Why can’t all traffic light crossings look like this?!
3D street art by German artist Edgar Mueller
Humanae by Angelica Dass
Words from the photographer:
Humanæ is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.
The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of the portrayed´s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.
Humanæ it’s a pursuit for highlighting our subtle-continuous of our tones that make more equality than difference… our true colors, rather than the untrue Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is a kind of game for subverting our codes. The audience is free to read into it. The ultimate goal is to provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity, creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.
‘ARTS & CRAFTS’ by 3D Digital Artist Diego Querol
Temptations – by photographer Jens Kristian Balle
temptation – a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise.
Keeping this definition in mind the conceptual Temptations series was created fixating on the negative lifestyle habits and addictions of humans around the world. Though the theme is dark the series is kept light-hearted, full of bright colours and carefully styled objects to match.
The series itself was made to make people smile, but of course, it also has a message to maybe get a few people to think twice about their lifestyle choices, or in a funny way to reinforce what people probably already know. (text via dodho.com)
Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes fabricates 50 functional music instruments from destroyed drug war weapons. He acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks last month. Via his blog Reyes says:
It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost. […] This is also a call to action, since we cannot stop the violence only at the place where the weapons are being used, but also where they are made. There is a disparity between visible and invisible violence. The nearly 80,000 deaths by gun-shot that have occurred in Mexico in the last 6 years, or the school shootings in the US are the visible side of violence. The invisible side is that one of gun trade-shows, neglecting assault rifle bans, and shareholder profit from public companies. This is a large industry of death and suffering for which no cultural rejection is expressed.Guns continue to be depicted as something sexy both in Hollywood and in videogames; there may be actors who won’t smoke on the screen, but there has not been one who would reject the role of a trigger-happy hero.
Will It Beard – Pierce Thiot and his wife Stacy Thiot have created a bizarre Tumblr called Will It Beard, which is devoted entirely to the couple sticking things into Pierce’s beard and photographing the results.
Shaving razors, lollipops, uncooked noodles, cocktail umbrellas and, yes, even lit matches, they have tried it all.
The Indian city of Bikaner hosts an annual camel festival in January. The designs are the results of trimming and dying the camel hair. Photographs by Steve Hoge and Osakabe Yasuo.
‘Aten Reign’ by light artist James Turrell’s, in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
A giant 60-foot maze at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C created by Danish architects BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
“Each Line One Breath” is a series of meditative drawings by artist John Franzen. He calls them morphogenetic freehand drawings.
He starts with a straight line all the way down a page, and then slowly draws another line beside it. He tries his best to copy the line exactly but inevitably there are tiny imperfections. These “mistakes” are amplified as he copies each new line, and the drawing begins to reveal itself like a curtain. (text via booooom.com)
‘Cut Food’ by Beth Galton and Charlotte Omnes /
Photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnes have created a fantastic ‘Cut Food’ exhibition – a set of mesmerizing photographs of everyday foods and drinks sliced neatly in half. Some of the food items are relatively straight forward to cut cleanly in half, while others, like the ‘iced’ soda have to be set in gelatin first in order to solidify the liquid.
Wonderful miniature world photo-manipulations by 14-year-old photographer “Fiddle Oak”
Soft Light by Simon Frambach /
Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard makes art out of fish. The Paris-born artist uses market-fresh fish to create her wacky scenes. After she is done photographing, she cooks and eats them.
“It is the perfect recycling of art. Nothing is left over – and I can live from it”
‘Invisible’ – great creative photograph by talented 18 year old Laura Williams, from Cambridge, UK
Fantastic ‘Stickwork’ sculptures by American artist Patrick Dougherty
In shades of electric blue, ruby red and black and white, photographer Lucas Zimmermann transforms mundane traffic lights in Weimar, Germany into an enchanting light show. The project is simple in concept, but absolutely beautiful in execution. ‘Traffic Lights’ was captured late at night on a foggy, vacant intersection. Lucas Zimmermann created the pictures taking 5-20 second long exposures. As all the colours and lights melt together, your eye is drawn further and further into the photographs.
Installation of miniature houses by Savona and Milan based artist Daniele Del Nero from the “Brockenhaus” series. Using black paper, Del Nero constructs architectural scale models of deserted towns. To create the effect of neglect and abandonment, the artist covers the black paper with construction paste and flour.
In his artist statement, Del Nero writes, “My purpose is to talk about the sense of time and destiny of the planet after the human species, through the sense of restlessness which abandoned buildings are able to communicate.”
‘Golden Connection’ – light installation in the Four Seasons Hotel for the Art Basel Show in Hong Kong, 2013 by artist Grimanese Amoros
In her series ‘Landscapes’ – Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes Peruvian has mastered the art of camouflage and by using body paint is able to disappear into her surroundings. With the help of her assistants, she paints herself into the background of floral wallpapers. Her dark hair and the whites of the eyes are often the only thing that shows there’s a person hiding.
However, her series called “Landscapes” doesn’t just create a disappearance illusion, it also shows Paredes’ quest for belonging.
“The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin. The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin.”
‘One million stars’ – art installation by Maryann Talia Paul. Photos by John Englezos.
“In short, The Million Stars project is an international weaving art project sparked by a personal repsonse to a local tragedy…” read more here
‘The rainbow room’ – an installation on homo-sexuality by Pierre le Riche.
The ‘rainbow room’ installation by cape town-based designer pierre le riche takes a critical look at the sociological implications of afrikaner masculine hegemony on homosexuality in post-apartheid south africa. The intervention, built from 17km of acrylic thread in colours of the gay pride flag, represents a traditional afrikaan family living room in the midst of the 1995 rugby world cup final match displayed on a television; an incredibly significant point in south african history, and perhaps the last chance the afrikaner male had to ‘prove his superiority’. Through an implementation of colorful and playful yarn bombs onto traditional pieces of furniture and over 150 rugby balls, the concept of homosexuality and masculinity is juxtaposed, questioning the acceptance of same-sex relations. (text via designboom)
Incredible bubble art by Japanese artist Tomoya Matsuura.
In this installation, which he calls ‘Conduction’, the young artist physically put “countless” bubbles on a thread and took photographs of it. This resultant object, made of bubbles, keeps changing constantly due to changes in temperature, humidity and the timing of the photograph. After some retouching of the raw material in the photographs, this is what he ended up with. (via visualdisobedience.com)
Flat design meets Moleskine notebooks meets… chess.
Inspired by classic leather notebooks, this pared-back chess set is gorgeous in its simplicity and execution. Belgian designer Peter Baeten has channelled his love of classic leather notebooks into this beautiful minimal chess set.
“By working with the silhouettes of the pieces, it walks the line between 2D and 3D. Because of this, only the ones who are playing have a complete overview of the pieces on the board. Bystanders will have to do with seeing lines move around on the board,” Baeten explains.
“The set is lasercut and hand varnished, so the natural wood grains remain visible. It contains 4 tablets and a leather cover which also serves as a pad to play on. There are no screws, hinges, glue, or any other type of materials used, therefore there is no assembly necessary, and each single piece can easily be replaced.”
(text via creativeblog.com)
The Mini Book of Life’s Major Events by artist Evan Lorenzen
Beautiful photographs of the colorful canopy of umbrellas once again returning to the streets of Agueda, Portugal in July 2013 / captured by Patrícia Almeida
“Light Rorschach“, a series of photographs of Nicolas Rivals mixing abstract portraits, reflections in water and light painting to give us some beautiful light Rorschach tests… “A Light Painting work that let everyone see his own representation of what is in the picture. The aesthetics of melting metal associated with the symmetry of reflection in the water causes the viewer to question the reality of these photographs…” (Text via Ufunk.net)
‘Table for a Flower’ by Adam and Sam Cigler of Studio Vjem
Wonderful color photographs by Eric Cahan.
This photographic series by New York photographer Eric Cahan was created by adding filters with a variety of cameras that are both film and digital. Influenced by the California light and space movement, Cahan is interested in achieving an experience of light and color that is seamless and that transcends reality, much like his predecessors like Turrell in the 1960s. Through repetitive printing and filtering, Cahan eventually achieves these finished skyscapes that feel simultaneously surreal and hyper-real, revealing the seemingly magical phenomenon of light as we might experience it ourselves, but as many photographs fail to capture. (Text by Juxtapox.com)
Amazing 360 degree storybooks by Japanese artist and architect Yusuke Oono who has designed a fantastic series of 40-page books that fan out into 360-degree carousels, each page laser-cut and bound from Yusuke’s digital design.
Fantastic minimalist hydroponic terrariums from Japan, designed by 10¹² Terra
Welcome to the City of Elgin Park.
Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.
As a professional model maker, Smith’s models are detailed enough to withstand the scrutiny of close-up photography. Smith places them in miniature dioramas and uses forced perspective to make parts of the real world lend his pictures additional realism. The result is a quirky sort of historical fiction – faithfully and authentically reproduced scenes from a small American town that never actually happened (but could have).
What’s also great about his Elgin Park collection is that the magician is willing to reveal his secrets. Smith’s Flickr gallery often pairs his brilliant illusions with a picture that breaks their carefully arranged perspective and reveals how he managed to blend reality and his imagined history. His pictures are an excellent example of how art can be used to fool the eyes.
Humorous artworks using a variety of different media by artist Ole Ukena.
‘In Orbit’ ´wonderful suspended installation by Tomás Saraceno at the K21 Staendehaus museum in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Titled In Orbit the giant interactive piece is constructed from three separate levels of safety nets accessible from various points in the museum separated by enormous PVC balls measuring almost 30 feet (8.5 meters) in diameter. The resulting aerial landscape is an interesting hybrid between science fiction, spider webs, neural pathways and cloud formations.
Known for breaking the boundaries between art and science, Saraceno often refers to his interactive pieces as living organisms. In fact, over a period of three years Saraceno consulted with arachnologists (experts in the study of spiders), as well as architects and engineers to achieve the final design for In Orbit. Via the museum:
This floating spatial configuration becomes an oscillating network of relationships, resonances, and synchronous communication. When several people enter the audacious construction simultaneously, their presence sets it into motion, altering the tension of the steel wires and the intervals between the three meshwork levels. Visitors can coordinate their activities within the space, and are able – not unlike spiders in a web – to perceive space through the medium of vibration. Saraceno himself speaks of a new hybrid form of communication.
Text Via colossal / All photographs © Studio Saraceno & Kunstsammlung NRW
“I’m Here, but Nothing” – black light art exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, 2000 using fluorescent sticker spots to fill an ordinary living room, giving the impression of a world seen through a magical, hallucinatory veil.
A map of the world made out of recycled computer parts by UK based artist Susan Stockwell
From the exhibition: “Momentum’ by United Visual Artists currently on display at The Curve, Barbican Center, London /
Words from the Barbican website:
Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules?’ UVA
United Visual Artists invites you to experience Momentum, a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Curve.
Momentum consists of twelve pendulums that activate light and sound as they swing, drawing attention to the Curve’s vast arc, inviting you to journey through the space guided by your heightened senses. Each pendulum has been meticulously designed and built using steel, aluminium, and custom electronics. The sound is individual to each pendulum, prepared and tuned to seamlessly resonate as they move within the Curve.
Momentum creates an environment that has its foundations in detailed research, sophisticated computer technology and mechanical expertise. Yet, the effect is to create a space that feels wondrously transformed, one which you are invited to experience and explore.
‘A-art house’ by designed by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima (of the Japanese studio SANAA) in collaboration with Yuko Hasegawa (chief curator of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art) for the Inujima art house project inI nujima, Japan / Photographed by Iwan Baan
Sail Away – a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world by artist Susan Stockwell
This post is part of our second Theme Week where since last Friday, you the public had the chance to choose between 5 themes/inspirations for each post this week. Yet again you chose probably the most challenging theme we had listed: ‘Miniature’ Hope you enjoy… :)