Superheroes of Modernity

 
Set designer and Junkculture reader Dimitris Polychroniadis created another amazing series of miniature installations. This series of five maquette sculptures seeks to establish a humorous conversation between early 20th century masters of design that shaped modernity and contemporay icons of pop culture. It's all about interrelation and continuity.
Find out more about the project here.
 

Pigment Bombs

Photographer Mike Diver and fine artist and retoucher Pedro Aguilar created this stunning series of photos using a high speed flash and special effects triggers. The results are bold, mesmerizing images of striking beauty.
Find out more about Diver and Aguilar here.

Elements and Oddities

 
Currently practicing as an artist in Toronto, Jacub Gagnon creates images that question and entertain the discussion of connectivity. Within the stage that is his canvas, Jacub presents animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality. His paintings become a space in which nature becomes unnatural, bordering surreal.
Find out more about Jacubs work here.

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Lakes and Reservoirs


 
 
For his project titled "Lakes and Reservoirs" Los Angeles based artist Matthew Brandt photographed lakes in the Western United States and then soaked the prints in the water of its depicted subject, thus creating bright colorful abstractions.
Find out more about the project here.

Stacks

 
Parsley Steinweiss has been photographing stacks of books, papers, magazines, journals and sketchpads from a very close perspective. Each stack represents something different - a passage of time, a collection, a history. The result is a series of lines, each representing a moment, a sedimentary record of growth.
Find out more about Parsley's work here.


Sweet Veggies

Who says vegetables have to be boring? Amsterdam based photographer Wendy van Santen takes eye candy to the next level, transforming seemingly plain vegetables into sweet confections. The concept was co-created with art-director Hans Bolleurs.
Find out more about Wendy's work here and here.


The Cream Series

Barcelona based designer Máximo Tuya aka Max-o-Matic created a series of surreal collages inspired by hot beaches, strange creatures and pop lyrics. The "Cream Series" was created during three feverish summer nights and is a direct response to - as he puts it - " music playing in my head that I couldn´t get rid of".
Find out more about Máximo's work here.

Things: Concrete Lamps

 
Swedish artist Annika Nordenskiöld has created an original collection of concrete lamps that are amazingly beautiful and unique. Annika’s work is mainly paintings, but also sculpture and works of art in different materials. Her work has been exhibited in Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden and USA.
Find out more about Annika's work here.


Toy Ornaments

Liliana Porter's photographs depict a cast of characters that are inanimate objects, toys and figurines that she finds in flea markets, antique stores, and other odd places. The objects have a double existence. On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can project the inclination to endow things with an interiority and identity.
Find out more about Liliana's work here.

Nancy Fouts: The Art of Un-Thinking

Artist Nancy Fouts creates intricate and original pieces of art from unlikely combinations of things. Nancy  seeks out varied objects that she marries poetically, to transform each one into a surprise version of itself. 

Nests

For her series titled 'Nests' photographer Sharon Beals visited the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology to photograph birds' nests and to give us an insight into the intricate detail wrought by nature's most fastidious architects.

Find out more about Sharon's work here.

Casualties of War

Creative agency, Dorothy, reimagined the classic little green army men as war veterans suffering from physical and mental wounds. The project was inspired by a newspaper article focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides.
Find out more about the project here.

David Welch: Material World

Material World is an ongoing series by American photographer David Welch in response to the contemporary consumer enviroment. By treating artifacts of consumer culture as readymades, David creates assemblages to form pseudo monuments, or totems, that serve as precarious externalizations of culture as social biography. The totems speak of accumulation and materiality and encourage debate about consumption, media, class, gender and the ways in which we feel compelled to consume.

Video: Symmetry

'Symmetry' is a brand new video from the NY production company Everyone that explores the concept of balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be.

Books: Usefulness in Small Things

In "Usefulness in Small Things", Kim Colin and Sam Hecht share their personal collection of mass-produced items of various sizes, shapes and purposes, all of which were picked up for under five pounds from small local shops all over the world. The collection shows an appreciation to detail by revealing how things are made and a sensitivity to the tasks people carry out, all the while keeping in mind the basic utilitarian design of these inexpensive everyday objects. The book is designed by Graphic Thought Facility and illustrated with over 150 newly commissioned photographs by Angela Moore.
Find out more about the book here.

Apparitions

 
French artist Soasig Chamaillard repurposes virgin Mary statuettes into contemporary pop-culture icons. Chamaillard likes putting the virgin Mary into a modern context and sees her work above all as about "women in contemporary society."
Find out more about Soasig Chamaillard's work here.

Through the Kaleidoscope

 
Danish design company Normann Copenhagen has created a stunning series of kaleidoscope-like compositions showcasing some of their products. From the playful compositions to the color schemes, all these images are true works of art.
Find out more about the project here and here.

Oddities

Artist Debra Broz, seamlessly reconfigures kitsch animal figurines into works of art, by transplanting their ceramic limbs and merging different creatures together. These objects are ingrained into our collective culture as things both sentimental and banal, but through alteration they become disturbing and fascinating, little oddities that explore the fine line between the ordinary and the strange.
Find out more about Debra's work here.

Under

As part of his "Under" project, artist Brock Davis photographed all sorts of everyday objects from underneath. The series shows books, plastic toys and other household items grouped together and photographed to display the hidden surfaces that we rarely see.
Find out more about Brock's work here.

You Took my Name

Manchester based creative agency, Dorothy, created a series of paintings by stripping famous logos back to their basic graphic form, creating pieces that are artwork in their own right. Recognise any?
Find out more about the project here.

Painting Palettes

 
 
'Painting Palettes' is a project by artist Daniel Eatock created in collaboration with first year painting students and based on the color combinations of paint palettes. Seen initially at a distance, it is possible to consider the wall mounted canvases as abstract paintings, however upon closer inspection they reveal the intricacy and complexity of masterful compositions.

Find out more about the project here.

The Object Project

 

The Object Project is an online exhibition exploring the themes of childhood, social norms, pre-internet life and memory. The objects photographed for the project were culled from the personal archives and collections of three University of Western Ontario graduate students and uploaded onto Flickr to create a virtual venue for the exhibition. When visiting The Object Project , visitors are encouraged to engage with the images by tagging or leaving comments and links to other related material.
Find out more about the project here.

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