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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Wednesday 01.01.2014 , Posted by
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Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it. [Read more...]

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Not Photoshopped: Jee Young Lee Creates Surreal Dreamscapes in Her Small Studio

Sunday 12.08.2013 , Posted by

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee has been weaving herself into exceedingly clever dream worlds she creates in her studio… and despite their other worldly appearance she uses absolutely no photo manipulation for the end result. In each image you can find Lee’s young figure hidden among the vibrant details of her carefully constructed, set-like pieces – perhaps a hand poking up from the center of a watery vortex of swirling fans, or her body floating in a lotus as in the picture above (inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korea folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia). [Read more...]

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Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost. [Read more...]

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Suburban Fantasy: People Wearing Their Costumes at Home

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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“Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for a while?” That’s the question Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler is asking with his newest photo series, Just the Two of Us. The collection of photographs explores the way people use costumes to create alter egos or a second skin – which can then be used to modify their behavior. The best part? He’s been tracking down owners of elaborate costumes and photographing them in their own homes. Thus, both the subject and their home becomes the star of this work – at once capturing wildly creative costumes and also the often mundane location where their owners live. [Read more...]

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Street Art from Another Dimension (well, actually from Daan Botlek)

Sunday 11.03.2013 , Posted by

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Daan Botlek is a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based street artist and illustrator known for his minimalist characters and their etherial grasp on the tangible world. In places as distant as Leipzig, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand, Botlek has been inserting his often stark white characters into old building facades, giving their locations a surreal new ambiance as the characters bizarrely interact with the space. [Read more...]

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Bizarrely Improbable Objects That Make You Think

Friday 11.01.2013 , Posted by

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Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso is creating objects that are completely useless. From a table tennis paddle with a hole in the middle, to a square rolling pin, each of his creations demonstrates his playful deconstruction of its original purpose, giving that purpose a humorously pointless twist. [Read more...]

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Unreal Pagan ‘Pop Paintings’ by Nicola Verlato

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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Italian born artist Nicola Verlato creates paintings deeply rooted in the Renaissance painting tradition. He began drawing and painting at an early age, and begged his parents to teach him how to paint like the great Italian masters. When he was 9 a client of his family’s winery mentioned Fra Terenzio, a monk who taught people how to paint in his studio in the Franciscan monastery a few miles away. He spent 5 summers there, learning the techniques that would turn his future works into stunning explorations in lighting, skin tone, poses, and texture. His newest solo show titled “Pagan Pop” is a collection of oil paintings that are more “pop” than anything he’s done before. [Read more...]

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What’s in a Home? Surrealist Architecture Paintings

Wednesday 07.10.2013 , Posted by

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Stephen Nova’s paintings look like the work of an architect gone wild. Classic cottages sit perched atop unnervingly tall scaffolding and impossible (and often treacherous) landscapes. This is no place for a home… but that’s the point here: many of Nova’s most recent works are based around the idea that we live in a “ global age of increasing uncertainty and economic instability.” What rickety foundations hold up our current homes? From the money needed to support them, to the increasingly shaky concept of home itself, we live in changing times. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #457 > Not Always As It Seems: Abstract

Thursday 06.27.2013 , Posted by

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Bizarre Paintings Inspired by Vintage Photographs

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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At first glance these paintings look to be faithful copies of vintage photographs, from Civil War era scenes in the battlefield, to 60s snapshots in the office. But a closer look quickly reveals that there is something seriously amiss in this version of the past. Artist Paco Pomett takes inspiration from vintage photographs, transforming elements of the scene into bizarre and often impossible visions of reality. A stack of logs becomes a pile of pencils; swimmer’s arms join together in snake-like curls; and ‘men’ inspecting a hole have mysteriously become dirt loving gophers. The collection is a perfect combination of the strange and familiar… many times looking like movie-stills from vintage sci-fi films. [Read more...]

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