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Kinetic Sculptor Hypnotizes Us with Wind Powered Art (and a Smart Interview Too)

Saturday 10.19.2013 , Posted by

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Anthony Howe’s kinetic wind sculptures have been going strong for a while now on the internet. “It shocked me that my art became somewhat viral online. I never thought the internet could do that,” he says. “The video revolution that is occurring is like a godsend to my work. It moves.” And that’s why we’re bringing it to you today – he’s got an exceptional new video interview out from The Creators Project detailing some of the influences behind his hypnotically moving kinetic sculptures. [Read more...]

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Shoe Fetish: Sneaker Sculptures Made From Cigarette Packs

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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When you’re young, the objects you covet are often different than when you mature. For Jason Ruff it was the sporty and rebellious combination of sneakers and cigarettes. Now he’s mixed those two “unattainable objects of my youth” in an unlikely combination: sneaker sculptures made from cigarette packaging. [Read more...]

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Artist Duo Transforms Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Painting Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen how 3d printing technologies have been used to reproduce exact replicas of classical paintings, but now husband and wife duo Rob and Nick carter have taken it to a new level. The London-based artists have teamed up with creative studio MPC to transform Van Gogh’s two dimensional Sunflowers painting into a 3d sculpture, bringing his brush strokes and details into a palpable form. They began with a computerized base mesh model to gather data to comprehend the volume of the work. Once their model was complete, they were ready to bring the piece to life, printing it out on the Projet 3500 with a material called Visijet-x, then casting it in silicon bronze for a final touch. [Read more...]

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Art Wars: Famous Artists Remix the Famous Star Wars Storm Trooper Helmet (Coming to the London Underground)

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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This Thursday, London’s Regent’s Park Underground station will be ‘turning the dark side into the art side.’ Ben Moore, founder of Art Below has teamed up with Andrew Ainsworth, the original creator of the Stormtrooper, to pay tribute to the iconic soldiers of the Galactic Empire. The project sees stormtrooper helmets left to the creative force of artists including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos… all putting their signature remix on the iconic form. [Read more...]

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Forever Bicycles: Ai Weiwei Revisits his Impressive Repeating Sculpture at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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World renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei recently re-released his impressively repeating Forever Bicycles installation at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche, an all night arts and culture festival. He previously installed the massive piece at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, that time stacking them on their sides and only using 760 bicycles… yes we said only. The new piece uses a staggering 3000 bicycles lit in such a way that they almost appear to be digital repetitions. [Read more...]

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Kristen Morgin: Nostalgic Sculptures Made From Dust

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine that you take a sip of what you think is soda and you are startled to find that it is actually milk. There is a taste bud vertigo-sensation where your brain processes this entire experience: First, total confusion, then, recognition of the new substance, followed by an epiphany of what just happened, and finally, humor when you reflect on how silly the whole scenario was. This mind-blowing mental process is just like experiencing one of Kristen Morgin’s unfired clay sculptures. Kristen Morgin makes realistically aged objects from completely unfired clay… pretty much compressed dust. [Read more...]

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Bizarre Sexualized Animal Sculptures By Beth Cavener

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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You walk into a room and find yourself eye-level with two erect human phallus on a pair of reared, making out, homoerotic goats. Welcome to Beth Cavener Stichter’s sculpture exhibit. Don’t expect to feel comfortable in a gallery featuring these larger than life ceramic beauties.  Beth Cavener Stichter  successfully exploits our cultural fascination with sex with a positive goal: to lead the viewer through a self-critical journey of creepy situations, which keep you mesmerized by the curiosity of sexual deviance. [Read more...]

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Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames. [Read more...]

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Liquid Solids: Mindbending Ceramic & Stainless Steel Masterpieces Sculpted by Hand

Saturday 10.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to say what is most impressive about Johnson Tsang’s sculptures. The sheer technical skills involved in creating such realistic details, the amazing fluid continuity between the parts, the way solids are made to look like flowing liquids, or the powerful messages behind some of them? In this first compelling sculpture, we see a gun melting and, as the liquid pools below, it begins to form the face of Buddha, suggesting that the power is in our hands to end violence, which will lead to peace on Earth. Human faces are common in Tsang’s works appearing in flower petals and ceramic splashes flowing from tea cups. Each piece looks remarkably fragile, yet is sculpted so perfectly that it stands strong. [Read more...]

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Dirty Little Secrets: Sarah Rosado Creates 3D Illustrations Sculpted From Dirt

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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Collecting dirt from local parks, NYC-based artist Sarah Rosado transforms what many people find ugly into lovely illustrations, capturing their ephemeral beauty at the perfect moment before they disappear. We’ve seen this sculpting technique done with food all over the internet, but food in itself is appealing to our senses; Rosado instead uses the soil that gives the nutrients to all we deem edible. Calling her project Dirty Little Secrets, she hopes to have 100 images when the set is complete and has finished 43 so far. Arranging the brown dirt to contrast on a white background to shape it into everyday objects like a camera or steaming cup of tea, she uses her camera to preserve the short-term sculptures forever. [Read more...]

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