Pinar's Blog – February 2013 Archive (66)

Scientific Sculptures of the Evolution of Human Faces

Sahelanthropus tchadensis

As part of the Safari zum Urmenschen exhibition (translated as Safari to Early Humans) at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany,…

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

Artist Carves Into Pencils to Create Incredible Sculptures



Equipped with a box of pencils and some carving tools, a Hungarian artist known simply as cerkahegyzo manages to produce incredibly detailed miniature sculptures. Each creation is constructed entirely out of its respective pencil, utilizing the wood and lead as its base and body. Cerkahegyzo uses the fine blades of razors and needles as well as the buffing capabilities of sandpaper, files,…

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Added by Pinar on February 28, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Incredible Archives of a Nuclear Bomb Test Underwater



As part of a series of US nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in 1946, a 23-kilotun nuke called Baker was blasted at about 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll and caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high. The images that resulted from the test are breathtaking, both in the beautiful and terrifying sense. The vertical movement of such an…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Beautiful Surreal Paintings of Daydreaming Maidens



Seattle-based artist Kari-Lise Alexander, who simply goes by Kari-Lise, paints surreal portraits of females enveloped by nature. Inspired by her Scandinavian heritage, the painter focuses her art around themes of Norwegian folklore. She explains, "Innocent maidens float in worlds of their own making, oftentimes losing themselves in their daydreams."

Kari-Lise's body of work has an…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Photographer's Girlfriend Leads Him Around the World



Photographer Murad Osmann creatively documents his travels around the world with his girlfriend leading the way in his ongoing series known as Follow Me To. Chronicling his adventures on Instagram, the Russian photographer composes each shot in a similar fashion. We see each landscape from the photographer's point of view with…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2013 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

My Modern Shop Spotlight #4 - Swan Kick by Chow Hon Lam



From beautiful landscapes and powerful portraits to colorful art prints and hilarious graphic designs, we're re-introducing the wonderful works of some of our favorite artists and photographers who have been featured here on My Modern Met. Better yet, prints and canvases of their works are available through My Modern Shop. As part…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Photographer Captures Stunning Images of Russian Meteorite



Photographer Marat Akhmetaleyev captured some remarkable images of the Chebarkul meteorite as it ripped through the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia nearly two weeks ago. The 31-year-old professional photographer was out on a routine shoot that Friday morning at one of his favorite spots, setting…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Artist Transforms Landfills Into Beautiful Chinese Landscapes



Photographer Yao Lu captures images of heaps of garbage covered in green protective netting and digitally manipulates them to look like a beautiful, mountainous expanse inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings. Yao's New Landscapes series manages to transform said garbage dumps with a few additions of carefully placed animals, ancient architecture, mist, waterfalls, and foliage.…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Statues of Blinded Men Ascending High into the Sky



Karma is an intriguing sculptural installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that presents countless men sitting atop one another while shielding each other's eyes. Like his Cause & Effect piece, which features a spectacular tornado of figurines, Karma presents figurative sculptures…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Scraped Wall Simulates Light on the Floor with Paint Dust



Ecuador-based artist Oscar Santillan presents the brilliant effect of light being cast through an ornate window for his installation titled Daybreak by simply sanding paint off of a wall and redistributing the powdery residue on the floor. This clever technique that requires nothing more than a scraping tool exhibits an effective visual illusion that plays with light, shadow, and…

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Added by Pinar on February 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Remarkable Hyperrealistic Sculptures by Ron Mueck

London-based Australian artist Ron Mueck produces unbelievably realistic sculptures with expressive facial features that complement their equally detailed human figures. The hyperrealist sculptor's work is world renowned for its extraordinarily lifelike quality coupled with his affinity for…

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Added by Pinar on February 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Intricate Miniature Tape, Thread, and Toothbrush Sculptures

Japanese visual artist Takahiro Iwasaki manipulates common objects, transforming them into intricately designed sculptures. From carving into rolls of tape and carefully assembling the loose threads from towels and socks to architecturally constructing the bristles from…

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Added by Pinar on February 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

China's Bustling Streets Photoshopped Into Perfect Symmetry

Atelier Olschinsky, a creative studio in Vienna featuring the collaborative work of Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss, presents a unique look at the bustling urban streets of China in its series titled China in a Mirror. The collection of digitally manipulated photos showcase a symmetrical view of populated cityscapes. The illusion of perfect symmetry adds an…

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Added by Pinar on February 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Shocking Lip Makeup Looks Like a Hungry Eye

You might be thinking, "Is that an eye with some sort of trippy contact lens or lips with some clever makeup?" If you guessed the latter, you'd be correct! Swedish makeup enthusiast Sandra Holmbom, aka psychosandra, created this wildly illusionary look for her lips, mimicking an eye.

From the intricately designed…

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Added by Pinar on February 23, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cute Paper Cutouts Interact with Real Life

Paper cutouts of cartoon characters have evolved into a meme known as Paper Child with a community on deviantART by the name of #paperchildREVOLUTION dedicated to the craft. The basic idea behind the ongoing, user-submitted project is to take photos of creatively composed paper characters against a…

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Added by Pinar on February 22, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mysterious Lampshade Man Snaps Photos Across Austria



A curious project known simply as Die Lampe, or The Lamp, features a man wearing a lampshade on his head as he poses for pictures all across Innsbruck, Austria. The unusual yet entertaining project this man has undertaken is masked in mystery along with the elusive subject's identity. Though his name and face are unknown, he certainly has a way of…

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Added by Pinar on February 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Slinkachu Recreates Tiny Scenes of Kids Amidst War



UK-based street artist Slinkachu, best known for his ongoing Little People Project, has just released three new installations commissioned by O2 for 20 Years of War Child, an exhibition…

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Added by Pinar on February 21, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Depicting Raw Emotion Through Powerful Faceless Figures

London-based artist Justin Harris utilizes a mix of media (oil, acrylic, pencil, and pastel on canvas) to create four powerful pieces for his series titled The Writer. The illustrator uses faceless figurative forms to depict an assortment of raw emotion. Each fragmented subject is seen crossing over the blank, empty canvas onto a designated grid of color, though their figure…

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Added by Pinar on February 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Blurring the Lines Between Organic and Digital Faces



The large-scale oil paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Justin Bower present a series of unconventional portraits of the modern human head. The painter's work features a visual clashing of figurative art and abstraction. Bower offers just enough of each technique to blur the line not only between the two but to also create a dialogue about the modern man's immersive connectivity to technology and…

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Added by Pinar on February 21, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

World's First Revolutionary 3D Printing Pen

If you're still trying to grasp the fact that objects can be built with 3D printers, you might want to take a seat because Boston-based toy and robotics company WobbleWorks LLC has designed a brand new, advanced version of this technology—the very first 3D printing pen! With this handy new gadget they're working on called the 3Doodler, people will have the unbelievable…

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Added by Pinar on February 20, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

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