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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more...]

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These Dog Portraits Have Major Personality

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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When I ran across Elke Vogelsang’s dog portraits recently, I couldn’t get over how perfectly each one captured the close bond we can have with these canine friends – and the incredibly goofy moments they share too. Using mostly a wide angle lens to capture close ups, she has created an impressive collection that includes her own dogs; Noodles, Scout, and Loli – and now many from clients eager to have her reveal their dogs inner personality. [Read more...]

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Food Like You’ve Never Seen it Before: Sarah Illenberger Re-Imagines Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not uncommon to be wandering through the food market and see a face staring back at you from the fruit bin. There in the bottom of a lemon is a perfectly formed smile, complete with dimples for eyes and a crease for the lips. Sarah Illenberger’s daily experience is a lot like that, only she’s been seeing rainbows, diamonds and disco balls in her food. [Read more...]

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Berlin Utility Boxes Transformed into Buildings

Wednesday 02.06.2013 , Posted by

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In the city of Berlin there are many drab looking electrical boxes and concrete road blocks. In an attempt to bring a little more humor and perspective to these unattractive city features, street artist Evol brought his tools and went to work. [Read more...]

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Feathers and Fur: Beautiful Drawings in BallPoint Pen

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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Ah the lowly ballpoint pen: it’s the kind of writing instrument you don’t often associate with fine art, but one that is almost always at hand. East German born artist Mel Fischer knows how to harness every bit of charm out of the ubiquitous pens, creating realistic illustrations full of fur and feathers. Her works feature both animals and humans, the latter being adorned with stylish, feathery headwear. [Read more...]

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Paper from the Past: Collage by Lars Henkel

Monday 01.14.2013 , Posted by

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Maybe it’s a stretch, but something about the linear and technological elements in Lars Henkel’s excellent collages reminds me of Marcel Duchamp’s famous The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Perhaps it’s the fact that the technical elements in his work don’t quite make sense (many aren’t even connected to anything), or that there is a distinct lean towards early 20th century imagery and a beige color palette. The many levels of detail certainly lead us to believe that there is more going on than meets the eye. [Read more...]

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Real Cities Become Floating Islands in the Sky

Tuesday 11.13.2012 , Posted by

If you remember the 80s cult classic The NeverEnding Story, you’ll recall the desperate part of the film when the world of Fantasia begins to crumble away, leaving little more than a small island of rock remaining to stand on. Now, award-winning art director Reinhard Krug has created a series of imagination gripping images which seem to bring that story to our world, manipulating aerial photographs of major cities so they appear to be floating on rock. Here the resemblance to the NeverEnding Story ends, however as Krug’s images are far more serene – placing the cities gently in a sky of puffy clouds. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Toilet Paper? Re-Imagining Everyday Objects

Monday 10.29.2012 , Posted by

Yes, you are looking at beautiful sculptures made from toilet paper. Sakir Gökcebag, a Turkish artist based in Germany, often creates his work out of commonplace objects and in this case he has taken the everyday roll of toilet paper and created delicate designs by draping the ribbons of the (hopefully) soft quilted paper. [Read more...]

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Just in Time for the Olympics: Sports/Sculpture Collage

Monday 07.23.2012 , Posted by

Like a mashup between classic statues of Greek Olympians and their modern day counterparts, the collages of Jen Ullrich are seriously clever and plenty ridiculous too. Ullrich takes photographs of classic statues and pastes elements of them over magazine clippings of athletes in action – in doing so, he matches up their figures with a deft mastery almost equal to that of his subjects. Because of his smart choice to cover the modern day figures faces, his subjects get a classic treatment which obscures their identity while giving them a decidedly stoney demeanor. [Read more...]

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A German Bridge Built of Legos? Street Art from Megx

Thursday 07.05.2012 , Posted by

Now here’s how to give your city a facelift! A street artist known as Megx recently converted a grungy looking bridge in Wuppertal, Germany, into a seriously colorful illusion. Painting the bridge in large blocks of red, yellow, green and blue, he made it appear to be built out of Legos. Want to see more of this artists work? Check out megx.de. [Read more...]

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