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The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like. [Read more…]

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Artist Plops Her Fat Cat Into Famous Paintings

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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Zarathustra the cat is really getting into classic art. The orange tabby has a passion for the great artists of the world, from da Vinci to Whistler – and as part of the obsession, he’s climbing into each famous painting. The Mona Lisa has never looked so pleased. [Read more…]

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In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales. [Read more…]

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The Art and Spirit from Midburn: the New Regional Burning Man Gathering in Israel

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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From June 3-7, 2014 the first official Israeli Burning Man event called “Midburn” took place in the heart of the Negev desert. While many Israelis participating at the gathering were familiar with the Burning Man event in Nevada, many had not been able to personally attend the Nevada Burn. Half a world away, this was the ripe opening for those who desired to join the unique Burning Man community. [Read more…]

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Slice Into These Incredible Glass Artworks

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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The impressive artwork you see here employs an ancient 4000-year-old mideast glass technique called murrine. Using long rods of glass cane, intricate patterns can be built into a loaf like form, only revealing the hidden details when a slice is cut off. While you’ve probably seen the technique used in patterned glasswork at your local art gallery, you’ve never seen the astounding level of detail achieved in these reinterpreted paintings from Loren Stump. [Read more…]

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Beautifully Repeating Skeletal Sculptures

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Czech artist Monika Horčicová creates sculptures using the repeating forms of the human skeleton. Far from being creepy, her works are beautifully complex studies of a familiar form, revealed through the use of unusual orientations and numbers. [Read more…]

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8-Bit Watercolors of Famous Paintings

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere in an alternate universe, the 8-bit graphics from old Nintendo and Atari games are meeting up with classic painters… or maybe that universe is right here. Adam Lister creates incredible reinterpretations of famous paintings, painters, pop icons and art world events using watercolors sectioned into distinctly retro digital forms. It’s a fun and revealing way to view the classics. [Read more…]

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A Moment After Kissing His Subjects, This Photographer Takes a Shot

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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Jedediah Johnson says he picked up photography as a way to meet girls he could kiss. At first it didn’t go as planned (meeting lots of girls, but kissing none of them), but it sure looks like it’s working now. His series, The Makeout Project is a lip locked affair that sees the Chicago-based artist donning copious amounts of red lipstick and kissing his subjects, both women and men. Shortly after he removes his lips – but before he removes his steadying hand – Jedediah takes his photo. [Read more…]

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Henrique Oliveira’s Museum Filling New Work

Monday 06.02.2014 , Posted by
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Henrique Oliveira (previously) is getting big, and I’m not just talking about his popularity. Transarquitetônica, his latest work, sees his signature scrap plywood sculptures filling a gigantic 1600m2 space (17222 sq. ft.) in the new building of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC) in São Paulo, Brazil (April 26 – November 30, 2014). It’s easily his largest piece to date. [Read more…]

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A Hilarious Stop-Motion Animation Inserts Cartoons Into Real Life

Tuesday 05.27.2014 , Posted by
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When we covered storyboard artist Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) a bit ago, we had no idea he’d go on to do something even more awesome. He’s been doodling on transparencies with permanent marker and white out, then inserting his wacky characters into the real world. The results, and especially the way they interact with the real world environment, are hilariously bizarre. Now he’s brought his doodles to life. [Read more…]

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