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How Creatives Work: The Emotional Performance Art of Marina Abramović

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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It is 2010 and a woman sits in the atrium of The Museum of Modern Art. She wears a white robe and across from her sits someone else, a museum patron, or more generally a human being. The woman sits motionless, staring straight into the face of the person facing her, not looking away or breaking eye contact for any reason. When the patron in front of her feels like they have had the experience they wanted, they get up and walk away. The woman looks down with eyes shut, preparing herself for the next person. [Read more...]

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Fantastic Sculptures Made from Common 2 by 4 Lumber

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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Unless you think your home is a work of art, you probably weren’t thinking about sculpting the last time you hit the lumber yard. Artist Morgan Herrin is doing something like that, taking common 2×4 lumber and using it for the most uncommon of purposes: creating fantastically perfect surreal sculptures. His creations are just as bizarre as his material, and equally beautiful too. In one example the bust of a woman is enveloped by sea life; in two others, medieval knights are seemingly dissolving into cave-like stalactites. [Read more...]

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Leanne Shapton Recreates Iconic Film Moments with Watercolor in “Sunday Night Movies”

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes learning the back story of a piece of art can be disappointing to the viewer, but Leanne Shapton’s explanation behind her new book “Sunday Night Movies” is completely satisfying.

“Sunday Night Movies” is a compilation of watercolor paintings Shapton created as part of a larger series “A Month of…” back in 2011. In a piece for the New Yorker, Shapton explained how the series only made sense to her really after she stepped back and viewed it after. [Read more...]

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Pixelated People in the Real World: A Series on Fuzzy Self-Representation in the Digital Era

Tuesday 10.22.2013 , Posted by

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With modern interactive tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even online dating, our concept of what constitutes reality is increasingly plastic, especially when it comes to individuals. People put up representations of themselves that often have little to do with their actually personality, or at best equal some idealized notion of what they want us to see. Meanwhile, others are voyeuristically absorbing these offerings at ever increasing rates. It’s all leading to a very fuzzy image of who we are as individuals. Copenhagen-based artist Johan Rosenmunthe has been exploring these themes of the modern era in his series two part series Off, creating photographically sharp environments filled with individuals blurred out in pixelated 8-bit form. As he puts it: “Never have we had access to so much information about each other, and never has the information been so unreliable.” [Read more...]

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Bob: A Dreamy New Music Video from LSD ABC Animator Laura Sicouri

Tuesday 10.22.2013 , Posted by

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This music video is so seriously cool it hurts. The latest installment from Laura Sicouri, it’s the tale of a young boy on the road of introspective adventure and exploration… or so it seems with all the stylish car driving and distant places he’s headed. It’s the video for french band Saint Michel and the track Bob off their recently released album, Making Love & Climbing. [Read more...]

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Painted Wheels: Alexa Meade Creates a Real-Life Painting on a Mini… and People

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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The alluring Alexa Meade has a serious talent for transforming the real world into a painting, and her latest work sees her doing just that with an entire car in Shibuya, Tokyo. The project, part of a campaign with Mini, sees Meade painting the iconic car in her signature brightly hued style in the studio, then rolling it out on the street for gawking pedestrians to enjoy. She finishes the project by painting volunteers off the street, giving them a paint covered 15 Minutes of Fame (hey, didn’t Andy Warhol paint a car??). [Read more...]

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Paper Goes Viral: Cellular Sculptures By Charles Clary

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Germs never looked so clean-cut until they met artist Charles Clary. A painter and papercrafting artist originally from Tennessee, Clary uses an Xacto knife to dissect hundreds of colorful sheets, which he stacks to create beautiful molecular reliefs. Resembling delicate microbial colonies that contaminate the walls they touch–while simultaneously evoking sound waves, fractals, and topographical landscapes–his works transform simple two-dimensional surfaces into pulsing, surreal structures.  [Read more...]

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Paint a Hole in that Wall! German Street Artist “1010″ Creates Colorful Street Art Illusions

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s a different take on street art – german artist 1010 is painting convincing, colorfully banded holes in walls. The simple technique looks a lot like the work of a growing number of paper artists who are creating similarly layered artworks, but 1010 is reproducing that 3D technique on the flat. Even though they’re being painted on concrete walls, these pieces look real enough to reach inside and touch some color. [Read more...]

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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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Time-Warping Rainbows in Vintage Moments: Hannah Dansie

Friday 10.18.2013 , Posted by

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Why are we limited to five senses when perceiving the world? We know that there is more energy out there than humans can naturally detect. There are radical frequencies in sound, extremes in color, and visualization of heat. But, what about visual perception of emotion or the intensity of a moment?  What would the energy have looked like at Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Or at your birthday party as you were blowing out the candles?  Painter Hannah Dansie explores these ideas in her surreal artwork which captures a mysterious energy that seems to transcend space and time. The simple but powerful images repeatedly present the same ‘sixth sense’ without explanation. The suspense of mystery keeps you flipping through image after image hopelessly searching for clues as to the origin of the colorful explosions. The geometric bursts appear to be a visual representation of accumulated energy that stems from every emotion that has ever been, or will ever be, connected to that single instant. [Read more...]

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