Designer's Project Matches Pantone Swatches with Tiny Everyday Objects

For her ongoing project titled “Tiny PMS Match”, designer Inka Mathew created a series of photographs matching small everyday objects to their Pantone color equivalences. Mathew came up with the idea for the project one morning, while looking at the plants in her yard, "My attention was captured by these intense bright blue little flowers called Veronica Georgia Blue." she explains, "A question popped in my head, ‘I wonder what PMS color is that?’ The design-geek in me urged me to pick a bloom and try to find a matching Pantone color for it. It was PMS 2726.” After posting her initial photograph her followers have requested more Pantone matches, and since then she has been collecting various objects to pair.

Intricate Bird Illustrations Drawn Inside Medicine Boxes by Sara Landeta

Using the inside of medicine boxes as her canvas, Madrid-based artist Sara Landeta creates beautiful ornithological drawings inspired by the work of 19th-century artist John James Audubon. Landeta produces artworks that explore the idea of exterior versus interior, natural versus synthetic and the notion that the very survival of mankind depends on nature and not on man-made pharmaceuticals.

Stunning Large Scale Collages Composed from Thousands of Hand Cut Photographs

Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, food or various found objects. His latest solo exhibition titled" Album" on view at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery from April 10 through May 10, 2014, features a series of large scale collages made from found photographs collected by Muniz over a number of years. The images, many treated in sepia tone, are of familiar scenes that may be found in family photo albums. From the press release, " This current body of work focuses on the materiality of the photograph, drawing attention to the ways in which the physical character of the image is lost as we shift toward digital technologies and new modes of viewing. "

Artist Smuggles Golden Cockroaches into Museums Around the World

Hungarian designer and visual artist Miklós Kiss, has been smuggling swarms of 14-carat gold-plated bronze cockroaches into museums and museum shops across Europe and the US as part of a guerrilla art project titled "Goldenroach". The roach as a carrier of the message is not a random choice, and naturally the used material itself has multiple symbolic values. Kiss explains, "The young artist gets into the sanctuary of visual arts like a cockroach. The roach is one of the most disgusting insects, which is capable of getting inside anything, and also earned a doubled fame in public awareness by its imperishability."

A Dark Shipping Container is Transformed into a Mesmerizing Light Installation

"IPOcle" by Istanbul-based artist Candaş Şişman is an installation simulating the way we perceive the reality that exist in our physical world and the various layers, variables, cycles that are present in this
process of perceiving. Situated within a dark shipping container, the installation is made of a strong light source which is filtered through a series of lenses, hung one after another. The refracted light reaches a convex mirror and is reflected back into the space . A fog machine keeps running to make the dispersed light visible to the viewer.

Makeup Artist Uses Face Paint to Recreate Classic Album Covers

For Record Store Day, London-based face painter and artist Natalie Sharp used her amazing makeup skills to transform her face into meticulous recreations of classic album covers. Over the course of three days, Sharp painted eight very inspiring and spectacular album covers including Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, The Advisory Circle’s As the Crow Flies, KaS Product’s Try Out, Kraftwerk’s Autobahn and Primal Scream’s Screamadeica. "Each face took between 3 – 6 hours to paint." says Sharp of the project, "I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils its all freehand."

Imaginative Photographs Playfully Combine a Small Toy Plane with Urban Landscapes

Drawing inspiration from his love of flying, Instagrammer Varun Thota (@vnthota) has created a playful collection of photos that show a hand guiding a toy airplane through skyscrapers and city streets. The idea for the project titled "My Toy Plane" came after Thota's father found a toy plane inside a chocolate Kinder egg. Based on idea of connections through travel, the project has allowed Varun to build relationships with the people around him. “The thing I enjoy most about the series is how fun it is to include other people in it." he says, "It’s always fun to show people the plane, tell them the story and then ask them for a helping hand in taking the shot.”

Interactive Kinetic Sculptures Made from Popsicle Sticks by Joyce Lin

A student from the Rhode Island School of Design, Joyce Lin creates interactive kinetic contraptions out of simple materials like popsicle sticks and mylar. Although the process is meticulous and delicate, the sculptures are simple in form and function. Made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism, Lin's sculptures come to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Speaking about her work she says, "When people view and activate my sculptures, I would like them to feel a kind of childlike awe and wonderment while being reminded that we are part of an infinite chain of systems within systems."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a contraption that allows bicyclists to create lampshades as they ride, the inside of  paper bags and boxes turned into minimalist architectural spaces, haunting photographs of abandoned shopping malls and a new Banksy mural depicting government agents spying on a phone booth.

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Brooklyn Artist Turns Street Signs into Post Apocalyptic Weapons

Imagining a distant post-holocaust future in which native residents of Brooklyn defend themselves against invaders and each other, artist Coby Kennedy has been taking street signs and using them to create swords, shields, machetes and other crude weapons. A long time resident of Brooklyn, Kennedy created the series titled “In Service of a Villain” as an artistic response to the rapid gentrification around him. "It’s based on a narrative which reflects contemporary situations,” Kennedy told ANIMAL in an interview for Metro New York. “A lot of the street signs are from places in Brooklyn that have history and weight, places that are losing that particular culture.”