katie hosmer on April 27, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

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