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Living Modern Art: Duo Pranks Tate Modern & Saatchi

Thursday 01.31.2013 , Posted by

Gallery Hijack

Ok, confession time. The last time I visited the Tate Modern there were a number of exhibits which people just didn’t seen to “get.” Richard Sarra’s Trip Hammer, Martin Boyce’s Gate (We don’t meet here. We are always together first.) and anything made by Charlotte Posenenske had people with puzzled looks surrounding them and muttering sentences like “I just don’t get how this is art…” To most observers – modern or not – these industrially-styled artworks are hard to understand. So, when I found a room filled only with a ladder, some plastic, an electric lift and a sign reading something like “This space undergoing renovation,” I couldn’t help turning the sign around and seeing what happened. Surprisingly, people almost immediately showed up in the room, stood looking past the rope surrounding the equipment and started analyzing the fine art they were observing. It happened… over, and over, and over… and no one once said they thought it wasn’t art. So when I found this museum hijacking video by a duo going by the names of Doug and Mikael, I couldn’t help but love it. [Read more...]

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Detailed Beauty: A Critique on Architecture & Society

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

Mark Lascelles Thornton The Happiness Machine 1

In his exquisitely detailed exploration of world architecture British artist Mark Lascelles Thornton has created something to both admire and to stir up conversation about the state of society. Titled, not a little bit sarcastically, “The Happiness Machine”, his yet to be completed masterpiece is a collection of world skyscrapers from London, Chicago, New York, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and more. [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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Life is like ice cream, eat it before it melts.

Saturday 10.13.2012 , Posted by

Life is like ice cream, eat it before it melts. One lick at a time. That’s what Alexandra L Plesner believes. From a young age, she has been an ice cream enthusiast. Who hasn’t? But her penchant for ice cream was passed down through five generations of running a well-known family owned an ice cream shop in Austria. To pay an homage to the family business while pursuing her artistic side, she founded an artist collective in London dedicated to ice cream, which she believes is a symbol of life’s fragility. Here she works as creative project manager. The goal? “I Scream Factory explores perceptions of life through the medium of ice cream by delving into the metaphoric possibilities of the product.” [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #248> Illustrating Great Heights

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by



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Nice Kicks: A Visual History of Nike

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to footwear dominance, nobody comes closer to Nike. After more than 40 years of creating shoes designed for the athletically minded and the stylistically conscious, their shoes and their famous swoosh have been seen, envied and copied around the world. One of their many fans is Stephen Cheetham. This London based “illustrator / designer / graphic artist / whatever you want to call it” is a major sneaker / trainer fan and has thus created a series of crisp graphics showing many of Nike’s most iconic shoes from the 70’s through the 2000’s. The graphic ranges from their original Cortez running shoe in 1971, through their Considered BB of 2007. [Read more...]

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The Race For Gold

Saturday 07.21.2012 , Posted by

The 2012 London Olympics are just 7 days away, and Olympians from around the world are gearing up for the competition. Athletes are completing their final warm-ups, settling into their new living quarters, and eagerly awaiting the massive crowds to fill all the different venues of the Olympic Park. Some of them have accomplished Olympic glory before, while others have spent their entire lives training for this once in a lifetime opportunity. While athletes in various events all have earning potential, there are certain events that garner the most lucrative pay-outs.  [Read more...]

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London Streets Become an Experimental Symphony

Wednesday 06.27.2012 , Posted by

In an age of ever louder sounds surrounding our daily life, designer Mark McKeague asks an interesting question: “can the city become a symphony?” We’re not talking about simply using jackhammers and the sound of passing busses to create some form of Stomp like cacophony of crashes and bangs, but rather using modern technology to create synthesized sounds which could be quite beautiful. [Read more...]

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USA Olympians Stretching

Friday 05.18.2012 , Posted by

It is less than 100 days to the London 2012 Olympics and there are future competitors training hard every day. Through their rigorous training schedules, they develop their beautiful forms, true sculptures of the human body. It is pure muscle and strength. It is the Olympic spirit. [Read more...]

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2012 London Olympics: The Buildings from the Air

Friday 04.27.2012 , Posted by

Are you ready to get your Olympic spirit on? It is less than 90 days until the Summer Olympic games begin in London, England. While the torch bearers get ready to run the flame across the UK and construction crews continue to finalize the building of the many stadiums and sporting complexes, recent aerial photos of the Olympic area have been posted. [Read more...]

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