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Larger Than Life Paper Cutout Portraits Made From Massive Sheets of Paper

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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From now until September 8th, Japanese artist Risa Fukui has a must-see paper cutout exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex. The Japanese art of paper cutting, also referred to as kirie, has been the force behind some magnificently talented artists like Rogan Brown and Bovey Lee, but never before have we seen it on such a massive scale. In her exhibition called LIFE-SIZED Risa Fukui presents 10 works that look like scribbled portrait drawings, so much so that it is almost unfathomable that they were cut out from a gigantic piece of paper. [Read more…]

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home. [Read more…]

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(In)Visible Art Installation for Burning Man Brings Iridescent Reflections to All

Wednesday 08.14.2013 , Posted by

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In the past year, we covered artist Kirsten Berg’s mesmerizing art installations that she brought to Burning Man from 2010-2012. This year she has another that is sure to attract and stimulate the many eyes on the playa. It is called (In)Visible, and it is currently going through a kickstarter campaign aimed at bringing it to Burning Man. The project is underway and there are just a few days left to make it a reality. [Read more…]

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Is it Copying, Remixing, or Just Chance? Website asks of similar artworks: Who Wore It Better?

Sunday 08.11.2013 , Posted by

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Call it a copy, call it a tribute… we might think we’re in the age of the remix, but we’re not: this has been going on for a long, long time. Just check out the mind blowing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson or these creative comparisons from a fantastic site that asks: Who Wore It Better? Whether it’s Roy Lichtenstein directly appropriating comic book art from Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (and making a small fortune on the subsequent paintings), or van Gogh reworking Jean-François Millet’s painting in his own impressionistic style, there have been centuries of inspired ideas passed from one creative individual to the next… and even our most exalted heroes of creativity aren’t exempt from the practice. After all, as Picasso reportedly said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” [Read more…]

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Vibrant, Fractal Floor Installations at Museum Valkhof in the Netherlands

Friday 08.09.2013 , Posted by

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Like peering into a 3 dimensional kaleidoscope, Dutch artist Suzan Drummen has created gigantic, colorful floor decor. Using chromed metal, mirrors, crystals, and stones she cleverly arranged the shiny bits into stunning geometric arrangements. Like fractals, from afar the shapes look bold and beautiful, but upon looking more closely the intricate details can be seen. The installation is on display at Museum Valkhof in the Netherlands. Lustrous circles and spirals extend from the floor to the walls, creating a gorgeous rainbow of colors for visitors to interact with. [Read more…]

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11 Art Installations that still need funding for Burning Man (Updated Aug 1)

Saturday 07.27.2013 , Posted by

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Every year thousands of enlightened human beings travel from all over the planet to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to participate in the Burning Man gathering. There is anything and everything there including many large scale art installations that take years to build sometimes. At this year’s gathering, there will be over 400 such art installations set up all over the desert area. While the Burning Man organization is very supportive of the arts on the “playa,” it is only partially funding about 1/7th of all the installations this year. [Read more…]

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Intertwined Scrap Wood Becomes Tree Columns

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira makes fierce installation art using scrap wood from the streets of Brazil. At first he would take peeling pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, with weather damage that were falling apart, using them as canvas for paintings, but soon he realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make unimaginable installations. He begins with a plywood skeleton (which he buys) and then uses his salvaged plywood to give texture and color to the structure. For his latest installation in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Oliveira made it seem as if the columns of the building were growing intertwined tree roots. [Read more…]

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Counting Sheep In Technicolor

Monday 07.22.2013 , Posted by

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Why do the most creative ideas come at night? Much of the psychology on the topic explains that parts of your brain responsible for processing new information will relax, allowing the more mysterious parts of your brain to run wild.  [Read more…]

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Baa Baa Black Sheep- Have You Any Phones?

Sunday 07.14.2013 , Posted by

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Remember back when people actually used their landlines because we didn’t have direct access to them at all times via cellular service? Go back a little further before cordless phones with buttons to that obnoxious rotary phone- where you had to wait for the wheel to return before dialing the next number and if you mis-dialed a number you had to start all over again- not to mention the tangling cords and obnoxiously small radius that tied you down to one spot. Other than reminiscing, and antique collections, there is not much use for the phones that once existed in every first world household. Jean-Luc Cornec came up with an amazing way to recycle these phones by turning them into a flock of sheep! [Read more…]

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Astounding Sculptures Growing in Montréal

Friday 07.12.2013 , Posted by

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It’s an art festival that will delight gardeners, sculptors and the public alike – the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a massive international mosaiculture competition taking place in Montréal, Canada. The exhibition, which opened June 22 and runs through September 29, features an astounding 22,000 plant species and cultivars spread through 10 greenhouses and 30 themed gardens… all carefully arranged to form living sculptures like a convincingly fluffy dog made of grass, to an unbelievably lush Spirit in the Woods. [Read more…]

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