An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, June 18, 2015. The building was planned to be demolished, but several units in the building refused to move out as they couldn’t reach a compensation agreement with the authority, local media reported. Picture via REUTERS/Ma Qiang/Southern Metropolis Daily
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)
‘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
Series of interesting portraits named ‘Photogenic Princess’, where the artists’ daughter, Kanna, is featured, by Japanese photographer Nagano Toyokazu
Series of photos from the collection Layerscapes, by artist Michel Lamoller
Michel explains his work by saying, “I work with many layers of photographs create a new space. This space, still containing photographic information, gets photographed again. In my work I play with the reality of the image, and also with its space by turning the space-illusion into real space again.”(via artistaday)
Series of photos, showing the amazing planetary cakes, creations of the self-taught chef Rhiannon at Cakecrumbs. The structural layers of the cake for Jupiter are represented by the mudcake in the core (rock/ice), followed by the layer of almond butter (liquid metallic hydrogen) and finally coloured vanilla (liquid molecular hydrogen.
Photographic project named ‘Judgments’, the young graphic artist Rosea Lake
Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe a woman’s sexual behavior based on her appearance alone, and 18-year-old college freshman Rosea Lake chose to display them starkly — on a young woman’s legs in a photo that has since gone viral.
“If you see a girl wearing something you see as distasteful, then you automatically discount them as a person and you don’t give them the opportunity to really be somebody in your eyes,” said Lake, 18. “And that’s really shameful.”
“The ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place, photograph and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.” by slinkanchu
Series of Hyperrealistic Sculptures by artist Ron Mueck. The works in the realm of the ultra-real where he spends hundreds of hours perfecting the shape of the human form, the appropriate color of skin, and the most realistic hair texture.
Photos by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
‘Raumzeichnung‘ / ‘Drawing of a Room’ – an explosive three dimensional installation using black tape by Polish artist Monika Grzymala The sculpture was installed at Galerie Crone in 2012 and required 3.1 miles / 5km of tape.
From the Series ’99 Steps of Progress’ – a set of fun graphic designs interpretations parodying the famous “March of Progress” (the drawing synthesizing 4 million years of human evolution) by French print & graphic design studio Maentis
The toy all our action figures have been waiting for: 1/12-scale model toilets. To add some much-needed reality to every child’s imaginative games, Japanese toy-makers Aoshima and MileStone have collaborated on this quite unique model kit. Behold, the 1/12-scale model toilet, in both urinal and sit-down styles. The model kits will go on sale March 31, 2013 but you can order them on Amazon JP.
‘The Invisible Man’ artwork by Chinese artist Liu Bolin /
Liu Bolin is an artist from China’s Shandong province. Born in 1973, he currently lives and works in Beijing. Bolin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
Known as The Invisible Man, Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005. Helped by his assistants, Bolin stands still for hours in a landscape while they paint on him to create a camouflage, blending him into his surroundings. Bolin states: “My intention was not to disappear in the environment but instead to let the environment take possession of me.” (text via twistedsifter) / photographs courtesy of Galerie Paris-Beijing
Photograph of an incredibly delicate bonsai sculpture with an integrated castle tree-house. /// Featured in the series of sculptures made by the Japanese artist Takanori Aiba out of stone clay / resin clay / epoxy putty / hinoki veneer sheet / balsa veneer sheet / copper line / plastic/ resin/ Japanese ash. For more check here
Photograph of a very interesting paper art sculpture presenting a face that is sculpted in the pages of a book by Unicorn diaries.
Floating Heads by artist Sophie Cave
/// Unnerving or Ennervating? Whatever you may decide, Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads is turning many of them.
Just about the first thing you noticed when you entered the Kelvingrove museum in Glasgow in 2010 were the heads. So many heads hanging above your own that they can come as something of a shock. The juxtaposition between the heads and their surroundings an (almost post) Victorian mansion adds to their overall effect. But the reactions to them are just as varied as their expressions.
Certainly the variety of reactions the faces elicit themselves are as diverse as the expressions on the faces. Unusual is certainly a word that springs to mind. Well, to be honest in this setting one would be unusual – this exhibition by Scottish artist Sophie Cave shows over fifty of the disembodied human faces and they depict a whole gamut of emotions too.
Perhaps the fascination lies in the fact that the faces look like masks worn at carnivals. Masks have a certain power – they transform those wearing them and they have universality in as much as they appear in every culture (in all sorts of shapes and sizes). What message do these faces as masks convey to you?
Whatever you may think, one thing is certain. They add a certain something to the Kelvingrove – which is Glasgow’s favourite museum as well as being the second most visited art gallery in the UK outside of London.
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Toyama, Japan / unknown photographer
Photograph of 3 adorable ducklings walking in the snow, by C. Eichelberger
Photograph of an adorable black Great Dane puppy running along the coast. Unknown Photographer
Aerial photo of spaghetti like tangled slides in a colorful theme park, by Alex MacLean
Bike 6-Pack Holder / design by Walnut Studiolo
Photograph of the large scale art installation “Comedy Carpet” ,by Gordon Young
Humorous Sculptures by Nancy Fouts
Sculpture by Nancy Fouts
‘Confetti Death’ by Typoe
Speed boat flying over the water / album cover by Micha Vanony
‘1600 Stacked Chairs’ Installation at 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003 / by Columbian artist Doris Salcedo
Traditional fishing on the island of MARE in New Caledonia. / Photograph by Stéphane Ducandas
Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama
Funny and strange pink vintage bicycle