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Shawn Saleme

About Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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Light Art Installations Take Us to Infinity

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Chul Hyun Ahn’s entrancing light art installations can take a viewer on a mesmerizing journey of contemplation as they seem to float through space. The installations are large and mysterious, creating a view similar to those in a science fiction movie where someone pushes the lever to go into hyperdrive. Ahn plays with the infinite in his works, which utilize light, color and mirrors to create a visual representation of infinite space. Look inside, and you will find no end in sight. [Read more…]

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Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters. [Read more…]

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Dutch Artist Stretches the Skin in Unusual Ways (It’s Not Photoshop)

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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At first glance one would assume that these manipulations were done digitally, but they were not. In her latest photographic series, Dutch artist Juuke Schoorl explores the malleability of the human skin. Utilizing simple techniques to modify the shape and texture of her subject’s bodies, it’s interesting to see just how much the appearance of skin can change with the lightest of alterations. Her project, titled REK (“STRETCH” in Dutch), used materials as conventional as tape, nylon string and thin plastic rods to shape the subject before shooting. [Read more…]

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Shane Hope Creates 3D Printed Art from Biological Molecular Models

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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What do get when you put molecular models and DNA structures into 3D visualization software and then bring it to life with homemade 3D printers? The artwork of Shane Hope. Drawing from information in protein data bank files, he creates complex collage-like visualizations and subsequently prints them to create complex and colorful arrangements. Or as Hope tells Wired “To fractalize aminos off forms to perform generative crystallography, code for crazy carbon chaining.” [Read more…]

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Art That Takes You Places: Metro Stations in Naples are Becoming Art Galleries

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style. [Read more…]

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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more…]

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Nope, These Glitchy Portraits Aren’t Digital. They’re Hand Painted.

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is becoming more dependent on technology, one has to ponder the impact on society. What are the tradeoffs to our personal freedoms and autonomy? Are we just codes that can be reduced or multiplied? This is a question that artist Justin Bower reflects upon and incorporates into his eclectic portraiture. At first glance one might believe that the art is created digitally, but there were no electronics involved – these works are entirely hand painted. [Read more…]

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more…]

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Half-Solid, Half-Shadow: Moto Waganari 3D Prints Wireframe Sculptures

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I wanted to create something that never existed before. Something that will amaze us because it is not feasible by human hands,” says German artist Moto Waganari. From the realm of 3D printing a new genre of art is emerging, and Waganari’s work is a prime example. Creating wireframe-like sculptures of humans and animals, his final piece is both solid and intangible – designed to interact with light and create a partnering shadow. [Read more…]

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Video Sculptures That Jump Into Real Life

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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For many years, MARCK was a “handyman” in Switzerland. Those are skills which have served him well in his later career as an artist, creating looping 3D video sculptures that blend multiple layers of reality and fiction. It’s almost impossible to look away. [Read more…]

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