The Majestic Beauty of Tent Camping Around Europe

Polish mountain photographer Karol Nienartowicz has spent the last 6 years traveling throughout Europe. Rather than just capture the beautiful scenery of the majestic, remote mountains she gave us a peek into what it was like camping there. Every picture is like a Where’s Waldo hunt to discover her tent. Braving the snow and the cold, the views up there show why it’s worth every minute.

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Murray Fredericks Captures the Starry Skies and Vast Landscapes of Greenland

Australian photographer Murray Fredericks isn’t afraid to venture into the vast unknown, often for long periods of time and in challenging environments. In his youth he spent significant time in the Himalayas and the deserts of the Middle East – wilderness that provided him with a basis for his approach as a photographer. In one of his latest series titled Topophilia, he traveled to Greenland six different times with his camping gear, large camera and supplies to access far out places. In this series, he sought to convey “an emotional experience of space.”

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Walking Through The Clouds- An Ethereal Installation by Kohei Nawa

Always forging new roads into the possibilities for sculpture, Kohei Nawa is one of Japan’s most inspiring young artists. We’ve seen his crystal-beaded taxidermy sculptures in PixCell and now he experiments with foam solids to create a cloud-like dream world in a black room. The material appears flimsy, yet stays in position giving off a vibe that it is from another planet. The installation appeared at the Aichi Triennale 2013 with a theme of Awakening.

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Stunning Greenland Ice, Drawn with Pastels

As many travelers know, the world’s most remote places can also be the most awe inspiring. Aritst Zaria Forman learned that at an early age, traveling with her family through some of these far reaching landscapes as her mother captured them as photographic fine art. Today, Zaria continues that path with large scale pastel drawings on sheets of paper. The results are incredibly lifelike, while reflecting the surreal environment they represent.

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Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’

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Micro-Landscape Ink Drawings Inspired by Sound: Beth Brown

Ink Drawings by Beth Brown

These drawings are like taking a microscope to a night club and observing the crawling skin of a rave dancer. Before you read on click ‘Play’ on the sound piece below to set the mood. These incredibly detailed ink drawings are physical manifestations of Beth Brown’s sound art. They look like an iTunes visualizer being used in a slightly darker sci-fi universe. The nonobjective shapes embody a wonderfully dense articulated structure and imply movement: slithering, morphing, collapsing, as a part of some strange foreign lifecycle on micro scale. Beth Brown builds accumulated sensory texture expressed through micro-landscapes.

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Visual Bits #447 > Life Is A Balance: Photography

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Mysterious Forces Pull Buildings Apart

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One word that comes to mind when first observing a Ben Grasso painting: dynamic. Just about every piece of his large scale work is in motion – either being blown outward by an explosion, being blown away by a hurricane-force wind, or in many examples, moved by a mysterious energy beyond explanation. Much of his work features classic wooden buildings from the American plains – their timber frame details, long strips of siding and even surrounding foliage moving quickly in divergent directions. It’s a chaotic sight, but one filled with a surprising amount of beauty.

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Surreal Hair & Landscapes Become One

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More than a merging of hairstyles and nature, the collage work of Erin Case is something which marries the surreal with the human in ways which evoke a strong passion and a desirous longing for a perfection only found in special moments. Her works juxtapose the forms of women onto that of natural wonders: waterfalls, mountains and bleak deserts. In this way her pieces bring forth a feeling of the infinite feminine, a wild spirit of infinite beauty and inspiration… one that can’t be tamed.

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Magical Landscapes by a Legend: Eyvind Earle

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The work of Eyvind Earle is truly timeless, looking so current it could have been painted yesterday by a mature artist we’d flock to gallery openings for… but Earle passed away almost 13 years ago. His lifetime of work continues to inspire with its imaginative, dreamlike scenery; confetti-like array of colors across the canvas; and for the many influential film works he helped create. If these landscape paintings look familiar, we’ll tell you why.

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