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This Isn’t Trash. It’s a Painting on Carved Wood.

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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These paintings are pure trash… but only on the surface. Beneath their rough exterior is a precisely carved basswood sculpture, and only the paint on the surface provides the exacting trompe l’oeil vision of reality. Artist Tom Pfannerstill creates his unusual sculpture/paintings based on discarded objects he finds on his daily travels. Calling his finds a ‘gift from the street’, they act as a record of his movements and a commentary on our commercial/consumer driven society. [Read more...]

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Artist Transforms Foraged Materials From Nature Hikes Into 3D Mosaic Mandalas

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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In June of this year, Matt W. Moore participated in an artist residency with SUMMIT in Eden, Utah. He was inspired to take “full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow [him] to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with [his] hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.” On his daily hikes through the mountains and valley, Moore foraged for native elements and allowed his findings to inspire his project. From shale, river pebbles and stones, to dead branches, bark, and dried grasses among other elements of nature, he created geometric mandala grids. Carefully aligning the materials, he described the process as “kinda like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.” [Read more...]

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Do Cats Look Like Their Owners? Cats Faces Merged Onto Their Human Friends

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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Every time we see a wrinkly dog walk down the street next to it’s wrinkly owner, we’re reminded that dogs can look a lot like their human friends. But what about the cats? Sebastian Magnani is following up his series Underdogs with a feline themed face merging called Undercats. It’s fascinating, freaky and pretty hilarious. [Read more...]

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Take a Bite of These Awesome Watermelon Carvings

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing quite like eating a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day (and one slice is never enough), but artist Clive Cooper is doing far more than savoring the flavor. He’s carving impressive creatures and characters into the sizable green and pink melons – from creepy goblins and ferocious dinosaurs, to the bears native to his home in Vancouver, BC. [Read more...]

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Modern Still Lifes & Portraits in the Spirit of the Old Masters

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you gave these images just a passing glance, it would be easy to think they were painted by a Dutch master of the Golden Age… but with a little more time, modern details start to emerge. Photographer Zdenek Sindelar is channeling the spirit of old masters, creating a series of still lifes and portraits that exude the moody aesthetic of the past while bringing it gracefully into the future. [Read more...]

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You Can Have Your Own Thundercloud In Your Living Room and Watch it Light Up to the Beat of Your Music

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Thunderstorms are fun to watch, but not necessarily the safest thing to do. Designer Richard Clarkson takes all of the awesomeness of storm watching without the danger with his latest creation: an interactive cloud for the home. You can get the nightlight version which only lights up or splurge for the interactive RC version that uses motion sensors to simulate the thunderstorm’s light and sound. Within each RC cloud is a lamp and bluetooth compatible speaker system. When paired with music, the cloud “lightnings” to the beat of each song. [Read more...]

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Personal Mythologies Explore the Banal & Bizarre

Thursday 07.03.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out. [Read more...]

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River Tables Look Like the World From Above

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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Greg Klassen’s hand-crafted tables have rivers flowing through them. Inspired by the natural beauty of his home in the Pacific Northwest and the tall trees that grow there, he uses the wood’s innately sinuous form to trace the path of water-like glass that cuts a path through the table’s center. His tastefully balanced design choices create furniture with a blend of free spirited organic form and geometric perfection. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Mechanisms with One Purpose: To Hold Themselves Up

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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Dan Grayber creates beautifully mechanical sculptures with only one purpose: to hold themselves up. While that may seem like a simple task, he often builds cement weights into his pieces, challenging himself to design systems to keep them suspended inside glass domes or cases using only the forces they exert on the smooth interior walls. [Read more...]

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