Photographer and filmmaker Armand Dijcks loves to push boundaries. Even as a child he would take his toys apart to build new, more exciting ones or use the original toys in ways unintended by the manufacturer. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that in 2009, when Dijcks bought a Canon 5D Mark II, he looked to do something besides shoot plain photos or… Continue
Going on now, at the MOCA Pacific Design Center, is an exhibition of work from the fashion and custom designers behind Rodarte. More than 20 pieces from Rodarte's Spring 2010, Fall 2010 and Fall 2008 runway collections are on display along with original ballet costumes worn by Natalie Portman for the critically acclaimed movie Black Swan. “We worked and are friends with Natalie; she has… Continue
He calls himself "a travel junkie, caught between the dream world and the real world." Indeed, look through Arjun Purkayastha's portfolio and you'll notice two things. One, that he's been to more countries than possibly anyone you've ever known and two, Purkayastha has a distinct style that makes him seem more like an artist than a photographer. With a… Continue
While we've seen our share of paper cut art, we've never seen anything as grandiose as this. Tomoko Shioyasu takes huge sheets of synthetic paper and carefully and repeatedly cuts away at it. Using utility knives and soldering irons, she meticulously chisels the paper until she creates intricately carved patterns or swirling designs.
Look closely and you'll notice a natural rhythm… Continue
Think these pieces were made from pencil, pen or paint? Think again. Artist Matthew Cusick cuts away pieces on maps, atlases, encyclopedias and school textbooks, to create crazy collages that look like drawings or paintings. “I like to catalog, archive, and arrange information and then dismantle, manipulate, and reconfigure it," he says.
Seattle-based Japanese artist Yumiko Kayukawa is currently showing new works at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. By mixing pop culture references with more traditional Japanese imagery, the artist takes us on a strange and mysterious journey. Watch as her brave heroine becomes surrounded by an entourage of wild animals including bears, wolves, bunnies and deer.
Shepard Fairey's team
While we're all used to seeing contemporary art hang on gallery or museum walls or even on the street, we usually don't come face-to-face with it in unexpected places like this! The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas wanted to change that. Their "Wallworks" art project brought together four figures in contemporary art, Shepard Fairey, Shinique Smith, RETNA and… Continue
In 2010, Iceland experienced an epic volcanic eruption that captured the attention of people worldwide. Eyjafjallajökull spewed ash into the air as experts warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud was sufficient to jam aircraft engines. European air traffic was at a standstill for weeks.
While most saw the natural disaster as a huge inconvenience,… Continue
Kenny Random is a Padova, Italy-based street artist who creates silhouette-style men that looks like they're living inside city walls! Don't think that they're unhappy. Rather, they seems quite content, even enjoying their urban surroundings. As Random says about them, "My characters communicate in silence. And I prefer not to add words."
Not much is known about street artist Kenny Random… Continue
Banksy makes us think with his satirical street art. TED prize winner JR inspires us with his soulful portraits. But it's only OakoAk who can make us laugh with his cute and clever pieces. Lately, the French street artist has been on a tear, turning park benches, stoops and dilapidated walls into wonderful and unexpected places for art. We love his take on… Continue
On my recent stay at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, I was taken aback by an incredibly cool experience in their lobby. Created by Digital Kitchen, the living art is made up of 8 columns, which have 12 individual screens on each side. Using a combination of photography, film, and 3D and 2D animation, Digital Kitchen presents several stories that are as beautiful as they are… Continue
As a theater major, Barry Underwood was used to building sets. How that experience would play out later in his life wasn't clear to him until one day, he saw photos by American photographer Robert Frank. Instead of documenting what he saw, Frank was known for creating narratives out of constructed images. A light bulb moment went off in Underwood's head. "It showed me that you could apply an image… Continue
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My Modern Met’s Art of Photography Contest, presented by YPOC, is your chance to show us the artistic side of your photography. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter. Also, this contest is open to both US and international entrants. Submit your best… Continue
As we come up on our 3rd year anniversary, you could say that we've learned a lot of lessons and gotten to know some wonderful people along the way. Not only have we developed some great relationships with amazing artists, designers and photographers, we've also had… Continue
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It's safe to say that Liu Bolin is a modern-day magician. In 2007, his advanced camouflage art exploded onto the art scene as we were all left speechless, scratching our heads at how body paint could seamlessly blend a person into their background. With a team of two assistants, Bolin paints onto his clothes and then spends hours positioning himself in front of backdrops until he's virtually… Continue
Shot, edited and screened at the Transmediale festival 2011 in Berlin, Germany, this video addresses some very important questions about what art is today. It features interviews with 13 leading digital artists and creative entrepreneurs who talk about everything from mass collaboration to curation.
My favorite quote: "The idea of originality and proprietariness also contributes to the whole Great Man Theory, which is slowly disintegrating — the idea of the… Continue
Artist Vanessa Prager is one of those people who can take very ordinary tools like ballpoint pens and make something extraordinary out of them. When I first laid eyes on her beautiful, storytelling pieces, I knew I had to get in touch with her. (See first post here.) Not only did I want to find… Continue
As only Google could do, you can now (virtually) step into some of the most acclaimed museums in the world! The internet giant has built a brand-new technology that allows their Street View technology to go indoors, encouraging us to explore inside museums and enabling us to see the incredible detail in over 1,000 works of art! "On average there are 7 billion pixels" per image, said Amit Sood,… Continue
Sylvian Meyer is a 30-year-old self-taught artist whose inspired by nature. "It has always been central to my inspiration," he tells us. "She speaks to me, telling me stories. Sometimes it's the material that will attract my attention first. In this case, the place of creation is chosen based on the material. I then try and create a contrast of colors and/or shapes. The harmony between the… Continue