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Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.

We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more…]

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Female Celebs… and He’s Really Good At It

Friday 10.10.2014 , Posted by
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Just remember this Halloween: with the right makeup skills, you can be ANYONE. Seriously. Just check out the skills of makeup artist and TV host Paolo Ballesteros from the Philippines. With his makeup kit, some wigs and fake eyelashes he’s managed to transform himself into all sorts of female celebs – from Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian, to Julia Roberts and Megan Fox (above). Even on his attempts that aren’t spot-on, it’s still impressive how quickly we can recognize the famous face. [Read more…]

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more…]

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Watch Fabian Oefner Cover a New Ferrari in Glowing Paint

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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This isn’t your everyday paint job. Artist Fabian Oefner (featured previously) recently worked with Ferrari on a project that would see their 2015 California T covered in streaks of glowing paint. First he traveled to the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy, where he test drove the new car [Read more…]

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Photographer Circles Globe to Capture Sunsets in Every Time Zone, In Just 8 Hours

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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Simon Roberts got to do something no photographer has done before – capture a sunset in every time zone around the world, in just one day.

The challenging project was launched to promote the Satellite Wave watch from Citizen, which automatically adjusts to the local time zone (something quite unique for a wristwatch). Their project took Roberts far north to 80 degrees latitude – close enough to the earth’s axis that the plane could keep up with the setting sun. At that position, they were able to fly against the earth’s rotation (it’s moving at just 180 mph that far north) enabling the plane to stay positioned in a permanent sunset as they traveled around the globe. (You’re nearly doing the same thing when you take a northern flight from east to west. Notice how LOOOONG the sun takes to set as you chase it.)

At precisely 6:30 PM in every time zone, Roberts photographed a sunset. The final video is called “Chasing Horizons” [Read more…]

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Art Is Right Up There With His Storytelling

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien An album of Tolkien’s lesser known art was released on Reddit by user ethan_kahn. Featuring pencil sketches and colored illustrations, some of the images were actually the covers on vintage editions of Tolkien’s books. [Read more…]

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Yes, This is What Norway’s Money Will Look Like in 2017

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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This past spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, ran a competition to design an entirely new banknote series. With a challenge to communicate the theme of “The Sea,” the competition drew entries from a wide demographic of the country – from professional artists to young children. Now after the final round, the jury has selected work from two colorful proposals to grace each side. One is beautifully detailed nautical images from The Metric System, and one is strikingly abstract from Snøhetta Design. [Read more…]

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Norman Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” Admires the GIF Masterpieces of Today

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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For the GIF connoisseur, there isn’t a huge selection at your local gallery or museum. But one art space has emerged digitally, bringing those with a taste for looping images that same sense of admiring a masterpiece… in the company of one particular fellow. He originally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur in 1951. It showed him observing what looked like a Jackson Pollock piece. [Read more…]

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This Incredible Hulk Sculpture is Totally Nuts (Yes, It’s Made From Them)

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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I’d like to say this Hulk sculpture is life-like, but we’re talking about a made-up superhero here. Let’s just say finding it down a dark alley would make you consider turning around…

Built by Thailand’s BanHunLek, the piece was built from scrap metal like most of the work from their shop. Pulling apart old rusting cars to salvage the metal bits is all in a day’s work. In the case of their latest Hulk sculpture (it’s not their first) the weathered surface just makes it much more tough. The most impressive part: look close, and it’s made almost entirely from nuts welded together. [Read more…]

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Painting With The Sun: Solar Pyrography Drawings By Jordan Mang-osan

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the rich cultural traditions of his native region in the Mountain Province in the Philippines, Jordan Mang-osan has been practicing art since the age of 19. He is an Igorot from the Cordilleras and holds true to his roots by working with raw indigenous materials. His patience and skill are evident in this series of solar drawings. Mang-osan steadily holds a magnifying glass to create pyrographic etchings in wood. [Read more…]

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