In today's age of technology and internet culture, things like emojis, social media updates, likes and notifications, and Google services have become more familiar to many of us than picking up a newspaper or talking on the phone. Kiev, Ukraine-based artist Nastya Ptichek brings history and the modern age together in a tongue-in-cheek series called Emoji-Nation, which reinterprets…Continue
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Broken Mirror / Evening Sky is a stunning series by New York-based photographer Bing Wright, who creates breathtaking images of sunsets seen through shattered mirrors. Richly colored skyscapes are distorted by the cracked glass, abstracting the traditional image of a sunset in a visually striking way. Although the compositions are cohesive in their gorgeous saturation and…Continue
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Boulevard Poissonnière by Jean Béraud (1849-1936)
You can spend hours virtually travelling through Google Street View. It’s fascinating to get an up-close look at places you’d never see otherwise. If you’ve ever zoomed in on a city, you’ll notice that it offers fantastic details of shops and people on the move. Writer James Lileks…
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In an intriguing fusion of visual and performance art, Russian ceramics artist Mikhail Sadovnikov draws a seemingly endless series of patterns with wet clay (also known as slip) on a spinning potter's wheel. The process is incredibly mesmerizing to watch in motion, as Sadovnikov uses just his hands and a few simple tools to transform the blank surface of the wheel into a…Continue
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Artist Gaby Wormann reimagines living organisms as if they were combined with machines. Using the bodies of tarantulas, crabs, winged insects, and more, she adds gears, springs, and other mechanics to their fragile forms. The incredible works are intricately constructed and beautifully fuse organic matter with industrial elements. Together, they allow Wormann to create what she calls…Continue
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Inspired by the Vaux's swift, a species of birds that flock together in groups of 30 or more, and that build their nests in dark cavities, paper artist Bijian Fan has created this mesmerizing installation called Roosting . This particular work was inspired by the…
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Remember Norm, that personality-filled pug? Art director Robert Jahns (or nois7 on Instagram) has taken a photo of him and created this whimsical image of Norm strapped to a colorful bunch of balloons. Watch as he flies up, up and away!
As he writes, "This is Norm, he does almost everything to…Continue
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London-based artist Grégoire A. Meyer creates flawless digital illustrations that evoke emotionally thoughtful reactions. He captures the essence of fleeting moments, like a splash of water or a disintegrating face, and freezes them in time in ephemeral objects that appear almost tangible.
The works are distortions of the human form and create a complex relationship between…Continue
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While Polish street artists Sainer and Bezt, who make up the group Etam Cru, are known for their humongous building-sized murals, they also spend a good amount of time in the studio creating surreal paintings on canvas. This past December, Bezt participated in a group show in Miami called "Shoot for the Moon" with pieces that included Hide and Seek, of a curious girl hiding in…Continue
Through handmade craftmanship, multimedia artist Faig Ahmed creatively explores the ornate patterns and traditional designs of Azerbaijan carpets. He draws upon the culture and artistic traditions of the country in order to produce his unique and contemporary sculptures. By directly manipulating the wool, Ahmed transforms iconic carpet designs into modern creations.
He uses the formal,…Continue
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Chinese illustrator, painter, and street artist Chen Yingjie (aka: Hua Tunan) creates paintings that are alive with energy. Using a splattering technique, he creates beautiful creatures that radiate with vibrant colors. Night Owl is one of his recent pieces filled with a dynamic power that emanates from the bird's single golden eye.
Each of the artist's works is an expressive blend of…Continue
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Although this may seem like a simple, black-and-white image of a Pandora Sphinx moth, you'll definitely do a double take upon realizing that a woman is actually camouflaged as part of the moth. This is the work of award-winning fine art body painter Paul Roustan, who is a master at creating intriguing and deceptive body paintings. Looking closely at the images and video below, it's…Continue
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Ruinart, the world's oldest champagne house that's been producing champagne since 1729, has collaborated with artist Georgia Russell to create two cutting-edge, contemporary works, a gorgeous white ornament wrap and a grandiose sculpture made of cut paper. The…Continue
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Boston, come this fall, you're going to get one awesome statue. Professional sculptor Stefanie Rocknak beat out 265 other artists from 42 states and 13 countries to create a sculpture honoring author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. A five-member artist selection committee decided on Rocknak's stunning work that shows Poe with a suitcase in hand and a raven in front of him. Boston is the…
Renowned Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei has just launched his largest solo exhibition to date, called Evidence, in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau. The show is expansive, sprawling across 3,000 square meters and 18 rooms. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an installation called Stools, which features a staggering number of 6,000 wooden stools arranged in the atrium. The…
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This is a must-watch video. Composer, filmmaker, and artist Salomon Ligthelm opens his heart and soul in this beautiful short film called The Great Abyss. In it, he shares the sole reason why he creates. For anyone in a creative field or for those looking from the outside in, this film gives you an honest look at how an artist thinks and feels.
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The process of finding a shelter animal a permanent home is often difficult, and for black dogs it’s even harder. After photographer Fred Levy learned this, he began an endeavor to help these pups out. The Black Dog Project is a stunning photo series that captures…
We've just found one of the world's most dedicated moms. Over the course of four years, San Diego’s Angela Bonser used her sewing skills to handmake Disney-inspired costumes for her youngest daughter Haylie. Angela has whipped out miniature outfits that resemble some worn by princess characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, and Giselle from…Continue
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Self-proclaimed aviation nerd Mike Kelley recently compiled the outdoor activity of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in a single, amazing photograph. The architectural photographer spent nearly an entire day at the south complex of the airport capturing all of the takeoffs and some landings, then spent another eight hours using Photoshop to put everything together. It was…