Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado is definitely tapping into something. His visionary paintings capture the harmony of the universe with mosaic like geometric shapes and vibrant colors. His unique style of oil painting on canvas invites the viewer to enter a new dimension. Based in Torreon, Mexico, Calzado studied Graphic Design in ISCYTAC- La Salle and furthered his studies at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He has worked in the arts throughout his career in all areas, especially theater where he acted, did scene design and costuming. [Read more...]
Although many of us have fantasized about becoming an astronaut when we “grow up”, making rocket ships out of cardboard refrigerator boxes, very few people actually went through with it. But lucky for us common folk, photographer Ben Cooper gives us all a chance to relive our space fantasies. Cooper brings us an insider look at the Flight Decks of the Endeavour, Discovery, and Atlantis space shuttles. The fact that there are people who actually know how to operate all of these switches is pretty phenomenal. With this set, I see many photoshop opportunities for all of the digital artists out there. Larger versions of each picture are available for viewing or for sale on launchphotography.com. A poster size print would be the perfect addition to that refrigerator box space shuttle your nephew is building. [Read more...]
In 1939, we knew much less about our solar system, so much less that these illustrations by Frank R. Paul may have really made people wonder about what strange life may be living on other planets. His drawings were some of the first images seen by science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Forrest J Ackerman, making him one of the greatest influences on the early pieces in the genre. Using what little knowledge scientists had about the compositions of each planet, Frank R. Paul drew his predictions of what humans might find should they try to inhabit the other planets. [Read more...]
Landmarks are what makes a city recognizable, thus have become one of the most photographed structures out there. Seen in just about every person’s travel pics, postcards, and travel blogs they start to lose their excitement, but German artist Thomas Kellner has remixed landmarks in a unique photomontage style. He takes hundreds of pictures, scanning the entire structure one tiny portion at a time, then horizontally places the film strips of the individual pictures to reconstruct the landmark, thus creating an entirely new picture. The process is as complicated as it sounds, yet the final result makes it all worth the painstaking hours to get a new twist on something so familiar.
Alzheimers is a disease that many of us have lost loved ones to with 5.2 million sufferers in the United States alone. It’s a disease that can be more devastating to those closest to the person suffering than the victims themselves as their memory slips away. In this fascinating set of photographs, Tom Hussey shows the confusion that a person with dementia might endure on a daily basis. This “Reflections” collection was used in an ad campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, which is prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. Hussey won a Gold Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation for this set. [Read more...]
Environmental artist Nicole Dextras creates larger than life installations with a message to share, but the message only lasts as long as the weather permits. For her series Signs of Change, Dextras used wooden forms to create ice words that ranged from 18inches to 8 feet tall and placed them in various locations throughout Canada from the highly trafficked metropolis of Toronto to the pristine corners of the Yukon. The angle from which they are viewed as well as how far along they are in the melting process determine how a person might interpret them. She uses coloring in some of the sculptures to make them stand out more and make sure her message gets noticed and takes photographs and time lapse videos to record their life and eventual death. The medium of ice shows the transient nature of all things. [Read more...]
When we look up at the sky we often see formations of earthly objects in the clouds or constellations in the stars at night, but Adam Kennedy looked down to find some rusted structures that look like they belong in the sky. On his daily commute to school at San Francisco State, where he studies Cinema, Kennedy noticed that the rusty knobs on top of the old fire hydrants he passed looked strangely like undiscovered planets in our vast universe. He photographed the knobs and with a little Photoshop manipulation he transformed the rust into continents and the paint into oceans to produce his first fake planet. He posted a picture of the before and after images on Reddit and made the top of the Front Page. Since his hobby was so well received, Kennedy decided to start an indiegogo to raise the funds he needs to make a book of his images.
We’ve all seen jell-o jigglers in the form of letters, Easter eggs, dinosaurs, and more, but an artist by the name of Liz Hickok uses the colorful substance to create entire miniature cities! The transparent, tasty buildings are lit from beneath to show their gelatinous nature. Since the edible sculptures only last for a little while, photographs and video are the only lasting memory of each installation. For this model of San Francisco, Hickok even showed a model Earthquake on “Telegraph Hill”. [Read more...]
If you’ve ever traveled through Asia, chances are you’ve seen beautiful, lush, vibrant green rice paddys, but most likely they were a solid color. Every year, the farmers in Japan take it up a notch with these gigantic living murals made by planting different species of rice in the shapes of iconic figures like the Mona Lisa and Napoleon Bonaparte, ladybugs, and anime characters. They use varieties of rice that grow white, light green, bright green, or black to create the massive images. To have the perfect shape once the rice has grown takes a lot of patience and planning, as you can see in the time lapse video below. [Read more...]
Ever since we featured the clever Coffee Stain and Dyed Carnation Portraits of Red Hong Yi, we have been keeping our eyes peeled to see what creative “paintings without paint” she will think of next. For the month of March, she has embarked on an imaginative challenge to create food art scenes every day with a white plate as her canvas. So far she has replicated Banksy with red apple and Nori, remade The Scream by Edvard Munch with bread crusts, chocolate, dried fruit and seeds, paid an homage to Andy Warhol with a Campbell’s Soup Can made of condiments, and mimicked “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai Katsushika with nori and rice. Red invites all of instagram to join her on her creative crusade by tagging their plate art #creativemarch and has inspired some followers to join in on the fun. [Read more...]