Artist Creates Paintings Out of Dead Butterfly Wings


Butterflies are one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, but with a lifespan ranging from a few days to a year (for migrating Monarch), but on average a few weeks, their beauty is ephemeral. Russian artist Vadim Zaritsky immortalizes the magnificence of butterflies by using their wings in his paintings. No butterflies are harmed in this process, for he only uses the wings of those that are already dead, which he gathers on the roads in his hometown of Lipetsk or gets from collectors (if the wings are imperfect). A former police officer, Zaritsky has created over 100 butterfly pieces in the last five years. Each work can take anywhere from a week to several months to complete.

Baa Baa Black Sheep- Have You Any Phones?


Remember back when people actually used their landlines because we didn’t have direct access to them at all times via cellular service? Go back a little further before cordless phones with buttons to that obnoxious rotary phone- where you had to wait for the wheel to return before dialing the next number and if you mis-dialed a number you had to start all over again- not to mention the tangling cords and obnoxiously small radius that tied you down to one spot. Other than reminiscing, and antique collections, there is not much use for the phones that once existed in every first world household. Jean-Luc Cornec came up with an amazing way to recycle these phones by turning them into a flock of sheep!

Monster Makeovers On Vintage Paintings

Serene Bacigalupi 1

Seeing our post on McMahon’s monster re-mixes on discarded paintings last week, a reader H_Lenn left a comment that her friend has also been doing this same thing for years. We headed over to her site and laughed hysterically at the imaginative unicorns, monsters, and tigercorns taking over vintage paintings that no longer had homes. From penguins with ray guns shooting a sharktopus, a monster grimacing at the bubbles of his flatulence as he bathes in a pond, to Jesus with his flock of bulging eyed unicorns, you’re bound to find something that belongs on your wall. Leroy’s Place is the art business of Oklahoma-native Serene Bacigalupi who now lives and works in NYC.

Hollowed Out TV Sets Become Miniature Worlds

1 Zhang Xiangxi TV

Have you ever wondered what will happen to all the cathode ray tube televisions now that most people have switched to flatscreens? Chinese artist Zhang Xiangxi has re-purposed a few of them into a diorama like record of some of the rooms from his life- his old workspace in Guangzhou, the workers’ dormitory he once lived in, his parent’s sitting room, and the interior of a train carriage. He even created his “dream home.” He hollows out the old televisions, then intricately sculpts miniature furniture, wall art, and yes-even televisions! He doesn’t try to make perfect little dollhouse worlds, he includes all of the clutter that a real room would have.

Newspaper Blackout Poetry


Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. He has compiled his poetry into a book called Newspaper Blackout and invites others to upload their own blackout poetry on his Tumblr page. It’s like a new twist on magnetic poetry that will leave you unable to look at a newspaper in the same way again!

Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects

1 Maskull Lasserre

What once were doors, rolling pins, coat hangers, and picture frames are now the skeletal remains of vertebrates. Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre brings these objects to life- or perhaps death. By carefully carving into the wooden surfaces that we commonly overlook in our everyday environments, Lasserre reveals a deeper world inside. For the month of December until January 19, 2013, his woodworkings were exhibited as a set called Fable in Toronto’s Centre Space gallery. Click on the link to read his philosophical artist statement for Fable and stay tuned after the jump to watch his interview.

Visual Bits #356 > A Colorful World: Installs & More

Check out your links after the jump.

Recycled Records Become Vinyl Silhouettes

1 batman_silhouette_vinyl by tamás kánya

While some might cry sacrilege at the butchering of precious records, Tamás Kánya of Hungary has transformed the vinyl into silhouettes that are pretty flippin’ awesome. From Batman to Michael Jackson to Star Wars, Kánya’s vinyl figures seem to be emerging from each record on the striking yellow background. The artist is very handy with sharp tools and recycled materials; he has also created some incredible miniature airplanes out of beer cans. See more of the vinyl silhouettes and his other creations on Kánya’s deviantART and Flickr pages.

Visual Bits #349 > The Evolution Of Video Game Art

Check out your links after the jump.

Over 6,000 Light Bulbs Become An Interactive Cloud

For this year’s Nuit Blanche arts festival in Calgary, artist Caitlind Brown created an interactive display that looks like a giant rain cloud, inviting viewers to control the lighting from beneath. The CLOUD is made up of over 6,000 incandescent light bulbs, over 5,000 of which were cleverly recycled burnt out donations collected through her site. By pulling on the rain strings, users can control the movement of lightning throughout the cloud. The installation was a great success, bringing smiles to the users’ faces as they interacted with its strings, creating a lightning dance for those surrounding the magnificent work.