Got Snails? Turn Them Into Artists With This Clever Plan

Remember when Jackson Pollock became totally famous for splashing paint on a canvas? Well these paintings have that kind of flavor with no brushes required. Filthy Wizardy blogger Lindsey has developed a unique spring craft that will have your home looking like a Jackson Pollock gallery and your kids excited about art and nature, while teaching them mindfulness and patience.

Get Polygonized With This Awesome New Twitter Bot

Turn oridnary pictures into abstract works of art by simply tweeting them to Mario Klingemann’s Lowpoly Bot. Klingemann, who also goes by the name Quasimondo is a coder and artist based in Munich. The bot converts normal images into geometric images via hashtag commands like #subdivision, #shuffle, or #triangle. Or if you’re brave, you can let the bot do it’s thing without any direction. Some people even resubmit lowpoly images that the bot has given them to get something different.

Watch Fabian Oefner Cover a New Ferrari in Glowing Paint

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

Abstract Explosions in the Sky: Fireworks Shot with a Macro Lens

You know what they say about photographers: It’s not the equipment you have, it’s how you use it—or something like that. Nick Pacione has been using a macro lens to photograph something you’d really hope to be far, far away: fireworks. He captured the Fourth of July show in his home in Dallas, Texas, creating images that often look more like a psychedelic acid trip or big bundles of balloons than explosions in the sky.

Original Ceramic Pieces by Picasso- On Auction!

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From 1946 through 1971, Pablo Picasso often spent his summers kicking back on the French Riviera, taking breaks from painting. Not far from there, in Vallauris, he spent hours at the Madoura ceramics factory where he tried his hands at clay sculpting. Some pieces were original creations, others in series of hundreds, but all reflect his signature abstract style. Artnet Auctions has quite a collection of these ceramics and if you have an extra $35,000+ lying around, you can make the next highest bid on the piece above called Laughing-Eyed Face, which was made in 1969 as number 277 of 350.

Abstract Arrangements of Everyday Objects

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Through the proper lens, beauty can be found in the most mundane objects. Photographer Nick Albertson proves this as he arranges mass-produced objects from our every day lives, such as toilet paper, masking tape, envelopes, rubber bands, and clothes hangers, to create unique patterns and photographs them to look like abstract designs. While some of the objects are easier to distinguish than others, they all look far more interesting than the objects themselves.

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Interactive: Exploring Abstract Artist Connections

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Today it’s easy to take for granted the massive shift abstract art had on the art world and society as a whole. It’s easy to forget that at one time “realism” was par for the course and even the expressionists made sure you could identify the objects in their works. Then, just a little over 100 years ago, abstract artists appeared on the scene forever changing what could be considered art. This interactive visualization by New York’s Museum of Modern Art explores the similarly forgotten fact that many of the first abstract artists where highly connected to one another.

Warped Paintings & A Proposition

Artist Evan deSpelder takes digitally manipulated, distorted images and paints them in what he describes as “photorealistic versions of abstract expressionism.” The playful interaction of realistic imagery with stretched bands of color reminds me of some imagined meeting between Salvador Dali and Mark Rothko.

Now deSpelder has a new project: he’s created a Kickstarter campaign to raise support for his work while at the same time allowing contributors to commission small works from him. Smaller contributions gain prints, while the smallest garners praise. Interest in the project has been enthusiastic and the goal of $2500 has already been reached, showing that small Kickstarter projects with good content can really benefit the artist.