Artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove works with hand cut paper cubes & blown glass domes to create these amazing sculptural forms. Her works are intimate, sometimes in scale and always in the world they present. They force the viewer to look inwards, and what is found there is reflective and expansive in turn propelling the viewer outward.
Find out more about Lizzie's work here.
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Martin Bircher's "Type Case" is a low-resolution display with 125 rectangular pixels of different sizes. These are formed from the reflecting light of digitally controlled LEDs, embedded in each section of a European printers' type case. Due to the standardized fragmentation of its compartments, the density of visual information is decreased towards the objects' centre. Viewed close by, it is nearly impossible to recognize more than a flicker – however after moving some distance away, it becomes distinguishable, that the lights and shadows give a representation of the latest headlines.
Find out more about Martin's Type Case here.
A graphic designer and illustrator by training, Chris Waind's work encompasses film, photography, collage and fine art. His Papillons Graphiques (Graphic Butterflies) is a collection of nine species of beautiful, colorful, quirky and affordable works of art designed specifically for apartment decor.
For more info visit Chris' Etsy shop here.
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A tension of meaning and materials as well as time exists in this work. The discarded is reincarnated. A new meaning and concept of beauty are superimposed on a previous one. The remainder functions individually and to remind us of the past as well, like a persistent memory and questions what is the original?
Find out more about Jennifer's work here.
Concentrating on other uses of everyday products ‘we make carpets’ creates temporary carpets from every possible material. The instant way of working is what connected the designers Stijn van der Vleuten and Marcia Nolte and visual artist Bob Waardenburg. Without a sketch or plan (except for the chosen material) they start working on the carpet, resulting in a concentrated process of laying the materials one by one untill the finished carpet appears. Fascinated by the great amount of different materials available on the market today, the possibilities for ‘we make carpets’ seem endless.
Find out more about We Make Carpets here.
War photographer Ashley Gilbertson and food stylist Maria Washburn recently created an interesting interactive feature for The New York Times about the types of food that the troops in Afghanistan carry. Each country's combat ration hold practical items, but there are also foods that serve to remind a soldier of his home. This eye-opening interactive feature gives a glimpse of what "home" tastes like in fourteen different countries.
Justin Allen's small scale paintings portray trash and everyday objects in their respective environment with crystalline clarity and precision. Justin strives for his work to have the luminous and intimate quality of early Flemish paintings hoping to place mundane artifacts in the same spiritual frame as an icon or religious scene.
Find out more about Justin's work here.
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Artist Eric Ulrich created these amazing assemblages using wood type letters salvaged from a printing company in Iowa. He wanted to take a kind of reverse-typography approach by assembling the letters to showcase the craft more than the product.
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Chicago-based architectural designer and multimedia artist Pei-San Ng has an interesting hobby, she loves making sculptures out of matches: "With limited resources, my husband suggested using matches instead of balsa. Thus began my matches series. With every piece finished, came an urge to burn it."
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Artist Stefana McClure transforms text and other two-dimensional works on paper into 3D sculptures. An atlas, a copy of the French comic “Tintin” or Melville’s Moby Dick are cut into strips, glued together and rolled up into a ball. The ball size is determined by the materials used. The surface of each paper ball shows text passages, letters and pictures which have lost the original order and therefore lost their meaning.
Find out more about Stefana's work here.
Brooklyn based artist Chris Wright paints everyday, commonplace objects that have a peculiar purpose or a purpose that is telling of an aspect of our culture, proving that classical realism can be done in a thought-provoking and conceptual way.
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Bears, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal's appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures.
Find out more about the project here.
Find out more about the project here.
Photographer Peter Tonningsen called this series Flotsam & Jetsam because it is about useless or discarded objects connected to the sea; things that have been collected from the shorelines of Peter's island hometown.
This series challenges the traditional definition of photography. Made without a camera or film, all images in this series are made by direct scan of the objects on a flatbed scanner.
Find out more about Peter's work here.
By clashing technology and kitsch British artist Luke Twigger created an audio system that conjures up images of bespoke furniture and 1970's pottery, a perfect combination in my opinion. In his own words:
"I wanted to work in a way that was similar to the 17th C. porcelain factories, where they would add so much onto a vase, it’s basic, utilitarian purpose ceases and the object transcends original notions of function and its primary responsibility shifts to become even more purposeful, socially, demographically and aesthetically."
Find out more about Luke's work here.
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Through his new book Idle Idol, Edward Harrison captures the amazing world of the statuesque mascots found in front of many Japanese stores. The book is full of mascots used to lure customers into shops, hold menus outside restaurants, promote products and be a friendly face to represent a company. After meeting Remo Camerota author of the awesome Drainspotting and Graffiti Japan Edward was encouraged and inspired to make his own book.
Find out more info about the book here.
Hideki Kuwajima is a Japanese artist based in Osaka who creates complex assemblages from found objects. Some of Kuwajima’s pieces included sculptures made from children’s toys and even fine crystal stemware. In addition to gallery shows, Kuwajima has also created installations for hermes. radi-um von roentgenwerke art gallery in Tokyo represents kuwajima’s work.
Find out more about Hideki's work here.
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