Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out. [Read more...]
Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night! [Read more...]
Every so often there comes an art piece so intriguingly photogenic that it seems like you couldn’t take a bad photo of it if you tried. I’d categorize David McCracken‘s Australia-based Diminish and Ascend sculptural installation in that category of art prowess.
Using a masterful understanding of perspective and constructing the staircase to decrease in size as it nears its highest and furthest point from eye-level, the surreal stairway gives off the illusion of being never-ending.
Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, which is Australia’s largest food festival which had almost a million attendees last year and chefs from all over the world, the imaginative team re-created 17 national flags using foods common to each nation. Basil, pasta, and tomatoes create the stripes on Italy’s flag, while hot dogs and buns were used for the U.S., olives and feta cheese for Greece, and curries with rice for India and Indonesia. [Read more...]
Beautiful faces peer from the pages of discarded vintage books. The printed word forms horizontal patterns in contrast with the curving forms of lips and hair, while giving each figure a certain fragility… “as if the wind may blow them away at any moment.” These are the ink drawings of Loui Jover, a Queensland Australia based artist who has been perfecting his craft since childhood. [Read more...]
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Andrew Baines, a photographer from Australia, has created another surreal installation titled “Doorways to Potential.” Earlier this summer, Visual News covered his work, which included suited individuals on the small shore breaks of the ocean. Now his latest installation hopes to bring support to a local charity in addition to the visual stimulation it provides. [Read more...]
The moment I saw these incredible works of art, I was immediately transplanted back to Fractal Nation at Burning Man. Cameron Gray’s art is like a new wave, digital version of Alex Gray’s astounding collection. His images capture what I believe to be the essence of existence. Cameron Gray seems to be tapping in to a porthole that many have never experienced. From what I’ve seen, the majority of visionary art is made up of loving beings with good intentions; nothing to be feared. [Read more...]
In Mount Collins, near Alice Springs Australia, it hasn’t rained since April 24th, and this provided the perfect environment for one of the rarest phenomena in nature: fire devils. Also known as firestorms or fire tornadoes, it is when wind causes fire to pull upwards creating a vortex. Australian Filmmaker Chris Tangey happened to be at the right place at the right time with his camera when he captured this whirlwind of fire, ignited by a brush fire. The column danced around for over 40 minutes. Luckily this one did not get out of hand like the fire tornado in 1923, ignited by the Great Kanto earthquake in Tokyo, which grew to the size of a large city and killed 38,000 people in 15 minutes. [Read more...]
From the moment American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar first heard about Tall Poppy Syndrome, they felt compelled to go explore it. Growing up in a culture which celebrates achievement, distinguishing yourself from others and standing up tall, the idea of the syndrome – to cut others down when they are perceived as being too much of a stand-out – ran contrary to everything they knew. [Read more...]