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Downright Creepy Ceramics from Israeli Artist Ronit Baranga

Thursday 01.29.2015 , Posted by
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Some people get nervous about eating unusual foods, but it’s not often anyone gets creeped out by their dinnerware. Israeli ceramicist Ronit Baranga creates the kind of work which can elicit exactly that reaction. Her works feature open mouths and grasping fingers jutting out of classic plates, tea cups and platters. It’s enough to make anyone think twice. [Read more…]

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Celebrity Portraits Painted with Emojis

Thursday 01.29.2015 , Posted by
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Most people use a camera or a paint brush to make portraits, but not Yung Jake. This multi-talented artist uses something more often used to share enthusiastic and/or ambiguous emotions via text message. That’s right, emojis. [Read more…]

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Circular Paper Cut Scenes from Nermin Er

Thursday 01.29.2015 , Posted by
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Turkish artist Nermin Er cuts circular silhouettes into flat sheets of paper, layering each spherical scene into cinematografic worlds with beautiful depth. Many of her works see the land wrap around the sky, forming a bright focal point that centers on the sun or moon above. How appropriate then, that many are built as light boxes which gently illuminate each sheet of paper. [Read more…]

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5500 Light Bulbs: An Interactive Sculpture Lets You Change The Phases of the Moon

Tuesday 01.27.2015 , Posted by
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The last time we covered artists Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, they were encouraging people to control the weather with their interactive installation called CLOUD. This time they’re letting you take control of something even more difficult to grasp: the phases of the moon.

Built from 5500 burned out light bulbs donated by the community, the duo installed ‘New Moon’ in Lexington, Kentucky, last February. On the wooden platform beneath the four arches supporting the orb was an ornate turnstyle. When intrigued passerby gave it a spin, they changed the phases of the moon above. Surprising and delightful. [Read more…]

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Mike Wellins’ Bizarre Additions to Thrift Store Paintings

Monday 01.26.2015 , Posted by
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Mike Wellins’ has an obsession with the odd things of the world, and he creates plenty of them too. Co-creator of Portland’s one-and-only “freakybuttrue” Peculiarium, he has been raiding thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to feed his appetite for old paintings. He then remixes them with strange additions – like rocket packs for bunnies, to hoards of zombies. It’s a process that’s been dubbed NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration). [Read more…]

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It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Friday 01.23.2015 , Posted by
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Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is. [Read more…]

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What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

Tuesday 01.20.2015 , Posted by
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Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from another an entirely different scene emerges. His witty and inspired creations are filled with masterful illusions that keep you guessing at what is real. [Read more…]

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Are They Breathing? Hyper-Realistic Sculptures of Warhol, Lincoln and Dali

Wednesday 01.14.2015 , Posted by
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Kyoto-based artist Kazuhiro Tsuji has been shocking people with his incredibly lifelike sculptures of famous people. His perfect bust of Abraham Lincoln looks so real you’d swear he traveled back to 1865 to capture a color photograph. The same goes for his likenesses of art legends Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. While these sculptures may be new to you, you’ve probably seen Tsuji’s work before. He spent most of his career as a highly successful makeup artist in the film industry. [Read more…]

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Speedy Graphito: A French Street and Pop Art Legend

Tuesday 01.13.2015 , Posted by
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A pioneer of the street art movement in France, Speedy Graphito brought the avant-garde to the streets and inspired a generation of future artists. Expressed in many mediums, his work is bold, vibrant and controversial – and while a good amount of his creativity is paint-based, he also works with sculpture, installations, video and photography. [Read more…]

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Before & After: Vintage Photographs Transformed Into Surreal Collages

Monday 01.12.2015 , Posted by
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UK artist Luke Robson is cutting up the past and rearranging it into these fantastic surrealist collages. His work imagines a retro-future filled with stars, cosmic rays, and space helmets, plus a healthy dose of bizarrely juxtaposed imagery – from dear busts on youthful swimmers, to a moon made of cheese. Giving a peek into his creative process, he recently shared his source imagery, which is fascinating on its own. [Read more…]

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