Crane operator by day, robot craftsman by night, Dmitry Balandin has spent over six months creating a new roommate for his apartment. The Ukrainian Sci-Fi buff was inspired by the hit-series Battlestar Galactica to create a Cylon, but since metal materials would have cost upwards of $3,000 and been difficult to work with inside of his apartment, he opted for plywood and steel screws which only set him back $300. He wanted it to have a human-like appearance and since that would be tricky with wood, he used lifelike joints to give the figure hominid positioning abilities. Balandin’s Wooden Cylon shows off his life-like movements in this photo series- sitting on the couch reading a newspaper, arm wrestling his maker, and boiling water for tea. [Read more...]
When Michael Johansson isn’t treating his art like real-life Tetris, he’s making life-size injection molded “assembly kits” of everyday objects. Need a new hair dryer or lawn mower? Don’t worry, he’s got you covered with all the pieces flat packed on a board, ready to break off and build. His whimsical art pays homage to the plastic model kits of our youth (ok, I’m still obsessed), where our favorite cars, planes and ships were all waiting for us in in one small box. [Read more...]
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when there were no clothes dryers and people used the sun’s energy to dry their washed clothing. Now dryers account for almost 6 percent of energy consumption in the U.S., releasing up to a ton of CO2 into the environment per household each year and in some states it’s illegal to hang your clothes outside to dry! (Time) In 2007, the last factory manufacturing clothespins in the United States was closed. They could not compete with the ever growing Chinese market. To bring awareness to these issues, artist Gerry Stecca creates magnificent sculptures out of clothespins.
Rogan Brown is an explorer of the natural world, both mineral and vegetable. His simply stunning response to the things he finds are these beautiful cut paper artworks which pop from the canvas in textural form. Serpentine roots, branching rivers, blood vessels – it’s not always easy to determine what first inspired what, but they are all the forms and motifs of the natural world repeated throughout many different scales. [Read more...]
You may have never heard of the Droste effect, but you’ve seen it before in loads of artworks. The effect sees one image repeated, seemingly in infinite repetition, within the same image. What you probably haven’t seen is that effect realized in a sand sculpture. Carl Jara did just that with his sculpture “Infinity” at the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition in New Hampshire. In his sculpture we see a figure holding a smaller version of himself atop his palm, and a smaller version atop that figures palm, and on and on to infinity… well, not quite. What is probably the most surprising part of the sculpture is those massive fingers popping out of the beach, revealing the presence of an even larger figure below the sand. [Read more...]
If stopping by the dry cleaner to drop off and pick up clothes is a normal part of your routine, then you’ve probably accumulated more wire hangers than you could ever need. While many people throw these cheap hangers away, opting for stronger hangers, Scottish artist David Mach transforms them into fierce sculptures. Famous for his unique choices in materials (matchsticks, Scrabble pieces, dominoes and playing cards to name a few) the Scottish installation artist and sculptor never seems to run out of fresh ideas. [Read more...]
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...]
What would recording artists think if they knew cassette tapes featuring their music were being transformed into bizarre melted sculptures? I’m guessing the guys from The Kinks might be a little impressed their album’s remains are melted into the skull of a fake dead bird – yeah, that’s pretty rock and roll! Other artists might take it a bit personally, perhaps a symbol of their long past career.
These are the work of Georgia based artist Brian Dettmer, better known for his book sculptures which tell new stories through their intricately carved pages. Dettmer creates most of his work from sources that no longer have a clear use, repurposing them and controversially giving them life anew. [Read more...]
The world of dreams is one that makes complete sense until you wake up… the fact that you might be part panda, part bearded human makes no difference. Then your eyes open and the realization hits you… what was that?? Artist Tomas Schneider’s strange sculptures are inspired by those dreamy and mind wandering states where anything is possible and bizarre events often transpire [Read more...]