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François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer François Beaurain is putting a new face on the capital city of Liberia. Here the citizens become the teeth on a turning gear, “a piece of the conveyor belt that animates the city.” All too familiar with the countries storied past, François’ gives the people a lively presence often missed by the westernized world and buried under news stories that highlight the grim and shocking. [Read more...]

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Motorized Flip Books Bring Audubon Illustrations to Life

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Famed naturalist, ornithologist, and painter John James Audubon is renowned for his beautifully detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats – but did you know that almost every bird he drew was dead and stuffed? Long before color photography, perhaps the only way for Audubon to get an accurate look at his beloved birds was in the form of taxidermy. Sad but true.

Now, artist Juan Fontanive is bringing the birds and butterflies in the guide books inspired by Audubon back to life. He’s built extraordinary motorized flip books that see the avian life flitting about the sky… all to a soothing rustle of turning pages and whirring gears. [Read more...]

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The Back Side of Famous Album Covers

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [Read more...]

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Illustrations Filling the Sky Between Buildings

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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When you look up at the sky and think of art, you might think of skywriting airplanes or animals made out of clouds, but French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu is giving “sky art” a whole new look. The photographer has recently been capturing the view above in tiny courtyards around Germany, Belgium and France, and then using the building framed sky as the canvas for his whimsically hemmed in characters. [Read more...]

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Seph Lawless Explores the Abandoned Malls of America

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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With a name like Seph Lawless, you might understand why this pseudonymous artist chooses to keep his true identity a secret. His most recent series of photographs captures the decay of the american shopping mall. Here is a place that was once filled with bright storefronts, music, loud shoppers and bubbling fountains – now transformed into eerily empty halls by years of neglect and vandalism. [Read more...]

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A Rescue Dog and Her Little Boy Share Hats

Monday 04.14.2014 , Posted by
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Meet Zoey and Jasper – a rescue dog and her little boy. The duo are quickly making friends around the internet with their quirky collection of matching hats and the attitudes to match. Jasper is a spunky little 10 month old Chinese-Korean kid with loads of character and a big happy smile. Zoey is a rescue dog that had a rough start. Born in front of a small store in Taiwan, she was literally washed into the gutter before a schoolgirl rescued Zoey and her siblings and put them up for adoption with Animal Rescue Team Taiwan. Soon she was transported to Los Angeles and a happy new life, with a new mom – commercial photographer Grace Chon. [Read more...]

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Season Girls: Morgan Davidson Illustrates in Vibrant Colored Pencil

Monday 04.14.2014 , Posted by
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This lively and engaging work from Morgan Davidson’s series Season Girls takes a fashionable trip through the year lead by lovely women rendered in what you could call hyper-realistic detail – but with an extraordinary touch of hues. From starfish to maple leaves, symbols of the seasons fill the curls of each woman’s hair. [Read more...]

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Wave Sculptures Frozen on the Wall

Thursday 04.10.2014 , Posted by
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Waves influence every aspect of our lives – whether they are part of the electromagnetic spectrum (light, radio, heat), sonic vibration in the form of sound waves, or quiet ripples on the water in our kitchen sink. Italian artist Loris Cecchini is taking the form of those waves – something often invisible to the naked eye – and making them visible in his sculptural series Wallvave Vibration. [Read more...]

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It’s Not Stained Glass: Sunsets Reflected in Broken Mirror

Wednesday 04.09.2014 , Posted by
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The world is filled with sunset pictures – it’s one of those nature created artworks we can’t help but observe and capture with wonder. New York photographer Bing Wright has discovered a new and novel way of photographing these vibrant scenes – reflected in the broken pieces of shattered mirror. The images from his series Broken Mirror/Evening Sky look like incredible pieces of stained glass windows. [Read more...]

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Francis Bacon: The Man Behind The World’s Most Expensive Work Of Art

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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The unimaginably expensive prices works of art can go for these days may leave those who pay attention to the art market gratified, or depressed. The most expensive painting in the world right now is Three Studies of Lucian Freud, (above) which was purchased for an incredible 142.4 million dollars at a New York Sotheby’s auction this past November. [Read more...]

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