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Visionary Art from the Amazon Jungle

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
1 Luis Tamani Amasifuen

Although similar techniques have been achieved in the digital realm, Luis Tamani Amasifuen’s works are all hand painted. From the jungle of Pucallpa, Peru, Amasifuen creates beautiful paintings from his shamanistic visions. A graduate of the Escuela Superior de Formacion Artistica Eduardo Meza Saravia, his works are rich in vibrant colors and fractal details with a mythical, spiritual vibe and a theme of rainforest protection and conservation. His works were exhibited at Festival Amo Amazonia in Trapoto 2010. [Read more...]

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The Vast Expanse: Visualizing Collective Consciousness

Tuesday 05.21.2013 , Posted by

1 Altamash Urooj

Being human is such a strange thing. We are given this opportunity as a conscious being to experience the universe, yet our perceptions of our self can divide us and make us forget that we all came from the universe. Carl Sagan explains, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Though we may look different, dress differently, and have different beliefs, we are all conscious beings made up of the same exact stuff. Altamash Urooj has captured this idea beautifully in a photo series he calls The Vast Expanse. The Pakistani/Venezuelan photographer visualized the collective conscious by wrapping models in cloth shrouds. In this way, you can not tell whether they are a man or a woman or what race they belong to- they are all just human. A visual communication graduate from the American University in Dubai with a concentration in photography, Altamash’s work often features themes of the “ongoing struggle that every creative soul encounters on his journey to becoming an artist…His passion is to discuss, explore, depict and project his cathartic struggle to be delivered from the dark womb of creativity into the light of artistic expression.” [Read more...]

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The Transparent Church: Read Between The Lines

Monday 10.03.2011 , Posted by

In a recent and revealing project, Belgian architecture collaborative Gijs Van Vaarenbergh has created a sculptural, visually transparent church made of horizontal layers of steel. The slightly smaller than life-sized piece, created using 30 tons of plate steel separated by metal blocks, is titled “Reading Between the Lines” and is not intended as an actual church but rather a place of reflection and introspection: “because the church does not fulfill its classical function, it can be read as a heritage related reflection on the present vacancy of churches in the area (and their potential artistic reuse).” [Read more...]

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Word: The Bible Summarized by Design

Wednesday 07.20.2011 , Posted by

Jim Lepage had been reading his bible on and off for most of his life… the problem was, he didn’t always want to read it. Looking for motivation to encourage his spiritual practice, he decided to combine something he loved, design, with the challenge of reading the text more often. He set down a goal to create one image a week based on what he found entertaining and meaningful in each of the bibles many books… and so far he’s kept the creativity flowing. For anyone familiar with the ancient stories, his simple images go a long way to summarize the general story of each book. See more of his project ‘Word’ at jimlepage.com [Read more...]

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