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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more...]

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Nope, These Glitchy Portraits Aren’t Digital. They’re Hand Painted.

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is becoming more dependent on technology, one has to ponder the impact on society. What are the tradeoffs to our personal freedoms and autonomy? Are we just codes that can be reduced or multiplied? This is a question that artist Justin Bower reflects upon and incorporates into his eclectic portraiture. At first glance one might believe that the art is created digitally, but there were no electronics involved – these works are entirely hand painted. [Read more...]

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Half-Solid, Half-Shadow: Moto Waganari 3D Prints Wireframe Sculptures

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I wanted to create something that never existed before. Something that will amaze us because it is not feasible by human hands,” says German artist Moto Waganari. From the realm of 3D printing a new genre of art is emerging, and Waganari’s work is a prime example. Creating wireframe-like sculptures of humans and animals, his final piece is both solid and intangible – designed to interact with light and create a partnering shadow. [Read more...]

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Keep Off the Lawn: A Giant Climbs Out of the Ground in Budapest

Saturday 10.25.2014 , Posted by
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A giant recently climbed out of the ground in front of Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary… or so it appeared. The towering outdoor sculpture was part of a pop-up installation for Art Market Budapest, a contemporary art fair that happened earlier in October. The sculpture by artist Ervin Loránth Hervé was made from polystyrene and covered with turf patches to look like the grass was being ripped from the ground (hence the sculptures name, “Feltépve”, which means “Ripped Up”). [Read more...]

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Window Illusions on the Streets of Istanbul

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters. [Read more...]

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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle. [Read more...]

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MAD Campus: An Interactive and Eclectic Art Exhibit at the University of Washington

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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The University of Washington in Seattle is playing host to a series of interactive art installations this month, called “Mad Campus.” The event is sponsored by local art organization Mad Art, who makes it their mission to promote art to the public through innovative and surprising installations while supporting local and emerging artists. [Read more...]

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Banksy’s “Alarming” New Work in Bristol

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Despite the recent hoax claiming that he’d been arrested and identified, legendary street artist Banksy continues to paint up the city. In fact, in the midst of the uproar over whether he’d been identified, a new work appeared on his website. [Read more...]

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Artist Remixes the Starbucks Cup Mermaid in Unexpected Ways

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Some artists need a cup of coffee to get creative, but Korean artist Soo Min Kim just needs the cup. Over the past few years he’s been remixing the iconic green Starbucks cup, creating entirely unexpected scenes using the brand’s famous green mermaid as his star. Suddenly she’s not just swimming, she’s riding the subway, using The Force, and robbing banks. It’s a creatively caffeinated remix. [Read more...]

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Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Friday 10.17.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold. [Read more...]

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