Pinar's Blog – January 2013 Archive (67)

Surreal Contorting Sculptures of New York Skyscrapers



Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea reconfigures the composition of buildings into far more flexible forms in his upcoming public art series known as No Limit. The artist's sculptures reintroduce iconic New York City skyscrapers as retractable, curving, and even wobbly structures. The project is backed by Magnan Metz Gallery, where…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Exposed Spring Mattress Reveals Wired Love Letters



La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles is an installation by Jad Melki, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, that reflects a very personal experience in the designer's family. In 1974, while Melki's mother was in Sierra Leon, she would write letters filled with affectionate words to the his…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Disney Princesses in Real Life (Part 2)

Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Helsinki-based artist Jirka Väätäinen's Real Life Disney Girls series presents a composite image of what an iconic female character from a Disney animation would look like in real life. Väätäinen's mixed media process involves collecting several images of celebrities and random beautiful women on…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Romantic Textured Paintings of Couples Walking Together

California-based artist Karen Tarlton's colorful paintings whisk us away into her romantic scenes of couples lovingly walking along tree-lined paths. Similar to the technique of painter Leonid Afremov, Tarlton uses a palette knife to produce her stunningly textured creations full of life.…

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Old Photographs Sliced Into Stunning Geometric Collages



Distortions of the Past; Collaborations for the Future is a series of geometric collages by Vancouver-based artist Randy Grskovic. The project is a culmination of the artist's intuitive response to found photographs and the distortion of memories captured within each frame. After discovering and collecting his photographic canvases at flea markets and…

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Clever Illustrations Reflect Hilarious Human Behavior

Graphic designer David Olenick perfectly illustrates the humor of bad decisions, excuses, and basic human behavior. Olenick's designs are cleverly executed with a handy array of puns and a quirky cast of characters. From a tough guy name badge that reads: "HELLO MY NAME IS: keep walking" to the affectionate T-Rex with his outstretched tiny arms saying "I love you THIS much," the…

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Added by Pinar on January 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Internal Anatomy Layered Within Classic Sculptures



Chinese artist Cao Hui challenges conventional perception of inanimate objects by re-imagining their innards as something more than the inorganic materials used to compose their exterior. When fully assembled, the artist's modular sculptures appear to be like any other finely crafted structure, but it's upon dismantling the piece that one notices the insides…

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Added by Pinar on January 28, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Kelly Slater's Water Park Generates Endless Waves for Surfers

Professional surfer Kelly Slater had always wanted a surf park where he could hone his skills while growing up and though it never came to fruition in his youth, the 11-time world champion is working on one for future surfers, fully equipped with man-made waves. Having just recently unveiled his website for the ambitious project,…

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Added by Pinar on January 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Biologically Living Chandelier Formed Within Petri Dishes



Normally, you wouldn't want to think about germs when you sit down to a meal, but design studio MADLAB brings bacteria right over the dining table with their Bacterioptica chandelier. The suspended light fixture is comprised of 15,000 feet of fiber optic cables connecting a variety of petri dishes. Its modular composition includes hundreds of metal rods, couplings, caps, and canisters,…

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Added by Pinar on January 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Artist Stencils Miniature Apartment Buildings on the Street



Berlin-based street artist Evol playfully transforms city blocks, power boxes, walls, and any other public architecture he comes across into micro cities as part of his ongoing Buildings series. The German artist carefully executes his crafty urban project by using stencils to mimic the gridded windows and balconies that line an apartment building's facade. Essentially, he is building tiny cities…

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Added by Pinar on January 27, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Photorealistic Graphite Drawings of Planes on Canvas

Cuban artist Jorge López Pardo masterfully illustrates metaphoric scenes about life in graphite on canvas. His portfolio's photorealistic renditions, particularly those found in his series' titled Black Box and Sighting, depict interpretive representations of how the artist sees the world. López Pardo uses a plane as a symbol of the modern man who…

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Added by Pinar on January 25, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Colorized Photos of Women Building War Planes in the 1940s



We've seen colorized portraits of popular and historical figures, but Webmaster Dave over at Shorpy.com allows…

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Added by Pinar on January 25, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Re-Imagining the 21st Century with Hover Cars



Although hover cars don't exist just yet, Air Drive allows us to imagine a future where they line the streets. The photo-manipulated series by French photographer Renaud Marion features some classic automobiles (sans wheels) miraculously hovering in the street. The series depicts a futuristic look at the new millennium from the point of view of a young baby boomer from the mid-20th…

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Added by Pinar on January 24, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Surreal Photographer's Emotionally-Charged 366 Day Project



Like his fellow teen photo enthusiasts, Indonesia-based photographer Mikael Aldo has embarked on a 366 Project, requiring him to share a photo everyday for a year. The young photographer, though admittedly new to the artistic realm of photography, manages to visualize his creative imagination. Aldo's emotionally-charged images are as much a learning process as an expressive outlet, giving…

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Added by Pinar on January 24, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Astounding Table Made of Thousands of Puzzle Pieces



If you thought IKEA furniture was difficult to assemble, designer Rupert McKelvie's aptly titled Missing Pieces table will make you think twice. The UK-based artist's custom creation utilizes puzzle pieces from box sets with an insufficient number of pieces. Instead of getting frustrated with the hours put into piecing each puzzle together, only to find that he's incapable of…

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Added by Pinar on January 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Bright Neon Portraits of Exotic Life Underwater



Photographer Mark Laita captures the plentiful patterns and beautifully vibrant colors of marine life that can be found submerged in the oceans in his ongoing series of animal portraits. Following his series Serpentine, which focused on multihued snakes from around the world, Laita has compiled this…

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Added by Pinar on January 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Masterful Textured Oil Paintings of Ships at Sea



Polish artist Justyna Kopania utilizes her skilled hand at painting to produce stunning portraits of ships at sea. Her Marine paintings series features a beautifully textured collection of oil paintings that make excellent use of color and form. In an age where artists are constantly working with unconventional, found objects to construct their new age "paintings" it can be a…

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Added by Pinar on January 23, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Teen Photographer Whisks Us Away Into a Surreal Dream

Georgia-based photographer Taylor Marie McCormick, aka lalasiy, captures and manipulates images to reflect a surreal world one would find themselves entering just as they're falling asleep. Equipped with her Nikon D800, the 19-year-old manages to creatively visualize an alternate universe where jellyfish rain down from…

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Added by Pinar on January 23, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Enchantingly Intricate Papercuts Inspired by Fairy Tales

Paper artist Sarah Trumbauer illustrates and creates original papercuts inspired by fairy tales. Equipped with only a few simple tools (acid-free paper and an X-Acto knife), the artist uses her own designs to meticulously carve out intricate patterns and silhouettes of enchanting scenes that are both familiar and new. The whimsical hand-cut cast of characters include young girls…

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Added by Pinar on January 22, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Incredible Wood-Carved Cityscapes by James McNabb



The City Series is a collection of wooden sculptures by designer James McNabb that mimics the skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline. The Philadelphia-based artist uses a band saw to skillfully "sketch" his model metropolises, carving into separate scraps of wood and assembling them together to represent an eclectic mix of buildings.

Initially, the intent behind…

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Added by Pinar on January 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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